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Why U.S. Mainstream Medical Dislikes Alternative Therapies
The conflict between mainstream medicine and alternative therapies in the U.S. has been an ongoing process and has covered quite a few years. The fact is, that the mainstream medical community basis everything that they do on scientific research and studies and facts, whereas alternative therapies have had results that were culturally used, even for thousands of years, with very little in the way of definable research.
Add to this formula one very big topic: people have a tendency to jump on trends without thinking. Although many of the alternative therapies have age-long histories that demonstrate positive results, in seeking out anything that doesn’t involve prescription medication, the American public has latched onto trends with little or no critical thinking. However, we cannot blame the fact of the lack of research on alternative and integrative therapies on anyone but the mainstream medical industry itself. The bottom line is that while many of our medicines have a base in natural substances, there isn’t any profit for pharmaceutical companies or the medical professionals in recommending alternatives.
There is also another factor that weighs heavily on the tug-of-war between medical and natural, and that’s the area of misinformation that has been widely dispersed on the internet. The FDA created the DSHEA law to try to circumvent outrageous claims and in a nutshell it basically states that natural products, including vitamins and supplements, cannot make claims in curing or treating a disorder or disease state. This may sound great, but the problem exists that U.S. companies aren’t interested in pursuing the efficacy of alternative therapies to even investigate whether or not they may have the ability to help a patient.
Medical healthcare providers are paying attention to studies that are being conducted in other countries who have used some of the alternative therapies with great success. Through their research we are discovering the importance of vitamins and supplements as more than just a physical requirement for health but also as major contributors to some of the disease states that we were looking to pharmaceutical drugs for answers.
The general population is also altering their view towards the medical industry, specifically pharmaceutical companies. They no longer trust them to be looking for ‘cures’ for diseases and instead are suspicious that they only want to sell more medications to continue their profit. This has encouraged a renaissance in natural and alternative therapies from all over the world and is forcing the hand of mainstream medicine to either accept them or be left in the dust. Multiple generations are now making use of alternative, holistic and integrative modalities and we are seeing more primary healthcare providers partnering with such community members as nutritionists, yoga instruction, chiropractors and meditation counselors.
The U.S. has been the slowest nation to adopt some of the integrative and alternative therapies and the reasons are many. But with the rest of the world not only involved in research regarding the natural additives and the high level of interest in moving away from pharmaceuticals, it may just be a matter of time before mainstream medicine becomes more accepting.
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