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Has Anyone Tried A Natural Path/Holistic Practioner Or Herbalist?

Has Anyone Tried A Natural Path/Holistic Practioner Or Herbalist?

A DiabetesTeam Member said:

No, and not because I don't believe that they might be able to provide some benefit to "some", but I prefer to do my own research, find the clinically tested "natural and traditional" treatments - the studies are well published and then decide for myself which to try and what to expect if I do try them.

So, just for myself, I see persons providing this service an un-necessary cost - simply a middle man between me and the potential treatment.

And as long as you don't try and replace conventional medicine with (this) you could probably get some benefit.

But at the end of the day, the reason why we have huge drug companies doing research and putting out new diabetes treatments (quite a few in the past 5 years) is because the natural/historical treatments didn't work "well enough" to actually control diabetes. If they did there would be no need of further research and newer products.

So I believe that such a (service) could form a PART of your overall treatment plan, I do worry that some will see it as a "replacement" for conventional medicine, which right now, is your best chance of living with minimal or no complications if you stick with the program.

posted over 1 year ago
A DiabetesTeam Member said:

@A DiabetesTeam Member Big Pharma is mostly an American Phenomena.

In Canada, the UK and much of the commonwealth we have "socialized medicine" - you flash a card and "don't pay" but of course it is paid for with tax money.

But nobody here has to make the choice of paying for their meds or feeding their family. In Canada if you don't take your Insulin it isn't because it costs you $1000 a month, it's because you "chose not to".

At best we have "little pharma". Even if you somehow don't qualify for the "free meds" either under a government or private plan, our drug prices, if you are paying out of pocket are about 10% of the cost in the US.

We don't make people go bankrupt to try and keep them alive.

So it is understandable if you are paying through the nose for the most basic of medical care that less expensive, albeit usually less effective, alternatives are sought out.

I do have private health insurance. It runs me just a hair over $200 a month. That covers myself and my wife for "every conceivable medical treatment we could ever need", including therapists, counselors, operations, follow up care, rehab physical or mental, all our drugs - it even pays for my blood meter, test strips and diabetic socks if I want them. Plus it includes "every procedure" performed by a dentist - even as cosmetic as getting your teeth cleaned.

So with all that available I don't see the need to seek out a (sub-professional) that can't treat to the same level, that I would have to pay out of pocket for, unless I had "exhausted" all the free resources at my disposal.

It really is a "perspective" thing....

posted about 1 year ago
A DiabetesTeam Member said:

Graham, I admire the way you seek information and make your decisions based on what you find and know. I also research and have found much information that can't be validated. One has to be very careful about the holistic approach. Some is useful, granted, however, sticking to today's forms of treatment are the best we can do. One has to factor in big Pharma. They are powerful and it is a very complex system. Essentials oils are of value.

posted about 1 year ago
A DiabetesTeam Member said:

Wow where did you get oils?

posted over 1 year ago
A DiabetesTeam Member said:

I have introduced essential oils to help with neuropathy. I still take my daily insulin and Kombiglyze as prescribed by my doc. I had slight neuropathy from my diabetes, but then I had a stroke in 2017 and it increased to a point I had to begin pain medication. I was taking Gabapentin, hydrocodone, then Cymbalta. In 2018 I started the essential oil supplements and oils and within a month I was off all of my pain meds. This is what worked for ME.

posted over 1 year ago
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