Here at KindlyMD, we often say the Utah Med Card is an alternative to other types of treatments. We might recommend the card and its associated plant-based medicines to people suffering from chronic pain, PTSD, cancer, and other qualifying conditions. As an alternative, the Medical Card gives patients access to treatments they could otherwise not take advantage of.
All of that is well and good. Yet it doesn't change the fact that a lot of Utah residents are unfamiliar with the Medical Card and what it offers. Moreover, they don't know what it is an alternative to. That is the point of this post. A Utah Medical Card opens the door to plant-based medicines as an alternative to:
Western medicine is, by its very nature, rooted in pharmacology. This isn't necessarily a bad thing on its face. The pharmacological approach to medicine has accomplished great things over the years. But pharmacology is not the be-all and end-all. It doesn't have all the answers.
It is not uncommon for us to work with chronic pain patients who have been taking prescription medications for years. Not only do they not feel better, but they also have to live with the side effects of their medications. Plant-based medicines are an alternative. They can be a complete replacement for prescription medications or a supplement to them.
Physical therapy is routinely recommended to chronic pain patients. It can do wonders for some but absolutely nothing for others. There is really no way to know until you try it. But in cases where physical therapy is attempted in earnest without yielding the desired results, patients need other options.
Once again, the plant-based medicines available to patients with Utah Medical Cards are alternatives to physical therapy. When physical therapy only offers limited relief, plant-based medicines could be the best approach.
Western medicine often relies on invasive surgical procedures when prescription medications and physical therapy do not yield the desired results. Surgeries are considered a more aggressive approach to treatment, as well they should be. Examples include knee and hip replacements.
To be sure, there are times when surgery is the best possible option. Sometimes tissue breaks down to the point at which only surgery will allow continued function. But in the absence of absolute necessity, plant-based medicines could provide better pain management that ultimately mitigates the need for surgery.
This last option is something we see far too often here at KindlyMD. It is the option of just living with whatever condition is making you uncomfortable. Whether it is chronic pain or PTSD, choosing to suck it up and live with the consequences is not only unnecessary, but it's also unhealthy. The types of conditions that are treatable through plant-based medicine are such that they can affect other aspects of one's physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Just living with it doesn't help.
An alternative is to apply for a Medical Card so that you can utilize plant-based medicines. More than one patient has come back to KindlyMD for a follow-up visit only to proclaim how much of a game-changer plant-based medicines have been. Such testimonies are heard in our offices all the time.
There's no way we can know if you'll find the relief that you're seeking through alternative treatments without conducting a medical evaluation. But we can tell you this: the Utah Medical Card, which offers access to plant-based medicines, is an alternative to prescription medications, physical therapy, invasive surgeries, and just living with your condition. Let us talk about it for you.