Why I have a bug up my ass about rejecting western medicine

This is so, so important. I do believe in alternative medicine–meditation, essential oils, Reiki, herbs, visualization, the works–but NOT to the extent that I would ever consider rejecting Western medicine in favor of it. You really get the best results by using the two hand in hand, and letting Western medicine do what it does best. Why risk your life needlessly, and why resign yourself to fighting a chronic or mental illness without the help of every resource you have access to?