I initially got into health and wellness without thought, just glided into it from all my years of sports and fitness and my internship in a health supplements company. (Longer story on the About page.)
But, over time it has come to be much more to me–
- Quest to personally move from sub-health to true health.
- Deep-seated need to help friends, acquaintances, and anyone who is interested find better ways to improve their health.
- Look for less invasive, less drug-based, more natural, more holistic ways to elevate health.
- Bring the best health knowledge from the East to the West.
- Push back against drug companies, over-prescribing doctors, and sadly over-medicated patients.
- Counter the narrow-mindedness of med schools and much of the allopathic approach to health.
So when I first came across the headline of this article “Medical Schools Embrace Alternative Medicine,” I was pretty stoked. Finally, I thought, people are actually realizing the importance of other approaches to health and patient care. And med schools are finally getting their heads out of their asses and accepting that our total medical knowledge wasn’t just developed in the labs and hospitals in the West in the recent past. They’re finally realizing the value of TCM, food therapy, fasting, emotional well-being and the benefits of complementary and alternative (CAM) therapies.
Then I read the article. I had gotten my hopes up too soon. :*(
The examples given in this article, assuming they’re representative of the teachings of medical school across the US, are just pitiful. I mean, really, that’s what they call embracing CAM?
[S]he took a two-week elective offered to fourth-year UCSF students last year that covered topics from acupuncture to mind-body medicine to herbs. […] University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore are similarly inserting a discussion of integrative therapies wherever in the basic physiology and therapeutics curriculum.
(Emphasis is mine.)
I just slapped my head and sighed “oh dear.” But wait until you see the reason:
Medical schools can’t find the resources or the space in their packed curricula to add CAM […] Time constraints are no doubt the reason a recent study in Academic Medicine found that only 27 percent of medical schools currently meet the minimum target, set by the National Academy of Sciences, of 25 hours for class time about nutrition.
Medical schools ‘don’t have time,’ meaning, they don’t think its important so they don’t make it a priority don’t have time.
Meanwhile the health of the American people continues to decline, their waistlines are expanding, drug companies supplement doctors’ and hospitals’ income, and no one, especially the government, has any money to pay for medical care. Does anyone else see the connection here?
(pause for emphasis) …
The first line in the article states: “nearly 40 percent of American adults swear by some form of complementary and alternative medicine.”
There is still a need for me. My rant is finished.
Back to my original mission.