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Pagan: medical question

Hi there, I was just browsing the pagan/profession question. You said that alot of pagans tend to go into the medical field. And now I have a question, what do you guys think of western medicine.

I personally am not all that into the pharmeceutical push that it has. Don't get me wrong Docs help alot of people. And maybe this is stereotypical, but I promise I mean it in a good way. Aren't pagans supposed to be more into natural healing type things?

So if you are pagan does that influence your outlook on healing/medicine/doctors/vacines/remedies/nutrition/etc.
Are you more eastern or western?
Are you a pill popper or a leaf boiler?



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Asked by Cinnamon-mom at 7:19 PM on Apr. 14, 2009 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • LOL I definitely avoid as much pill popping as possible. A nice walk along with a cup of tea or a visit with friends can fix many situations. But that is what I do for myself. If a person needs meds then by all means they should listen to their doctor. But my doctor understands that I do NOT like to put things in my body that are not natural and he recommends natural products accordingly.


    Answer by pnwmom at 7:33 PM on Apr. 14, 2009

  • I just want to add that I tend to follow a more natural philosophy for healing. And I get harassed alot for it. I hate to generalize, but a lot of Christians think synthetic pharmeceutical drugs will solve all their problems. Also, a lot of science minded people think that laboratories can heal any problem around.

    I personally think (this is only my opinion) that God has given us the ability to stay healthy as well as nurture health through the foods, plants, sunlight. I mean I do go to the doc when I have to but I would rather stay away.

    I have some Christian friends that are more natural, but not many. Most of my "all natural" friends have either pagan or eastern worldviews.

    What do you guys think?

    Answer by Cinnamon-mom at 7:34 PM on Apr. 14, 2009

  • Personally I think it's a bit of both for me. I usually try or use herbs and homeopathic remedies first but for major things I don't have a problem using western medicine. I had a really awesome doctor who was really in to naturopathy (I believe he called it) and everything he prescribed for me worked, be it plant based/ herbal or chemical (for lack of a better word).

    Answer by Xynyth at 7:36 PM on Apr. 14, 2009

  • I think there is definitly a large un-necessary dependancy on chemically made remedies. However, there are some that definitly have advantages over herbal remedies. I think there needs to be a better balance.

    Answer by ozarkgirl3 at 7:39 PM on Apr. 14, 2009

  • there are alot of herbs that help with healing

    Answer by nakita72 at 8:03 PM on Apr. 14, 2009

  • Lets not forget accupressure.

    Answer by pnwmom at 8:08 PM on Apr. 14, 2009

  • Oh yeah, including using "alternative" healing methods... some work better than "actual" treatments...

    Answer by ozarkgirl3 at 8:18 PM on Apr. 14, 2009

  • I prefer to do things naturally but I am not above medical intervention. I don't believe that everything can be cured with hot water and a little tea... But I also don't run to the doctors for every sniffle... I do not believe in vaccinations, but it has nothing to do with religion. It's got more to do with personal education. My hubby is christian and doesn't believe in vaccinations either. I just took a Midol, so I can't say that I don't medicate, but I don't medicate FIRST. IF I can deal w/o pills, I do. But if not, hey, that's why they are there. My mother (a JW) is a masage therapist and a neutritionist, so alternative healthcare is just something I grew up with...

    I don't have all the natural healing stuff down pat yet, but I'm learning... Hopefully I will get better in time, but for now, I thank the Gods for Tylenol every once in a while.

    Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 8:26 PM on Apr. 14, 2009

  • I dont have a particular side.
    I do what feels will benefit my family the best. If that means an herbal or naturopathic remedy then Ill go for it. If it means using prescription meds, then I do that.

    I worked for a naturopathic dr for a couple of years and learned a lot about listening to my body and things that benefit that arent chemical based. It was a great time(even tho the boss sucked LOL), I learned a lot.


    Answer by BonesDragonDew at 8:43 PM on Apr. 14, 2009

  • I'm not pagan but I think it's best to find natural ways of taking care of oneself. Meditation, herbs, hypnosis, prayer, healthy diet, etc. But I also think GOD created doctors, too. So if the natural stuff isn't working, it's best to seek medical help.

    Answer by jenettyshome at 8:52 PM on Apr. 14, 2009

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