In my last journal, I talked about pessimism, what to look out for and how we can look at being more optimistic.
Being optimistic is important because without it, we can’t function properly. Optimism helps us overcome many hurdles including illness and whilst positive thoughts can be a cure in certain cases, but that must be coupled with realism to work effectively. Optimism and positive thinking can improve our lives in many ways but un-tempered can be detrimental.
For example, someone is diagnosed with breast cancer and decides to decline treatment because she believes the treatment may be invasive and dangerous. She also believes that if she changes her lifestyle, her diet, meditates and uses alternative remedies, she will miraculously recover. She can’t know that until she’s come through the other end.
Having a positive attitude can help with our realities whatever the outcome. In other circumstances, an attitude that is both optimistic and unrealistic may stop us from making those all-important decisions, particularly when it comes to health.
The evidence for using alternative remedies to treat illness alongside mainstream treatment is virtually non-existent, but there is a place in society for both. Where conventional medicine is used to treat illness, alternative treatment often compliments those treatments and can help with some of the side effects.
Dr Andrew Weil has the best response. He believes the cure of all cures, is the healing system whether treatment is used or not. Treatments of course help facilitate healing, but he believes treatment comes from outside, whereas healing works from within.
It would be wrong to refuse treatment in any event if it helps and we can’t know that until we know.