Who and what really heals people?

Does one person have the right to walk up to another person and look them in the eye and tell them that unless they change their life and do things "their way" they are going to die? Of course the prophets in the Old Testament did this, but they spoke for God. Do most doctors speak for God?

Arrogant and self absorbed doctors are accustomed to just telling a patient what to do and expecting full compliance without complaint mainly due to fear. "Do it my way or die" is a powerful way of communicating. Leaning upon a bunch of leaders after one's name is supposed to produce credentials not to be questioned and produce an aura of invincibility in many doctor's minds. Their attitude is that they invested tons of money and time to get educated, so they of necessity are always right.

No doctor can heal a person. God designed the human body to heal itself with His help and through the herbs and other natural remedies He placed on this earth. Luke was a physician and he spent much of his life traveling with the Apostle Paul helping him stay healthy enough to carry out his ministry. But, Luke never once "healed" Paul.

A true physician would offer sound advice regarding what to take or do to promote healing in the body. At times this involves intervention though surgery or various procedures (such as setting a broken bone). For hundreds and thousands of years this is what a physician did and as such, he/she was not looked upon as a "god" but simply as someone doing their job which was to help a person's body feel better and to facilitate God healing them.

Like many other areas, the entire role of a doctor started to change radically in the early 1900's and after World War II, physicians became more and more "healers" rather than promoters of God's healing. This change started subtly in the 1950's and gathered momentum in the years following. Along with this change came the establishment of specialist for everything. These specialist are many times excellent physicians, but also they are many times arrogant fools only looking to get rich quick.

With the advent of antibiotics, the entire field of pharmaceuticals went from a dream in the mind of a few to one of the most lucrative money making professions of all time. The concept of making a pill for whatever ails you has turned the world into drug addicts. A doctor prescribes one pill for one problem and then has to prescribe another pill to combat the side effects of the first pill and then another pill to deal with the side effects and adverse interactions between the first two pills.

The sad reality is that many of today's doctors are nothing but "witch doctors" who do nothing but write prescription after prescription for their patients. I can think of NO time when I have not had to wait in a long line to get a prescription filled at my local pharmacy. I can think of no companies more profitable financially over the past few years than pharmaceutical manufactures. I can think of no profession more despised by most people than being a "drug representative" who can prance into the doctor's office in their high dollar suits and dresses while the waiting room is full of people who have been there for hours.

Medicine has become, in many cases, a field of huge profits, huge egos and huge mistakes. Of course there are many amazing success stories involved, especially in cancer treatment and specific conditions. But, there is also tons of abuse of the system and countless doctors who long ago decided THEY were the healers of the human body and the drugs they prescribe were the panacea for all that ails the sick.

Desperate people yield to doing desperate things. Hearing one is going to die unless they do this or take this pill or consent to this procedure or another weakens the will and opens the door to dangerous drug and procedure abuse. If I had any great revelation the past five days it is that once again, I have allowed myself to get caught up in the jaws of the medical sharks intent on NOT seeing God heal my body, but making me sicker so as to fatten their bank accounts.

In 1989 I came down with a mysterious illness which kept getting worse and landed my in the hospital for a few days. Upon release, I was quickly put on 8 drugs which only made me sicker. I only got well when those 8 drugs were reduced to 2. The same thing happened in 1992 after a "simple" knee surgery.

In 1998 I had heart by-pass surgery. I had many complications afterwards. A few months later, I was up to taking 22 medications every day. I was so sick, weak and full of problems physically I could not function. The doctor sent me to Mayo Clinic. I was there for two weeks and left feeling a million times better. What did they do? They reduced my medications from 22 to 6 per day. I will never forget the doctor up there saying that usually once a person is on more than 8 or 9 medications daily, they will inevitably make them sicker not better due to interactions and side effects.

In my "good years" between 2001 and 2008 I for the most part was on 5 daily medications. Over the past year they kept increasing. Going into the hospital Saturday, I was amazed to see I was up to 16 daily medications again. Leaving the hospital last evening I was up to 18. This is unacceptable and my job is to now safely wean myself off two thirds of the medications I am on. I know if I don't, God will never be able to heal me properly.

There are many pure hearted doctors who only want to see a person feel better and thus prescribe all sorts of drugs to do so. I have no beef with these people. But, there are many who insist on prescribing one pill after another and many more to combat side effects from them. Those who practice medicine in this way are not helping their patients but rather saddling them with a host of problems.

I humbly ask for your prayers as I embark on the mission of reducing my daily medications down to a level where they will help God heal me instead of hindering Him. No person can take 15 or more medications everyday and not in the long run suffer serious harm.

I already take a truckload of vitamins and supplements (for which I am always getting yelled at), and I refuse to give them up for they have helped me stay health for years of my life. God is the one who gave us various herbs and other "natural" remedies to promote healing. Man is the one who has used chemicals to produce a wide array of products which many times help and others times kill people. The goal is to find those medications which genuinely help and eliminate those which don't.

