Friday, August 14, 2009

What is alternative medicine?

Acupuncture, chiropractic, naturopathy, homeopathy, diet and supplements all come to mind when you think of alternative medicine.

But, alternative medicine is more than the sum of all the non-medical treatments out there. It is a completely different attitude about health care. Instead of looking for what's wrong, alternative medicine looks for what's right. The focus is on health rather than disease.

When you go to a medical doctor, you may be tested for several possible diseases depending upon your symptoms. An MD is trained to diagnose, before he or she can treat you.

Go to an alternative doctor, and diagnosis is secondary. In fact, alternative practitioners can usually treat without a diagnosis. Unlike surgery and medication, alternative treatments are generally healthful and without risk to the patient.

If this sounds like snake oil to you, you might want to read Never Be Sick Again by San Rafael author Raymond Francis.

A chemist and a graduate of MIT, Raymond Francis was not motivated to take control of his health until he became seriously ill, and near death, at age 48.

Never Be Sick Again is a great introduction to the non-medical approach to health. Francis describes his own transformational journey, and invites the rest of us to follow.

So, curl up with this good book, and discover the world of alternative medicine. And never be sick again.

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