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Transcript of Alternative Medicine
By: Katie Steffen Introduction
According to the Journal of Clinical Nursing, 62% of
people in the United States used some sort of alternative medicine in 2002. There are many different types out there now days and it is a growing field yet today. Some methods have been around for many years while others are brand new. Certain people believe they heal better than going to a traditional doctor. Others use a combination of the two. Thesis Statement
Many of these alternative medicines are able to improve a person’s health even though most doctors do not recommend using alternative medicines because not all are proven to be safe. There is a range of many reasons why people use all types of alternative medicines, but the most common one is related to disease. There are many different types of Complementry and Alternative Medicines (CAM) out there and they are used for many different reasons. A few of the different types are: Acupuncture Physical Therapy Yoga Chinese Medicine Chiropractic's Dance Therapy Herbal Treatment And many more! People use them for many different things. A few reasons are to cope with disease, deal with symptoms, or even to prevent a disease. Some people do not visit the doctor on a regular basis “due to the impersonal nature of conventional medicine, some patients report using CAM instead of conventional medicine because they are disgruntled with their physician” (Ayers and Kronenfeld pg. 2083). “Individuals who delay in seeking medical care… will be more likely to use CAM and will use more types of CAM” (Ayers and Kronenfeld pg. 2083). People may use CAM because it is easier for them to make an appointment without missing work or they are done at home. A few other things that affect who uses CAM are:
advanced/level of degree Next, there is the surprising fact that not all of these different types of therapies/medicines are proven to be safe. Since not all of them are 100% safe, the NCCAM (National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine) webpage says, “keep in mind that “natural” does not necessarily mean “safe”. People need to becareful when using different types of CAM. Look into what is going to be used and get as many facts about it as possible. Ways to find out good, true information is to talk to a doctor, go to the NCCAM website, or find a medical dictionary. “Scientific evidence on complementary and alternative medicines includes results…both “positive” findings and “negative” findings” (NCCAM). Scientific evidence is key. Personal stories do NOT count! Certain CAM's are able to be sold because they are not regulated like normal foods or medicines. The FDA is not completely invovled. If FDA guidelines were to regulate complementary and alternative medicines, it would “define a product based on its “intended use”. An example would be, “if vegetable juice were sold to satisfy thirst, it would not be regulated, while if it were used to treat a medical condition, it would” (Hareyan). If the FDA were to regulate CAM, “all items used for medicinal purposes- including juices, lotions, vitamins, and mineral- could become more expensive and less available” (Hareyan). An effect of that would be seniors who use CAM and pay for it out of their pocket now, would start to use it through Medicare “costing taxpayers unnecessary billions” (Hareyan). Conclusion
Complementary and alternative medicines are used every day by people everywhere. They are used for many different reasons and can help, but may also hurt a person. Not all of them are 100% safe and people need to take caution when using them. Know the facts about a product you are using and also the risks. If a person chooses, complementary and alternative therapies can help heal a person and make them healthier. Talk to your doctor and see what they can tell you about complementary and alternative therapies. Even the tiniest bit of information from a doctor can help a person make a better decision.