Chemo drugs are nasty but needed to promote healing from cancer. Many high powered antibiotics are nasty to take but needed to help God heal the body. Many of the highly advertised drugs are nothing more than quick ways to make money for big drug makers and need to be avoided at all cost.

As I told the nurse after the arrogant doctor left yesterday; I am going to write a book. I could literally write for days on the good, bad and ugly of the entire medical field, and especially the pharmaceutical side of things. But, that is not my purpose here. For now, thank you for allowing me to "vent" and for letting me return to writing here on the site which has kept me going through these dark days. You all are my family and I love you dearly. Thanks for all your faithful prayers and support.

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Andrew Luckhaupt @luckyone ·

Vent away brother. We still lift you in prayer.

Get well and welcome back!

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K Reynolds @kreynolds ·

This blog truly reminds me how blessed I have been in regards to my doctors this past year. While it is certainly not true for all cancer patients, I really believe one of the reasons we are seeing so many people actually survive this disease is due to the incredible compassion of many who seek to treat those who suffer from it. When we walk in the door, we have death written all over us but we often find ourselves greeted by caring and compassionate men and women who are determined to fight for us to live the best we possibly can.

I'm thankful for an oncologist who was willing to hold my hand when I needed it, refuses to let me dwell on the negative and insists that I do the things I can do to try to keep this beast away for as long as possible. He prefers to spend his time chatting with me about what is new in my life and hearing about the positive things rather than having me wait for a chemo infusion. I heard him publically declare in front of a large audience that yes, he absolutely does believe in miracles because he has seen them happen. He told me about a patient he has placed in hospice three times over the past twelve years. "She won't stay there!" he laughs. She sends him a Christmas card every year. "I'm still here. What about you?"

May God wean you from these terrible drugs. I'm so glad I take nothing! I'm even horrible about taking vitamins so I don't know what I'd do if my life depended on it. I always forget. May God provide you with a doctor who is a man or woman after his own heart and they will get rid of those unnecessary things which often times actually work against each other.

K :princess:

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Patricia A. Lambert @redeemed4ever ·

We are glad you are home, brother. Please seek the Lord and enlightened medical advice as to how to wean yourself off those medications. Like I told the Lord yesterday, I think it was, we need your ministry here, and we sure would love it if you'd hang around for a while. Let go of your frustration--that can raise blood pressure!--and know that God isn't finished with you yet. Blessings to you, b2y!

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Linda Young @savedbyegrace ·

I'm agreeing with you in principal, B2Y, but I fear you're telling us that you on your own are going to decide which meds to stop taking (since you are holding your doctors in low regard, lol)

But I am hoping your pharmacist might sit down and review all your meds with you if you ask him/her to. I understand that many pharmacists also disagree with doctors prescribing as they do. Pharmacists are required to keep up on all the drugs, and doctors I believe are educated on meds by the pharmaceutical reps.

Where the drugs and interactions may not be good and even harmful, I believe it would take some expertise to properly decrease your meds, and i hope you are intending to prayerfully seek out such knowledge from those who God has placed in your path.

Glad to have you back and bloggin'

:heart:

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Elizabeth Fox @whobelieve ·

I am so happy to see that you have written again...
I will pray for you some more.

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Kirk M @blessings2you ·

No need to worry, I will sit down with my Primary care doctor next week and whittle down the drugs to those which are only needed and not desired. I promise to be a good boy and not just take myself off of drugs--I know how dangerous that can be. Thanks for your encouragement, support and prayers.
B2Y

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K Reynolds @kreynolds ·

This blog truly reminds me how blessed I have been in regards to my doctors this past year. While it is certainly not true for all cancer patients, I really believe one of the reasons we are seeing so many people actually survive this disease is due to the incredible compassion of many who seek to treat those who suffer from it. When we walk in the door, we have death written all over us but we often find ourselves greeted by caring and compassionate men and women who are determined to fight for us to live the best we possibly can.

I'm thankful for an oncologist who was willing to hold my hand when I needed it, refuses to let me dwell on the negative and insists that I do the things I can do to try to keep this beast away for as long as possible. He prefers to spend his time chatting with me about what is new in my life and hearing about the positive things rather than having me wait for a chemo infusion. I heard him publically declare in front of a large audience that yes, he absolutely does believe in miracles because he has seen them happen. He told me about a patient he has placed in hospice three times over the past twelve years. "She won't stay there!" he laughs. She sends him a Christmas card every year. "I'm still here. What about you?"

May God wean you from these terrible drugs. I'm so glad I take nothing! I'm even horrible about taking vitamins so I don't know what I'd do if my life depended on it. I always forget. May God provide you with a doctor who is a man or woman after his own heart and they will get rid of those unnecessary things which often times actually work against each other.

K :princess:

@tchable
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Believe me brother B2Y . . . I understand exactly what you are dealing with. When I first came home from having double bypass surgery on the last day of April this year I was on so many meds it was difficult keeping up with them. Taking them was even more difficult. My house looked like a pharmacy. I know taking all these drugs was very depressing and in all probability, with their interactions, not very good for me.

