A Discussion Challenging Your View of What it Means to be Natural
A trend has been bombarding our timelines and the societal shift of inclusivity has been all the rage in recent years. This is the trend most of us have been waiting and hoping for, a trend others may never have imagined would ever happen. The trend to which I am referring is ‘being natural’ and the acceptance of it. Everywhere we turn, from the reusable grocery bags to the cotton balls we use to scrub the day off at night: everything is natural. So, why is it that we are more apt to trust mother nature’s natural brand of yogurt, yet still question alternative healing practices regardless of their historical success or scientifically supported publishings? Why do we accept that this “natural” cooking spray is going to benefit us more in the long run, yet run to acetylsalicylic acid (aspirin, how many times did you reread that word?) when we refuse to drink enough water everyday? The double standard of expectations on both accounts could be the successful work of marketing, or the unsuccessful work of knowledge acquisition: luckily, this blog post has both of those things.
When you think of the word ‘natural,’ what is your first thought? Is it synonymous with ‘less-effective’ or ‘more-effective’? For most people nowadays, it is a constant game of hide-and-seek while we try to find products that have ingredients we can read, are still in our price range, and are also equally effective (Tip: if you are looking for natural antibiotic alternatives, you’ve come to the right place because Nexderma products check all of those boxes). Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is a group of diverse medical and health care systems, practices, and products that are not presently considered to be part of conventional medicine. So, while a conventional physician may prescribe pills with the same amount of (and similar) ingredients as those in your favorite brand of laundry detergent and jot it down as your treatment, an alternative physician may prescribe you the five best (and cheapest) forms of natural medication: fresh air, exercise, sun, sleep, and of course, Nexderma products (just kidding, it’s water). The truth is, we don’t really know what the long-term effects are of the mystery pills we ultimately end up relying on in our lives. For all we know, they could be the equivalent to putting a bandaid on the bullet wound and just cover symptoms without solving the issue.
The same is true for our pets. Veterinary medicine began as a means for our own survival; sustaining the lives of livestock. Now it has evolved into an industry with a foundation of pure love for the animal kingdom and all of its exciting diversity. It has become a cornerstone for challenging our values of life and what it means to be compassionate. With all of those characteristics behind one career, why is it that we settle for treatments that don’t actually exist without our intervention? Why are we so quick to prescribe and accept chemicals that give us rashes and irritations to the pets we’ve vowed to love unconditionally, as they instantly do for us? I’m not saying that natural treatments should be the only option, because the gift of knowledge and experience was meant to create and progress. But, acknowledging the natural balance of the Earth is necessary for a completely objective study of medicine; human or animal.
One perspective of true balance in nature is the observation and study of snake venom. The blue coral snake’s venom is so powerful that it can trigger all of the victim’s nerves to fire at once, instantly triggering full body spasms, paralysis, and death (the craziest thing about this, to me, is that it is naturally occurring. Like, there’s literally just a snake somewhere in a forest with this venom that just happens to be extremely potent based off of its dietary preferences;. The extremity of the potential deaths caused by such a tiny being on our planet is horrifying. However, researchers have fully analyzed its venom and think that it might lead to better pain treatments in the future from its natural sodium channel disruption (this causes the paralysis;. Hence, our gift of knowledge acquisition combined with the crazy ways in which the Earth maintains balance is our ultimate key to health and longevity. While on one side of the Earth, the blue coral snake is consuming cobras, making guest appearances in our nightmares and taking names, on the other side it is increasing scientific discovery and treating pain more effectively. The same is true for all of our worst snake-nightmares. Like the rattlesnake (the most musical of its species) has venom that can either cause a body part to be amputated, or it can help treat cancer. Or, if you’re not into being convinced of the necessity of snakes on the planet, the tarantula has venom that can either paralyze you or slow the progression of muscular dystrophy. Basically, natural substances enhanced by us contain the exact same terrifying ingredient if you were introduced to it in the wrong context.
This was all meant to trigger a conversation. Earth has its own way of maintaining balance no matter what we do to it, and our gift of taking something deadly, and turning it into something remarkable is truly a service worth continually pursuing. Natural alternatives have historically proven their concept time and time again, and this new ‘natural’ trend is the pique of excellence for all of nature’s medications in the years to come.