Quote from ChrisRicci
So all you know about 'Alternative Medicine' is what you read on the internet? Shouldn't that be a clue for you? Allopathic medicine and Big Pharma will diss any treatment that they cannot make a billion $$ on. And they will lie to do it and plaster it on the internet and use their $$ to persecute dedicated and conscientious practitioners. 'Alternative' and herbal medicines have been around for centuries. Numerous currently prescribed medications were built on or made from such herbal medicines (think Metformin). Are there quacks out there? Of course there are. There are also some doctors and nurses whom I wouldn't let touch my dog, let alone myself or a family member. The UK embraces Integrative & Alternative medicine and their population tends to be healthier and their medical costs are a fraction of the US. Explain that. As a nurse you should know there is always more than one way to get results. Just because you have mainstream recognized 'credentials' doesn't mean you know everything.
I started my health care career as a home birth midwife. I was trained extensively in herbalism and homeopathy, and utilized it all the time in practice. My mom owns her own health food store. I grew up on that stuff, and used alt med almost exclusively to treat my family and my patients. I know, probably better than most, what alt med is all about.
Of course most modern medicine is derived from natural substances. We use science to isolate the desired compounds in order to standardize the dose and mitigate harm. There's a reason we don't just have a foxglove garden on the cardiac unit. And to say that something is effective because it has been used for hundreds of years is an example of the common logical fallacy of appealing to tradition. Just because something has been around for centuries or millennium does not make it effective. We made the best of what we had before the scientific method helped us see beyond the limitations of our own neural circuitry, which is inherently prone to bias and false conclusions. We used to die, all the time, before modern medicine. We are LUCKY to be worrying about diabetes and hypertension and other diseases caused by our modern lifestyle. Because before that, we worried about surviving our 8th childbirth, and we watched so many of our children suffer and die from measles and diphtheria and leukemia.
You make it sound like it is an either/or- embrace prescientific and outright pseudoscientific "medicine," or be a pill pushing cog in the medical machine. That is not the case. I strive for a holistic approach to my patients, every single day. I work with a very underserved and vulnerable population, and a holistic approach is vital. My life's work is public health and improving maternal and infant outcomes. Prescription medication is just one part of healthcare.
How do you think the business practices of Big Supplement compare to Big Pharma? Both are noxiously profit oriented to the detriment of both providers and consumers. And Big Supplement has the added bonus of being completely, disastrously, self regulated. They are knowingly pulling the wool over their customer's eyes.
Yes, there is still government subsidized quackery in the UK, Germany, our own USA, and other countries. Alt health has an amply funded lobby, just like Big pharma. Luckily, over the past couple decades, there was been wide success in changing this.
The difference in health care expenditure between us and the UK is obviously due to the insanity of the US health care system and has exactly zero to do with alternative health. We waste as much federal money on "complementary and alternative" health care as any European country- it is not a European phenomenon by any means.