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Conventional VS. Natural Medicine

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Conventional VS. Natural Medicine or Holistic Medicines

Join this conventional VS. alternative medicine debate...

At one time all human health issues were treated with herbals and natural medicines. Less than a hundred years ago, ALL health treatments originated from what is now called 'alternative medicine' or 'holistic medicines' which include herbal and natural remedies.

So what is now sometimes frowned upon as 'alternative' was once the NORM for medicine. This was long before the FDA was established and before pharmaceutical companies began patenting prescription drugs.

Modern science and powerful marketing has now reversed how many perceive the very same natural remedies that were used for centuries as 'alternative' in favor of 'modern' approaches to health. However modern convention medicine also faces much controversy in recent years, causing many to return to more natural methods and alternative treatments.

The History of Medicine in a Nutshell

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About Prescription Drugs vs Holistic Medicines

Origins of prescription drugs and the research studies which support them often are controversial.

The relationship between pharmaceutical drug companies and the FDA has changed significantly since the early 1990s. Funding for new drug research now comes primarily from the drug manufacturers themselves, rendering that 'research' to be totally self-serving.

The approval process for new drugs is faster and testing time for research and development shorter. Advertising of prescription medications has increased greatly in the last few years, which has greatly increased drug use and pressure on physicians to prescribe medications. Also, adverse drug reaction problems have become an overwhelming concern.

This is not to suggest that people stop taking medications they need, but rather to find the guidelines and tools to evaluate what they actually need in terms of prescription meds vs. effective alternative remedies and holistic medicines.

Marketing and Natural Remedies

Beware of harmful synthetic substances used in 'health' products - even those in health food stores.

Another concern for consumers is that many companies manufacture vitamins that are labeled "natural" when they are actually made from harmful synthetic substances. Very few brands are actually made from whole foods and are of the high quality needed for optimal health. Thinking they are all the same, consumers usually opt for the lowest price, which not only won't help them but could even be harmful to health. Nutritional products are NOT all created equal. Learn more about the dangers of synthetic vitamins.

Debate: Conventional Medicine VS Holistic Medicines - What's your choice?

Conventional medicine has a role, especially for acute care and treatment for serious injuries. Yet conventional treatment for chronic disease usually relies primarily on powerful drugs which will only suppress symptoms.

Alternative treatments or natural medicine works more directly with strengthening the immune system and in finding the cause (which may have origins related to stress, emotions, etc.), rather than just treating the physical symptoms. Risks and side effects from 'drug therapy' make alternative treatments much more appealing, especially for those who are taking the drugs yet remaining very sick and suffering from pain daily.

Do you think conventional medicine practices such as drugs and surgery have gone too far?


"The division between conventional and traditional medicine is as artificial as the division between science and nature. They can be woven together in a fashion that meets our physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. This is the foundation upon which integrative medicine is built."

— Tieraona Low Dog, M.D.

Our Perceptions about Holistic Medicines

Many assume that if innovative cancer treatments were found, then their doctor would know about them, and use these treatments for their best health.

HOWEVER... It can be risky for any MD to recommend new approaches for cancer treatment. Regardless of the effectiveness of the treatment, insurance companies will usually not cover any treatment beyond the conventional chemo and radiation. Some docs have even lost their license to practice medicine simply due to suggesting alternative treatment.

Doctors are not authorized to try innovative cancer solutions. Innovation is not part of the charter for the AMA (American Medical Association). MDs are expected to practice medicine only as taught at medical school, regardless of results or studies that might suggest better methods.

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

© 2009 Carolan Ross

YOUR take about alternative medicine? - Shout out below

mrkensworld on August 20, 2012:

I do not really trust conventional medicine as I have seen the revolving door which masks the symptoms and causes worse problems down the road.. I live to help others thrive naturally.. Wellness is beautiful :-) Thanks for another A1 lens..

Flop69 on April 01, 2012:

I would vote for natural medicine. I'm into homeopathy and I don't really like conventional medicine. Some nice things about natural medicine are that the remedies have no side effects and do not cause addiction. Natural and homeopathic remediesftw. :]

anonymous on July 13, 2011:

Very informative lens. I understand natural medicine works in wonders but conventional medicines are also clinically tested. The side effects indeed are a pain in the neck. Just like the Fosamax side effects that its users have sustained during their therapy

mattseefood lm on May 05, 2011:

I'd prefer alternative medicine. Natural works better cus it's natural :)

JuneMary LM on April 10, 2011:

Well said, Mark.

anonymous on November 08, 2010:

Natural Medicine begins with seeking balance, modern med is great for acute problems, but we still need to go back to natural medicine to find our cure.

awakeningwellness on October 31, 2010:

Natural medicine all the way!

Heather Burns from Wexford, Ireland on October 01, 2010:

Natural medicine is way better than the conventional approach IMHO.

Maurice Glaude from Mobile, AL on December 14, 2009:

Naturally a great lens!

Leanne Chesser on October 25, 2009:

Conventional vs. natural medicine is a great duel topic. Good job!

Heather Burns from Wexford, Ireland on October 20, 2009:

I think conventional western medicine is very good at diagnosis, and indeed, that it their focus. However, I prefer prevention, which is the Chinese or eastern approach.