Picking up from last Friday’s post, some well-meaning people have asked, “if NaPro is so good, why don’t most doctors know about it?”
Here’s a few possibilities and some thoughts on American medicine in particular:
1. Little phamaceutical money in NaPro (it’s not just, “take this (patented) pill and get better”)
2. NaPro requires self-control and patience (Americans generally weak in these areas)
Regarding #2, consider what happens when a couple wants to get pregnant but can’t. Most doctors aren’t trained to figure out the root of the problem. Much less one that requires months and months of daily charting of the woman’s cycle. The couple wants to get pregnant, and when we Americans want something, we get it, and we get it right now.
Hence couples, even Christian ones who know no better, use various means of trying to conceive like IVF. These cost a ton of money and are immoral for several reasons. The important thing is that they get a baby, of their own genes, as soon as possible. But whatever the underlying fertility issue is with the husband or wife or both, it is not discovered and rooted out.
My Own Experience
I am the son of a doctor and have great respect for both the extensive schooling and abilities of modern medicine. We take antibiotics when we need to, use various meds to help cold and flu symptoms, and even *gasp* get immunizations.
But ten years ago my hands started hurting: numbness, tingling, ultra-sensitivity and pain. So I naturally went to the hand doctor. He gave me various things to try, none worked. He was flummoxed, didn’t know what it was even after many visits. I took to wearing gloves because my hands were hurting so much, even holding the steering wheel to drive my car.
The pain also started going up into my wrists and arms. I saw more doctors. They tried this and that: take these pills, maybe stretch a little or do some weights. Physical therapy. It didn’t work.
The pain went up into my neck. By this time I had done some learning on my own and guessed that the root of the problem was the nerves going out of my neck, through the thoracic outlet, into my arms. I went to the spine doctors, and over the years had two MRIs done on my neck. The doc thought it was probably muscular. He said he didn’t treat “that kind” of back problem, only structural ones like slipped discs. He gave me a prescription for muscle relaxers and sent me packing.
Eventually I sucked it up and even tried the chiropractor. With one of my parents a doctor, I had been given a skeptical view of chiropractors. He was confident that he could make it better. But his therapies didn’t help any.
Over the years I’ve learned to deal with the pain and manage it. That’s the reality. I stretch, take breaks at work from the computer, am careful with how I move and bend and lift things. Sometimes I take some anti-inflammatories if I over-do things. I use tiger balm on my neck (Indian version of icy hot). I stretch a lot.
All the doctors I saw had one narrow area of expertise. Once my problem seemed systemic and not just in their specialty, they passed me off to someone else. None of them said “I’m going to work with you to find out what is going wrong and help discover the treatments and doctors that can help.”
A woman’s body is complicated. When you use fertility awareness (or even if you pay attention in seventh grade biology), you realize how much more complicated the woman is than the man (double entendre intended). It’s something of an insult that one drug, the Pill, is prescribed as the miracle “cure” for whatever problems a woman is having. And when a woman wants to conceive, if she has fertility problems, most doctors’ expertise is quite limited in how to diagnose what the problems are and how to solve them.
In truth, she might need to see an NaPro OB/GYN for medicine and surgery, an endocrinologist, a nutritionist, and other doctors and therapists. That’s not one narrow area that Western doctors excel at; it is inter-disciplinary and crosses many boundaries.
I’m not against doctors. They do great work. My wife would not be alive today if not for modern medicine and doctors. Some of them do know how to look comprehensively at helping a person. But many more just have tunnel vision and if the problem doesn’t present itself as within their area, they throw the problem over the wall to the next guy.
Fertility problems are pervasive. So many women suffer from them, at times it seems more struggle with infertility than have normal (high) fertility. While I think the nutrition in our country over the past forty years is in large part to blame, it’s also the case that women’s bodies are complex and a lot can go haywire in them. It’s a miracle that babies are conceived at all and live in the mother’s womb. Amazing. God made the woman’s body good and self-healing. Doctors should seek to work with the woman’s body to help it heal itself and get to functioning normally. NaPro does that.