Does Your Doctor Espouse Integrative Medicine?

Integrative medicine is the practice of combining conventional allopathic medicine with complementary and alternative approaches in an effort to create a comprehensive treatment program.

It’s a growing field of medicine in which the patient and providers work together to develop a diagnostic and therapeutic program that draws on a variety of traditions, expertise and modalities to address an individual’s specific needs.

Integrative medicine seeks to draw on the best of “conventional” and “alternative” medicine.

Conventional medicine or allopathic medicine encompasses drugs and surgery.  This is the kind of medicine most Americans encounter in hospitals and clinics. 

Allopathic medicine is both expensive and invasive.  It is also very good at some things such as handling emergency conditions like massive injury or life-threatening situations.  It is medicine focused on dealing with sickness and does not encompass prevention or health and wellness.  Some conventional medicine is scientifically validated.  Some is not.  Continue reading Does Your Doctor Espouse Integrative Medicine?

Discover Traditional Chinese Medicine

Chinese medicine for vibrant healthPracticed before Western healthcare advances existed in any form, the Chinese had a complete and comprehensive program of medical treatment that ran the gamut of ailments that any individual could conceivably suffer.

Almost everything from headaches to pulled muscles, and almost everything in between, had its individual remedy.  Classic Chinese medicine has been around for 30 centuries or more, and is still in practice in numerous parts of the globe.

In contemporary times, many persons see standard Chinese medicine being a quite viable alternative to contemporary solutions.  Many of the treatments for sicknesses are totally organic, which ends up producing a remarkably short list of side effects compared to modern pharmaceuticals. Even if you don’t factor in cost, that fact alone makes it an extremely attractive fit for persons who have decided to select to live a more normal lifestyle that’s more in sync with nature.   Continue reading Discover Traditional Chinese Medicine

The Broken Promise of American Medicine

Big pharma drugsThe FDA, the medical establishment, and big pharmaceutical companies have created an unhealthy environment for American citizens. 

While the medical system seems to work well when surgery and emergency lifesaving treatment are required little focus is placed on prevention of illness or chronic disease.  Treatment focuses almost entirely upon the performance of surgery and the prescription of drugs. 

The current environment created by the medical system, big pharma, and the FDA is not just skeptical of natural alternative medicine and nutritional supplements but is hostile to the concept. 

Pharmaceutical companies are motivated by more and more profits.  We’re bombarded every day with outrageous advertisements, many of which include in the “fast talk” at the very end of the commercial a statement of the side effects, including fatalities.

The FDA is heavily influenced by Big Pharma.  Did you know that many FDA and “independent” drug studies are financed by the drug manufacturers themselves?  More than half the budget of the FDA division that approves new drugs is paid directly by the drug companies’ user fees.  In a new definition of the fox guarding the hen house, drug company representatives even participate in study groups and review panels.  Experts with financial ties to the drug companies dominate the FDA’s Advisory Committees and the panels that write clinical guidelines.  In this type of a system the conclusions of these studies and reiviews regarding efficacy and safety should be suspect.   Continue reading The Broken Promise of American Medicine

Medical System Almost Kills Farmer

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Isn’t it frustrating how the medical establishment, the FDA, and big pharmaceutical companies reject alternative and natural medicine? 

While it’s clear that the motivation of Big Pharma is greed, and the FDA’s problem is their incestuous relationship with Big Pharma, it’s still puzzling how doctors who  enter their profession because of a desire to contribute to the health […]

Natural Remedies vs. Drugs

Natural health products  are gaining popularity all the time.  People use them as preventatives to stay healthy and to achieve and maintain optimal health. 

Time was when natural remedies were the only choice available.  But with the dawning of chemicals and drugs the medical profession largely abandoned natural remedies.  Procedures shifted to treating virtually all sickness and disease with pharmaceutical drugs and surgery.  Pharmaceuticals are big business, and we are subjected to a daily marketing barrage telling us to “ask your doctor about (insert some drug name here).”

The practice of modern medicine follows the “sickness” paradigm, prescribing drugs or procedures to cure people after they get sick.  This paradigm is the opposite of the “wellness” paradigm which concentrates on maintaining or getting back good health through the use of natural remedies and a healthy lifestyle.

Why are people desiring alternatives to standard medical treatments?   Continue reading Natural Remedies vs. Drugs