Alternative Healing Quackery Vs. The Fat Cats At Big Pharma
Polarizing Perspectives In The Most Important Debate Of Your Life
The interesting thing about my job is I get to see both takes on a variety of different topics. The subject of Western Medicine vs. Alternative health in particular is one of daily discussion and ongoing debate.
Should I go the alternative healing route or am I better off strictly following the regiment of what my Doctor advises I do?
Let me just state first and foremost that I am no doctor. I do not proclaim to be a medical professional, and you should always consult a professional on both sides of the fence when dealing with any serious health concern, period. With knowledge comes informed decisions, comes wisdom.
Which leads me to my first point. Why is it that we assume we only have one choice? Especially when we’re dealing with literally one of the most important issues, if not thee most important issue of our lives… Our health!
For the sake of transparency: Spiritual endeavors happen to play an important role in my personal life, which might lead you to think prematurely that I have a dog in this fight. You’ll be surprised to find that I don’t.
In fact, if anything I’d probably say I’m more of a hybrid. A devil’s advocate for both… I find the gray areas of life are usually where the dust settles.
The one thing all parties have already agreed on is that the best medicine is, in fact, prevention. Like it or love it, Diet and Exercise are crucially important to your livelihood and longevity. Now if we could only agree on what that regiment was…
Word to the Wary
I don’t have a soap box to stand on here. No angry rant I am afraid. To reiterate, I won’t be boring anyone with a heated debate on whether or not pharmaceutical companies are inherently good or evil, nor will I bother to discuss the validity or non-validity behind crystal wand therapy or totem animals.
There is plenty of real estate on the internet where such mud-slinging can be found. Why comment on it here? No dear reader, trust there is another purpose to this article. A much bigger, further reaching purpose. One that aims to reach into the future for insight.
So with that, let us begin this innocuous debacle with a no less appropriate game show analogy…
Let’s Make a Deal
Door Number One
Over to our left we have door number one: Alternative Medicine.
This includes all your herbal remedies, your Ayurvedic traditions, rehabilitation therapy, energy healing, Chinese medicine… And of course, let’s not forget, Acupuncture… It’s been in practice for over 5000 years, who can argue with that? Not me.
Door Number Two
And on to door number two: Modern Medicine.
From the stand point of most spiritualists, you could probably get away with saying that Modern Medicine gets a bad rap straight out the gate. There is a lot of money behind it and that’s going to put intentions in question. Checks and balances must be made to ensure it’s in the best interest of the people.
On the other hand, how can you not marvel in admiration at what modern medicine has achieved?
Western Medicine encompasses all things surgically related, MRI brain scanning, The ER, pharmacology, psychiatry, psychology and a host of other offshoots. It’s big and to some big can mean a variety of things. It’s a duality: big means resourceful, but it also means that general consensus protocols aren’t always agreeable with our own opinions on specific things.
Any program, invention or idea hoping to get into this game better be prepared to pass all the check points. That means double blind studies, clearance regulations and research which can cost upwards of tens of millions to conduct.
What is the Answer?
Where my interest lay in is where we can find the silver lining, the thread of commonality between the two. Because quite honestly, I believe there is a great deal of value to be found in both eastern and western practices. Not to say eastern or western are categorically accurate any longer. Not to say the merging of the two hasn’t already begun. Many insurance companies already cover acupuncture. The fear of public persecution by one’s peers is dying out as new generations fill the shoes of their predecessors. If the internet has given us one thing collectively, it’s a more open mind.
Door Number Three: The Best of Both Worlds
One truth I have found to be the case in pretty much everything in life is the fact that there is good and bad to be found in… everything in life; and deception is usually just within earshot. That’s life. I’m not saying we should accept it or throw in the towel. Simply acknowledge it and strive to be cautiously optimistic.
To be continued…
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