A major objection to alternative medicine is that it is done in place of conventional medical treatments. Eric M. DeYoung, OTR/L, CES, ICFE, CDA, FABDA, HHP, NPRS, NDc is experienced as a board registered and licensed Occupational Therapist in Kentucky and Indiana, doctoral training as a Traditional Naturopath practicing Homeopathy and Traditional Chinese Medicine, a certified Holistic Health Practitioner and a Neuro Physical Reprogramming Specialist through the California College of Natural Medicine.
Similarly, much was made by the media of a recent CDC survey that supposedly showed widespread use of CAM therapies in hospice care facilities A close analysis of this survey also shows that most of the therapies listed are not truly alternative medical interventions and that fewer than half the facilities surveyed offered true CAM therapies, and fewer than 10% of patients in those facilities actually employed the CAM practices offered.
White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy (WHCCAMP) was charged with addressing issues related to research on practices and products, delivery of and public access to services, dissemination of reliable information, and appropriate licensing, education and training of health care professionals.
But some of the most important changes—from Abraham Flexner’s medical-school reforms to the evidence-based medicine moveme nt of the 1990s—have been cultural ones, based on moments of self-reflection that led the medical community to think differently about its role.
Not Kidney weakness in the way that we think of it in Western Medicine, requiring dialysis or surgery or medication, but a fundamental weakness in that organ system that would most likely escape the notice of a Western practitioner entirely, or perhaps eventually manifest as more serious symptoms that would then show up in Western testing.