Good evening, all! I'm curious to know what my fellow ATS members think about alternative medicine and it's importance in the medical field.
I think it's safe to saying that most of us, especially those in North America, have been raised under the principle that the only true type of
medical treatment lies in the form of traditional medicine. We get a cold or the flu and we call our MD's office. If it's something that can be
treated with a pill, a prescription is usually the FIRST line of defense.
I've noticed a gradual shift in this mindset and I think that more people are becoming advocates of modalities without the alternative care field
(treatments such as massage therapy, acupuncture, reflexology, energy healing, homeopathy, naturopathic treatment, chiropractic care, etc.)
This shift has made me curious about the following: given a choice, which of these forms of medical treatment would you prefer? Traditional
medicine, which is ultimately treated via use of pharmaceuticals, or alternative care, which takes into consideration the treatment of the whole
individual - mind, body and spirit - and for which traditional pharmaceuticals are used as a form of LAST choice.
Do you think that alternative treatments, typically excluded under insurance policies, should be covered? Would this have a bearing on your
Lastly, for those of you in the US, do you feel that true health benefits of alternative care have been downplayed in order to ensure that the masses
keep using traditional medicine?
If you're kind enough to take a moment to respond, please let me know your gender, location and age bracket so that I can assess your answers by
I'll start with my own answers:
Yes, I would definitely prefer to try alternative medicine before exposing myself to the toxicity of many pharmaceuticals.
Yes, I think alternative treatment should definitely be covered by insurance policies.
Yes, I have hesitated about using alternative therapies because of the lack of coverage.
Yes, I think that healthcare and big pharma are two of the most powerful industries in the US and given the affect that alternative and holistic care
would have on their bottom line, the validity of alternative medicine has definitely been downplayed.
I am a female living in the US and am in my late 40's.
Thanks for taking a moment to voice your opinions.