Thursday, February 18, 2010

Medical Self Reliance Part Three

By Susan Frances Bonner

Author of: Opening A Registered Nurse's Eyes; A Life-Altering Journey Across North America

In the two previous articles I talked about using knowledge as your best weapon in the fight to be as medically self-reliant as you can, and dealing with medical self-reliance when you are chronically ill. Now, let’s talk about some of the medication you must have in your arsenal that will help you stay healthy.

Every household should have a well stocked Emergency Kit. This could be one that you buy in a store or one you make yourself. But if you are not medically savvy, I would go with the pre-made kit. It will help get you
started on what is in one; which will allow you to customize one to your unique needs. Make sure that over and above the Emergency kit you have plenty of Aspirin on hand, an alternative anti-inflammatory, Benadryl, Sudafed, an anti-diarrhea medication, as well as a laxative. Cough suppressants and cough expectorants should also be in your arsenal. All of the above medications are readily available and are classified as “over the counter medications”, but most of you already knew that if you don’t live under a rock.

The above medications will help keep you and your family out of the doctor’s office for minor illnesses and trauma, such as a cold, diarrhea, constipation, cuts, scraps and minor allergic reactions. And, again, as a disclaimer, if any of these minor illnesses last for long periods of time or increase in their intensity, seek professional medical help immediately.

As a personal note; when I was growing up in the seventies, (yes, I’m dating myself), my siblings and I, very rarely went to the Doctor’s office. My family did not have the money, my mom was a stay at home mom and my dad’s insurance was limited. So my parents had to make decisions about our health everyday. And with four very active children to keep up with, the task was daunting.

When I asked my mother, God rest her soul, how she decided when to take us to the Doctor, she explained that when she was growing up most illnesses and injuries were treated by her relatives, using folk medicine that had been passed down from generation to generation. And if an injury was too life threatening; people just died. That was the reality of the time. Doctors were few and far apart and most hospitals were located inside a city, so folks relied on each other. She also told me that the population did not have the amount of chronic diseases that we have now.

People were more active, “back in the day”. They did not eat processed foods as much as we do, and there were no hormones or preservatives in their food. They also had no other choice besides; caring for themselves and their family, something; we as a society, need to get back to. We need to become more self-reliant in every aspect of our lives. Back to basics folks, whether you live in the inner cities or the backwoods of our great nation. Personal responsibility in all things will always make for a better life.
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