Learning to Live is my journey and discovering on learning to live with RA without the aid of medication. There are several reasons I do not want to be medicated, and although many people disagree with my decision, I stand by it firmly. In the end, I am the one in control of my body.
A few of the main reasons I do not want to be on medication are:
- I do not believe in putting unnatural things in our bodies. Although many medications come from plants and natural sources, they have been altered with binding and chemicals. I believe that the "other" in the medications lead to negative effects on our bodies.
- Side effects. Need I say more? Anyone who has taken medication on a long term basis before understands what I mean. The more common side effects are hard enough to deal with(diarrhea, stomach issues and ulcers, nausea, dizziness, just to name a few common ones) not to mention the possible long term side effects like liver or kidney damage, hair loss, and heart issues.
- Not all medications have been tested long enough to determine what the long term effect is. I don't want to take a chance and end up with bigger problems due to medication that appeared to be safe.
- The body is amazing and capable of healing itself if provided with the proper nutrients and surroundings. I believe that we are sick for a reason, whether it be that our diet is insufficient, our environment is cluttered with technology and EMF(electromagnetic field) and/or the amount of stresses in our lives are unbelievable.If we learn to adjust our lifestyles, we can learn to heal our bodies.
I am not sure where I am going with trying to figure out how to reduce the amount of pain or stiffness, but I do believe that there is a way to cure this. I am also not encouraging anyone in any way to come off their medications. All of this information is research that I have done, opinions and ideas. I am in no way a doctor, nor is any of this intended to be used for medical advice. I am simply trying to find a way for me to live without medication!