Three Little Pills
A Story of Three Little White Pills
As a child, I remember asking my Mother how the medicine knew that my knee was sore or my head was aching. I was fascinated by the idea that this green liquid, paracetamol syrup, knew where to go. I imagine it was this fascination that resulted in my chosen career path as a pharmacist.
In the course of my studies, I received my answers to the question as to how the medicine knew where to go and relieve pain, reduce blood pressure etc. As a pharmacist in my own pharmacy, however, I noticed that over the years, the prescriptions got longer and longer, and patients came back month after month for the same medicine. This is called chronic medication, and means that you will have to stay on the medication for ever, have the prescription adapted when you develop side effects, and have more items added as your health deteriorates.
I also encountered many people who forged prescriptions, told stories of how pills fell into the toilet, washbasin, or the whole handbag was stolen and they needed more sleeping tablets or pain killers or tranquillisers. Amazingly, only the above three category of tablets befell such a fate.
Rarely did I encounter anybody who asked me why they developed a certain condition, and whether they could do anything to help themselves. The medical profession created the impression that the medication was the only way to solve the problem and other modalities were frowned upon as not being evidence-based.
The reality is that allopathic medicine is mainly symptom driven. There are drugs for high cholesterol, high blood pressure, high blood sugar; the list is endless. All allopathic medicine has side effects. And I mean ALL. Surely there had to be another way, a more natural way, where you could take control of your life and not use suppressive and toxic substances. I started to explore different modalities but was very sceptical to start with. I needed EVIDENCE!
One day I got severe food poisoning from eating mushrooms at a restaurant. A very good friend of mine, who happened to be a homeopath, dropped by the pharmacy and put three little white homeopathic pills (Natrum Muriaticum) into my mouth every 15 minutes. Within an hour, my severe cramping, vomiting and diarrhoea stopped, but a completely new life started for me at that moment. I was astonished at how rapidly my body responded! My first question naturally was HOW did this work? Why is this modality not more widely used? I did not need any antibiotics, or medicine to stop the diarrhoea and vomiting. A completely new perspective opened up for me and I was convinced!
I eventually did a Diploma in Homeopathy, Iridology, Sclerology (the interpretation of the red lines in the whites of the eye), and Nutrition, and finally purchased a health shop.
My life now consists of consulting at the health shop in the morning and working at my pharmacy in the afternoon. It took nearly 2 years to retrain my mind. Talk about confusion! Where I would normally ask for symptoms and then recommend a tablet, cream, cough mixture etc, I now ask what they had for breakfast, lunch and supper! The information I glean from these questions, helps me to formulate a treatment based on changing the diet and very often eliminating sugar, dairy, wheat, excess animal protein, salt and sugar from the diet. This is very often the cause of the problem, and addresses my question, WHY? Then I normally recommend cleansing herbal or homeopathic remedies, restore healthy bowel flora, and attempt to bring about balance in the body systems. This includes the emotional and spiritual well-being of the patient, by using Flower remedies, homeopathic remedies or simply just listening.
Today I look back over my professional career, and I can only say Thank You Irma Scutte for putting those 3 little white pills into my mouth!