There is an ongoing debate regarding alternative vs modern medicine. Both of these branches of medicine have evolved due to technological advancements. People are also choosing to educate themselves with more readily available information.
Due to my past struggles with Cushing’s disease and other resulting issues, I have tried both types of treatment and want to share my thoughts. Before going any further, I would like to clarify that I am in no way giving medical advice.
Use modern medicine
Low testosterone was one of the main issues I faced prior to my Cushing’s diagnosis. As a man, that was the last thing I wanted to hear. At the time, I just wanted to fix it, so my GP suggested testosterone replacement therapy (TRT). I agreed and started using a topical cream.
I didn’t notice any change, so my doses were upped, but I still haven’t seen any results. However, a side effect of the cream landed me in the hospital with fluid buildup around my heart. I didn’t realize then that a tumor on my pituitary gland was causing my hormonal issues, including extremely low testosterone. It was a bad combination.
Fast forward to 2017, after I had surgery to remove the tumor, and I was still having low testosterone issues. My endocrinologist prescribed me a synthetic form of the hormone which I had to inject every two weeks. Initially, it worked very well. I felt stronger and more alive, but the side effects hit again.
My wife noticed that my temper was shorter and changing in a way that was unhealthy. Although synthetic testosterone worked, the trade-off was not worth it.
The transition to the alternative
In July 2018, I completely stopped TRT and decided to take an alternative approach to my treatment. I didn’t know where to start, so I just started researching foods that can heal the body, herbs, natural supplements, and what people with my disease should avoid.
I’m always honest about the process: there were times when things were going well and times when I thought it wouldn’t work. But eventually, I found a diet that worked for me, and I continued to build on it. I noticed improved health, increased energy, decreased inflammation, reduced pain, and a better overall sense of well-being.
Again, I want to make it clear that I am not providing medical advice or trying to convince anyone that one type of treatment is better than another. I always encourage others to see a licensed medical professional for advice.
My choice to use alternative medicine involved many factors, including extensive research and consultation. I had to weigh the pros and cons of each. Ultimately, it depended on how my body reacted. Modern medicine has helped me identify the root cause of my symptoms and fix the problem. But alternative medicine has helped me heal, recover and survive.
Therefore, I am grateful to both of them, because they did what they were supposed to do.
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