This post is for minimalists, crunchy folk, families with kids, your neighbor, and everybody else. Whether you want to live more simply with less clutter or just want to improve the health of those in your home, this is for you.
My medicine cabinet is not even a cabinet. It’s a tiny basket with a pack of bandaids that we never use, a few essential oil personal inhalers, and a thermometer.
“But what if your kid gets a fever?”
“What do you take for headaches?”
“You’ll change your mind when you get a sinus infection!”
So, now that we’ve got THAT out of the way, let’s continue to the meat of this post.
I encourage you to go grab a package or two of OTC medication from your cabinet and read the labels. What are the intended uses of these products? I’ll use a popular brand of acetaminophen as an example.
“temporarily relieves minor aches and pains due to: the common cold, headache, backache, minor pain of arthritis, toothache, muscular aches, premenstrual and menstrual cramps, temporarily reduces fever”
temporarily relieves minor aches and pains
temporarily reduces fever
I want to use this example because this is one of the medications so many people keep on hand and use for so many purposes.
My point here is that drugs like this do not fix your problem. They do not cure anything. They do not prevent anything. They slightly alter the presentation of the actual problem for a short time and then bring to the table a slew of side effects, noticed or not.
And then there’s this…
giving these medicines, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen, to prevent fever after vaccination may also blunt immune responses to the vaccine.
Duke University/CDC – Click for Source
And also this…
Our previous case-control study showed that use of acetaminophen at age 12–18 months is associated with increased likelihood for Autism Spectrum Disorder (OR 8.37, 95% CI 2.08–33.7). In this study, we again show that acetaminophen use is associated with Autism Spectrum Disorder (p = 0.013).
These medications aren’t helping you.
Yes, your headache might ease off. But why do you have a headache? Did you consume too much sugar or caffeine in the past few days and now your body is having to readjust to normalcy? Did you skip a few glasses of water and allow yourself to become dehydrated? Did you watch too much television or play on your phone too long?
Are you medicating yourself for something a glass of water, a dose of sunshine, or better time management can cure?
There are natural, better ways to not only treat common health issues, but also many, many ways to circumvent these issues entirely.
- Prevent seasonal allergy reactions by consuming local, raw honey.
- Utilize a steamy bathroom, facial massage, and a mug of tea instead of consuming decongestant medications.
- Use a netti pot instead of OTC nasal sprays.
- Know that the foods and beverages you put into your body directly affect how you feel at that moment and for a time afterwards.
- Clean water, mild soap, and applied pressure are all most minor wounds need.
- Recognize that things like fevers or upset tummies are the body’s way of dealing with an attack that started well before you ever noticed the symptoms.
- Wash your hands with a mild, *non-antibacterial soap.*
- Know that your attitude, how you manage yourself mentally and emotionally, plays a role in how you feel physically.
- Treat the origin of your issue, not just a handful of symptoms.
- Understand that your body is made to defend and repair itself and often doesn’t need assistance.
We’ve been so conditioned to believe we *need* these medications to “heal” or “get better.” Even the drugs themselves don’t claim to do that. Human bodies are powerhouses of sustainability…as long as they are treated with the respect and care they deserve.
I’m not saying that “medicine is evil” or “Big Pharma is killing us all!” I’m saying that we live in a world where many people would rather take on additional risks, spend extra money, and live in a state of dependency than make a diet change or go for a walk.
I’m saying, “Simple solutions to simple problems.”
I encourage you to make today the ending point of concealing symptoms. Make today your starting point for genuine, “I love you, self,” self-care.