Western vs. alternative medicine

Thursday, October 11, 2012 by: John McKiernan
Tags: western medicine, alternative medicine, healing

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(NaturalNews) Today, most people who visit a doctor's office don't give any thought to the type of doctor that they're going to see. The traditionally trained doctor in the U.S. is trained one way whereas holistic doctors, also known as natural medicine practitioners, are trained in a completely different way. Many of us trust our doctors implicitly, so when we are prescribed a pharmaceutical, we simply fill the prescription and take it as we are told. In truth is you can't assume that your doctor always gets it right. It is very common for doctors to misdiagnose patients and prescribe them medications that they don't need.

Western medicine

It is an unfortunate but true fact, traditional doctors are not required to have any training in nutrition. This makes little sense since the large majority of the illnesses these doctors will attempt to treat are caused by a lack of nutrition. And unsurprisingly, the cure for them is proper nutrition. These doctors are not trained in nutrition nor are they trained in natural medicine. They are taught to see the body as a collection of organs that are independent of one another and thus, must be treated as such. This is why most of the pharmaceuticals used in Western medicine cause so many nasty side effects. They only focus on healing one particular part of the body, while neglecting the body as a whole and even causing damage to other parts of the body.

Alternative medicine

In complete contrast to Western medicine, alternative medicine treats the body, mind and spirit as a whole rather than so many separate parts. Alternative medicine is all about finding balance and harmony. This can be done through many techniques including natural cures, massage therapy, meditation and acupuncture. Unlike Western medicine, alternative medicine rarely creates unwanted side effects. Pharmaceutical companies have convinced people that side effects are just a normal part of medicine, when the fact is they should not be. True medicine works with the entire body.

Making the switch

It is unfortunate that the vast majority of us are unaware of just how effective natural medicine is. We have been convinced by our money driven society that pharmaceuticals are the only "real" medicine and that any natural remedies are just a bunch of "Hocus Pocus" used by hippies. The next time you need a doctor, you may want to look up your local natural medicine practitioner and try something new. You will most likely be very pleasantly surprised and never go back to the world of Western medicine.

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