"Illness is like a warning light and siren, presaging man to change his ways before he can reclaim his health. Medicine, in contrast, is a band-aid on an open wound, a flimsy patch that suppresses the body's natural reactions, and taking medicine is similar to placing a heavy towel on a burning bulb, to dim the light. In fact, medicines may be even more hazardous to one's health than the illness itself…medicine is like a bandage that covers, but doesn't truly heal.
"Worse yet, bandages that merely hide or suppress local symptoms can, over time, cultivate chronic illness that is far worse than the original disease."
In case anyone thinks Rav Arush is mistaken or exaggerating, let me quote you something by Andrew Weil MD, in his book 'Spontaneous Healing':
"I am uneasy about the suppressive nature of conventional medicine. If you look at the names of the most popular categories of drugs in use today, you will find that most of them begin with the prefix 'anti'. We use antispasmodics and antihypertensives, antianxiety agents and antidepressants, antihistamines, antiarrhythmics, antitussives, antipyretics and anti-inflammatories…This is truly antimedicine - medicine that is, in essence, counteractive and suppressive.
"What's wrong with that? you may ask…
"If you rely on such measures as the main strategy for treating illness, you create two kinds or problems:
1) You expose patients to risk, because pharmaceutical weapons are strong and toxic.
2) Over time, suppressive treatments may actually strengthen disease processes instead of resolving them."
While all that's sinking in (and I'm going easy on you, because I know this stuff is very hard to accept and digest), let me just share a statistic that I recently learned that 110,000 people a year are dying from the side-affects of drugs that were correctly prescribed, ie, it was meant to be the right treatment for the condition they had.
Like I said, I'm going easy on you, so I'm not even going to get started about the number of people dying from medical errors, or the even more shocking numbers of people dying from overdosing on legally-prescribed medications, particularly pain killers. We will get to it at some point, G-d willing, but not today.
But Rav Arush, and Rebbe Nachman before him, really do know what they're talking about when it comes to conventional medicine, even though it makes for some very uncomfortable reading. Let me end with one of my favourite 'doctors' quotes, taken from Rebbe Nachman's Wisdom:
"The body has many intricacies and details that the physician cannot perceive.
"Many people act very foolishly when sickness strikes. They feel that they cannot leave the sick one and not help him. Not knowing where to turn, they think they must find some natural cure, so they foolishly run to the doctor.
"What they don't realize is that the physician cannot give life. In the end, one must still rely on G-d, so why not do so from the beginning?
"A physician may use many hazardous treatments and still be totally ignorant of their effect. It is not surprising that they often do more damage than good. Why depend on a natural cure, when it is most likely to cause harm?"