Alternative health medicine is any healing therapy outside of the conventional medical spectrum. Alternative medicine health care and treatments consist of a wide range of healing therapies such as naturopathy, Chinese medicine, Ayurvedic medicine, chiropractic, homeopathic, acupuncture and non-evasive therapies such as bio-feedback, energy healing, herbal medicine, massage or bodywork and nutrition.
Facts And Fallacies
Alternative Health Medicine Is Based On Nature And The Body’s Innate Ability To Heal Itself
The earliest known medical writings from the ancient Sumerian culture between 2,112 – 2,004 BCE, to the Chinese and India medicinal text over 5000 thousands of years ago, to Homeopathy which dates back to 500 BC, and on to modern scientific medicine Naturopathy in the early 1900s, the procedures and healing remedies referenced plant-based mixtures and tinctures. All remedies pointed to the natural processes of nature with the belief that the body has an intuitive mechanism that triggers healing on the cellular level.
Alternative Health Medicine Is Dangerous And Does More Damage Than Good
Whether it is alternative or conventional medicine, a misdiagnosis and the incorrect drug is administered to the patient there will be adverse effects. Being educated on the drug prescribed to you is your only defense against being harmed.
The Journal of the American Medical Association October 2006 (JAMA) issue reported that the adverse reactions to prescription drugs were responsible for 700,000 Americans’ visits to emergency rooms every year. The majority were 65 years olds on Medicare being treated as an outpatient. Medicare had introduced an efficient way for patients to receive their medication, a possible leading factor to the increase in the use of the drugs.
Prescription drugs are killing more people each year causing many to question why are doctors hard pressed to keep handing out prescriptions.
A placebo study reported in the JAMA January 2010 concluded the benefits of an antidepressants compared with a placebo were significant for severely depressed and minimal or nonexistent for an average person with mild to moderate depression symptoms.
Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapies are criticized for their lack of rigorous clinic trials to provide evidence of effectiveness and safety. On the other hand, Dr. Mercola and Dana Ullman point out the serious flaws found in science based studies published in the medical journals.
Dr. Marcia Angell, former editor-in-chief of the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), is quoted from her book The Truth about Drug Companies: How They Deceive Us and What to Do About It.
“Trials can be rigged in a dozen ways, and it happens all the time.”
Americans Are Looking To Alternative Health Medicine For Their Health Care
CAM is growing as the preferred choice in health care. A comprehensive report on the use of CAM in the United States complied by the 2007 compared data from studies taken in 2002 and 2007 the report showed approximately 38 percent of adults use CAM. Almost 4 out of 10 adults used CAM in the past 12 months, with the most commonly used therapies being nonvitamin, nonmineral, natural products (17.7%) and deep breathing exercises (12.7%). The most recent reports on research and studies examining CAM can be found at the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM).
Health Insurance Companies Do Not Cover Alternative Medical Treatments
Health insurance companies recognize the growing demand for alternative treatments. Americans spend $33 billion a year on CAM making it the most rapidly growing sector of the health care business. Common therapies covered are massage, chiropractic care and acupuncture because they can prevent certain health problems and reduce the cost of insurance. Check with health insurance providers in your area for a list of participating alternative medical treatments covered by their policies.
Alternative Health Medicine Is Very Conservative, Not Radical
Alternative health medicine is a safe effective, practical alternative to the dangerous side effects of drugs. For example, Zoloft is an anti-depressant recently discovered to cause birth defects in babies born to mothers who took the drug during pregnancy. Alternative methods to treat depression range from counseling to taking Vitamin D to increasing exercise and avoiding sugar foods as recommended by Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP. Although these possible solutions may be simplistic, using alternative health medicine and avoiding a potentially harmful pharmaceutical drugs is a more conservative sensible way to go.