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    Alternative medicine

    Due to the increasing costs of healthcare nowadays, what are your takes on alternative medicines? Would you recommend it?

    #2
    For me personally, who doesn't like to put a lot of drugs in my body, I'm all for any natural alternative for non life threatening ailments.

    Example about a year ago I started having problems with acid reflux and being able to eat peppers. I read as you age you lose gastric juices in your stomach that helps breakdown food for digestion. I started taking a swig of organic apple cider vinegar with the mother and a little water every morning, and Wa-la no more acid reflux or trouble eating peppers. Plus it has other healthy benefits for you. It does hurt the enamel of your teeth so I always take it right before brushing.
    So ya for something like that, I have no problem going the holistic route.

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      #3
      CAM - complimentary and alternative medicine - is such a broad term and encompasses so many things that it's impossible to make a blanket statement that it is good or bad. Some complimentary practices are totally fine and beneficial, things like most chiropractic and osteopathic manipulative medicine. Other alternative medicines are little more than placebos and some can be downright dangerous.

      The biggest problem is that most of these CAM things aren't regulated in any way. When a product or treatment has a ton of wide-ranging health claims associated with it, be skeptical. Don't buy into the conspiracy nonsense that the establishment doesn't want to find a cure for cancer but this "secret natural remedy" can do just that.

      I always advise patients who have been spending too much time on Google that if the site they visit is selling a product, move on. That's not a useful or reliable source of information. I once had a patient bring in a thick printout all about the mysterious thyroid condition she was convinced she had. I had never heard of it so I took some time to research it only to find that it doesn't exist (as I suspected). The doctor who "discovered" it is the same person who runs the website she came across and is the only one who sells the miracle cure for this condition that only he seems to know about.

      So yes, some CAM stuff is fine. Much of it is total hooey.
      Steve

      * Despite the high cost of living, it remains very popular.
      * Why should I pay for my daughter's education when she already knows everything?
      * There are no shortcuts to anywhere worth going.

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        #4
        Originally posted by Thrif-t View Post
        It does hurt the enamel of your teeth so I always take it right before brushing.
        You really should stop doing that.

        When we eat/drink acidic foods and brush our teeth right away, we scrub that acid into the surface of our teeth.

        What you should do instead is rinse your mouth really well with water a few times right after drinking the vinegar to get as much of the acid residue off as you can. Then wait 30-60 minutes before brushing. Our saliva works to correct the high acid level. By brushing right away, you are defeating that natural protection.
        Steve

        * Despite the high cost of living, it remains very popular.
        * Why should I pay for my daughter's education when she already knows everything?
        * There are no shortcuts to anywhere worth going.

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          #5
          Thanx Steve I didn't know that. I can drink my vinegar right when I get up and brush my teeth 30 min later. Thanks for letting me know.

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            #6
            I take spanish fly instead of viagra.
            Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups.

            -George Carlin

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              #7
              I use some essential oils and supplements, but nothing crazy. I just realized that I forgot to take my tart cherry pill this morning.

              I tried gargling with ACV with the mother for sore throats. I couldn't do it without spewing vinegar all over the kitchen.

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                #8
                The problem with most supplements is that we simply don't know anything about them. They aren't studied in the way that prescription and OTC meds are. They aren't regulated in any way. There is no way to know if the supplement you are taking actually contains what it says on the label or in the amount it says. And there is no way to verify if any of the health claims are true. Even more importantly, there's no way to know if a supplement could have harmful side effects or interactions with other meds you are taking.

                The biggest problem I see is people thinking "natural" means "healthy" and that simply isn't true. My standard reply when a patient tells me the supplement is "natural" is to tell them that it would be "natural" for me to step outside my office and start eating the bark off of the tree but that doesn't mean it would be good for me. I usually also point out that tobacco and marijuana are both natural but neither one is good for you.

                I wish the government would take hold of the supplement industry and make the manufacturers perform the same rigorous safety and efficacy testing that pharmaceuticals must undergo. Then we would actually know which supplements work, for what conditions, in what doses, and what the risks are.
                Steve

                * Despite the high cost of living, it remains very popular.
                * Why should I pay for my daughter's education when she already knows everything?
                * There are no shortcuts to anywhere worth going.

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                  #9
                  Sometimes it helps to read the underlying methods and philosophy of the AM. My pet peeve is Homeopathy - their method of determining what substance will cure what illness is:
                  1) feed a healthy person increasing doses of a substance until it makes them sick.
                  2) that substance is used to make you well when you get that kind of sick
                  but there is more
                  3) then you dilute that substance 10 to 1 10 times and the resulting potion is sold in stores as a homeopathic remedy.

                  Think about that for a moment; that is 10 X 1^-10 or .00000000001 which is approximately what you would get if you put an eye-dropper of the substance into the Atlantic Ocean during a storm, coming back a day later and filling the eye-dropper to make the medicine.

                  So let us consider natural dilutions - going to the bathroom produces equivalent dilutions, so to speak.

                  In their theory, there is a quantifiable difference between Atlantic water and their dilution.
                  I YQ YQ R

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                    #10
                    Sometimes instead of sleeping pills I drink warm milk with honey or chamomile tea, I sleep like a dead one

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by tom_a View Post
                      Sometimes instead of sleeping pills I drink warm milk with honey or chamomile tea, I sleep like a dead one
                      I might also suggest a glass of Crown Apple mixed with cranberry juice.
                      Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups.

                      -George Carlin

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                        #12
                        Alternative medicine

                        Yes you can also go for alternative medicine if you are not suffering from severe illness which can be life threatening or that can cause life threatening complications. Common health issues like acidity, mild to moderate allergies, constipation, diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome, cold, cough and fever can be easily resolved by taking alternative medicine.

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