My healing process did not go well at all. I kept having set back after set back. First off, another hospitalization with A-Fib. Then back to the hospital with congestive heart failure. Then another stay in the hospital with plural effusion (I still don't understand the difference in congestive heart failure and plural effusion). Finally another stay with plural effusion.

Seems the more medicine I took the worse I became. Upon each discharge from the hospital they took away some of the meds I was on (thank God). Each time I began to feel a little better but still not even close to being well. Finally on my last hospitalization they did a procedure where they put a needle in your back and drain fluid off. I came home after this stay only on two meds. I take one in the morning and one at night. With each passing day I felt a little better and stronger (glory to God).

All this I say only to let you know I understand how you feel. I never took myself off any medication and I pray you don't either. However, I did pray earnestly about it.

I pray God will give you wisdom and strength to do what is right. I know He will be with you always.

Love from NC
Tch

@ptl2008
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Firstly, I agree with B2Y that there are times when we should cut down on prescribed medicines with negative impacts.

My beloved Christian Internal Medicine Specialist who has gone to glory, once said to me after he had prescribed double dose of steroids which could have damaged my kidneys and liver : "The patient is the only one who knows his/her body best. The specialist can only prescribe according to his experience but God made everyone different.......so you may need the double dose now but you have to taper it over time as your body tells you when you have taken too much. Please pray for wisdom." That advice was given over 30 years ago and I thank God for healing me and helping me taper the dosage and I have not suffered in my kidney and liver since then.

Recently, my young Internal Medicine Specialist prescribed me anti-malarial medicine for maybe the rest of my life as pre-emptive action so the ailment I suffered 30 years ago will not return. I had no peace to be addicted for life and because he is also a Christian, I told him I will not take it without the peace of God in my heart. He said "please tell me when you decide to take it.". I trust that time will never come because I do believe the Lord does not want us to be addicted to anything except to Him. Praise the Lord He made us and He has provided for our wholeness.

It is my practice (and suggest it for all brothers and sister in Christ at CB) now that before I intake any medicine I pray and ask the Lord to bless the medicine and help my body accept that which is good for me and reject that which is of negative impact.

Secondly, I would caution B2Y and others against taking too much of Vitamins and food supplements as they may also work against our health maintenance. My father like B2Y would rather take Vitamins and food supplements and he takes them by the handful. Recently our family physician reviewed his intake of Vitamins and supplements and medicines and advised him to cut down on several pills which could contribute to his overdose of certain vitamins and minerals with negative impact over the long run. He said "too much of a good thing may not be good". It seems like vitamins and minerals intake need to be re-balanced from time to time as age creeps up on us. We need the Lord's wisdom even in this area and we need His guidance.

May the Lord prosper us with good health as we appropriately account for all that we eat and drink with daily wisdom from above.

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Sandy Brooks @poodlelady ·

B2Y Sometimes we just need to vent and get it out of our system otherwise all that pent up "stuff" acts just like a poison in our bodies.
Ohhhh I so hear you concerning arrogant doctors! I had one that screamed at me that I didn't trust him because I thought I should see a pulmonary doctor and on another occasion told me I was just confusing him because I had to many things wrong with me. He walked out of the room and did not come back -just left me sitting there! Needless to say that was the last time I saw him!
I'm glad to hear you are going to sit down with your doctor before stopping medications -some of these medications can kill you if you just stop taking them.
I do understand these doctors and their abundance of medications. Sometimes I wonder if they get a kick back on this stuff. :sorry: my bad.
I have some medications that as far as I'm concerned don't need to be taken everyday and my former doctor would have fits because I refused to take them everyday. Why would one take a medication for migraines everyday when the medication I'd taken all my life only needs to be taken only when you get a migraine? Why should I take nexium everyday when I only have only have rare occasions of heartburn and taking it for a few days clears that up??? I could go on and on here but I think my point has been made.
Thank God for a Nurse Practitioner that listens to me, never gives me a new medication without cross referencing it with what I am taking and making sure it isn't in the family of medications I'm allergic to as well as she has even suggested herbal medications for some things and even checks those to be sure they will be safe for me to take.
:sorry: now it seems I'm the one venting.
All this aside I'm just Praising God that you are home with Blest and here with us. Rest and take care of yourself we want you here for many years to come.

Blessings
poodle

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Vance Breise @disciplevance ·

Doctors are definitely still "practicing," medicine. I'm a pilot and one time I tried to tell my passengers that I was practicing aviation, but that didn't go over very well at all.

Prayers and Blessings, Vance

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Kirk M @blessings2you ·

You all are VERY wise people here and I truly do appreciate all your comments. I fully agree with all of them and will seek the Lord as to what to do, especially as far as cutting back on my longstanding vitamin addiction. I know many of us who are "up there in years" have either had surgeries or conditions in which we need medication, but there must be, as in all things, a balance.

Thanks for the "practicing aviation" line, that cracked me up.

B2Y

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