I know some people who use alternative medicine because they think it's
safer than traditional medicine. I know someone that thought he had a better
cure for a heart ailment than open heart surgery and microwaves were more
dangerous than smoking. He was in worse shape than most people I know.Some lds people use the BOM to justify there herbal interest refuse surgery.
Thing is modern medicine is safer and I trust it over quack medicine any day.
I can't help but notice when I visit "health food" stores that the
customers are usually not a particularly healthy looking bunch. Supplements are
false hope sold in forty dollar bottles.
I would tend to trust alternative medicine more IF it had been tested to PROVE
it's efficacy (like medical treatments). If they could publish findings
and proof that it works... that would be great, but if anecdotal evidence or
occasional success is all they can provide, it's harder to trust.But a holistic approach to health, and prevention instead of cure... I'm
all for that.
The comparisons between alternative and traditional medicine were good until the
author stopped comparing outcomes. The dangerous side effects of taking drugs
were conspicuously omitted. Even under FDA supervision our toxic medicines are
harming far more people every year than alternative medicines. I wouldn't
want government control of the herbal industry.
FROM THE ARTICLE: "In 1992, one of the worst dietary supplement disasters in
history occurred when about 100 people developed kidney failure""In 2008, more than 200 people - including a 4-year old - were
poisoned"HOWEVER...According to the groundbreaking 2003
medical report Death by Medicine, by Drs. Gary Null, Carolyn Dean, Martin
Feldman, Debora Rasio and Dorothy Smith, 783,936 people in the United States die
every year from conventional medicine mistakes.Moderation in all
things makes for a better balance, pills aren't what a body needs.I also find that modern science often strips medical compounds down to what
they believe the active ingredient to be, discarding a balanced compound that
may be more effective.Nearly all modern medicine is just a
reinvention of something nature produces anyway.
Medicine seeks an evidence-based approach to treatment. Alternative medicine is
mostly based on intuition, deductive reasoning and myths. We criticize big
pharmaceutical companies for false advertising and price gouging, but the
"health food" industry is a greater abuser of both.
I'm continually stunned by people who want to go back to chewing willow
bark instead of taking aspirin. Why not do all the other stuff 16th century
"healers" did, like packing dog dung into a sore eye to draw out the
Irony Guy said: "I'm continually stunned by people who want to go back
to chewing willow bark instead of taking aspirin. Why not do all the other stuff
16th century "healers" did, like packing dog dung into a sore eye to
draw out the "humors"?Kinda like botox?
The article makes a fair point and certainly science that confirms effectiveness
should be our benchmark (while recognizing that there is much that hasn’t
been fully studied yet). But personally I am far more concerned with
how much of the baby we have been throwing out with the bathwater under our
profit driven medical-industrial-complex model of medicine, where our doctors
often look to drugs (or whatever generates the most profit) as the first choice
of treatment.Europe does not suffer from this perverse incentive
structure nearly as much and as such their doctors are far more likely to
prescribe proven natural remedies for pennies on the dollar before resorting to
more expensive drug treatments.This fact is one of the main reasons
why our per-capita healthcare costs being by far the highest in the world.
Alternative medicine may sound alluring, but it can be deadly======== and...Modern Western medicine may sound alluring,
but it can be deadly TOO.The fact is, Europeans use
"Alternative Medicine"and the Asians use Oriental Eastern
Medicines, and both have thriving and even MORE healthy citizens.Medical Errors are the 3rd leading cause of death in the U.S.U.S.
Doctors kill more patients than guns do in the U.S.Pouring money and
having blind faith trust in the largest INDUSTRY in America is foolish.
re:Tyler D"profit driven medical-industrial-complex model of
medicine"What do Europeans pay for prescription drugs compared
to herbal remedies? Prescription drugs are covered by their healthcare
system, herbal remedies are not. "proven natural remedies"
there lies the rub. Proven--how? Legitimate research or
word-of-mouth? re:LDS Liberal"both have thriving and even
MORE healthy citizens."One can't draw such ridiculously
broad conclusions as to attribute it to alternative treatments/therapies. Research has shown for some diseases worse outcomes for pts who used
alternative treatments rather than convention medicine. Case in point:Steve Jobs had a curable type of pancreatic cancer. Steve Jobs regretted his
decision to delay having potentially life-saving surgery for his pancreatic
cancer, his biographer revealed.Steve Jobs embarked on a series of
alternative therapies including spiritual healing. His wife, Laurene, and
others around Jobs finally convinced him to "quit trying to treat it with
all these roots and vegetables and things" and have the surgery. When he
finally had the operation cancer had already spread to the tissues surrounding
the pancreas. Buyer beware.Billions are made by makers
of vitamins and herbal remedies without any proof of safety or effectiveness.
what we call traditional medicine can also be deadly.
I think people use alternatives as much as they do because it's something
they can afford. It's what you do if you can't afford the real thing.
It is also popular because, in spite of all the obvious benefits it provides, it
is popular to slag science right now. People are badly informed, or disengaged
altogether. It's easier than trying to be curious and seek knowledge.