Hi, I’m Dr. Andrea Purcell and I believe that healthcare needs to change. I want to be a part of that change. I have dedicated the last 20 years of my life to it. I use Natural Medicine as a first resort to address health concerns and promote healing.
There is a place for conventional medicine. Mostly for acute conditions that require drugs or suppressive therapies. There are life saving techniques that can be extremely valuable. Right now however, there is an even bigger place for Natural Medicine.
I get out of bed most days because I have a burning desire to make a difference in medicine.
When I’m in a doctor’s office. I don’t get any special treatment. I’m a patient just like you. My family and I get offered the same drug and surgery options as everyone else. Man, is it frustrating!
The most striking things I see are the superficiality of conventional medicine in addressing chronic disease and the lack of desire to discover the underlying cause of a concern.
Conventional medicine draws lines in the sand. Either you are sick or you are well. But there is a place between sick and well. I call this the gray area. Conventional Medicine wants to know, “Is she sick? Well, no not quite, but she’s getting close. Hum, we’ll just wait for the disease to develop and then we will attack it using drug therapy.”
What happened to prevention? Contrary to mainstream thought there is no prevention in conventional medicine. A good example are mammograms. Mammograms screen for cancer. Mammograms do not assess the health of your breast tissue or show you how to take better care of your breasts.
This is just one example of the glaring inadequacies of the current medical model.
If something doesn’t feel right to you or your gut is telling you something, listen to it. Go for a second and third opinion. In the past, the definition of a second opinion was seeking out a different doctor who was also a specialist in that particular field of conventional medicine. These days a second opinion often comes from an alternative practitioner. A second opinion in this regard sheds a different light on your concern and offers an alternative way of addressing it. Often this is a refreshing, health promoting twist to an otherwise unsatisfying issue.