Doctors hate us.

The more deeply I become involved in the natural health community, the more I become aware of a deep animosity that exists between the mainstream health community (doctors, nurses, etc) and us – the natural health people. Apparently, we hate them and they hate us.

I may still be a wide-eyed and naïve student, but I don’t really see why this is necessary. Both practices, as far as I am concerned, have their place.

Yes there ARE areas on which two opinions may overlap and contradict. Yes there IS a tendency for one side (or both) to be hardheaded, closed minded, and unwilling to change. But if, as members of the natural health community, we consider ourselves to be the more open minded and enlightened bunch (and we certainly do), then I would argue that it is on us to understand that medical staff not only have limits, but also functions and uses.

Bashing doctors to me is a sign of unprofessionalism and disrespect for an educational process that not many of us can achieve. This attitude poisons the minds and the environment that people rely on for a sense of peace and calm and acceptance.

The doctors I know are people who began with a strong passion to help others. Along the way they have been overworked and stressed. Many have compromised their own personal health and time with their families for their careers. I hardly feel it is my place to point an accusatory finger if they don’t put everyone on their highest priority list.

This doesn’t mean there aren’t bad doctors. There are. But there are also bad natural health practitioners, and as always it is up to the individual to have the sense to weed those out.

I have spent copious amounts of time in hospitals, so perhaps that plays a role in my opinions on this matter. When my partner was rushed into the hospital with a hemorrhaging brain and in a comma, there was no herb or therapy that could have saved him. Doctors did. Surgery did. And lots and lots of pain medication.

Medical professionals saved his life, as they do many lives on a daily basis. Because my partner’s accident was so severe that his surgery ended up being recorded for a medical show on The Discovery Channel (they called his “The Miracle Story”), we ended up having the opportunity to meet a lot of the surgeons and doctors that worked on him. Hearing them speak about him and wish him luck was an amazing experience. They are truly amazing people, quick thinking, with superior intelligence. Their last minute decisions forever changed our lives. To us, they are heroes.

It was nurses, not practitioners that sat those long hours with me trying to monitor him. Some just did their jobs, but many were passionate. They snuck me into places I wasn’t supposed to be so I could stay with him. They let me stay overnight when I wasn’t allowed but didn’t want to go home. They would keep a special eye on him when I needed to shower. They would bring me chairs and blankets and food and words of comfort. There is a place and a time for everything.

My partner went through the entire process with the medical profession, from ICU to rehab. Now that he’s out, there’s not much else they can do for him. But he has further benefited from natural, holistic nutrition. To me, this is where the holistic community comes in. Like detectives with microscopes, they deal with smaller scale imbalances as opposed to more dramatic medical emergencies. They can also deal with some bigger issues more naturally. Again, a time and a place for everything.

Today I finished my first assessment and analysis of my first client. I did a write up and a presentation and it went extremely well. I’m excited and confident about continuing along this career path, which I feel is definitely growing. But I would like to make the commitment early on to never use my clients as sounding boards for rants on the medical community, as I have seen some practitioners do.

It’s unwise and uncalled for; they are not our enemies. We have a common enemy – disease and illness. It’s a big one so it’s about time we started trying to work together.