Alternative medicine may sound alluring, but it can be deadly

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  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    July 13, 2013 11:36 a.m.

    I think people use alternatives as much as they do because it's something they can afford. It's what you do if you can't afford the real thing. It is also popular because, in spite of all the obvious benefits it provides, it is popular to slag science right now. People are badly informed, or disengaged altogether. It's easier than trying to be curious and seek knowledge.

  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    July 13, 2013 2:49 a.m.

    what we call traditional medicine can also be deadly.

  • 1aggie SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    July 12, 2013 6:19 p.m.

    re:Tyler D

    "profit driven medical-industrial-complex model of medicine"

    What do Europeans pay for prescription drugs compared to herbal remedies?
    Prescription drugs are covered by their healthcare system, herbal remedies are not.

    "proven natural remedies"
    there lies the rub.
    Proven--how? Legitimate research or word-of-mouth?

    re:LDS Liberal
    "both have thriving and even MORE healthy citizens."

    One can't draw such ridiculously broad conclusions as to attribute it to alternative treatments/therapies.

    Research has shown for some diseases worse outcomes for pts who used alternative treatments rather than convention medicine.
    Case in point:
    Steve Jobs had a curable type of pancreatic cancer. Steve Jobs regretted his decision to delay having potentially life-saving surgery for his pancreatic cancer, his biographer revealed.

    Steve Jobs embarked on a series of alternative therapies including spiritual healing. His wife, Laurene, and others around Jobs finally convinced him to "quit trying to treat it with all these roots and vegetables and things" and have the surgery. When he finally had the operation cancer had already spread to the tissues surrounding the pancreas.

    Buyer beware.

    Billions are made by makers of vitamins and herbal remedies without any proof of safety or effectiveness.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    July 12, 2013 1:47 p.m.

    Alternative medicine may sound alluring, but it can be deadly


    Modern Western medicine may sound alluring, but it can be deadly TOO.

    The fact is,
    Europeans use "Alternative Medicine"
    and the Asians use Oriental Eastern Medicines,
    and both have thriving and even MORE healthy citizens.

    Medical Errors are the 3rd leading cause of death in the U.S.
    U.S. Doctors kill more patients than guns do in the U.S.

    Pouring money and having blind faith trust in the largest INDUSTRY in America is foolish.

  • Tyler D Meridian, ID
    July 12, 2013 11:54 a.m.

    The article makes a fair point and certainly science that confirms effectiveness should be our benchmark (while recognizing that there is much that hasn’t been fully studied yet).

    But personally I am far more concerned with how much of the baby we have been throwing out with the bathwater under our profit driven medical-industrial-complex model of medicine, where our doctors often look to drugs (or whatever generates the most profit) as the first choice of treatment.

    Europe does not suffer from this perverse incentive structure nearly as much and as such their doctors are far more likely to prescribe proven natural remedies for pennies on the dollar before resorting to more expensive drug treatments.

    This fact is one of the main reasons why our per-capita healthcare costs being by far the highest in the world.

  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    July 12, 2013 10:15 a.m.

    Irony Guy said: "I'm continually stunned by people who want to go back to chewing willow bark instead of taking aspirin. Why not do all the other stuff 16th century "healers" did, like packing dog dung into a sore eye to draw out the "humors"?

    Kinda like botox?

  • Irony Guy Bountiful, Utah
    July 12, 2013 9:59 a.m.

    I'm continually stunned by people who want to go back to chewing willow bark instead of taking aspirin. Why not do all the other stuff 16th century "healers" did, like packing dog dung into a sore eye to draw out the "humors"?

  • Owl Salt Lake City, UT
    July 12, 2013 8:46 a.m.

    Medicine seeks an evidence-based approach to treatment. Alternative medicine is mostly based on intuition, deductive reasoning and myths. We criticize big pharmaceutical companies for false advertising and price gouging, but the "health food" industry is a greater abuser of both.

  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    July 12, 2013 8:32 a.m.

    FROM THE ARTICLE: "In 1992, one of the worst dietary supplement disasters in history occurred when about 100 people developed kidney failure"

    "In 2008, more than 200 people - including a 4-year old - were poisoned"

    According to the groundbreaking 2003 medical report Death by Medicine, by Drs. Gary Null, Carolyn Dean, Martin Feldman, Debora Rasio and Dorothy Smith, 783,936 people in the United States die every year from conventional medicine mistakes.

    Moderation in all things makes for a better balance, pills aren't what a body needs.

    I also find that modern science often strips medical compounds down to what they believe the active ingredient to be, discarding a balanced compound that may be more effective.

    Nearly all modern medicine is just a reinvention of something nature produces anyway.

  • Sal Provo, UT
    July 12, 2013 8:27 a.m.

    The comparisons between alternative and traditional medicine were good until the author stopped comparing outcomes. The dangerous side effects of taking drugs were conspicuously omitted. Even under FDA supervision our toxic medicines are harming far more people every year than alternative medicines. I wouldn't want government control of the herbal industry.

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    July 12, 2013 8:11 a.m.

    I would tend to trust alternative medicine more IF it had been tested to PROVE it's efficacy (like medical treatments). If they could publish findings and proof that it works... that would be great, but if anecdotal evidence or occasional success is all they can provide, it's harder to trust.

    But a holistic approach to health, and prevention instead of cure... I'm all for that.

  • Lowonoil Clearfield, UT
    July 12, 2013 7:50 a.m.

    I can't help but notice when I visit "health food" stores that the customers are usually not a particularly healthy looking bunch. Supplements are false hope sold in forty dollar bottles.

  • higv Dietrich, ID
    July 12, 2013 7:11 a.m.

    I know some people who use alternative medicine because they think it's safer than traditional medicine. I know someone that thought he had a better cure for a heart ailment than open heart surgery and microwaves were more dangerous than smoking. He was in worse shape than most people I know.

    Some lds people use the BOM to justify there herbal interest refuse surgery. Thing is modern medicine is safer and I trust it over quack medicine any day.