Healthy at Home
From the introduction, “During my training at the University of New Mexico’s School of Medicine, my eyes were opened to the wondrous world of science. I was enamored with the physiology. If I ever doubted that the body was designed for homeostasis and self-healing, those doubts had long vanished. I learned how to diagnose and treat patients with a wide variety of disorders and diseases during my family practice residency. I witnessed first-hand the miracles of emergency medicine, surgery, and intensive care. I was, simply put, in awe of what modern medicine could offer. And I saw very clearly its limitations.
For all its magic in treating serious disease and trauma, for minor problems, it can often be like using a chain saw when a paring knife would do. These limitations are, however, exactly the strengths of natural medicine. Minor, self-limited conditions that are not life-threatening are highly amenable to this approach. . .
Many people, particularly young parents, have virtually no confidence in their ability to distinguish between mild and minor conditions that can be cared for at home, and a serious or potentially dangerous illness that should be managed in partnership with a qualified health care practitioner. This confusion, in part, stems from the easy access to a wealth of health information, and unfortunately, easy access to much misinformation. It can be daunting to figure out what to believe. . .
As a physician who has used, researched and recommended natural medicines for decades, I chose to write this book to help people gain confidence in treating minor problems at home using gentle and effective remedies. I have intentionally limited the conditions to those that do not generally require a visit to a health care practitioner for diagnoses and/or treatment. . .
I chose not to write a book that has an exhaustive list of every possible natural medicine that could ever be used to treat a given condition. There are plenty of those in the marketplace and I’ve never found them particularly helpful. If there are 30 therapies for treating diarrhea, how am I supposed to discern which ones are the most effective? I find myself always wanting to ask the author, “Of these, which ONE would YOU use?” This is why I’ve only included those treatments that I’ve found most effective and safe in my practice.