Drugs and Mangosteen

Western medicine is a (relatively) new modality and people often confuse Western medicine with health.

But that is not what doctors do. Doctors are trained to keep us alive. They have nothing to do with wellness, except insofar as it helps keep us alive. They may advise us to keep our cholesterol levels down, or to stop smoking but these are (from the doctor’s perspective) survival issues, not wellness issues. That these things do impact on our wellness is incidental (from the doctor’s perspective).

If it weren’t for doctors, I would not be here today. When I was 25 I got tuberculosis of the kidney, most unusual because tuberculosis tends to attack the lungs. Nonetheless I got it in the right kidney and I was in bad shape, urinating blood and pus and I was on the way out when the doctors stepped in with their powerful drugs and surgery and saved my life. I would have died without their help.

The point is… I was kept alive – which is what doctors do – but I WAS NOT CURED.

After the operation, after all signs of the tuberculosis germ had disappeared, I was still unwell. I had no energy, I was depressed, I fell asleep during the day for no apparent reason (doctors put me on methedrine to keep me awake!), I caught colds and the flu easily, I had impossible amounts of body odour (a real problem for someone 25 and dating girls!)… in other words, I was alive but not well.

You see, that is the difference. Doctors have no training in curing people or in wellness. They can get rid of the germ, or invading substance – they are good at that – but they do not address the underlying CONDITIONS that allowed that germ to thrive in the first place.

Doctors are trained to, and can only, step in when symptoms manifest, at which point the disease has progressed to the stage that only harsh measures – drugs and surgery – can help! Which of course is risky, not to mention costly.

Now there IS a need for this. A lot of people (like myself) let things slide to the point where nothing but drastic intervention will keep them alive and I daresay a lot of people (myself included) are alive today only because of drastic intervention

But that comes at a cost and collateral damage is high.

In a country as small as Australia (20 million population) 18,000 people die each year at the hands of doctors (The Bulletin, Sep. 2006). That is 345 people per week, or 49 people per day dying as a result of “medical bungles” (as The Bulletin called them). That is a lot of deaths in a country as small as ours.

Worse, another 50,000 are injured as a result of medical treatment. That is 961 injuries per week, or 137 injuries per day.

That, again, is a lot, for a small country.

But wait! It gets worse…

The above figures are only the ones we KNOW about.

There is, according to The Bulletin, “chronic under reporting” by doctors and hospitals, so the actual figures are probably much higher again.

And these are not just numbers. They are real people suffering real injuries or having their lives cut short. The September issue of The Bulletin, from which we just quoted, featured a stunningly beautiful middle Eastern girl, about 19 years of age, whose life was still ahead of her, but it came to an abrupt end because of a medical mistake.

AND WE HAVE TO ACCEPT THIS. If we want medicine to step in and keep us alive when our bodies break down, then we have to accept the downside.

We cannot have it both ways. We cannot have a benign medicine that is drastic at the same time. Western medicine is harsh and deadly. It keeps us alive by killing. The word antibiotics means just that: anti-bios, against life. Medical treatments kill cells indiscriminately, both the good cells and the bad cells in the hope that our good cells outnumber the bad ones!

And that is a whole different modality than the use of the mangosteen and other wholefood supplements.

The difference is this. Western medicine removes or suppresses the symptoms, while supplements (the good ones) remove the underlying conditions which bred the symptoms.

Based on the above, my recommendation is this:

1 – always go for supplements first – (that is, before noticeable symptoms) – for PREVENTION.

2 – if symptoms present themselves but are not life-threatening, go for supplements and a sensibly altered lifestyle (that is, nothing too radical).

3 – if symptoms persist, or if it is a life or death situation, you may have to go for drugs or surgery, but… take the mangosteen (or a good supplement) AT THE SAME TIME. This will maximise the effect of the medical intervention, while minimizing the side effects.

I must stress: drugs have their place, but only as a LAST RESORT! Drugs kill! Do not ever be complacent about taking them. Treat them like a rattlesnake, a tad of whose venom may cure you, but too much will kill you.