"Health is a large word. It embraces not the body only, but the mind and spirit as well;...
and not today's pain or pleasure alone, but the whole being and outlook of a man."
~James H. West

Lisa's Blog

Four Questions You Must Ask Your Doctor Before Taking Medication!

Lisa Cutforth - Saturday, August 22, 2009

Help! I don't want to take medication or drugs,
but I do want to do the responsible thing...
What do I need to ask my doctor?

So you have gone to see your doctor for a check up or because you have been experiencing pain or discomfort.  They send you off for some blood tests which come back with bad news for you!  All the "bad" things are too high and all the "good" things are too low! 

Help! What can you do now?  You are panicked, the doc says, unless we act fast and drastically there are going to be devastating consequences... and this implies death!  Some of them may even go as far as discussing the implications of your death, the responsibility you have as a parent: "What will happen to your children or your family if you die?!" 

The reality is they are right, often drastic action is needed.  Something has got to give and something has to change... but what?  Will taking a host of drugs REALLY fix the problem or address the root cause of the illness, disease, discomfort?  Will it make it better or will it make it go away? Or will it just mean that a few months or years down the line something else pops up that will then also need to be addressed... and may even be linked or caused by the initial course of chosen action?

If you have been diagnosed with "High Cholesterol" or "High Blood Pressure" or "Type II diabetes" or "Cancer" or "Depression" or some other common disease or popular label, that will feel pretty scary.  What you need to know is that there are many different ways to treat and "cure" (be devoid of symptoms and living a normal life) these, with varying degrees of success.  Different models will address different aspects of you all are important: some models may focus on your physical body, other "less mainstream" approaches include mental wellbeing, emotional wellbeing, and spiritual wellbeing.  It is my opinion that all four are important and need to be addressed in varying degrees.

The four questions you need to ask your doctor before
agreeing to taking any drugs/medication

So you have been given a disease label.  What can you do next? As your doc discusses your treatment options, i.e. you need to take the following medication, I encourage you to ask four questions: (Remember: BRAN)
What are the Benefits?
What are the Risks?
What are the Alternatives?
What happens if I take Nothing?

I am not suggesting for a second that you should be irresponsible, many of these conditions are very serious, your body is communicating with you, it is saying: "Help, we have a problem!", and absolutely there is a time and place for medication.  What I am suggesting is that there are many solutions, for example there are natural alternatives and many positive lifestyle changes you could also be making that will bring you GREATER results and a HASTENED recovery and health worth celebrating.  Many of the solutions are SIMPLE!  (All that is required is a desire to feel, be, look different coupled with courage, discipline and commitment.)

They include: 
  • Eating whole fresh food most closely resembling it's natural form.  Get your copy of 23 Healthy Living Nutrition Tips.
  • Getting Regular exercise: Some fun exericise options.
  • Allowing yourself to get in touch with and experience your emotions, listen to yourself and what's important to you, taking time out to just be and connecting with God / Spirit.  There are lots of ways to do this including, meditation, contemplative prayer, yoga, pilates, love, belief, gratitude and praise.

We would love to hear your questions and comments and to help support you in any way we can. Ask us about alternatives you might be able to consider! Please post a comment or Contact Us.

Wishing you health worth celebrating!

Recent Posts


Egg allergy nutritionist nutritious mood quick recipes lunch support your body fun breast cancer awareness video hot guys food allergies how to check your breasts how to love exercise drugfree alternatives food intolerances how to say no natural toothpaste gluten intolerance soccer, role of team sports in longevity, role of exercise and community in longevity control cooking with allergies immune system health for busy people breast cancer awareness dance addicted to chocolate great second hand books seasonal quick and tasty recipes love food 7 Tips to Lower Your Cholesterol and Protect Your Heart soft drink and behavior problems stress, keys to managing stress, benefits of stress what is healthy food healthy shopping Add new tag nutrition food sensitivities make stress work for you real food soft drink and behaviour problems Lisa's Diary is chocolate bad for me healthy cooking party how to avoid doing the right thing and getting the wrong results skip meals reasons to eat foods in season mobile phones and brain cancer, Dr Teo assertiveness salad Nutritional Therapist sexy salads Nina Simone how to be happy music libido healthy cooking demonstration fresh natural alternatives to drugs Cancer the tummy beast sensitivity to milk image how to get more of exercise dangers of multitasking while you eat time management and healthy living gift energy herbal toothpaste do i have to drink milk; where do i get calcium from; non dairy calcium sources childrens lunch boxes Happiness alzheimers low calorie meal plan allergies happiness workshop comfort foods dancing 7 steps to detox fatigue diet diary performance breakfast wrong type of exercise, exercise and results comfort eating indigestion leaky gut, gut health, symptoms of leaky gut heart disease calorie controlled diet recipies high cholesterol new year's resolutions overindulge empty your mind ability to respond low calorie diet muscle wasting nutritious cooking blood pressure recipes for allergies relationship with food skipping meals breast cancer prevention increasing energy sugar and add taking responsibility life is sugar bad I've Got Life benefits of strength training, why you should strength train cholesterol lowering diet fussy eaters Laughter and stress fun organic vegetables Lactose intolerance the power to choose diet diary of a nutritionist delicious focus strength are frozen veggies any good what is a good breakfast motivation have fun in the kitchen fruit Sensational healthy shopping list weight loss making time to relax feels good pop-eye and spinach sustainable living, rural development, organic gardening, rampumps, biogas immune boosting tips what is movember taking a break muffins celebrate life homocysteine detox hunger and stress health life lessons maintain a healthy weight, underweight quick eating solutions healthy wine, healthy beer, healthy alcohol options relax benefits to keeping a diet diary nutritionists diet diary love, loneliness simple 7 day detox plan corporate wellness are grains healthy go for 2 and 5 ways to improve prostate health low cholesterol quizz healthy cooking parties cheap fruit and vegetables, what's in season in autumn in australia anxiety Alan Pease should I eat organic veggies sexy salad how to avoid injury during exercise brain health healthy fast food, healthy take away sugar and adhd avoiding a choice weightloss happiness course memory four questions you must ask your doctor before taking medication improve your memory fruit and vegetable shortage recipe fresh start trans fats obesity ask my doctor which is better for you butter or margarine success and you foods in season, seasonal recipes best exercise christmas have more energy comfort pig health pioneers reducing coffee benefits of sleeping cooking class in brisbane nutritionist in brisbane I don't get hungry keep focused health with 10 % effort Dr Randy Pausch on Oprah getting fit 10 % principle to know and not do is not yet to know life choices prostate cancer health one step at a time heart foundation tick explained weight