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Organized medicine has failed; the public turns to alternative and complementary medicine in vast numbers says NIH study

Friday, June 04, 2004
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
Editor of NaturalNews.com (See all articles...)
Tags: nutritional supplements, Western medicine, herbal medicine

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Modern organized medicine is so ineffective at preventing disease and improving peoples' health that the public is increasingly turning to alternative and complementary medicine. In the largest study of its kind ever conducted, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has determined that nearly 2/3rds of Americans rely on methods of healing that fall completely outside traditional "Western" medicine. In other words, the vast majority of Americans are currently engaging in healing therapies that the vast majority of doctors still won't even acknowledge as being legitimate in the first place.

Clearly, there's a tremendous gap between the medical advice doctors think their patients are listening to and what the people are actually doing to improve their health, because an increasing number of patients are ditching their doctors and turning to naturopaths, herbalists, chiropractors, acupuncturists, spiritual healers and other professionals for help.

In particular, the study shows that 36% of adults turn to so-called CAM (complementary and alternative medicine), and that number rises to 62% if you include prayer, a popular healing modality sometimes called spiritual healing, energy healing or vibrational healing. Nearly 20% of adults use herbal medicine, nutritional supplements or functional foods (superfoods) to address their health concerns.

Here's perhaps the most startling number of all: 28% of the people using alternatives believe that Western medicine won't help them. This is a shocking number that should serve as a wakeup call to organized medicine: the public isn't buying the medical racket any longer. With the faked clinical trials, the monopolistic control of drug supplies, the FDA's insidious attacks on nutritional supplements, the lack of medical justification for most surgical procedures, the rampant hospital overbilling, the prescription drug discount card sham, the terrible service offered at doctors' offices, and the outrageous prices charged for it all, the public is finally getting fed up with the whole silly game. They're turning to healing that really works -- healing with thousands of years of safe, effective use to back it up -- and they're doing it in droves.

Western medicine is on the way out. In its place will be a system of health and healing based on nature, not profits. In this new system (an ancient system, actually), we'll turn to plants, superfoods, physical exercise, avoidance of metabolic disruptors, daily meditation, and holistic health practitioners for our healing. We'll finally come to accept the reality of mind/body medicine, and we'll realize that there's more to a human being than an assembly of neatly-labeled organs and cells. It's happening right now, and frankly, the only people still going to Western doctors these days are those who just don't know any better. Truly healthy people -- those who are young, vibrant, lucid, flexible and strong, regardless of their age -- don't visit MDs. They don't take prescription drugs, they don't eat processed foods, and they wouldn't be caught dead in any hospital (actually, you might be caught dead in a hospital, since hospitals are by far the most dangerous place you can be, thanks to rampant antibiotics abuse and resistant superbugs).

By the way, what's most remarkable about all this is that alternative medicine continues to succeed even while the FDA, the American Medical Association, medical schools and most doctors relentlessly work to discredit it. To organized medicine, alternative medicine is a threat: a threat to their power, their control, and their profits. Old-school doctors don't make money when people seek out a master herbalist. Pharmaceutical companies don't earn revenues when people turn to herbs that cost mere pennies and yet are far more effective than hundred-dollar drugs. Not surprisingly, there's a tremendous campaign underway to discredit alternative medicine in any way possible. (The AMA has actually been twice convicted of conspiracy to destroy alternative medicine practices by the U.S. federal courts.) This campaign has been operating for decades and was, for many years, quite effective. Today, however, its foundation is crumbling. The illusion that modern medicine makes people healthier is finally starting to vanish. It's about time. Western medicine is a scourge on society. It is corporate greed at its worst, and it does virtually nothing to improve the lives of everyday people. The Emperor has no clothes.

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About the author:Mike Adams (aka the "Health Ranger") is a best selling author (#1 best selling science book on Amazon.com) and a globally recognized scientific researcher in clean foods. He serves as the founding editor of NaturalNews.com and the lab science director of an internationally accredited (ISO 17025) analytical laboratory known as CWC Labs. There, he was awarded a Certificate of Excellence for achieving extremely high accuracy in the analysis of toxic elements in unknown water samples using ICP-MS instrumentation. Adams is also highly proficient in running liquid chromatography, ion chromatography and mass spectrometry time-of-flight analytical instrumentation.

Adams is a person of color whose ancestors include Africans and Native American Indians. He's also of Native American heritage, which he credits as inspiring his "Health Ranger" passion for protecting life and nature against the destruction caused by chemicals, heavy metals and other forms of pollution.

Adams is the founder and publisher of the open source science journal Natural Science Journal, the author of numerous peer-reviewed science papers published by the journal, and the author of the world's first book that published ICP-MS heavy metals analysis results for foods, dietary supplements, pet food, spices and fast food. The book is entitled Food Forensics and is published by BenBella Books.

In his laboratory research, Adams has made numerous food safety breakthroughs such as revealing rice protein products imported from Asia to be contaminated with toxic heavy metals like lead, cadmium and tungsten. Adams was the first food science researcher to document high levels of tungsten in superfoods. He also discovered over 11 ppm lead in imported mangosteen powder, and led an industry-wide voluntary agreement to limit heavy metals in rice protein products.

In addition to his lab work, Adams is also the (non-paid) executive director of the non-profit Consumer Wellness Center (CWC), an organization that redirects 100% of its donations receipts to grant programs that teach children and women how to grow their own food or vastly improve their nutrition. Through the non-profit CWC, Adams also launched Nutrition Rescue, a program that donates essential vitamins to people in need. Click here to see some of the CWC success stories.

With a background in science and software technology, Adams is the original founder of the email newsletter technology company known as Arial Software. Using his technical experience combined with his love for natural health, Adams developed and deployed the content management system currently driving NaturalNews.com. He also engineered the high-level statistical algorithms that power SCIENCE.naturalnews.com, a massive research resource featuring over 10 million scientific studies.

Adams is well known for his incredibly popular consumer activism video blowing the lid on fake blueberries used throughout the food supply. He has also exposed "strange fibers" found in Chicken McNuggets, fake academic credentials of so-called health "gurus," dangerous "detox" products imported as battery acid and sold for oral consumption, fake acai berry scams, the California raw milk raids, the vaccine research fraud revealed by industry whistleblowers and many other topics.

Adams has also helped defend the rights of home gardeners and protect the medical freedom rights of parents. Adams is widely recognized to have made a remarkable global impact on issues like GMOs, vaccines, nutrition therapies, human consciousness.

In addition to his activism, Adams is an accomplished musician who has released over a dozen popular songs covering a variety of activism topics.

Click here to read a more detailed bio on Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, at HealthRanger.com.

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