1 thought on “Are there any ethical problems with Holistic Medicine?

  1. One thing I’ve seen over the years may not qualify completely as “unethical”, but I think it’s in the ball park.

    Mainstream M.D. (MMDs) don’t usually have a problem telling a patient that they either need someone that is a specialist, or, that what they have is not necessarily seen often ion their office and they may need to get a referral. MMDs seem to know what they can “handle” and also can easily recognize when the patient may be in the wrong place (a patient with a kidney infection and low back pain who goes to an orthopedist will be referred) (a woman with lower abdominal pain who goes to her internist may get referred to the gynecologist)

    However, a person with a particular condition who chooses to see an herbalist will probably get herbs. The patient doesn’t usually ask the question, “what do I have and have you had good success treating this?” “How many people like me have you treated?” “Even though there are herbs for what I have, are herbs the BEST holistic medicine approach for my condition?”

    This question could be applied to a chiropractor, homeopath, acupuncturist, ayurvedic specialist, massage therapist, etc. As a rule, at least in my experience, when a patient goes to an alternative medicine practitioner, the practitioner always takes the case. They “give it a good try”.

    I feel bad for people who are in pain, for example, and they seek alternative medicine for the pain. After 2-3 weeks of pain and a lot of money, they feel great. Even though they are WAY ahead of the game because they didn’t see an MMD, perhaps they could have seen someone who chose a different modality and had them fixed up in 2-3 days for a small amount of money. (I’ve seen this happen many times).

    Is this unethical? Food for thought, anyway. Dr. K

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