Today, I will share to you one of the most valuable lessons I have learned in more than a decade of my medical work.

Sometime ago, when I was still studying medicine in my alma mater UP College of Medicine, one of my most favorite subject is pharmacology. I have learned the hundreds of pharmaceutical drugs from our voluminous textbooks in pharmacology. I have learned their indications, their mechanisms of action, and of course also their side effects. The subject of  pharmacology was actually where I got my highest grade in medical school. I have memorized so well all the different generic names of drugs.

During that time, little did I know that sometime later in my career, I’ll be helping people how to get away or at least minimize their intake of so much drugs. 

So what differentiates treating the symptoms from treating the root cause?

If the approach to your health is treating the symptoms, then the effect  is quick fix and temporary.
If the approach to your health is treating the root cause, then the effect is long term and long-lasting.

If the approach to your health is treating the symptoms, then you can end up on drug-dependence.
If the approach to your health is treating the root cause, then you can be drug-free.

If the approach to your health is treating the symptoms, the disease is not cured
If the approach to your health is treating the root cause, the disease can be cured.

If the approach to your health is treating the symptoms, you end up in maintenance drugs.
If the approach to your health is treating the root cause, you end up in maintenance healthy habits.

If the approach to your health is treating the symptoms, the driver of your health is the doctor/the specialist.
If the approach to your health is treating the root cause, the driver of your health is you.

If the approach to your health is treating the symptoms, it is not self-empowering.
If the approach to your health is treating the root cause, it is self-empowering.
If the approach to your health is treating the symptoms, it is not in line with nature.
If the approach to your health is treating the root cause, it is in line with nature

If the approach to your health is treating the symptoms, it is more costly.
If the approach to your health is treating the root cause, it is more economical.

And so on and so forth……..

To make it more clear, let me give you a few examples….

Example 1: If I treat the symptoms of  hypertension, I will write in my prescription pad... drug 1, drug 2, drug 3, etc

If I treat the root cause of hypertension, I will write the ff in my prescription pad:
- Drink pure calamansi daily(up to 28 pcs dailyEat a lot of fruits and vegetables
- Abstain from eating the 3M’s(mamoy, maka, manok) he he
- Drink lots of water daily
- Exercise regularly
- Smile more often
- Manage your stress 

Example 2: If I treat the symptoms of hyperacidity, I will write in my prescription pad…any of  the antacids that I could think of... antacid 1, anatacid 2, ….and I might also tell the patient to go for an endoscopy.

If I treat the root cause of hyperacidity, then I will write in my prescription pad the ff:
- Drink at least 2 liters of water a day
- Eat fruits only for breakfast
- Eat more alkaline foods like the fruits and vegetables
- Avoid acidic foods like softdrinks, junkfoods, processed foods, and meat.
- Forgive daily(do you know that bitterness can also cause hyperacidity?)

Friends, do you now see the BIG DIFFERENCE?

Let me ask you one more question: 
Are prescription pads nowadays loaded with advise/strategies on treating the root cause of your diseases or are they loaded with prescription drugs that you have to take for a long time, if  not for the rest of your life? 

As the advertisement says, "If symptoms persist, consult your doctor." I would bravely say, "if the root cause persist, consult yourself!"


I have been a frontliner for more than a decade, frontliner  means I talk to patients everyday. I get exposed to their frustrations and suffering. Most of the time, I could feel their hunger for a better health care system. 

A system that is self-empowering!

Statistics show that there are more diseases today than ever before.
Statistics show that there are more bypass procedures done today than ever before.
Statistics show that there are more dialysis procedures done  today than every before.
What do these mean? It only means one thing…that the health of society is getting sicker and sicker.
Why? Because we continue to entrust our health to industries.
So what should we do? Let’s take charge of our own health. Let us be brave to be on the driver’s seat of our health. After all, healing only comes from within.

Health is wealth, but most people only realize it when they begin to lose it. 

Till next time…..


Be well, Be natural
With love and gratitude

Dr P

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