5. The last place, they say, you want to be when you’re sick.
Consider George Bush, Sr. – still in a Houston hospital after being admitted just before Thanksgiving for “mild bronchitis.” He’s since had, as they say, a “series of setbacks.” And although he was finally moved out of ICU earlier this week, the Bush family acknowledged that “no immediate timeline has been set for the President’s discharge.”
You can’t help but wonder if the real culprit here isn’t the persistent infection at all – a possibility offered by the Alliance for Natural Health in a recent post.
It isn’t always better to be famous. Doctors would almost never put an average patient in the hospital for a cough. Hospitals are not only ridiculously expensive and uncomfortable places; they are also exceedingly dangerous places. But if you are famous, the doctors can’t do enough for you, and in a world where medical treatment is the number one cause of death, that can lead to an earlier—not a later—death.
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[Bush’s] “stubborn fever” is a very likely indication that he developed an infection in the hospital — a not-uncommon occurrence. The CDC estimates that 1.7 million people contract hospital infections each year — with 100,000 of them dying — at a cost of $45 billion a year. The CDC’s estimate is a huge underrepresentation, because (as we reported in 2009) fully eighteen percent of Americans say they or a loved one have acquired a dangerous infection following a medical procedure. That’s more than 56 million people.
Indeed, conventional medical treatment is one of the riskiest things you can experience. In the US, it leads to almost 800,000 deaths each year – 100,000 alone from the “known side effects” of drugs. Not overdose. Not prescription error. From the actions of the drugs themselves.
But this is just part of the story.
Your body is a self-regulating organism, with mechanisms for fighting illness and injury. After all, it’s main goal is to maintain homeostasis, the state of balance we commonly call “health.” Therapies based on killing “bad bugs” and easing symptoms necessarily interfere with those natural physical processes of healing. Treatment gets in the way – and usually takes resources your body needs for those processes. It doesn’t give the body a chance to heal.
Wouldn’t it make more sense to pursue therapies that support your body’s natural healing abilities – help it help itself, so to speak? That’s the basic approach of German Biological Medicine.
People have a tendency to believe that bigger and more are always better – even when it comes to health care. We may say that “overtreatment” is a big problem, yet few of us believe we’re part of the problem. Impressed by all the latest technology and tests and pills, we seem to think that more treatment means better care.
The Alliance for Natural Health’s recommendation for a “stubborn infection”?
Try some natural approaches instead: colloidal silver, the world’s oldest antibiotic; garlic, intravenous vitamin C, the herbs Cat’s Claw and Artemisia, and hyperbaric oxygen therapy all fight bacterial infections. Vitamin D has strong antiviral properties, and is critical to all our immune functions.
We wish President Bush the best but cannot be optimistic so long as he receives the “best” care a hospital can offer—which is actually some of the “worst” care on the planet.