What do I mean by that? Allopathic medicine is what most American’s take for granted as “standard medicine.” It looks at symptoms of individuals and tries to classify and treat those symptoms. It normally (or, historically) does not look at overall well-being or nutritional deficiencies as an underlying foundation of disease. The standard allopathic treatment of a condition is to diagnose it, categorize it, and then prescribe a drug, or drugs, to “correct” the symptoms. Exceptions to this path is to cut out the offending organ or tissue, or in other ways to destroy it via chemical, radiation, or other extreme means. The Naturopathic approach is to look at the whole being… the whole, not the specific. A Naturopath uses a holistic approach that takes into account a client’s state of mind, spiritual condition, underlying nutritional requirements, weaknesses, and deficiencies, and even the bodies’ natural energy fields. These are two disparate approaches (but not necessarily completely at odds with one another.) The problem is that allopathic medicine is “the law,” so to speak. It has a complete “lock,” or monopoly, on medical treatment. And, as the old saying goes, “Absolute power, corrupts absolutely!”
“Lancet is one of the oldest and most prestigious medical journals in the world. So when a medical publication like Lancet questions the integrity of the medical profession, something is terribly wrong. For years, many of us have objected to the drug companies providing gifts, expensive dinners, travel, vacations, tickets to Broadway shows, sporting events and golf courses, and other freebies to doctors. The American Medical Association and other organizations agree and have established voluntary guidelines that limit doctors’ acceptance of gifts of more than token value. Unfortunately, these guidelines have not worked. Many doctors continue to accept drug company favors large and small, while maintaining that they can accept freebies without having their judgment swayed by drug company sales pitches. Studies have proven them wrong. Doctors’ prescribing methods are heavily influenced by drug company inducements. Because of increasing criticism, the drug industry has established voluntary guidelines about giving expensive gifts to doctors. The American Medical Association called these guidelines “a positive step,” but loopholes exist. Doctors can still accept money as ‘consultants’ to drug companies, which includes payments for attending drug-promoting seminars or all-expenses-paid trips to pricey resorts.” (Emphasis mine.)
I trust that the medical profession will cover these loopholes and “fix” the tie that currently exists between the drug companies and the medical profession. Until this tie is broken, unfortunately, it is hard to trust the allopathic medical industry!