I don't want too much time to pass before a follow up to my most recent piece on psychiatric medications. Additionally, I want to elaborate on what the general public knows as ''alternative medicine.''
We hear often referenced to various problems with the concomitant sentiment, ''you have choices!'' There's a fair amount of truth to that exclamation. However, it's not all black and white. Some people have greater opportunities and, therefore, access to choices. A prime example points directly to one's socioeconomic status. People with certain insurance carriers might be positioned to choose from a lengthy list of medical providers. An economically deprived individual may have choices, however, from a shorter list. The former individual therefore, has greater latitude for shopping for a physician; the latter individual has fewer choices. In all cases, we hope and pray for open-minded genuinely compassionate medical providers to partner in our health and well-being.
Oh, one more glaring example of the distinction between socio-economic groups, A salient feature to practicing good health is diet. Those able to afford healthy foods might have greater choices on weight problems. We do know that many psychiatric medications influence metabolic changes. People may feel sedated, eat, not necessarily more and become less active. Movement is critical to health and well-being. healthy foods may be less affordable for those of lesser financial means. Again, this reinforces my earlier position: as your physician being family or psychiatrist, to hear your story. You need to advocate for yourself. If diet is troublesome, as your physician for recommendations. Your part in the partnership is to eat well. Even on a limited income, you can stop the flow of unhealthy foods. Sugar is a mainstay culprit. Be creative.
I get a chuckle when folks reference ''alternative medicine.'' Modern traditional medicine is hundreds of years old. Impressive! However, guess what? Acupuncture, massage, homeopathy and naturalpathic medicine are thousands of years old. herein immediately lies a problem of great importance. Most insurances either partially cover such practices, many insurances do not. Affordability, again, takes center stage. Keep in perspective that both traditional and the so-called ''alternative medicine'' have value and benefit. I've been witness to both countless times. ''Alternative medicine'' is on the rise. Untold numbers are seeking answers with greater choices. Some geographical areas of our vast country are saturated with both sets of practitioners. Other areas are barren.
Our country is blessed with some practitioners of the ''alternative medicines'' set. We have at least two pharmacies that carry a full array of traditional and ''alternative'' medications, supplements and the lot. Both north and south counties have herbal-vitamin shops. Though the choices are limited, they are growing. We have providers in the aforementioned places that are warm, caring and knowledgeable. Over the years, I've sent clients to educate themselves to these places. Know that you have some choices. Learning more can get you UNSTUCK. An informed and knowledgeable individual in partnership with medical providers from diverse backgrounds can educate you to better your lot in life. Be well. Best of health.