Yoga and vegetables – NOT a cure-all for chronic disease

In the cease from sleep of Bernie Sanders’ suggestions that of long duration illness patients simply replace their practice of opiates with yoga, my ongoing frustrations with non-disabled people’s ignorance of incompetence and medication in particular is running rank. I and most other disabled humbler classes I know are frankly tired of being shamed beneficial to the medications we take, for our aristocracy of life, often to actually hold us alive, because non-disabled commonalty have decided that they now discern everything there is to know encircling pharmacology (and let’s be honest, it’s often based on fearmongering posts full of blind rubbish spread on sites like Facebook. Or at smallest in my experience.)

Believe me, disabled nation have probably heard all your suggestions during the term of an “alternative to medication” prior to. I’ve been told it’s my meds poisoning me, that silica caused my lupus, to execute yoga, to find Jesus… So I mistrust a first point to make is obstruct believing that you are the elementary person to give us this “amazing” life advice to eat more vegetables and do yoga to cure our diseases! (We *have* tried going unmedicated before, you be sure.) You probably mean well, but complete you know how much it bores a part down to deal with uninvited instruction on “cures” that 1. don’t moil, 2. we have heard a a thousand thousand times before?

Aside from the ridiculousness of suggesting that yoga could mayhap take the place of opiates and subsist just as effective, people seem to think no more of that some of us can’t in reality do yoga, whether simply physically impotent or because yoga and such pursue exacerbates our conditions. If you’re rational “well, exercise usually hurts at in the ~ place, but the more you push through, the fitter you’ll get and the easier it will become”, you’re probably able-bodied and assuming that disabled bodies spring back the same way as yours. Here’s a clue: they don’t, ever. I have internalized a lot of ableism based put ~ the “lazy scrounger” rhetoric, and often think “Are you really doing in the same manner with much you can physically?” One light of ~ of pushing myself, even with a motorized wheelchair, be able to put me in bed in agony for days to come. I know my own body and I comprehend its limits. I have spent years afflictive to keep up with able-bodied paces and limiting my medication being of the cl~s who much as possible. All that does is wane my quality of life, exacerbate my intellectual illness, and restrict my life. So forgive me if I want to render whatever I can to avoid that scenario.

The pharmaceutical assiduousness has its problems. You’d subsist a fool to believe otherwise, in my opinion, but that is hardly a basis for denouncing every single aspect of physic. There is also this widespread belief that doctors keep patients medicated in instruction to profit from them as returning patients. Well, there is actually a shortage of specialists to the amount to of patients who need them, in this way doctors aren’t going to continued success out of patients any time early.

Yoga can help many people, except if you think that’s a total cure-all for any disease and that we have power to give up our medications in be ~able of it, then I’ll have existence frank: you are wrong. If it helps you or someone you be aware of, great! But I beg you, suspend shaming those of us who it doesn’t relief. We’re not just being hardy: we have tried these things. Just as we have a pride in our disqualification doesn’t mean we don’t work out everything we can to increase our quality of life. It’s not a coincidence that people with my main infirmity lupus now survive much longer with drugs like immunosuppressants than we used to, whereas the life expectancy was closer to 40 and the proportion of serious complications was much higher. In the 50s, the bulk of mankind could expect to live about 5 years following diagnosis. This is my 11th year with this disease, and although mine continues to progress, my medication has slowed etc. that progression much more than it would be delivered of been otherwise.

This unorganized post basically comes into disrepute to this: disabled people know their bodies’ limits and limitations. You don’t. Most of us require found that without medications and aids, our condition of life is just too subdued. Many of us also find that individual of the hardest issues to live through day-by-day when you’re disabled is the want of knowledge and ableism of other people. We are tired of unsolicited information from people who barely know us or our terms. Supporting us does not involve shaming us with a view to the things that we do to bear the best quality of life we can. Many people successfully incorporate more characteristic remedies with their medications or verily manage to come off their medications thoroughly; this is great, but by distant this is not even a superior for most of us. If you scantiness to truly learn about disability and disabled lives, be all ear to disabled people, not non-disabled persons spreading inaccurate and accusatory rubbish on sites like Facebook, where you know fully things like how “miraculous” it is whenever a wheelchair user stands up, or equitable walks (i.e. they’re faking), while the reality is that most wheelchair users are not paralyzed and *can* stand or even walk for a time.

Honestly, the “fierce crip” stereotype is a thing precisely since non-disabled people have decided they perceive more about our lives and needs than we do. To support us, lend an ear to us. Nothing about us out of us.

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