I heard a great analogy the other day by the Health Ranger explaining the difference between pharmaceutical based modern medicine and natural medicine. Below I give you the analogy in my own words.

Scenario 1

You’re driving along in your car and your engine warning light comes on and starts flashing. You immediately drive to your nearest garage and seek the help of the mechanic. “I was just driving a long as normal and all of a sudden the warning light came on. Please can you make it stop flashing?’

‘Sure I can’ says the mechanic. He whips open the hood and jigs some things around and returns with a fuse. “There’ he says, ‘all sorted, that light won’t be bothering you anymore!’. He charges you £15 for his time and sends you on your way.

You drive off feeling a little unsure. You’re happy because it only cost you £15 and half an hour of your time but something tells you there must be more to it than that. You shrug it off, the mechanic knows best right!?

A few days later your car starts making a noise so you take it back to the garage. “My car is making a terrible noise, I can’t bear it! Please can you make the noise go away as quickly as possible!’ you plead! The mechanic looks at the car and asks you sit inside and turn the engine on, the knocking noise can clearly be heard. He then starts to turn up the volume on the radio. “Can you hear the knocking now?’ he asks. ‘No, the radio is blocking the noise!’ you reply. “well there you go, problem solved’…You hand him another £15 for his time.

Again you drive off feeling very unsure this time as to whether this mechanic really knows what he is talking about! He is the best in the area according to his credentials and you google it and it seems to be a well known quick fix. So you shrug it off, anyway, the noise cannot be heard and your favourite song comes on the radio.

A few days later you are driving along the motorway and all of a sudden you hear a huge BANG and the engine cuts out! Startled you swerve into the next lane narrowly missing the car next to you. You pull over to the side of the road and wait the road recovery team.

You get to the garage and they tell you that the engine has blown and you need a new one. That model car is a rare and unfortunately there are no second hand engines available. “but the mechanic fixed it the last two times I came, he owes me a new car!’ you cry. As it turns out, the mechanic did what you asked. He fixed the symptom and you agreed to take that solution without question. You get on the bus and make your way home feeling frustrated that the mechanic only did what you asked despite the fact he should have known better…

Scenari0 2

You’re driving along in your car and your engine warning light comes on and starts flashing. You immediately drive to your nearest garage and seek the help of the mechanic. “I was just driving a long as normal and all of a sudden the warning light came on. Please can you help me find out what has caused this?’

‘Sure I can’ says the mechanic. ‘Now tell me a bit about the car. How long have you had it? When did you last service it? What type of fuel have you put in it? When did you last check the oil and water, was there anything unusual happening building up to the moment the light came on?’

You spend 20 minutes answering questions and agreeing to some tests. The mechanic says he will need the car for few days to run the tests and he will get back to you. You get the bus home a bit worried, you cannot afford a new car so really need this one to get fixed.

The mechanic calls back and he tells you he has found the problem, it turns out there was an issue with the engine and if you had ignored the warning light it would have blown and your engine would have been a right off. The repair bill is a fraction of the cost of a new engine and the car is ready to collect.

You collect the car and the mechanic explains the importance of regular servicing and checking your oil and water levels. You drive off feeling happy. You’re happy because it only cost you a fraction of the cost of a new engine and you are now educated with the knowledge needed to avoid the problem from reoccurring.

So folks, the moral of this story is simple but powerful. Be cautious when a Doctor simply prescribes a remedy to a symptom and does not take the time to find the underlying reason the symptom has occurred. Quick fixes based on putting chemicals in our body will always lead to unwanted side effects. The chemicals are not biological and as such they don’t work to heal but to simply mask the problem and in doing so create more harm. The natural medicine industry by comparison is tried and tested (over hundreds and thousands of years!), safe and the only long term side effect is better health!