by: Rachael Pontillo
I personally believe that “food is medicine”, and use nutrition and lifestyle to keep my immune system strong so my body can fight off any bugs that happen to be going around on its own. I am pretty successful with that too, since my kids and I are hardly ever sick. When I feel a bug coming on, I usually choose a natural or homeopathic remedy if rest, nourishment, and hydration aren’t cutting it, and I’ve also had great luck with that.
However, I think it is important to have a good doctor since there are times where medical intervention may be necessary. Plus, I think it is really important to have annual physicals (“well” visits), so I can have all my levels checked to make sure that what I am doing is indeed what my body needs. We are all constantly changing, so our needs change. Sometimes we need to adjust our intake of certain nutrients if our levels show deficiencies or imbalances. If you don’t want to pay for these tests out of pocket, you need a doctor to order them so insurance will cover them.
Furthermore, emergencies and accidents do happen. My holistic buddies and I always joke that you can take care of minor things yourself with nature’s medicines; but if you get hit by a truck call the ambulance, not the seaweed man! Of course no one likes to think about bad things happening, but unfortunately we don’t live in unpoppable bubbles…it’s a jungle out there and if something does happen it’s a good idea to have a good doctor to take care of you.