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.
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.
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 causes. Methods 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!