6 Key Reasons Millions Of People Use Alternative Medicine

Maybe you’re curious about alternative medicine and want to know why so many people use it. Maybe you’re skeptical about alternative medicine and are curious about why so many people put their faith in it.

According to The National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), “In the United States, approximately 38 percent of adults (about 4 in 10) and approximately 12 percent of children (about 1 in 9) are using some form of CAM.”

“Among adults aged 18 and over, increases were seen from 2012 to 2017 in the use of yoga, meditation, and chiropractors during the past year.” (https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db325-h.pdf).

According to Grandview Research, 70% of adults surveyed in 2017 in the United States believe complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) provides positive results. 78% of those responders were women, and 62% were men. 

Grandview Research reports that “the global complementary and alternative medicine market size was valued at USD 52.00 billion in 2017.”

There are actually a number of reasons that millions of people use alternative medicine and the reasons can be different for everyone. Here we will discuss only a few reasons.

Availability

One reason that many people use alternative medicine is that it is widely available. For example, the use of herbs to maintain optimal health or to make home remedies, making it more accessible and affordable for a wide range of people. Mind body practices such as yoga and meditation can be easily practiced at home without the high costs often seen with traditional medicine practices. 

Affordability

A related reason is that alternative medicine is usually more affordable than conventional medicine. People who may have trouble paying for medical bills may be drawn to the comparatively low cost of alternative medicine. 

The cost of going to alternative medicine practitioners for services like acupuncture may be high but the cost of obtaining herbal supplements, essential oils, and other accoutrements of alternative medicine can be far more affordable than a trip to the hospital.

Natural Strategies In Healing

Prescription drug use is at an all-time high in the United States, and often patients complain that the first go to of their doctor is to write a script. 

Most all of the therapies used in CAM are natural, this is far from the often chemically based interventions seen in conventional medicine. This includes but is not limited to, herbs, essential oils, diet, supplements, chiropractic treatment, mind-body practices and naturopathy. 

This does not mean that CAM is a cure for any and all conditions, but it can offer a natural alternative and sometimes be a replacement of conventional medicine tools. 

Improved Life Quality and Side Effects Of Treatment

Another important reason people use alternative medicine is that it can improve life quality and lessen side effects of treatment. When people endure serious illnesses or chronic conditions, inevitably their life quality suffers, and side effects of conventional medicine treatments bring undue hardship. CAM can help. 

For example, Music Therapy is often used in pain management, which can be helpful for conditions such as arthritis and other chronic pain syndromes. Cancer.gov reports that acupuncture is helpful in reducing the side effects of treatment. 

Trust

Millions of people all around the world genuinely trust alternative medicine as they have for the whole history of humanity. Some of the therapies used in CAM, including acupuncture, Ayurveda, Homeopathy and Herbalism have been in use for thousands of years, dating back to ancient civilizations. Eastern culture strongly believes in their effectiveness in the modern world. 

A more accurate term for “alternative medicine” might be “folk medicine.” “Folk” is usually used colloquially but it comes from the German word for “people,” so “folk medicine” means something like “the people’s medicine” or even “popular medicine.”

Another reason that might shock skeptics of alternative medicine is that some proponents of alternative medicine are skeptical of institutionalized medicine. What this really comes down to is whether we should trust man-made and manufactured solutions more than we should trust natural solutions.

Recent Studies

A final reason that an increasing number of people trust alternative medicine is that the reasons not to trust it are dissolving. A recent increase of scientific curiosity in alternative medicine has led to a number of legitimate scientific studies on its effects. 

While several alternative medicinal cures and practices have been “debunked,” many, including essential oils, therapeutic touch, meditation and yoga are becoming more popular because scientific studies are adding validity to the trust that many people already placed in them. 

If this article inspired you to look deeper into alternative medicine, that’s great. If it convinced you to have a little more understanding and respect to people who do use alternative medicine, that’s even better.

You don’t need to use alternative medicine yourself to understand that there are reasons that other people believe in it, that it often helps, and that it seldom hurts.

If you are interested in exploring alternative medicine, you can ease into it by talking to your primary care provider. Many conventional doctors recommend alternative therapies to their patients and can provide more information on how to get started. 

You should also talk to your healthcare provider before exploring alternative medicine if you are on any medications. While very few alternative medicine practices are harmful for healthy people, some can interact with prescription medications.

A holistic medical doctor is trained in the use of both conventional and alternative medical care and is something of a one stop shop.

Wishing everyone the best day ever. Dr.Bobby

Raw Vegan Pecan Pie Recipe

My mom’s side of the family are all from the south and Pecan Pie is one desert the ladies in our family really pride themselves in making. I think we may have joined the ranks of some of the best of the pie makers with Our Raw Pride Pecan Pie Recipe.

Raw Pecan Pie Filling

  • 1 1/2 cups raw pecans, soaked overnight hours
  • 2 cups of pitted dates soaked 3-4 hours
  • 1 /2 cup or 1 small ripe banana
  • 1/4 cup Yacon Syrup raw maple syrup or Honey, if you’re not vegan
  • 3 tsp. vanilla
  • ¼ tsp. nutmeg

Directions: Process 1 cup of the pecans and all the other ingredients in your food processor Pour filling into pie crust, and press the remaining 1/2 cup of pecans spread across the top of the filling, brush the top with honey or agave and refrigerate for an hour.

