Do you believe in complementary medicine, alternative therapies, also know as quackery and hocus-pocus by some? Homeopathy, NAET, Ayurveda, Chiropractic, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture, Reiki and Naturopathy are just some examples of therapies that many people, if they even know what they are, would laugh at claiming positive results are only the result of the placebo effect, because where’s the science? The proof?
Conventional Medicine & Big Pharma
The reality is most alternative treatments haven’t been thoroughly studied. The focus has always been on conventional medicine instead. Why? Honestly, I’m not entirely sure, but I’ll throw out a big guess. Clinical research is often supported by big pharmaceutical companies, who’s ultimate goal is to shed positive light on their pharmaceutical products, and this is usually done through research studies often designed to clearly favor the drug being tested. I recently read about studies being hushed and gag orders being issued to the lead scientists and physicians when results didn’t always shed a positive light on a pharmaceutical company’s latest drug. But, of course, that’s not always the case. And finding clear proof of this would prove very challenging, I’m sure.
So, we have a very lose theory on why conventional medicine is so often researched – big money by big pharma. That shouldn’t stop complimentary and alternative medicine from it’s share of time in clinical trials. The problem is that they are not being studies as much as they should and it likely all comes back to money. There are no big pharmaceutical companies, no giants (Pfizer, Merck, Glaxo, etc) to fund these studies. From what I understand, most alternative medicine is developed by independent companies, a fraction of the size of our pharmaceutical giants. Every once in a while we see a study on a natural treatment surface, but so often the study wasn’t set up well and therefor the results are not reliable. And to give credit where it is due, we are starting to see more and more research around alternative medicine, so that is promising.
Believing Without Proof
But reliable studies on alternative medicine are still lacking, so why do we still believe in alternative and natural therapies? There is no proof, very little science, and we’re constantly surrounded by those that say it’s quackery?
We believe because we have hope. Hope that we can use an ancient remedy, a tradition that has been passed down for generations, to heal ourselves. We have faith that something will finally help our suffering children. We try and try and don’t give up. If conventional medicine fails us, we must have faith that there is another answer. We believe because we’ve heard and seen it work. Many alternative therapies are based on centuries old traditions and some are even based on ancient religions. For as many cases where people claim success from an alternative treatment is only due to the placebo effect, there are just as many or more cases where people see themselves either healed or their condition vastly improved. And no, nothing works for everyone – this goes for conventional and alternative medicine – and pertains to pretty much every health condition in the book. It’s always about finding what’s right for you or your child. And it’s about listening to your intuition, going with your gut.
Please don’t misunderstand me. I believe very much in modern, conventional medicine. It has saved my child’s life on multiple occasions and I am FOREVER grateful. But, I can still believe in other things and so can you. You don’t have to be 100% attached to conventional medicine and you don’t have to be 100% committed to complementary medicine. And remember, not all alternative medicine is safe for certain individuals, as is also the case with conventional medicine, so make sure you only work with a certified practitioner in whatever treatment field you chose to ensure best results and safety.
Really, it all comes down to having more options – you can try conventional medicine and you can try alternative medicine, the key is to try and don’t stop until you find your way to optimal health. Find your balance and follow your instincts, they will rarely lead you down the wrong path if you truly listen.