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Med Students Back Advances In Alternative Medicine

January 25, 2010 by  

Med students back advances in alternative medicineAccording to a large-scale national survey, most current medical students believe that knowledge of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) would greatly benefit Western doctors.

CAM is characterized by a more individualized approach to patient care and utilizes therapies such as yoga, herbal medicine, acupuncture and massage.

Researchers at the University of California sent a 30-question survey to more than 120 medical schools and found that 77 percent of respondents believe that patients would benefit more if their physicians had a strong understanding of CAM in addition to Western medicine.

"Even now, medical schools have the opportunity to train the next generation of medical practitioners in healthcare systems outside of conventional medicine," said study author Ryan Abbot. "Core values of CAM can help students develop a more holistic and individualized approach to patient care."

Researchers also found that the further along a medical student was in school, the more likely he or she was to believe that their knowledge of CAM therapies was sufficient.

A total of 44 academic institutions now comprise the Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine, which attempts to advance the principles of holistic healthcare.
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  • oldbill

    Who’s kidding who?

    “Alternative” medicine has been the gold standard for over 7,000 years with a tested track record to show for its success. “Conventional” medicine has a shaky history, at best, going back a few hundred years. The “conventional” medicine going on in Haiti is very reminiscent of the battle field medicine of the Civil War, or the field hospitals of the Roman and Greek Empires.

    Pain and amputation is “conventional” (military based) medicine. For internal issues and diseases, it is “alternative” medicine that has prevailed through the centuries.

  • Richard Pawley

    We will never have healthy citizens if the food we eat is as polluted as most of what is sold as processed food. In some countries the goal is to cure the patient but it seems the goal in this country is to “treat” the patient. There is a big difference. If the patient is cured a customer is lost. If the government wants to pick up the tab for all those who eat the crap that the government approves as being GRAS (generally recognized as safe) it’s fine with me AS LONG AS THEY DON’T CHARGE ME FOR IT. Forcing me to buy over priced health insurance to pay for others who smoke and eat crap, from HFCS (high fructose corn syrup) to corn fed beef (cattle were designed by nature to eat grass, not corn) and a hundred other things is not socialism, it is worse. However, that said, I am all for every advance in using proven ancient medicine, acupuncture, chiropractics, Tai Chi, herbs, natural vitamins (not synthetic) and meditation (but not TM which is a religion)to supplement standard conventional medicine.

  • Masso Winkler

    Standardized medicine finds a moneymaker, perfects the test, and proceeds with thousands of such “cures”. Angiogram, closes everyone’s arteries, and proves the “need” for open heart surgery, a billion dollar business in which 80%+ of the surgery is unnecessary and crude. Look at the run at the prostate and the ensuing surgeries! And now the magical IF, or Injection Fraction, which supposedly measures the blood flow from the heart with a ultrasound! Based on that, I was given a pacemaker at 53, and my bill for 11 days in the hospital was $250,000! Beware of a low IF, you too can wear a device in your chest! The test for AIDS was perfected by a French scientist who took 20+ known autoimmune diseases and combined them into an identifiable “disease” called AIDS. AIDS has been around for decades, but with the label, it becomes a “disease” standardized medicine can fight! The subsequent fund raising and medicines has created a multi-billion dollar industry. AZT kills 100% of those who take it, and of course is losing favor quickly as word is spread. The is no “AIDS”. But there are autoimmune diseases out there you don’t want. Chemotherapy has never cured one lung cancer case, and yet it is still recommended and used! The list is endless, and will get longer if the government gets into the health care business. God save us all if we permit these abuses to continue. Mr Pawley above is very close to the truth. Our FDA is a “criminal” organization!!! I repeat, criminal. The payoffs and doctored results have nothing to do with public health and safety. Clean it up. The pharmaceutical industry is rife with corruption, bribes, payoffs, and over-charging. Good medicine is doled out at $20/pill and more! Why? Research costs? I doubt it.

  • Jack Lovett

    The money is in the treatment, not in the cure. Shame on you allapathic medicos,whores to the medical gestapo and big pharmacy.
    Kudo’s for all you alt med folks!!

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