On â€śwholisticâ€ť medicine
If thereâ€™s one aspect of so-called â€śalternative medicineâ€ť and â€ścomplementary and alternative medicineâ€ť (CAM) is that its practitioners tout as being a huge advantage over what they often refer to sneeringly as â€śconventionalâ€ť or â€śscientificâ€ť medicine is thatâ€“or so its practitioners claimâ€“alt-med treats the â€śwhole patient,â€ť that itâ€™s â€śwholisticâ€ť in a way that the evil reductionist â€śWesternâ€ť science-based medicine canâ€™t be.
Supposedly, we reductionistic, unimaginative physicians only focus on disease and ignore the â€śwhole patient.â€ť Of course, to me this claim is belied by the hectoring to which my own primary care physician has subjected me about my horrible diet and lack of exercise on pretty much every visit Iâ€™ve had with her, but then maybe sheâ€™s an anomaly, along with Dr. Lipson on this very blog and pretty much every other primary care doctor Iâ€™ve ever dealt with. Anecdotal experience, I know, but since alt-med mavens appear to value anecdotal evidence above pretty much all else I thought it appropriate to mention here. Read more »
*This blog post was originally published at Science-Based Medicine*