It didn’t sound like great advice when my friend Galen dispensed his wisdom after I told him my dilemma. “Write an article.” I had written dozens of articles already; how would writing another change things?

Still, I sit with pen and paper to write my thoughts. The problem I seem to be facing is that I have come to believe that what I do to help others really will not help decrease the suffering of my fellow man. I see it (the world) getting worse and worse and know that sickness and disease will continue to plague mankind for years to come. And I wonder when—if ever—things will improve so long as mankind looks to allopathic medicine as its savior.

Don’t get me wrong: I think allopathic medicine is great—when used properly. The problem is: medicine isn’t always used properly. As an RN, I saw so many people who had one problem, such as arthritis, but had received more drugs to combat the side effects of the arthritis drug, then more drugs to combat the side effects of those drugs. One particular woman was so sick from all her drugs that she as legally disabled—but her only real “problem” was arthritis, but only 1 of the 15 drugs she took daily was for the arthritis.

How many others out there go to see an MD and are prescribed a drug for a problem, but then “require” more drugs just to manage the side effects of the drug for the initial problem?

I look at my asthma and sinus problems. There was a time when I took 7 different oral and inhaled prescription drugs daily. None of them healed anything or even restored health. My health and vitality decreased from taking the drugs.

Then I found natural health and found that I had much better control over my breathing when I was off the drugs! And I learned that the drugs for the lungs had caused the nasal polyps (an additional 2 drugs daily plus extra prescriptions every month). Now I only use an inhaler as needed.

As a Natural Doctor and Classical Homeopath, I hear stories such as mine almost daily. I see a fraction of the people who suffer. I hear about others at gatherings; see people in pain or having trouble walking when at the store; and read reports in the news. All these people keep looking solely at medical care to alleviate their suffering, not looking beyond their MD for help.

Do they not believe in natural healing abilities?

Do they not know about it?

When I was in nursing school, I believed 100% in medical. If there was no medical answer, then the person would die. This is what I knew and believed. I had no doubt. I studied hard because I truly believed I would be part of the system that helped others heal or die with dignity.

At the time, I was disabled because of my asthma. It was a lot of work to breathe back then. But I still listed to my MD always and took all those drugs as prescribed, knowing the day would come when I would not be able to breathe and would die—but I truly believed my MD was telling me everything available to help me, that she had my best interest at heart.

Then one day during clinical, an RN told me about an herb that might help my sinuses and lungs. Herbs? Even as smart as I was I had never heard of herbs—other than the cooking kind. Surely my MD would’ve told me about this herb if it could help me.

Thus began a new line of research. I had never planned to have herbs replace medicine, only to help, as I still believed in medicine.

But all that changed between my Junior and Senior year. I had my second sinus surgery, having had it 1 year prior. The surgeon told me I would have to have surgery every year for the rest of my life to keep my asthma under control. The surgery that I had had the year before had introduced into my sinuses a Staph bacteria only found in hospitals—hence I was in worse shape after that first surgery, requiring the surgery a year later.

The surgeon told me it would happen again and again and sooner or later I would get an infection for which there were no antibiotics. I knew of this too from school. He said I would likely die within 10 years, suffering every day of my life until then.

It was at that moment that I vowed to find a different way to live. Remembering the RN who had told me about herbs, I started learning more. I chose to find a way to keep from having surgery again.

Healing isn’t just about finding the right herb or natural supplement—it begins in the mind. Does the person want to heal? Does he/she want to take responsibility for themselves.

I think a lot of people are okay with handing their health over to someone else so they don’t have to deal with it. It is so much easier too in so many ways. I’ve seen this both when I worked at the hospital as an RN and in my practice.

It is far easier to take insulin or a cholesterol-lowering agent so you can eat whatever you want and avoid exercising. Or to have that third by-pass surgery just so you can have that hamburger every day. Or the alcoholic who gets a new liver but then keeps drinking. I know a man who was offered a friend’s kidney if he would stop smoking marijuana—the man opts to stay on dialysis and smoke his weed.

Perhaps the reason why people chose the medical option and throw their health away is because they don’t want to take responsibility for themselves.

I don’t really know the reason; but I found I was growing more in despair as I interacted with my fellow man and saw the suffering at the hands of their choices for “health care.”

For a time I blamed those darn drug commercials on TV. Then I blamed medical and forced-insurance (Obamacare). When I realized there was no one else to blame, I looked inside myself for the answers. How can I make a difference? How can I help diminish the suffering?

Then I looked back at my healing journey and realized how I had healed myself. It all had started with a wonderful nurse who had told me of an herb.

From that, I educated myself and improved my health. I took ownership of my health instead of giving it to others.

I guess my friend Galen was right. People need to know about herbs, supplements and homeopathy. They can learn about it through my articles. And they can decide if they want to learn more to help themselves.

But first they need to know it can help.

Believe me—it helps. I have not had sinus surgery since 1994, not since the surgeon told me I would have to have it every year. And I am still alive!

Best wishes,
Dr. Ronda Behnke
Homeopathic Centers of America

Disclaimer: The information provided by Dr. Ronda Behnke is for educational purposes only. It is important that you not make health decisions or stop any medication without first consulting your personal physician or health care provider.

Author's Bio: 

Dr. Ronda Behnke is a distinguished practitioner of Classical Homeopathy and other Natural Healing methods. As co-founder of The Homeopathic Centers of America, Dr. Behnke passes on what she has learned through her seminars, articles, books and when working with individuals. Among her clients, she is known for her exceptional insight and non-judgmental presence. You can contact Dr. Behnke via the website or by calling 920-558-9806. "When it’s time to heal, call me…I will listen to you."