Alternative Treatments are products, practices, and therapies that are not part of modern/conventional medicine. Alternative treatments are also referred to as alternative therapy, alternative health, and natural medicine.
This includes hundreds of new and old treatments. Typically these treatments are more natural and less invasive.
It is considered the scientific-based method for diagnosing and treating diseases. It is how medical doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and therapists treat symptoms and diseases with drugs, surgery, or radiation. It is also referred to as western, traditional, conventional, or mainstream medicine.
The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) has created five categories of alternative medicine: whole medical systems (theories and practices that are a thousand years old), biologically based practices (herbs, nutrition, vitamins), manipulative body-based practices (such as chiropractic & osteopathy), energy medicine (like reiki and magnet therapy), and mind-body medicine (meditation, art, & music therapy).
Alternative Treatments are known to more effectively treat the underlying root cause of a problem, where Modern Medicine has been known to cover up the problem instead of treating it. (read more)
1. Treating the Cause Instead of the Symptoms
Alternative Treatments will treat the cause and Modern Medicine will treat the symptoms instead. Alternative Treatments often take longer for people to receive relief from their pain, but they are focused on treating someone’s health long-term instead of offering a short term solution.
2. Less Side Effects
In the situations where Modern Medicine actually treats a problem it has often caused other problems. Just by listening to commercials for medications they mention a myriad of side effects that sometimes include death. Alternative Treatments usually have no side effects or very minor side effects as opposed to frequent or severe side effects with Modern Medicine. With the use of herbal medicine conditions are treated using the body’s natural healing process. These herbal ingredients consist of things that are regularly produced in everyone’s body.
3. Alternative Medicine Focuses on Wellness
Alternative medicine focuses on wellness, the concept of making healthy decisions for one’s overall health both mentally and physically to prevent future illnesses from happening. Natural medicine is known to improve the body’s ability to ward off diseases especially with a focus on wellness and continuous treatments. The root causes of most diseases are usually stress, lack of physical activity, processed food intake, compromised mind/body, and exposure to environmental toxins in food, products, and the air.
4. Treatments for the Body, Mind, and Spirit
A lot of alternative medicine focuses on healing not only the body, but also the mind and the spirit. Treatments for reducing stress and improving mental health may include meditation, yoga, massage therapy, visual imagery, and biofeedback. Diet and nutrition can help with not only physical health, but also mental health. Eating the wrong foods can cause brain fog and eating the right foods creates a sharper mind.
5. Alternative Treatments can be very Cost Effective
Many herbal medicine, supplements, and natural remedies can be purchased without having to visit the doctor.
People have practiced natural medicine for centuries. Centuries before Modern Medicine existed people would utilize herbal remedies and natural approaches to treat all health problems and injuries. (read more)
Everything from common colds to chronic conditions such as cancer, diabetes, and heart disease have been successfully treated with just natural, alternative treatments. Both allopathic and natural medicine did at one time co-exist together with naturopathic medicine, homeopathy, chiropractic and osteopathy, along with herbal medicine schools, natural medicine schools, and etc.
Alternative medicine has been unjustly perpetrated to be unreliable, backwards, and inferior by the creation of a monopoly of Modern Medicine in Western society. Reports, history and substantial data prove that the exact opposite is true.
The earliest known written records of herbal medicine date back 5,000 years to the Sumerians. The Chinese records for using herbs as medicine date back over 3,000 years. Essential oils have been used in wellness practices for over 5,000 years according to Chinese manuscripts and Egyptian hieroglyphics.
Many alternative treatments range from over 100 to 1,000 years old. Treatments like chiropractic, naturopathic, osteopathic and acupuncture, used to be the primary form of medicine. Ayurveda is the oldest healing science in the world dating back 3,000 to 5,000 years ago, older than traditional Chinese medicine, making it over 2,500 years older than traditional Western Medicine. The earliest recordings of spinal corrections date back 4,000 years and were recorded in Ancient Chinese on turtle shells. Naturopathic medicine is a bit newer, having been officially formed over 100 years ago in North America by Dr. Benedict Lust. However, the concept behind naturopathic medicine of “nature heals” has been a central concept in medicine throughout the world for a very long time.
The concept of “the healing power of nature” can be traced back to Hippocrates, the Greek physician who lived 2,400 years ago. The famous ancient Greek physician Hippocrates wrote: “Nature heals. The doctor’s task consists in strengthening the natural healing powers, to direct them, and especially not to interfere with them (Dmitry, 2016).” He is one of the most famous figures in the history of medicine and has been called the “Father of Medicine.”
John Rockefeller Turned Healthcare into a Monopoly
The pharmaceutical drug industry (modern medicine) was actually formed in the late 1800’s by two of the biggest economic forces in history, John Rockefeller and Andrew Carnegie. The two already very wealthy men decided to create a monopoly out of healthcare in an effort to obtain even more wealth.
John Rockefeller didn’t create a monopoly out of a disbelief in the current healthcare system, he actually used homeopathy remedies for his own health. One of the John’s major influences was his power hungry father William Avery Rockefeller, a very corrupt man with no morals known to be a con-man, gambler, a bigamist, and more. John Rockefeller was the head of his family and already a very rich man from extracting oil from the ground. In fact, he was America’s first billionaire and is still the wealthiest American in modern history. Having founded the Standard Oil Company in 1870, he was now looking for ways to capitalize his oil, and he comes across the idea of using coal tar – a petroleum derivative – to make substances that affect the human mind, body and nervous system (GLOBAL POSSIBILITIES). The petroleum drugs are great at hiding symptoms, yet do nothing to fix the underlying cause of the health problem or disease. Europeans at the time were also taking petroleum derivatives, chemical dyes, and other chemicals and using them for drugs. These chemicals are still in drugs and pharmaceuticals today.
