I’m not anti-modern medicine. I think prosthetics and organ transplants and the doctors who help us pick up the pieces from our poor lifestyle choices and sew our legs back on after car accidents are great. They’re needed. But when it comes to nutritional advice, lifestyle assessment, and prevention? Modern medicine is an epic fail; and to be honest, the medical community that claims to be ahead of the game is so far behind the curve it’s not even funny. Consider this, we haven’t a single cure for any chronic disease, nor do we know (or acknowledge) the causes either. Sounds like a conundrum.
Of course we’re constantly told not to question our doctors or the mainstream scientific community’s stance on vaccines, fluoride, mercury fillings, medications, diet, treatment, and any other widely touted viewpoint. We should be sheep because sheep are so much easier to herd when they’re not asking questions. If you do question or go to a doctor that recommends something other than a pill, they’re practicing “pseudoscience” – a collection of beliefs or practices mistakenly regarded as being based on scientific method.”
But the scientific method my friends, is no substitute for common sense and although I’m not all “new agey woo woo,” from where I’m sitting, alternative medicine looks pretty good. Here are just a few of the areas where ” real science” was not only lagging behind, but got it plain wrong.
Fat is bad.
“You should eat butter. Scientists labeled fat the enemy and they were wrong.” What do ya know? Naturopaths were teaching and holding classes years ago about the benefits of butter, why we need it, and why we should eat it. The first recommendation I ever got from a traditional naturopathic doctor was to “eat two tablespoons of butter per day.” Of course this was considered “pseudoscence” at the time, but now that “science” has finally proven what should have been basic common sense in the first place…we can all go back to eating butter instead of the almost plastic impostors you’ve been buying at the store. I wonder what else scientists were wrong about? No need to think about it. I’ve compiled a list.
Fluoride builds strong teeth. Our children should eat it, drink it, brush it on, and bathe in it. There are over 30 articles on Quackwatch addressing the “quacks” opposed to fluoride. Their “fluoride is dangerous” views were deemed pure nonsense. And what do you know…the Lancet recently classified fluoride as a neurotoxin. It’s about time. If people had gotten on the “fluoride is whack” bandwagon a lot sooner, we might have less cancer, thyroid conditions, developmental disorders, and fluorsis (white splotches) on our teeth.
Want to be healthier? Switch out the white for wheat. Oh wait, wheat bread isn’t healthy for you either.
For years we’ve been running away from germs like Simba ran away from a herd of wildebeest on The Lion King. He made it…but barely. Hand sanitizers, paper towel dispensers that you don’t have to touch, and sterile environments…this is what makes a healthy body. And then science finally caught up with common sense. What do ya know? “Dirty Baby, Healthy Baby? Early Filth May Reduce Allergies.”
I’m pretty sure this is a “#facepalm” moment. How long have alternative medicine practitioners been recommending a good romp in the dirt? Try, since the beginning of time.
Naturopaths have been recommending probiotics to their clients for years. They understand that approximately 70% of the immune system is housed in the intestine and its proper function is dependent upon good gut flora. When I asked my gastroenterologist about probiotics six years ago he said…”a Pro-by-what?” He raised an eyebrow when I told him I was jumping on the acidophilus bandwagon. A drug that causes cancer or some good bacteria…what did I have to lose?
Today you can get a prescription for a probiotic and there is great money to be made by pharmaceutical companies on this supposed quackery that finally got proven. And who hasn’t seen an “Activia” commercial?
According to Stefano Guandalini, MD, professor of pediatrics and gastroenterology at the University of Chicago Medical center, probiotics can improve intestinal function and maintain the integrity of the lining of the intestines, fight bacteria, and help maintain a strong immune system, that’s not being properly challenged by pathogenic organisms (hmm, I wonder why).
Did your mainstream physician come up with the “ya need a good probiotic” first? Nope, that was your quack doctor. Good thing we now have hundreds of studies to prove what common sense should have told us all along.
Vitamins don’t prevent or improve any health condition. The belief that food (which you consume daily) affects your health is pure speculation. Oh, except for vitamin D, since we finally “proved it.” But until we get around to acknowledging the benefits of other vitamins, continue to eat your junk diet and take a vitamin D supplement. If you went to a “quack” doctor, you would have been taking a vitamin D supplement long before vitamin D became popular.
If you have been seeing your natural health practitioner regularly you would know that cholesterol is not the enemy people have made it out to be. Cholesterol is needed to make hormones and protect nerves. It’s inflammation that really causes heart disease and sugar causes inflammation…not eggs. And a decade later modern medicine finally catches up and realizes they’ve been doing it all wrong. Opps…we put everyone on statins and now they ache and can’t get their game on in the bedroom.
And then of course there’s treating hemorrhoids with hot irons, blood-letting, prescribing thalidomide for morning sickness, Vioxx, prescribing heroine, smoking for good health, the prepared formula is superior to breast milk recommendation, X-rays for pregnant woman, insulin shock therapy, lobotomies, electroconvulsive therapy, mercury used as a laxative and dewormer for children, childbed fever (puerperal fever) and the resistance of physicians to wash their hands, and what will one day be added to the list…vaccinations, chemotherapy, psychiatric medications, and prenatal ultrasounds.
If you’re not convinced to go al’ natural, consider this:
The third leading cause of death in our country is our own healthcare system. How’s that for an oxymoron? We’re also the second fattest country in the world, ranked 6th out of 5o countries for the highest cancer rate in both sexes and have the 2nd highest cancer statistics among women. By the year 2025, it is estimated that 165 million Americans (about 49% of our population) will have a chronic disease. Great, something we can all look forward too.
How about some perspective:
The number of deaths due to quack medicine? About zero.
The risks of eating something green? There are none.
But what if you don’t improve? It can’t get worse.
But alternative medicine is weird? And injecting ourselves with hazardous substances and the genetic material and cells of aborted fetuses and dead animals isn’t?
But food can’t cure cancer. But something that causes cancer can?
But what if you overdose on vitamin C? Ya might get the squirts. Overdose on a drug? You might die.
But herbs aren’t FDA approved. Thank goodness.
Modern medicine claims their father is Hippocrates, but Hippocrates didn’t shoot people up with drugs. He practiced alternative medicine (cough cough “pseudoscience”); you know, that whole “do no harm, eat good food thing.” Jesus healed a man’s blindness with spit and clay. Ghandi believed medicine was “injurious to mankind.”
I don’t know about you, but I’m with those guys. The scientific “method” is no substitute for common sense. Go get yourself a quack doctor.