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Along with the marginal actual help that "alternative healing" does for people, compared to the real deal, a lot of the hatred comes from the practitioners and supporters taking on such a jerkish, superior, "you're an idiot for not doing this" attitude. Add to that an annoying layer of paranoia, and it's no wonder why people are turned off by it.
Originally posted by KRISKALI777
The Sickness industry is controlled by pharmaceutical giants, their products are prescribed by doctors (legalized pushers); the products/treatments may give a little relief or kill you completely. Healing is mainly achieved by rest, good diet and placebo effect (of positive mind).
Doctors (generally prefer you to get well slowly); that way they extract as much government rebates through elevated consultations, get kick-backs from Pharma. companies for recommending certain products, and extract as much money from you as possible.
Alternate treatments are always shunned until some form of medical monopoly can be established or rather, how individual treatments can be morphed into the existing monopoly. Take Pilates (Yoga), Acupuncture, Chiropractic ; these are just some of the therapies that were poo-pooed by the establishment and are now slowly being accepted. Why? They have incorporated these practices into their regime, as they make their own adjustments to give their main concern attention- The therapy of making money: Not your health
I am not aware of any studies to date released by the drug companies relating to the efficacy of their cherished therapy, with good reasons. However, a recent study by 3 eminent Australian oncologist found that chemotherapy contributes just over 2 percent to improved survival in cancer patients.
A physician is to "do no harm" first. I can't imagine a physician not recommending an alternative based treatment if there was actually evidence that it did in fact work.
Originally posted by KRISKALI777
reply to post by AlphaTier
Main problem is in western medicine is- treatments usually only work as far as masking symptoms, the treatments rarely targets the pin-point the source of disease.
This statement is inaccurate. We understand the pathology behind many diseases and followingly, the mechanism of action down to a molecular level of why treatments work. Some things, such as many cancers, we are not able to ideally target because the disease process is not fully understood.
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People on all continents have used hundreds to thousands of indigenous plants for treatment of ailments since prehistoric times.The first generally accepted use of plants as healing agents was depicted in the cave paintings discovered in the Lascaux caves in France, which have been radiocarbon-dated to between 13,000-25,000 BC. Medicinal herbs were found in the personal effects of an "ice man", whose body was frozen in the Swiss Alps for more than 5,300 years. These herbs appear to have been used to treat the parasites found in his intestines. Anthropology or anthropologists theorize that animals evolved a tendency to seek out bitter plant parts in response to illness.
Originally posted by Long Lance
reply to post by Gawdzilla
so, life expectancy can be traced to medical services exclusively, interesting.
maybe heated living space, sanitation and so on might just have a similar effect? at any rate, overdoing it cannot be good:
oh, btw, will you revoke your statement should lif expetancy drop again?
It's nearly doubled since we started careful, systematic pharmacological research. So, given that, which is the real unproven, faddish medicine?