Thanks for sharing, Chuckster. And, welcome to the forum!
A lot of valuable information that you shared.
I believe that it's important that AA's not attempt to practice medicine or play doctor.
I've seen both sides. Where medications screw people up -- and where the medications were necessary and helped them.
Recovery is a personal thing. Heathcare is a personal thing.
The AA that I learned is: I share about MY personal experience -- not someone elses personal experiences.
I love a concept that Bill W. shared: "No AA can tell another AA what to do."
We are to share "what WE did."
I drank. I got sober. I've stayed sober, with the help of AA, the Big Book, a Sponsor, the 12 Steps, and an experience w/ a Higher Power, that I call God. All of those tools have helped me learn how to live happy, joyous and free -- while sober. And, my Life today is better than anything that it was like before sobriety through those tools.
If I had a kidney infection and got medical treatment for it -- I don't think sharing about it would be of help to another alcoholic that is trying to recover from alcoholism through the 12 Steps.
Likewise, if I had depression or other mental conditions and sought professional help for it -- I don't think me sharing the details about it would be necessary to help another alcoholic to achieve & maintain sobriety.
I think I'd just use the same words from our Big Book that you mentioned above.
If someone else was having heartburn -- I wouldn't want to be the one that said "Oh. Just mix some baking soda in water & drink it!" And, then, they had a heart attack!
Same w/ depression. See a doctor! Get a second opinion from another doctor. While some of us have had our depression removed w/ spiritual tools -- some haven't. I'd hate like heck to be the one that told someone they shouldn't take medicine and later find out they committed suicide or lived a tormented life -- while sober.
Unfortunately, we both know that the problem does exist in the Fellowship -- where members are attempting to play doctor, or attempt to make others feel guilty or less-than, if they are doing or are not doing certain things -- especially in regards to medicine.
That's one of the reasons I appreciate you sharing your experience. Hopefully, it will be helpful to another alcoholic who may learn & benefit from you sharing your experience.