Anyone who knows me is already aware of my view of the modern medical system. In a nutshell, I believe there are many fine people who have dedicated their lives to helping others who are experiencing a health crisis. The problem is, almost every one of them is highly limited to the extent that they can actually heal people by a backwards system of chemical "treatments" and insanely unhealthy protocols focused on profits instead of people. Between mandates, associations, government rules, and lobbyists who represent Big Business, these talented experts don't dare wander far from the established criteria put in place a century ago by the billionaire pharmaceutical giants and money-hungry executives who are behind the entire "I'm not really healing" charade. And these executives do not care about your health at all.
So when I saw an online Medical News Today article offering "medical advice" about how to treat pinkeye, I simply could not pass up the chance to use it as an example of the tragedy of what modern medicine passes off as "treatments".
The picture says it all, doesn't it? I too was wide-eyed when I realized that nothing the article offered as treatments had anything to do with alleviating the problem - just the symptoms. To be entirely honest, to call it a disservice to the sick would be an understatement. Any medical intervention claiming to minimize suffering must look at causes before I will consider it an honest act!
The first piece of crucial advice offered by Medical News Today for anyone suffering a bad case of pinkeye? From "Five Home Remedies for Pinkeye":
"Use a cool compress". OK then! I mean, who would ever have thought of that, right? If that is not enough, they even provide instruction on how to operate a cool compress:
How to use a compress for pinkeye:
-soak a clean washcloth or hand towel in warm or cool water
-wring out any excess water
-place the damp washcloth over the eye and leave there for a few minutes
-remove the washcloth from the eye and wash your hands immediately
Speechless. OK, I suppose there are some people somewhere in the world (in a cave, maybe?) who would benefit from such advice. As someone who advocates for inclusivity, I will comment no further on advice point number one.
Damp Cloth Clean
Now, not to point out the obvious, but did this operation really require a second number? I mean, I may have included it with point Number One if I were the author. Perhaps I am just picky. Let's see where this goes.
People who have bacterial pinkeye might notice a thick discharge, or pus, leaking from the eye that it is affecting. Use a warm, damp cloth to remove pus from around the eye and lashes.
OK, so this makes sense. Clean the old eye up a bit to prepare it for a treatment, right? Let's continue...
Lubricating eye drops, or “natural tears,” can soothe irritation or burning in the eye.
Eye drops can help relieve the symptoms of all types of pinkeye. They help to flush out allergens, irritants, and discharge.
OK, what about those of us who are actually looking for information on how to stop the actual infection? What about preventing it to begin with? Or are these things that require a doctorate, and prescribed "medication"? Are we who have no authority over the prescribing or "practising" of medicine allowed to do anything in our own homes without the authorization of the licensed experts?
I can imagine waiting a week or two (or more) to get in to see a doctor while suffering with such an affliction. No really, I can imagine. I have been told (long, long ago, when I still relied on this unsettling system of "health care" to take care of me) that there would be a 6 to 12-month waiting period before I would hear from a surgeon for an appointment to address a debilitating hernia I was suffering with. On a different occasion years earlier, I was told that "migraines are just headaches" so are "not a priority of urgent care". Or how about the time an emergency room doc sent me home with what felt like a herd of elephants jumping around inside my head because he "does not give medicine for headaches". He did in fact reconsider a couple of hours later when I arrived back in the E.R. with life threatening low blood pressure due to the intense pain I was suffering.
I will leave this discussion at that last point, as I do not want to sound overly bitter from my horrible experiences. Or is it too late?
Some over-the-counter medications can help minimize pinkeye symptoms.
Symptoms. Symptoms?! Isn't that exactly the problem? What about actually addressing what is causing the symptoms, instead of covering up the pain of the disease with pain medication? I mean, wouldn't destroying the very cause of what is causing the symptom be the very best symptom relief of all?
Or have I jumped the gun, and that is yet to come?
Touching or rubbing the eyes can make the symptoms of pinkeye worse, and can mean it takes longer to clear up. If a person needs to touch their eyes, they can do so by washing their hands thoroughly both before and afterwards.
That's it. That is the advice from the highest field of medicine for treating a case of pinkeye. Clearly this is a perfect example of what sets me apart from such experts. I would probably mix up a small dose of eye drops by diluting povidone-iodine solution 10% down to about .5% (1 part iodine to 20 parts distilled water) and use it to kill the bacteria that is causing the infection. No prescription needed. I may even take a half teaspoon of a combination of baking soda and potassium bicarbonate (two teaspoons baking soda, one teaspoon potassium bicarbonate mixture) in warm water to reduce the histamine effects of inflammation in the eyes.
I would want the infection to stop. Sure, I would appreciate the treating of symptoms with a warm compress and maybe even an Advil in absolutely required, but ultimately the sooner we treat the cause, the sooner we do not need any of the advice they gave us.
So you see, if you have a healthcare provider/influencer who is knowledgeable in the use of natural medicines, and who is focused on real solutions rather than bandaid politics, you have a gem! Keep them close and learn everything you can from them. They are worth their weight in gold. I recommend consulting them before carrying out any medical activities on yourself, as these matters are my opinion only - not medical advice.
I feel better now. Thanks for listening.