The answer is, it depends. In my opinion, having been deeply involved in the worlds of both Eastern and Western medicine, I have come to believe and know that there is a place for everything. Generally, and unfortunately for now, natural remedies and alternative medicine is tried as a last resort rather than a first, and it needs to be the other way around. When a disease process begins, it does so at the cellular level creating generalized symptoms such as fatigue, insomnia, headaches, anxiety, depression, GI upset and malaise. These are so easy to treat with some lifestyle counseling about diet, exercise, meditation, stress, and even some herbs, oils or other therapies like massage, hypnosis, acupuncture, and even prayer that may be suggested. These symptoms, while considered minor, are the “seeds of illness” – the indications that something is off in our body-mind, heart and/or spirit. These symptoms, when ignored, can inevitably progress to ulcers, heart disease, infections, auto-immune diseases, Alzheimer’s, and cancer which are clearly more difficult to treat and where the “big guns” of pharmaceutical intervention becomes necessary and frankly, makes the most sense. So right there should be your incentive to focus on preventing these things before they gain momentum and become terminal. That’s not to say that natural lifestyle remedies should not be employed in addition to western approaches - they absolutely should so that the treatment can work even better. To learn more about this and other topics on holistic/medical approaches, contact me, and I will be happy to help you discern the options that are right for you.
Hi Everyone and Welcome to my blog, Pharma to Dharma!
I decided that this was a great way to share some of my unique experience from my 20+ year career in nursing and pharmaceutical research (Pharma) and the path that lead me to creating a practice in holistic health & wellness and becoming Founder of the Kalyana Centre (Dharma) in Narberth, PA. For those of you who do not know, Dharma, in Sanskrit, means life purpose. It is has always been fascinating to me how everything that we think, say and do matters, and becomes a stepping stone to where we are ultimately meant to be. There should be no regrets, and as I share this journey with you, I hope you will see yourself in some of my adventures, knowing that you are not alone in what you may have faced or be facing currently. With the state of affairs both individually and collectively we are making this paradigm shift in consciousness together. The challenges especially, hold the highest spiritual lessons and I look forward to meeting even more faithful companions on this journey that we share here on planet earth. Pharma to Dharma is the book I am working on and I hope to have your support as I bring it to fruition. Your health & wellbeing matters to me and I look forward to hearing your ideas as to how I and the Kalyana Centre can be of service to make your journey easier & more enjoyable. So sit back, relax, have a cup of tea, and enjoy the read..... Much love & light ~ Dr. Joanna
Dr. Joanna Carmichael is an RN, Doctor of Metaphysics & Divinity, Interfaith Minister, Ayurveda, Meditation & Yoga Practitioner, Spiritual Teacher and animal activist.