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Conventional VS. Natural Medicine

Updated on December 5, 2014

Conventional VS. Natural Medicine

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 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.

About Prescription Drugs and the FDA

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 important to their health, but rather to find the guidelines and tools to evaluate what they actually need in terms of prescription meds vs. effective alternative remedies.

The History of Medicine in a Nutshell

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Marketing and Natural Remedies

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Debate: Conventional Medicine VS Alternative Medicine - 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?

Yes, you're right!

Yes, you're right!

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    • anonymous 3 years ago

      I'm new to the alternative medicine thing. I keep hearing bad things, so I really hope that you're right. I hate conventional medicine! Always have, always will!

    • JuneMary LM 6 years ago

      We are a part of this living planet, made from what it provides, therefore sustained by what it provides.

      Modern medicine is useful in emergencies such as surgery or when we catch an infection BUT metabolic diseases are exactly that - the body malfunctioning due to lack of optimum levels of nutrients and the only thing to correct that is nutrients. Modern medicine simply hides the symptoms - it does not remove the problem. In fact, it is well documented that it causes even more problems.

    • awakeningwellness 6 years ago

      I am an energy healer, I believe we have the power to heal ourselves. Drugs weaken that power, natural remedies strengthen it. The weaker you get the richer the drug companies get!

    • Heather Burns 6 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      I could say a lot about this but I'll limit it to natural is always best. God knew what he was doing. Drug companies screwed it up:)

    • Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      With all the side effects of conventional medicine, I think seeking natural medicine when you can is the way to go.

    • Leanne Chesser 7 years ago

      I lean more toward natural medicine and certainly whole foods. Actually, I'm more for energy healing/spiritual healing. I do think, though, that conventional medicine is beneficial in some cases.

    • Carolan Ross 7 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Conventional medicine practice consists of only TWO strategies: #1 drugs and #2 surgery. Both have their own inherent dangers and yet MDs refuse to accept alternative treatments that WORK!

    No way, Monkeybrain!

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      • elbereth 19 months ago

        yes, i think now conventional medicine is all about the profit. when you go to a hospital they only gave you some pills and send you home, no one thinks about the side effeckts and no one care. i just have some anxiety problems for example so i need to get away from the stress or just have fun and sleep better such things but they gave me pills and then now i am addict and my kidneys and liver is going bad more and more. i mean we have to be more carefull and change our lifestlye and embrace the so called 'alternative' medicine.

      • Carolan Ross 2 years ago from St. Louis, MO

        Conventional or modern medicine can be effective & appropriate in some cases, especially regarding emergency treatment or advanced surgical methods.

      • Carolan Ross 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

        Conventional medicine has a role to play that is needed. However to rely on conventional medicine alone can be risky.

      "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 Medicine

      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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      She outlines her journey and experiences with a variety of alternative methods for treatment, offering a remarkable resource for those who seek more natural approaches.

      YOUR take about alternative medicine? - Shout out below

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          Heather Burns 7 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

          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.

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          Leanne Chesser 7 years ago

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

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          Guided Abundance 7 years ago from Mobile, AL

          Naturally a great lens!

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          Heather Burns 6 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

          Natural medicine is way better than the conventional approach IMHO.

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          awakeningwellness 6 years ago

          Natural medicine all the way!

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          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.

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          JuneMary LM 6 years ago

          Well said, Mark.

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          mattseefood lm 5 years ago

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

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          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

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          Flop69 5 years ago

          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. :]

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          mrkensworld 4 years ago

          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..

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