Politics, Profits and Professionalism

According to the Columbia Encyclopedia, Alternative Medicine is defined as “the treatment and prevention of disease by techniques that are regarded by modern Western medicine as scientifically unproven or unorthodox.” The American Medical Association essentially is the governing body of this profession in the United States. This organization defines what is scientifically acceptable, and that which is unorthodox. That which is declared as unproven is often considered dangerous for the simple reason that it doesn’t conform to their definition of efficacious and safe at the time.

It is pretty well agreed that health care as we know it in the United States today is significantly driven by the movement of money under the protection of politics. The influence of corporations and mega-drug companies on the actual “practice” of medicine — from HMO-assigned doctors to getting patients to “ask your physician about…” drugs the company sells — affects everyone who at … Read More