Wikipedia says alternative medicine is quackery. But they say that about anything you don't pay drug pushers large sums of money to abuse you with. Yes, the definition of allopath is drug-pusher; as I see it. When Hillary Clinton tried to bring preventive medical practices into the US system of medicine she was confronted by lobbying of a major sort. They won - she (and we) lost. I am heartened by the cover story of Time Magazine a decade or more ago which said people spend as much on alternative medicine as the insurance or medical system allocates.
The drug companies or pharms also tried to put an end to GNC and vitamins or other supplements around that time. Fortunately Common Cause and the people of the US finally had enough - and this initiative which had five years to be phased in - was defeated in just one year. But it is so funny to see the American Medical Association being presented as something good for people when you know it has a history of being the worst drug pusher you have ever had feasting upon your friends, neighbors and loved ones. Just because they aren't telling you it is healthy to drink laudanum or prescriptions with more alcohol than bottled whiskey in present times does not mean they aren't motivated and paid by the same cretins. Here is what Wiki says about alternative medicine.
"Alternative medicine is any practice that is put forward as having the healing effects of medicine, but is not founded on evidence gathered using the scientific method. It consists of a wide range of health care practices, products and therapies. Examples include new and traditional medicine practices such as homeopathy, naturopathy, chiropractic, energy medicine, various forms of acupuncture, traditional Chinese medicine, Ayurvedic medicine, and Christian faith healing. The treatments are those that are not part of the conventional, science-based healthcare system, and are not backed by scientific evidence.
Complementary medicine is alternative medicine used together with conventional medical treatment in a belief, not proven by using scientific methods, that it "complements" the treatment.[n 1] CAM is the abbreviation for complementary and alternative medicine. Integrative medicine (or integrative health) is the combination of the practices and methods of alternative medicine with conventional medicine.
Alternative medical diagnoses and treatments are usually not included in the degree courses of medical schools, or used in conventional medicine, where treatments are based on what is proven using the scientific method. Alternative therapies lack such scientific validation, and their effectiveness is either unproved or disproved. Alternative medicine is usually based on religion, tradition, superstition, belief in supernatural energies, pseudoscience, errors in reasoning, propaganda, or fraud. Regulation and licensing of alternative medicine and health care providers varies from country to country, and state to state.
The scientific community has criticized alternative medicine as being based on misleading statements, quackery, pseudoscience, antiscience, fraud, or poor scientific methodology. Promoting alternative medicine has been called dangerous and unethical. Testing alternative medicine has been called a waste of scarce medical research resources. Critics have said "there is really no such thing as alternative medicine, just medicine that works and medicine that doesn't", and "Can there be any reasonable 'alternative' [to medicine based on evidence]?""
In China you pay a little all the time - to your doctor while he or she keeps you feeling good. There is a real incentive built in because you do not pay when you are not well. I consider that approach as a little outdated and I look forward to the Apple app which will monitor our health as well as other modern methods. In Toronto you have a great Naturopathic school that includes the support of M. D.'s and modern methods alongside the techniques Wiki calls quackery; such as Chiropractry. Unfortunately the Canadian Medical lobby recently succeeded in getting any funds to chiropractors and massage therapists cut off the medical system.
The President of the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine has these words to say. You must have an accredited college degree before applying and the staff includes many MD's. Local TV has a panel type of presentation on health which includes NDs with MDs. Of course they have a modern approach but naturopathy is so ancient I could say it pre-dates civilization.
The Atlanta school which I equate to the one above has a lot of good articles on things including the Mind, Body, Spirit connection which I think should be required reading for everybody at least once every four years in school."Naturopathic medicine is founded on the principle of healing through the co-operative power of nature. It involves harnessing science to unleash this healing power. Individuals who choose to practice as naturopathic doctors pledge to "encourage others to strengthen their health, reduce risks for disease and preserve the health of our planet for ourselves and future generations." The focus is on promoting health, not on alleviating symptoms. To address the fundamental causes of disease, to heal the whole person through individualized treatment, to teach the principles of healthy living and preventative medicine—these are among the principles that underpin the profession.
If you are the type of individual who views the healing of others as a calling, you exhibit a quality that the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM) values in its students. You do not simply want to enter a profession; ¬you are answering a calling that will lead to greater fulfillment in your life.
My time at CCNM has been one of the most fulfilling periods of my life. I have been impressed by the high quality of our student body. The students are bright, energetic and extremely dedicated. The faculty have impressive credentials and experience and are strongly committed to teaching others the path to promoting health. The staff is dedicated to ensuring that the educational environment is of high quality and the student experiences are positive. In short, I have encountered a team that works together to ensure that CCNM graduates individuals who are well prepared for their roles as naturopathic doctors.
CCNM is a very special place. Our small student body (approximately 550) and self-contained campus allows for an intensity of interaction that fosters life-long friendships. The Robert Schad Naturopathic Clinic is the best-equipped naturopathic medical education clinic in North America, with over 40 examination rooms. The 4.3 acre campus, with its treed courtyard and herb garden, provides a very special atmosphere, while sitting adjacent to a subway entrance.
As you read through the material on this website, reflect upon your decision with care. The path that you are considering is not an easy one. The naturopathic medicine program is extremely intense. The first year involves a comprehensive examination of the biomedical sciences that underlie the study of medicine. The second and third years focus increasingly on the clinical sciences and the modalities that constitute the tools of the profession. The fourth year is spent largely in clinical practice under the supervision of registered NDs."
Hillary Clinton is now preparing to run for President and if for no other reason I will cheer her on - it is this. I suspect she will try to re-initiate health care reform to focus on preventive medicine or what the following commentator derides as functional medicine and other names he throws around in a vituperative fashion.