Andrew108 wrote:I'm saying this in case someone here thinks it's okay to go alternative for primary care.
It is okay to go alternative for primary care, provided you know that the doctor you're going to see is not a quack - and that you can afford the (usually expensive) therapy, both in terms of time and money.
Over the years, I've lost pretty much all the faith in the so-called 'traditional' Western medicine (i.e., the non-alternative one) - not because it's trendy to do so, or because I've been brainwashed by some New Agers, but because of what I, and the people around me, have experienced. I could talk about it for hours and hours - about how often the doctors use the 'c[ancer]' word and calmly declare that the patient will be dead by the end of the month while he or she lives for years, how often we get prescribed stuff which, instead of getting us on the mend, makes us much worse, how often they stuff us needlessly with chemicals that make our stool turn green, how often they utterly misidentify the problem, how glaring, ridiculously often they are simply completely helpless and clueless (even if only few of them are ready to admit that), etc.
I don't think those people really know what they do. There are surely some exceptions - but given how much they know about the real research into how the stuff they prescribe works, how much of an exception can they really be?
The situation is worse, though. Alternative medicine market IS full of charlatans, so one must be really tremendously careful. And, in many parts of Europe at least, you pay through the nose for a visit to your Tibetan doctor. It's a pleasure only those very well-off could afford on a regular basis. And then there's the issue of time - most of us don't have the 'luxury' of slow recuperation, and the 'alternative' (which is to say, the truly traditional) medicine is slow; you can get a sick leave for a week, a month if the situation is critical (though things are already getting hairy for you then and you may well be losing your job very soon), but certainly not longer. Unless you want to get sacked, of course.
. . . there they saw a rock! But it wasn't a rock . . .