The concept of ‘alternative medicine’ is a misnomer at best and confusing at worst. Medicine is still working on cures for diabetes and cancer but with continued research will come close within the next 10 years or so. Doctors are now able to pinpoint the exact location of an illness or a disease and what medicines to use to deter the effects of the illness or disease.
I have patients come to me with information that they have found on the Internet about their illness and how to treat it. I encourage my patients to learn as much as they can about their own symptoms and illnesses so that they can improve their health.
Most Americans who consult naturopathic providers would probably jump at the chance to consult a physician who is well trained in scientifically based medicine and who is also open-minded and knowledgeable about the body’s innate mechanisms of healing, the role of lifestyle factors in influencing health, and the appropriate uses of dietary supplements, herbs, and other forms of treatment, from osteopathic manipulation to Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine.
Men can safely use over the counter antifungal treatments such as Monistat even those these products are labeled “for vaginal use.” Over the counter medications like Monistat are marketed to women because genital yeast infections are much more common in women than in men.
As the battle for our own survival continues, medicines intended for controlling illnesses have moved into categories that just treat symptoms while our own natural defenses battle for supremacy, or introducing cures that cause side effects which can be more harmful than the disease.