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Why Are We Debating Convential vs. Alternative Medicine?

Posted on by IBSTC

(img source: wikimedia via creative.commons.org)

(img source: wikimedia via creative.commons.org)

People are very frustrated with medical practice today. 

Doctors in conventional practices use therapies of which only about 25% are supported by evidence. 

Alternative practitioners therapies, (according to this article from USA Today) are evidence supported about 33% of the time.  Perhaps the headline should read Most Conventional Medicine not based on Evidence – Alternative medicine better?? 

The truth is that there are bad practitioners who provide shoddy care in all professions.  Framing this discussion as alternative vs. conventional is not very helpful.  We need to discuss medicine as safe and effective vs. unsafe and ineffective. 

Quote from USAToday.com:

Only about one-third of alternative therapies have safety and efficacy data behind them, critics note. Yet conventional doctors don’t always follow the evidence, either, says Adriane Fugh-Berman, an associate professor of pharmacology at Georgetown University in Washington and author of a textbook on herbs and supplements. Only about one-quarter of therapies used in conventional medicine are “evidence-based,” she says.

Many Americans see modern medicine as increasingly bureaucratic and impersonal, says Deepak Chopra, a physician and one of the best known advocates for mind-body healing.

“Doctors spend more time filling in charts than they spend on seeing patients,” Chopra says. “The average doctor stands in the door and does a ritual of examining patients for one or two minutes, then moves on to the next patient.”

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