Rockefeller devised a plan to monopolize healthcare with the help of Andrew Carnegie, because he was known for monopolizing the steel industry. Rockefeller actually bought out the cartel I.G. Farben to begin making the drugs.
How Rockefeller and Carnegie Removed All Competition
After having the means of creating the drugs, Rockefeller just had to eliminate the competition (homeopathy, herbal therapies, naturopathy, etc.). So Rockefeller and Carnegie hired Abraham Flexnor to create the Flexnor Report for Congress in 1910. The report created strict rules for schools of medicine, which basically eliminated all natural medicine schools across the country. More than half of America’s medical schools were closed down. Additionally, all homeopathy doctors’ and natural medicine doctors’ practices were shut down. Some practitioners were even jailed. Flexnor traveled across the country to report on the statuses of medical hospitals and colleges. Schools were forced to abide by stricter teaching and research focused on mainstream science. The biomedical pharmaceutical drug model became the official gold standard for medical training.
Congress took the Flexnor report with financial support from the Carnegie Foundation and turned it into the law. At the time, the medical system involved three main treatments of blood-letting, surgery, and injection of toxic heavy metals like mercury and lead to help with disease. Alternative treatments were labeled as unscientific, quackery, even though they had been around for thousands of years.
Rockefeller and another elite leader Carnegie used their tax-exempt Foundations, from 1913 on, to offer huge grants to the best medical schools all over America – on the proviso that only an allopathic-based curriculum be taught, and that some of their agents be allowed to sit on the Board of Directors (Dmitry, 2016). They called it “efficient” philanthropy. Rockefeller gave millions of dollars to colleges and hospitals through a front called “General Education Board.” All mention of the importance of health, diet, and the healing power of plants and herbs was eliminated. Doctors were not even allowed to associate with anyone who practiced natural or herbal medicine. This is why we have doctors who now push patent pills and often don’t mention nutrition, or how food can improve or hurt a person’s health. However, researchers use plants to find out how to create their synthetic drugs, and copy aspects of the plant, but modify them just enough in a lab to steal and patent them. If they get a patent, they then market their pill as a wonder drug while simultaneously (through fake scientific research) suppress and criticize the original plant as being worthless, so you won’t go to the source of the cure (Dmitry, 2016).
Formation of the American Medical Association (AMA)
The American Medical Association was formed in 1847 to help with the process of monopolizing healthcare. It became responsible for granting medical school licenses in the United States. Between the 1920’s and 1950’s, AMA attacked many alternative health care practices accusing them of “quackery.” They attacked alternative practitioners such as Naturopaths, Chiropractors, and Osteopaths, and with their growing political power it worked. They even passed more restrictive medical practice laws and had many state naturopathic licensure laws repealed. The public then became consumed by the introduction of “miracle drugs,” developments in surgery, and other high-tech medical interventions.
To this day, the medical system is still largely influenced by the Flexnor Report. Western doctors are just part of the pharmaceutical industry’s plan for profits, and they have no incentive to actually heal a person. Even when people are not actually sick they are being targeted to try the newest drugs. A member of the Rockefeller family is actually responsible for founding The American Cancer Society in 1913. Western medicine treats symptoms instead of healing patients, so that’s why there are no real cures. Often with modern medicine, a disease is treated only to transform into another ailment. However, everyone agrees on the importance of modern medicine for helping in emergency, life-threatening situations, and with complicated injuries.
Still today, the war rages on with the AMA and other organizations going after alternative healthcare. The most popular holistic doctors out there are labeled as “quacks,” due to the greedy companies that are threatened by them. However, starting in the 1990’s two Naturopathic Medical Schools were formed, and that number has only increased since then. There are a lot more natural medicine practices in general (homeopathy, naturopaths, chiropractors, osteopaths, etc.). There is also an increasing acceptance of natural medicine, as people have become sicker and haven’t been able to get the necessary treatments through modern medicine doctors.
Also take a look at Hope Instilled’s History of Integrative Medicine.
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Not all Alternative Treatments are created equal. Alternative Treatments have been shown to have less side effects. However, it works the same way as Modern Medicine. There are good doctors and bad doctors. There are treatment centers that have shown great results and some that are less than ideal. In addition, no one person's body functions the same.
When choosing an Alternative Treatment, it's a matter of doing some homework, looking at reviews, understanding how various treatments work, and making the best decision for you based on your situation.
Many natural medicine modalities are personalized to the individual and rely a lot on an individual's strict adherence to the treatments, which makes it hard to create random controlled trials.
The FDA doesn’t give anyone official permission to do research on people. There is absolutely no budget for it. The FDA supports the pharmaceutical industry and its focus on profits, and they do everything they can to stop alternative treatment research. Then the FDA, National Institute of Health and AMA use the fact that there is no scientific evidence for Alternative Treatments to steer people away from them. They also use their legal power to suppress and harass alternative treatment practitioners.
Many natural medicine modalities are personalized to the individual and rely a lot on an individual’s strict adherence to the treatments, which makes it hard to create random controlled trials. The value of individual treatments can be tested, but the clinical application is more complicate to test. Although, conventional healthcare has the same problem with only 13% of standard tests and treatments supported by strong evidence according to the British Medical Journal. Also, the healthcare industry prefers “blind placebo-controlled trials, where neither the patient or the researcher know which treatment is placebo and which is real.
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