Conventional medicine is provider-dominated with a narrow selection; In contrast, alternative medicine is a marketplace that offers a wide and growing range of opportunities. But the difference between alternative and orthodox medicine is clear enough: orthodox medicine is based on (or works towards) the scientific study of disease processes, while alternative medical systems have non-scientific approaches based on spiritual, mystical or otherwise intuitive ones insights. But much of conventional medicine is also not evidence-based.
Conventional medicine seeks to fix or fix, not assist. Conventional physicians do invaluable work in their field, as do holistic practitioners. Conventional medicine is well organized, incredibly well funded and has total control of the news media due to the massive advertising dollars being spent by the pharmaceutical industry AKA “Big Pharma”.
Conventional medicine is provider-dominated with a narrow range of choices; In contrast, alternative medicine is a marketplace that offers a wide and growing range of opportunities. Conventional medicine resembles a severely restricted but nutritionally balanced diet; Alternative therapies are like an endless feast where the consumer chooses what they like, tries it, and then decides whether to eat more or try something different. Orthodox medicine has evolved from its founding principles to a model based today on the treatment of disease. Orthodox medicine treats the body (person) in isolated parts and believes it has the power and knowledge to repair an innate (natural) system by interfering with its normal homeostasis (whole-body balance) by using strong, human-made manufactured chemicals used. Conventional medicine has never been a health model.
Alternative medicine, on the other hand, is very poorly organized, poorly funded, disjointed, and heavily pursued by mainstream medicine. Naturopaths can learn homeopathy, herbal medicine, kinesiology, electrodiagnosis, chiropractic, osteopathy, aromatherapy, reflexology, bodywork, iridology, cymatics, gemstone therapy, electromagnetic therapy, chromotherapy, nutritional therapy, naturopathy, acupuncture, stress relief, counseling, etc. Alternative medicine fits very well with some of the dominant attributes of modern society as it is characterized by constant choice and reliance on the mass media for information dissemination.
Since the goal of conventional medicine is merely to eliminate symptoms of disease and not to achieve a state of optimal health, eliminating symptoms becomes an end in itself and not a means of identifying and correcting the underlying cause of disease. The direction in which conventional medicine is developing is abundantly clear. First, if mainstream medicine is to begin taking responsibility for treating lifestyle diseases, it must abandon its interventionist approach and embrace the traditional caring and supportive approach of holistic medicine.
While allopathic medicine is clearly superior to holistic medicine in the treatment of severe trauma and acute or life-threatening conditions, holistic medicine, with its inherently supportive nature and ability to recognize the importance of nutrition, is far more effective when it comes to promoting healing healing and preventing future illnesses. In this area in particular, an accurate diagnosis and a high degree of cooperation between alternative medicine and conventional medicine are very desirable.
Thanks to Richard Ealom