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  •  If the medical profession were more inclusive, (4+ / 0-)
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    bcdelta, VeloVixen, Onomastic, TexDem

    it would encompass issues like the negative effects of too much sugar and refine carbohydrates on health, and people could learn about things like ph balancing on health.

    Perhaps someday our medicine will be more like that of some European countries, where nutrients are considered as part of an overall approach to health. I know several local docs who think drugs are over-prescribed, and good dietary practices under-utilized.

    •  agreed (3+ / 0-)
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      And in this regard the medical business is a protected one - much like oil.

      "And there are those who give and know not pain in giving, nor do they seek joy, nor give with mindfulness of virtue; They give as in yonder valley the myrtle breathes its fragrance into space" Khalil Gibran

      by bcdelta on Mon Sep 03, 2012 at 12:13:13 PM PDT

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      •  I would recommend reading the history (2+ / 0-)
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        of why we have regulation in this country.
        food and drug law history

        The medical industry is "protected" so we don't have "doctors" killing people by transplanting goat gonads. Look up John R. Brinkley.

        •  Right (1+ / 0-)
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          But one could have similar regulations for alternative.

          Not advocating quackery at all, but I think there is something to alternative/eastern medicine like reikki and other.

          So why not study it and maybe alone or in conjunction with western medicine if can be used to heal and treat people more effectively with less side effect.

          "And there are those who give and know not pain in giving, nor do they seek joy, nor give with mindfulness of virtue; They give as in yonder valley the myrtle breathes its fragrance into space" Khalil Gibran

          by bcdelta on Mon Sep 03, 2012 at 04:46:51 PM PDT

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          •  the National Institutes of Health has a huge dept. (2+ / 0-)
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            we do study alt therapies. We spend about $250million a year. NCCAM and OCAM.

            Most have shown about the same benefit as placebo.

            •  Well (1+ / 0-)
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              VeloVixen

              I certainly don't have the experience that you do on the matter.

              But until western med can treat me I have to look at alternatives.

              "And there are those who give and know not pain in giving, nor do they seek joy, nor give with mindfulness of virtue; They give as in yonder valley the myrtle breathes its fragrance into space" Khalil Gibran

              by bcdelta on Mon Sep 03, 2012 at 05:59:58 PM PDT

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          •  we should totally have similar regulations (1+ / 0-)
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            but there is a huge vitamin/supplements industry that makes a lot of money without having to prove their products are safe, let alone effective.

            There are also a lot of "medical libertarians" (my word) who absolutely will die protecting their right to put anything they want into their bodies and to believe any ol' damn thing anyone tells them.

            The vitamin/supplement industry totally uses fear to manipulate the medical libertarians. See Republican party tactics.

            •  Yes (1+ / 0-)
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              Lot's of expensive things in holistic stores.

              Don't take vitamins myself.

              As for medical libertarians don't know what to say here.

              "And there are those who give and know not pain in giving, nor do they seek joy, nor give with mindfulness of virtue; They give as in yonder valley the myrtle breathes its fragrance into space" Khalil Gibran

              by bcdelta on Mon Sep 03, 2012 at 06:12:26 PM PDT

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