The Pros and Cons of Modern Medicine

Like all forms of medicine, Modern medicine (Western or Allopathic medicine) has its strengths and weaknesses.  Unfortunately, there’s no 1 form of medicine that can provide for all our healthcare needs by itself.  However only 1 form has been completely dominant and overshadowed the rest.  Most modern societies are automatically programmed to look to Western medicine for all healthcare.  Like putting all your eggs in one basket, there’s a danger of exposing yourself to unnecessary risks.

The Pros

In certain situations Western medicine is the best and stands above all Alternative medicine.  Especially in cases of trauma, serious accidents, broken bones, wounds, for necessary surgery and certain infections, there’s no better option!  I can testify to this as I’ve had great doctors stitch me up and put me back together!  Most other forms are simply not designed to deal with this type of situation.  Would you ever bring a broken leg to a chiropractor, acupuncturist or herbalist?  No way!

Fortunately its also naturally suited for emergency response situations.  The nature of Western medicine is completely science-based, focused on drugs, radiation and surgery to treat the symptoms (a physical intervention).  The methods are based on scientific theory while other Alternative medicines mostly rely on observations and results, rather than theory.  So its easy to understand why it’s the most appropriate option for trauma and emergencies.

The Cons

Because of the strong science based approach, Medical Doctors (M.D.s) don’t believe that the body can heal itself.   In the world of M.D.s, this approach has elevated it above all other alternatives.  Any form of medicine that’s not proven by scientific methods is considered inferior.  Alternatives are often referred to as “quackery, pseudoscience, poor science and fraud.”  Occasionally, Alternative medicine is used only as a “complement” to conventional medicine.  But this is almost an exception.  This narrow-minded approach limits the potential of providing the best care for patients.

It’s also completely reactive and doesn’t focus on disease prevention.  The treatments only begin after illness is diagnosed.  Once started, treatments only address symptoms and not the root causesMethods are dangerous and side effects can be worse than the original condition, often resulting in death!  Chemotherapy is particularly devastating and many doctors themselves have even said they would refuse it if sick!  A cancer that’s in remission or an amputation is still not a cure!

The disease rates are continually rising year by year.  The philosophical beliefs and poor results lead to the conclusion Western medicine is NOT a good option for treating Chronic disease.  I’m sorry if that’s too bold of a statement, but the numbers don’t lie!

Are M.D.s More Dangerous Than Chronic Disease?

M.D.s do not seek to intentionally cause harm, but the results are terrible!  Especially for chronic diseases like cancer and heart disease, the treatments simply don’t work.  The following statistics are an alarming reminder of this fact:

From page 2, Unintended deaths are estimated at 783,000 per year, higher than all deaths in 2001 caused by heart disease (699, 697), and cancer (553,251).

Included in this number is 106,000 deaths per year from “adverse drug reactions”, or properly prescribed drugs (see page 3).  That’s more than 1 million deaths over a 10 year period!  When combining deaths due to prescription drugs and “medical errors,” the number jumps up to 7.8 million deaths (more deaths than in all the wars ever fought by the US in its entire history)!

US healthcare spending is 17% of GDP, the highest proportion of anywhere in the world!  Total spending in 2012 was $2.8 TRILLION, or $8,915 per person!  The numbers also show that over a 10 year period, 164 million people received unnecessary treatments of some kind (more than half the US population)!  But it’s just business as usual in Western medicine as profits continue to endlessly rise.

Results Driven or Profit Driven Model?

In summary, the pros and cons do not balance out.  Although its built on a great business model, the people are suffering because of it.  The structure and organization poorly serves the needs of the people, but nicely benefits the big business interests.  Despite the valuable gains and efficiency in treating trauma and emergency, the costs in terms of lives, suffering and resources are outrageous!

The cons are especially negative when it comes to chronic disease.  These overwhelming and difficult truths are hard to swallow, making it clear that it’s time for a change.   Continuing on this path only adds fuel to the fire!  Seeking out alternative treatments and taking personal responsibility for your health is always the most logical thing to do!





13 thoughts on “The Pros and Cons of Modern Medicine”

  1. this sucks and is the worst website ever i rather listen to someone talk about dead rats all day then read this. it did not give me the information i wanted nor needed. what i wanted was pros (positives) and cons (negatives) about medicines for my class project but this website did not give me neither i think that anyone using this website should continue searching for a better one why label this the pros and cons of modern medicine and then not talk about different pros and cons.

    • it gave me all the info I needed, so yeah, I don’t know what you are talking about. he talks about how it benefited society, and how it harmed people also. there you go.

  2. Sorry you feel that way, but there are clearly pro’s and con’s listed here… perhaps not what you need for your class project, but there are a whole other range of aspects to consider when discussing medicine in general. This is a quick read… and you can quickly see that. The word medicine is quite broad… and here we’re not discussing actual medications… rather forms of treatment and where they are best used. Also, the internet is a pretty big place, I’m sure you can better spend your time doing more specific searches rather than taking the time to trash this article… good luck on your project.

    • first of all, he said the MEDICAL DOCTORS thought the body could not heal itself, not the author himself, second, more spaces in between your words would be great, it took me a while to understand what you were saying.

  3. I actually liked this article … gave me a quick overview of the main pros and cons of modern medicine which was just what I needed for my essay. So…thanks:)

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