I refuse to even look at that list. I am not taking anything your naturopath has to say into account. If you need a blood test, I will give you one based on my profession.”
This is what I was told only days ago at my local medical center. I went to my local doctor to request a blood test.
I choose to see a naturopath for the vast majority of my health issues because, like you, I believe I have the freedom of choice. I believe we should be able to choose how we wish our body to be treated. After all, we are the owners of our body.
My naturopath asked me to see a General Practitioner (GP) in order to have a blood test and she gave me a list of tests to ask for. Given that I respect others’ opinions on how they wish to treat their own body, I assumed that others would show me the same courtesy.
I went to my GP, only to be refused treatment, after I was told that, “I studied for 10 years. If I wanted to be a naturopath, I could have done it in one year. We doctors don’t tell them what to do so I don’t respect the fact they try to interfere with our work.”
What about the fact that I have lived in my body for 33 years and I know how I want it to be treated? Does that not matter?
I left the medical center in absolute disbelief. I have a tremendous amount of respect for medical practitioners on the basis that they are incredibly intelligent, knowledgeable, and for most of the time, non-judgmental. I was shocked to learn that not all of them are, in fact, void of judgment.
Naturopathy is a form of alternative medicine, which is also known as complimentary therapy. Is it silly to assume that complimentary means that it will ‘compliment’ other treatments? Is it not safe to assume that complimentary medicine assists the healing of one’s self along with western medical intervention?
A study was conducted by the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, USA to determine physicians’ attitudes toward complementary and alternative medicine and their knowledge of specific therapies. Of the 660 doctors emailed, only 233 responded. Of those, 76 percent had never referred a patient to a complimentary and alternative medicine (CAM) practitioner however 48 percent believed that offering CAM would attract more patients. Interesting!
Most of them believed that some CAM therapies hold promise for the treatment of symptoms or diseases, but most of them were not comfortable in counseling their patients about most CAM treatments.
This particular study highlighted the need to educate medical practitioners about CAM and to provide evidence-based information regarding the same.
Another study reported on the attitudes toward integration of CAM in primary care. Interestingly, 62 percent of the 1150 patients surveyed expected their family physician to refer them to CAM, to have updated knowledge of CAM, and to offer CAM treatment in the clinic. 333 physicians were also surveyed however only 30 percent of physicians expected to refer patients to CAM. This shows a vast difference between what we as the patient expect and the treatment some family doctors expects to provide.
Given the statistics above, it is also evident that patients desire CAM as an alternative to medicinal treatment. I am one of these patients.
The purpose of this article is not to criticize medical practitioners. As I mentioned, I have a great deal of respect for them and I wish to work along side them with my products. I do, however, feel that for some practitioners, it’s time to step up, open their minds and expand their gifts of intelligence.
Doesn’t it just make sense to embrace both forms of treatment? In this day and age, don’t we all deserve that level of treatment?
Thankfully, integrated medicine (IM) is on the rise. IM is any approach that uses a partnering of both biomedicine (western medicine) and complementary and alternative medicine. Now that seems to make sense.
IM practitioners are beginning to pop up all over the place and are probably in a suburb near you. After my recent experience, I for one, will be making sure I seek out an IM practitioner the next time I need a blood test.
Feel free to leave a comment below and share your views on the alternative medicine and modern medicine debate. Do you seek out your local GP over a naturopath for medical advice or do you prefer alternative medicine treatment?
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