The vast majority of problems are not solved in hospitals, but in 70% of cases by self-treatment. We do not have data on how many people suffer due to improper use of medicines. Food is medicine – and medicine is food. No matter who the disease’s father is, food is the mother of the disease. Man is the best doctor for himself. A doctor heals – and nature heals.
Medicine is everything that helps, but it is only in the sixth or seventh place in the application’s chronology. All other drugs would have to be used by the person in the treatment process. The most important drugs are correct diet, movement, sleeping, breathing, and feels. Of course, most things a person can manage if he is aware of it, if he is at least a little informed, if he is taught about it, and if he thinks that it is important. If we use those six drugs available to us, we will be able to use our genetic potential and experience one healthy and deep age that is genetically given to us. This is how he explains the principle of self-medication. Mr. Verolju Bata Markovic, an assistant at the Pharmaceutical Department of the Medical Faculty in Kragujevac, emphasizes that the principle of self-medication is much broader.
Process self-medication is through assessments, decisions, and procedures by which a person takes care of himself and solves his health problems. This process is present in 70% of cases resolved health issues. Although we think that the vast majority of problems are solved in hospitals, this is not true because 70% of problems are solved by the man himself, by process self-medication. We also know about the mutual process treatment. Someone who has more experience in treatment advises another who has less experience and solves the problem. It’s mutual treatment. Mutual counseling, we remember the military days when there was self-help, mutual help. Then the level of professional help is reached. Of course, there are many situations when a person is objectively endangered when the only direct right help is the help of specialized professional hospital or outpatient institutions and specialists. We do very little about the prevention and education of people to help themselves. For example, the Americans organized about 35 of their best institutions in the field of health, i.e., medicine and nutrition, to create a project in American health care, which should save billions of dollars by reducing mortality, the number of hospital days, and reducing the length of sick leave. Shorten postoperative recovery. And all that through a nutrition program. It is a great chance to learn about diet, natural products, lekovitom bilju to improve health.
Unfortunately, there is incredibly little work being done here. Why is that so?
The reasons are numerous. I started from pharmacists’ insufficient clinical education to insufficient phytotherapeutic doctor’s education. Imagine a situation where you want to get advice; you want to get that advice from a specialist doctor. To do that, you have to go and hand in your health booklet, wait in line with the patients for a couple of hours, come to the doctor to get advice, and the doctor himself would be surprised that you came to ask for advice. If you try to call the Health Center or any health institution and ask a certain specialist to ask him something, you will not get it. This means that our healthcare is not people-oriented at all. It is impossible to get independent, self-contained advice rationally, which means that you get advice from your home and when needed.
How much are our citizens informed about the medicines they receive in the pharmacy or buy them?
My personal experience shows that there is no first link in health workers’ daily work with patients. That is the patient’s assessment, i.e., what is his thirst and need for information, and what communication model is needed to talk to him. You talk to a farmer in one way, with a university professor in another. We need to use more of these “languages” and complement them with a language they will understand.
The indisputable conclusion is that they themselves patients do not properly understand the need for knowledge, which, even when they have, do not express in the right way. At the same time, professionals know what medicine the patient received in their hands. One pharmacy, if it wanted to, could rob half the city. The big problem is giving over-the-counter medications. That is genocidal to me.
What is most necessary for our health?
What our health and patients lack are information and education. There are enough medicines, without a doubt. What is also difficult is the irreparable damage inflicted on the Serbian people by such an uncontrolled purchase of medicines. Every man wants a shorter route, a shortcut. We do not have data on how many people suffer due to improper use of medicines. Two years ago, I participated in a meeting at the Military Medical Academy about drugs’ side effects. Thanks to the pharmacologists it has, Kragujevac has sent the largest number of reports of side effects of drugs, more than Belgrade. I remember data from twenty years ago when there was a unique system for monitoring the side effects of drugs in the old Yugoslavia. At that time, Slovenia reported 100 side effects, and Serbia, which is five times bigger, reported 20. That means she was out of date.
How much are alternative treatment models used in Serbia?
The pharmacy trends represent three quarters of natural products, medicinal herbs, and cosmetics, and only one quarter are medicines. When someone asks for a natural preparation in any pharmacy, the pharmacist himself does not know what to recommend, so what is seen in advertisements or newspapers is taken, and the pharmacist sells what brings profit.
Are there any examples of official and natural pharmacy being developed in parallel in some countries?
Professor Anar created a drug that was used as a means of slowing down aging. It contained other active principles, but it took a long time, which some professors approached critically. When the Romanians entered the European Union, one of the conditions in pharmacotherapy and their range of drugs was to withdraw “Gerovital X3” from sale because it does not fit into the essence of European pharmacology pharmacotherapy. The field of medicine is one demanding field, the profits are great. It is known that British companies sent expired drugs and that humanitarian aid from pharmaceutical companies in a difficult period was completely invisible to us or with a short deadline and in large quantities.
How much has herbal treatment been developed in Serbia?
We are naturally a country too rich in medicinal herbs. We used to be richer; as Professor Tucakov said, we exported more chamomiles. We have something, but we don’t know how! On the other hand, it is all commercial. There are numerous examples of Fr. the need for natural remedies. Serbia’s ecological conscience is growing, and people are beginning to realize that it needs to eat healthily. Some ancient sayings will last as long as it is holy and forever food is medicine – and medicine is food, that is regardless of who is the father of the disease – food is the mother of the disease, that man is my own best doctor, and yes the doctor heals – and nature heals. Those are the four pillars of healthy medicine. The model of medicine absolutely determines the interest of capital. That is why they are prone to plants in Japan. Pharmaceutical marketing is known to be top-notch commercial marketing. Homeopathy was born in Germany, but it is the most developed in India, while today, the development of homeopathy is not allowed in Germany because it is too cheap.
Veroljub Bata Markovic, an assistant at the Medical Faculty in Kragujevac