In the United States, main stream medicine often has failed to quickly embrace adventurous and often surprisingly effective health care approaches that do not fit inside their testing – medicinal – surgical approach to the symptoms many people experience. This approach has harmed many people over the years, from unnecessary and harmful treatment of prostate growths, scare tactics and medicinal approaches that do little to improve the quality of our lives while causing diseases that may have never occurred (statins for instance).
Some doctors such as Dr. Oz believe that the public should be exposed to alternative thought processes in health care, although to be fair, some of what he has promoted using his celebrity are of marginal benefit. Other medical physicians help many people with alternative approaches often shunned by traditional medicine and some have been closed down by licensing board for doing things the traditionalists do not approve of (think politically correct but within medicine). Often, the group gets it wrong and ostracizes someone who understands something they do not which can benefit us (e.g. H. Pylori), which in this case was an Australian Doctor who was shunned by other doctors when he suggested the bacteria caused ulcers, something he eventually was awarded a Nobel prize for.
While not everything that is alternative is credible, many things that have gotten approval and are widely used are eventually pulled from the marked due to harmful side effects such as an untimely death.
The young doctors who are talked about in this article do not truly understand that for health care to truly become more cost effective and better for us, creative approaches to diagnosing and treating medical problems need to be embraced and given their own trials of care. Somehow, this reminds me of the chiropractic profession that is more accepted now than ever before, but the stigma remains, regardless of safety and effectiveness. Over time, some of the largest health related institutions have embraced the profession.
Within medicine itself, some of the best cures may come from doctors taking risks for what they believe in, rather than what the drug companies and hospital systemsresearch and then sell to us for high prices that are beyond our sense of reason.
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Young Docs Vote To Suppress Alternative Medicine Info
Disappointing, but not surprising. In what’s been called a thinly veiled rebuke of physician media star Mehmet Oz, MD, delegates at this month’s meeting of the American Medical Association (AMA) supported resolutions that endeavor to hold physicians responsible for advice they dispense via the media.
One of the resolutions, sponsored by residents and medical students, including third-year med student Benjamin Mazer, calls for the AMA to develop ways to discipline “wayward” (their word, not mine) physicians. It also, according to Medscape, “directs the AMA to go on record denouncing the spread of dubious information” and “affirming the need for physicians in the media to adhere to evidence-based medicine.”
According to an interview with Vox, the AMA will develop guidelines explaining the “disciplinary pathways that people can use if they see a doctor promoting something that seems dubious on air or in the press. ‘This could include legal proceedings, or state medical boards that control a doctor’s license,'” explained Mazer.