Alternative vs conventional medicine
Chicagotribune.com/health: After a stressful day of seeing sick and sometimes dying patients, Dr. Aaron Michelfelder doesn’t reach for a beer to decompress. Instead, this family medicine doctor at Loyola University Medical Center opts foracupuncture or self-hypnosis.Michelfelder is board-certified in family medicine, acupuncture and medical hypnosis. Alternative therapy also includes herb therapy, deep breathing, massage and yoga. Complementary and alternative medicine, or CAM, combines the methods with traditional medicine.
A study published in the online version of Health Services Research in August found that 76 percent of health care workers and 83 percent of doctors and nurses used CAM, compared with 63 percent of the general population. The study used data from the 2007 Alternative Health Supplement of the National Health Interview Survey, which is part of the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Other studies have found more nurses than doctors using CAM, according to the article.
Christy Brave, a nurse in Loyola’s pediatric intensive care unit, said she uses regular Jazzercize, which incorporates yoga and Pilates moves, to relax and take her mind off a stressful job. She teaches the exercise/dance and has offered it free to her fellow nurses.
Dr. David Bilstrom, who specializes in physical medicine and rehabilitation and is on staff at Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove, uses acupuncture, massage, healing touch and chiropractic therapy to maintain his good health. ”Physicians tend to be terribly unhealthy people who die at a younger age than others, have terrible stress, work bad hours and eat on the run,” said Bilstrom. Bilstrom also uses the techniques on his patients with chronic diseases who failed to obtain relief from traditional medicine. read whole story here
The goal here at Holistic Remedies News is to report about holistic treatments, alternative medicine and natural remedies that work, and also to report on the ones that don’t. Ignorance and lack of education into CAM has been the dividing wall between alternative vs conventional medicine, and I contest that a good doctor should be well versed in all forms of healing knowledge (or at the very least, have the sensibility to refer a patient to an expert in the field). The referral- many doctors will tell you “is impossible” since healthcare rules and insurance policies might not cover alternative forms of treatment (flaw in our system). Yes, some doctors are now referring their patients to physicians who are experts in CAM, but this according to the Tribune is happening only because patients are demanding more natural approaches for treatments. This in time will change when more people become aware that their own doctor is opting for alternative treatments for themself as opposed to conventional medicine.