June 18, 2013
Many of today's alternative healing systems have their roots in ancient texts allegedly given by the gods in all ancient civilizations. In truth nothing has changed ... all is recycled in updated versions of what once placed into our consciousness hologram at the beginning ... "The Genesis Moment". These ancient texts were humanity's guidebooks to healing and wellness as humans would forever seek balance of body, mind, and consciousness in physical reality, achieving it when the hologram completes and all returns to light.
All healing occurs when one is ready to heal, based on their programmed experiences in this reality. This is all part of the patterns of the healing grid ... heal and help others to heal and help oneself. To that end, many people are programmed to create an illness, or accident they will struggle to overcome, so they can later go out and teach about what they have learned. In 2013 that's no longer necessary. The best way to heal - never get sick in the first place. Understand the nature of reality as a biogenetic experiment to study emotions.
If you need to heal and work on yourself, as always there are two roads - alternative medicine which is favored by many as it is "back to nature", and as always there is traditional medicine. You can also combine the two. It takes a lot of work to get sick, stay sick and disable yourself. If you do it for disability insurance, it may not be worth it in the long run. Best solution - stay healthy and get rid of anything or anyone who causes you STRESS - for that is how it all begins.
Alternative healing or quackery? CNN - June 18, 2013
It used to be called "fringe" or "unconventional" medicine -- or simply quackery. Today, it's called "alternative," "complementary," "holistic" or "integrative." And it has moved into the mainstream. Hospitals now have dietary supplements on their formularies (list of stocked medications); offer reiki masters to cancer patients; or teach medical students how to manipulate healing energies.
Forty-two percent of hospitals offered some form of alternative therapies to their patients, according to a 2010 survey of 5,800 facilities. When asked why, almost all responded "patient demand." Further, private practitioners encourage megavitamins, dietary supplements, acupuncture, chiropractic, homeopathy and naturopathy.
Although nontraditional therapies can be valuable, sometimes a line is crossed. So how can you tell if your alternative healer is a quack? Here are a few red flags:
The therapist offers medicines that don't work instead of those that do
Homeopaths have recommended their products (which are diluted to the point that active ingredients aren't there anymore) for treatable diseases such as cancer, malaria, cholera and AIDS.
In 2006, a 6-year-old boy with severe asthma was treated with a homeopathic remedy instead of the bronchodilator that would have saved his life. In Canada, homeopathic vaccines, which have no chance of preventing illness, are worrisomely popular.
Also, naturopaths' objections to the contrary, many studies have shown that garlic doesn't lower low-density-lipoprotein cholesterol (bad cholesterol), chondroitin sulfate and glucosamine don't treat arthritis, and saw palmetto doesn't treat prostatic enlargement; in each of these cases, conventional treatments are available that actually do work.
The therapist doesn't tell you about the dangers of alternative therapies
For example, at least 86 people have died when acupuncture needles have lodged in hearts, lungs or livers or inadvertently transmitted viruses like hepatitis A, hepatitis B, or HIV. Chiropractic manipulations have killed at least 26 people, virtually all by ripping the vertebral artery in the neck.
Dietary supplements also have unseen harms. For example, kava can cause severe and occasionally fatal liver damage; blue cohosh can cause heart failure; nutmeg can cause hallucinations; comfrey can cause hepatitis; monkshood can cause heart arrythmias; wormwood can cause seizures; stevia leaves can decrease fertility, concentrated green tea extracts can damage the liver, bitter orange can cause heart damage, and Aristolochia, found in Chinese herbs, can cause kidney failure and bladder cancer. Because dietary supplements and herbs aren't regulated by the Food and Drug Administration, most people don't know about these problems.
The therapist makes a fortune off your misfortune
Dramatically different disorders, identical cures. All quite expensive and all without any chance of actually working.
The therapist promotes 'magical thinking'
And although the notion of something beyond our level of understanding is attractive, current gaps in medical knowledge aren't going to be filled by energy fields, acupuncture meridians, or the notion that all things natural must be good for you. "Isn't it enough to see that a garden is beautiful," wrote Douglas Adams in "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy," "without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it, too."
Like conventional therapies, alternative remedies shouldn't be given a free pass. They should be held to the same high standards of safety and efficacy. And where scientific studies don't exist, we should insist that they be performed. Otherwise, we'll continue to be susceptible to the worst kinds of quackery.
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