Thursday, August 18, 2005

Does Medical = Scientific?

There is an assumption that many make that medications and all procedures or treatments in the hallowed halls of medicine are scientific. Here is the definition for randomized controlled clinical trials .

Check out this study regarding arthroscopic knee surgery. Low and behold the placebo or sham group reported lower pain scores on arthritis pain reporting scales. This "scientific" surgical procedure has been the standard of care in treating damaged knee cartilage for the past 20-30 years but is less effective than a sham procedure. How could this be you might be wondering ? I wonder too, especially if it was the "standard of care".

Thought to consider: It might be helpful to acknowledge that much of medicine, chiropractic, physical therapy or any other healing art is highly unscientific. I often tell my patients that this is why doctors "practice". Self-serving message: Maybe you will even cut your holistic, mind-body practitioner a little slack as you ask him or her about the science behind what he is recommending.


At 5:08 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think going into holistic medicine and/or choosing that model for ones health, one has to have a whole different mind set from the standard medical arena. It also requires taking a lot more responsiblilty for your over all health, meaning: reading, searching, changing attitudes and believes,searching for spritual growth. That to me is the way to become a healthy person. I don't see a holistic doctor as one that should always have the answer to things, but rather one who guides that patient gently in a new direction where one has the freedom to make choices.

I think the days of blindly following every word a medical doctor has to say are over for many people. Study shows that more people are choosing alternative health care over the standard medical community. I wonder why!!!

At 5:35 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

P.S. I should clarify: study shows that more people then "ever before" choose to search out alternative medicine. There are many that are still entrenched in following "what ever the doctor orders".

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