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Well, it's funny that you ask. I can say that I relate to what she may be feeling.
Do I *not* believe in Western Medicine @ all? No. I do, and I use it in EMERGENCY/DIRE situations. However, I feel that everything is a big "biz" out here in the west. People are getting FILTHY rich off of prescribing us a pill to pop for everything from sneezing to eyelash growth. It's sort of insane.
I have had a LOT of success with alternative "medicines", herbs, and therapy. I don't know if I would be much of a believer in that stuff if I had not have tried it for myself. But there are less evasive ways to keep your health at it's optimum peak.
But in conclusion, there ARE some things that NEED medication and it's good to know the balance between the two.
But isn't alternative or complementary "medicine" a business as well? I guess I feel that at least with western medicine, for most things, I can understand the evidenced based science behind it. I live in a pretty liberal region, with a lot of access to alternative healthcare options. This practitioner swears by XYZ herb combination that can only be bought from them, another practitioner explains that all I need is a specific kind of massage, and one chiropractor even tried to tell me that they could cure my asthma with manipulation!
I also have general concerns re: herbs and such, since they're not regulated at all, so there's no consistency for dosage purposes. A tea made with a tablespoon of an herb from one vendor could be a radically different dosage of active properties than one tablespoon of the same herb from another.
So, while it's not "corporate" it's still business. I don't have "faith" in any of it. I need to know the why's and the how's...preferably with evidence backing it up.
Now, that's not to say I only go by "western medicine." In fact I dropped the maintenance drug I was on for my UC in favor of daily quantities of high quality (local, with a high live bacteria count), plain yogurt and weekly high quality probiotics. I researched it, brought it to my Doc and then we tried it. It's worked wonderfully with no side effects (unlike the med I was in which the side effects were close to as bad as the symptoms of UC).