Pecan Walnut Macadamia Pie Crust

  • 1 cup pecans, soaked for 12 hours, drained and dehydrated under 118 degrees for 10-12 hours
  • 1 cup walnuts, soaked overnight, drained and dehydrated under 118 degrees for 10 -12 hours
  • 1/4 cup of macadamia nuts
  • ¼ cup Yacon Syrup or (Option for non vegans – raw honey or maple syrup.
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ pound organic dates, seeds removed
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Place all ingredients in to your food processor and process . It will form into a ball.
  • Rub a little raw virgin oil into your pie plate them begin pressing small amounts of your crust into your pie plate. Continue until entire pie plate is covered.
  • Sometimes I like to put my crust into dehydrator at 1o6 degrees for a an hour or so, as I like a dryer crust.

Making A Healthy Green Smoothie: What to Use and What to Skip

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The Anatomy of a Filling, Healthy Green Smoothie: What to Use and What to Skip

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By Heather McClees

Ah, there’s nothing like the first sip of a really great, green smoothie. Green smoothies are nothing new these days, but some have more filling properties than others. If you’re making a fruit and green smoothie for a meal, you’ll want to add some specific filling, nutritious properties to make it even more satisfying. Green smoothie recipes vary from light to heavy and while some may low amounts of calories, many have enough to equal a well-sized meal. A light smoothie can be a helpful way to add in some extra nutrition into your day, while a larger, more calorie-dense smoothie is helpful for consuming on-the-go or as a meal alternative at home.

Before you fill your blender with a ton of ingredients and make your smoothie complex and creative, hold that blending thought for just a minute! You’ll want to be careful what you toss into your blender, since many ingredients aren’t so optimal or won’t keep you full a long time.

Try out some of the following suggestions when you head into the kitchen to make your next amazing green smoothie. These tips will make your smoothies full-bodied and delicious, while also keeping them healthy and satisfying.

Filling Ingredients for Your Green Smoothies:

Leafy Greens

Leafy greens are packed with nutrition and belong in every green smoothie you make. For a nutritional dense smoothie, opt for kale, spinach, and romaine. Also be sure you rotate your greens so your body gets a variety of nutrients in each smoothie you make. Pack one to three cups, depending on how large you’d like your smoothie. Always go for fresh or frozen organic greens whenever possible so you can keep your smoothie free from chemicals and pesticides. Here are 5 Reasons Organic Food is Really Worth Your Money, if you’re on the fence about going organic or not.

Berries

Berries are rich in fiber so they’ll help keep you fuller longer than fruits lower in sugar. Berries are also low on the glycemic index and incredibly friendly to your blood sugar. Best of all, they’re some of the most nutritionally dense fruits you can eat and packed with antioxidants. Use raspberries and blackberries for the highest fiber content, and try some blueberries, goji berries, and acai berry puree for an awesome antioxidant boost.

Seeds

Chia, hemp, and flax seeds are extremely high in fiber, bursting with omega 3 fatty acids, and packed with energizing B vitamins and magnesium. They are also a great source of potassium and protein. Chia and hemp seeds are also great sources of iron and contain all essential amino acids, making them a complete protein. Use two-three tablespoons of hemp seeds, a couple tablespoons of chia, or one tablespoon of flax seeds in your next smoothie recipe. You can also try pumpkin, sunflower, and sesame seeds as another nutrient-rich option. This Pumpkin Protein Smoothie is a great idea to try for the fall season.

Raw Nut Butter

Raw nut butter is a good source of healthy fats to keep your metabolism and brain fueled all day long. Raw varieties will be free from salt and oil that roasted and salted nut butters contain, which makes them a bit of a better choice for your smoothies and will satisfy you just as well. Nut butters are high in calories, so if you’re using seeds, keep your nut butter to a couple tablespoons per smoothie. A little bit of almond butter, cashew, coconut, walnut, or pecan butter will go a long way towards satisfying you and keeping you full. Not into nut butter or all out? Just use a couple tablespoons of raw nuts instead!

Veggies

Don’t get too scared here, now – veggies actually make an awesome (and very filling) smoothie ingredient to use. Sneak a couple of frozen broccoli florets, some frozen or fresh carrot pieces, a couple tablespoon of pumpkin (which is great in the fall), and even some zucchini squash in your smoothie. Veggies will provide an even greater source of fiber to keep you full, and you can pat yourself on the back for getting in an extra serving of veggies in just one meal!

Thank you onegreenplanet.org for posting.

Organic Brazil Nuts – The Life Extending Nuts.

Brazil nuts have about 2,500 times as much selenium as any other nut. Selenium is a powerful antioxidant which has been proven to protect against heart disease and cancers like prostate cancer.

Brazil nuts’ high selenium content also discourages the aging process and stimulates the immune system. In a study of patients with early Alzheimer’s disease, antioxidants – including selenium – boosted mood and mental performance. Like all nuts, brazil nuts are an excellent source of protein and fiber. Brazil nuts are high in minerals including zinc and magnesium, and contain useful amounts of phosphorous, copper and iron.