One Thing You Need To Know About Alternative Medicine

by Brandon Topp

There’s no clear cut answer to the question, Is alternative medicine effective? Keeping this in mind is pivotal when researching new routes towards better health, or treatments for ailments and diseases. 

There’s No One-Size Fits All Solution


Whether you’re looking at traditional western medicine, or homeopathic treatments and alternative medicines, there’s no one-size fits all solution for certain conditions. Individuals featured on our series I Beat The Odds have remarkable real-life stories of terrifying diagnoses, dwindling odds, and recoveries found through natural treatments and therapies. 

While finding the path to their individual cures, these people had to face a hard truth. Dr. Karan Reckamp, MD and hematologist with City of Hope Cancer National Medical Center, came on the show and broke this truth down by saying, “There are lots of anecdotes out there that tell of cures for cancer from various treatments. Every person is different, every person’s cancer is different, so those things may be true, but they also may not be applicable to the majority of people.”

So, How Do I Know If Alternative Medicine Is Right For Me? 


Fact-Check Everything You Hear About Alternative Medicine


Every story of hope and survival told on our series I Beat The Odds follows an individual seeking out treatment for a disease or diagnosis outside of traditional western medicine. Going off the beaten path, especially when it comes to putting medication in your body, is no small thing. Consult experts who support use of alternative medicine, and who reject it before deciding for yourself. 

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Be Open To The Fact That Nobody Knows “Everything”


The stories from I Beat The Odds prove that people are like treatments, they can’t recognize and understand everyone’s illness. The show saw a man whose diagnosis went from pancreatic cancer to pancreatitis to a complete mystery, and despite never defining his illness, the man cured himself with ayurvedic cleanses.

Be Careful What You Hear


Now, with stories like the man with the mysterious pancreatic illness, some people think they've found a cure for cancer. This is NOT the case. Watch the episode, and you’ll see. However, brash headlines and promises for cures are profitable and prolific. Keep your mind open when searching for alternative medicine, but also don’t let your heart fall for any “miracle cures” that grace your newsfeed. Follow leads, keep a steady head, and research, research, research. 

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Be Relentless In Your Search


This point can almost go without saying, as in dire situations, people tend to be relentless. If we can offer any encouragement, it’s that we’ve seen time and time again on I Beat The Odds that there’s a lot out philosophy and medicine out there. Many the people on the show felt like they’d hit a dead-end looking for the right treatment for their disease just before discovering a new school of thought, or an ancient treatment, or a new diagnosis. All of these life-changing discoveries came from relentless efforts.

Don’t Settle One Way, Or The Other


It’s not unheard of for people to swear off western medicine, or to never consider alternative medicine. However, people have found cures on both sides of the coin. A lot of individuals will use natural and western treatments at the same time to improve their fight against an illness. Consult your doctors before taking anything new, but also do your best to explore all of your options. 

Be sure to check out "I Beat The Odds" for mind-blowing survival stories. Check our schedule for showtimes, and find out where you can tune in.

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