I Got 16 Problems…
My dad was doing so well after the kidney transplant! He was like a new man, foot loose and fancy free. The only downside of his new life was that his medication list had now tripled.
He was already on 4 hypertension medications, plus a baby aspirin daily. The nephrologist added another 6 medications – three to suppress his immune system so his body doesn’t attempt to reject the kidney (since it is not his native kidney, the body would think it was a foreign object) and then another three infection-preventing medications (since his immune system is being suppressed). They put in prostate medication, since he is almost 70 now. Also, during the process, a cardiologist somehow found his way into my dad’s regiment. He added a cholesterol lowering drug and a blood thinner. He has about 16 different medications now to sort and take daily now. SIXTEEN DIFFERENT PATENT PHARMACEUTICAL DRUGS! 💊💉💊💊💊💊💉💊💉💊😒
Patent drugs used to be shunned by the general public. Those that sold them were considered charlatans. The idea that some mystery syrup in a bottle could cure your ailments was for fools to buy into. We still use the terms “snake oil” to identify products that don’t live up to their claims, and “snake oil salesmen” to characterize a con artists.
Fast forward to 2017. Patent drugs are now the only way health care is administered by doctors and in hospitals, and bush medicine has to be labeled and prefaced with long disclaimers as to their efficacy. Are the patent medicines better now than back then?
In my dad’s most recent hospitalization, he complained about burning in his chest, and was told that the fresh, healthy kidney he just got last year was only operating at around 25%. How did this happen???
- Numerous doctors told him and I that when one is on that many medications, they are bound to have some burning in the chest as the stomach acids respond vehemently to these kinds of chemical cocktails, and could even result in ulcers. LET ME BE CLEAR: DOCTORS WHO PRESCRIBED THE MEDICATIONS ADMITTED THAT THE MEDICATIONS ARE CAUSING ADDITIONAL PROBLEMS TO THE ONES HE STARTED OUT WITH.
- That many medications taken daily cause damage to the kidney and liver.
- A medication regiment that large is bound to result in errors. The only thing worse than taking that many patent medications is taking them incorrectly, because now you put yourself at greater risk of more medical problems with little recourse.
My grandmother, known to her neighbors in the tiny fishing village of Pointe Michel in the Commonwealth of Dominica as Mere Ena, was a government certified Bush Doctor🌱🌱🌱. She diagnosed my dad with kidney damage almost 30 years ago in casual conversation with her son not long before she passed. He did not follow up on her diagnosis, but it was indeed accurate, he found out the hard way. She had no medical degree, probably no real schooling at all. But she had a God given gift. She knew the human body, she knew a wide variety of ailments that could afflict it, and she knew how to administer the medicine God has been providing us since creation to CURE – not suppress symptoms, not relieve pain – CURE those diseases.
Bush Medicine – Pros and Cons🌿🌱
Pro – It’s accessible. You can get yourself bush medicine cheaper than patent medicine or even free (as in “in the bush”, or you can grow it yourself). And you don’t need a prescription.
Pro – It usually doesn’t have harmful side effects.
Pro – You know what your taking. There is no ingredient list concealed under the guise of “proprietary information” or “trade secrets”.
Pro – They have been tested and proven time and time again over millennia.
Con – It cannot be patented. No one can make millions of dollars purveying bush medicine.
Con – They are not FDA approved (because they can’t charge anyone fees to get their stamp of approval on a leaf).
Patent Medicine – Pros and Cons💊💉
Pro – They’re colorful.
Pro – They come in child-proof bottles, like most other poisonous substances kept in the household. The prescribed ones are even labeled with your name, for an extra personal touch!
Pro – Doctors love ’em. So do pharmaceutical companies and lobbyists.
Pro – They all contain some form of bush medicine.
Con – They have nasty side effects because all they really did was take the bush medicine and doctor it up (pun intended) with lots of crap that makes them patentable.
Con – They are FDA approved and marketed after only 2 trials.
It is so important to know bush medicine, know a bush doctor or have access to information about what natural remedies are available to you where you live. The great thing about bush medicine is that much of it is normal stuff you would have around anyway.
Here are some examples:
Garlic – All around anti-fungal, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory. Can be applied cut or crushed in any area you need it. Chew and swallow to relieve tonsillitis, use as a suppository for hemorrhoids, crush into a paste and apply topically to kill fungus such as ringworm.
Thyme – Steep in hot water covered for 15 minutes and then inhale the vapors to get rid of cough and clear
sinuses, then drink while still hot so you get the steam up your retro-nasal passage and down your throat to take care of general common cold symptoms. When giving it to my little ones, we joke that it’s “Thyme Tea Time!”
Rosemary – Steep in hot water, then cool and drink about 8 ounces every 8 days to keep blood pressure in check.
Aloe Vera – The gel inside the leaves works better than any packaged ointment on the market on cuts, scrapes and burns.
Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar – A panacea, hard to list here all its uses. We take a tablespoon of it when cold virus germs are bouncing around the house, and we have used it to sooth the itching and speed healing of mosquito bites and fungal infections (except in the vaginal area, where the acidity would change the pH and make things worse).
Those are just off the top of my head and based specifically on what I have used on myself and my family personally or my parents used on me in the past. Once, during a year when I made too much money for Medicaid but too little to afford any of the Obamacare plans, I had to use stuff from the supermarket to heal myself of something I might otherwise have gone to the hospital for. Not only did I save myself hundreds of dollars in potential bills from an urgent care visit, but I proved another bush remedy and avoided taking patent medication.
Also worth noting is that the world of bush medicine, which I refuse to refer to as “alternative medicine”, must include preventive medicine. What you choose to consume in your daily life is all part of disease prevention and should be a matter of deliberate choice. A life of bush healing needs to encompass all of this, which can supply you with a lifetime of learning about what God provided us to sustain the kind of life He wants each of us to live – a life free of disease and suffering, a life free of tethers like medication regiments and being hooked up to machines on a regular basis.
So if it’s the medication that is causing my dad’s problems, then the logical next step is to wean off of the medication. Guess how many of the doctors he encountered recommended this. Did you say 0? You are correct!!! If this is your plight, it’s up to you, the individual, to do this on your own. Your doctor is unlikely to assist you in this. They don’t learn bush or even nutrition in medical school. They just learn patent medicine. Their continuing education is in pharmaceutical drugs. I spoke to my dad, but it is ultimately up to him, and it is ultimately up to YOU to free yourself. Looking at his options, he must continue to take the immune suppressant stuff to keep the donated kidney functioning, that’s 3. Changes in his diet and bush replacements can eliminate pretty much all the rest – the blood pressure, cholesterol lowering, infection preventing, blood thinning pills can all fade away. Then the kidney, which has sustained some damage under the pressure of all the pharmaceutical drugs, can last a lot longer into his future.
Right now, in this age of over indulgence in harmful foods, agricultural chemicals, technology and patent drugs, it is time for a reboot for every man woman and child. Bush medicine is the future. The spirit of Mere Ena lives on.
Do you have a favorite app for this? I’ve seen Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Herbal Medicine app. What if there was something simpler that people could interact with? Certainly you swear by some herbal remedies and can share them with a community of other individuals and families who want better solutions than the current medical system.
Please comment, let’s talk about this.