Could natural remedy healthcare be the wave of the future for Americans? As healthcare costs continue to rise along with insurance premiums and more job losses, our uninsured population is growing and the downward spiral unfolding begs the question…will mainstream America turn to natural remedies to solve their ailing needs? Recent discussions on the proposed healthcare bill our Federal Administration is engaged in appear to be facing so much resistance and ongoing debate that many Americans are now asking themselves whether such a bill will even pass. In the meantime, sick people in need of healthcare must be starting to wonder “is there another way?”
Desperate Times Call for Extreme Measures
There is a growing trend of people seeking less expensive health care in countries outside our borders. Just the other day, Bill Handel of KFI’s AM640 Talk Radio, interviewed a published book author who wrote of his personal attempt at saving a desperate dying man by flying to China in search of a new kidney. The cost of the successful kidney transplant was $32,000 in China, whereas in the U.S., the cost is reportedly $375,000. It is also quite well-known that dental care and cosmetic surgery procedures are far less expensive and readily accessible in Mexico than can be found in the U.S. Clearly, there is a need for affordable healthcare in the U.S….not just for emergency live-saving procedures like the example just illustrated but for routine care addressing things like the cold and flu and annual physicals as well as diagnostic procedures like MRIs and CAT scans which currently run over $1,000 for the uninsured. Though optimism remains high for the passage of a healthcare bill, natural remedies may soon play an important role in filling the gaps.
Natural Remedies, Then and Now
Natural remedies used to be equated with tree-hugging, granola-loving, eco-friendly environmentalists who simply wanted to eliminate unhealthy chemicals from their foods and living environment while influencing a healthy planet. The notion of opting for organic, whole foods and green products as a preventive measure for good health is not new. Neither is the idea of pursuing natural remedies as an alternative to prescription drug medication. Just notice how many naturopathy, homeopathy and holistic healing centers have sprouted up in the past decade. Where it used to be one had to look under “Chinese medicine” in the yellow pages, natural remedies are no longer viewed so much as “alternative medicine” or “complimentary” but are frequently found to be included in most household medicine cabinets today. A recent study of pomegranate juice has revealed a potential remedy in the reversal of Alzheimer’s disease for example.
Big Pharma and Regulators, Beware
The rise and acceptance of natural remedies has resulted in a trend of American awareness that is an open-minded and more educated mainstream population which asks a lot of questions…the kind of questions that doctors, drug manufacturers, and Federal regulators can no longer evade. The public is fast becoming a knowledgeable nation via willing consumption of virally-infectious information streams flowing out of the likes of You-Tube and other social media outlets. The news is instantaneously spreading and by all indications, the prognosis for natural remedies in the form of whole food nutrition, health supplements, herbs and essences is favorable and here to stay. Western society is hungry for anything resonating chemical-free, environmentally sustainable, Fair-trade and found in nature.
The F.D.A. Role
Probing inquiries into the lobbying mechanism by deep-pocketed pharmaceutical companies reveal questionable conflicts of American health interests when Food and Drug Administration regulators who approve prescription drug safety are possibly none other than former pharma company execs themselves. Damaging allegations identify many of our regulatory experts as former industry executives. As this information becomes more publicly known, it may create a window of opportunity for natural remedies as a solution where the prescription-drug path to healing might otherwise lead to bankruptcy for the very sick and uninsured. On the other hand, this is where things could also get a little dicey for sick individuals…will societal acceptance of natural remedies extend to the treatment of serious life-threatening diseases such as cancer? In spite of such a warm social reception to natural remedies, the F.D.A. is sufficiently poised, both politically and financially, to reasonably deny the efficacy of scientifically studied natural remedy alternatives. Without F.D.A. approval natural remedy makers face an uphill battle.
And the Verdict is…
For the foreseeable future it seems society will continue to makes its own determination. And we will continue to swallow gulps of whatever medicine is fed through the cyber channels. It is anyone’s guess what the outcome will be for natural remedies regardless of the adoption of a national healthcare bill. For those who have not heard, it has been rumored that President Barack Obama’s election to the oval office in large part hinged on the successful efforts of grass-roots internet tactics and social media campaigning. Wow! If that is true, then anything is possible.