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The Ethics of Alternative Medicine

A Prezi analyzing whether or not it is ethical to practice alternative medicine.
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Eric Wagner

on 15 December 2010

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Many say it isn't because it's impossible to tell what the true effects of an unstudied treatment are. Some alternative treatments could be nothing more than placebos, or worse; they could have dangerous side effects. The bottom line is that no practitioner who uses unstudied treatments can be certain whether their treatments hold these dangers. Even if we ignored the possibility of dangerous side effects, alternative practitioners are still selling a service that they can't be sure they can provide. Many consider this a type of fraud. Worse is that this type of fraud has the potential to cause those who are truly ill to turn away from legitimate sources of help. ? Ethics But, there happens to be one more difference between the two types of medicine Only conventional medicine requires scientific validation for its treatments. What's the big difference between alternative and conventional medicine And this brings us to the question of... Is it ethical to practice a form of medicine whose effectiveness has not been legitimately proven? Alternative Medicine How this applies to you Always see a conventional doctor before using alternative medicine Tell your doctor about herbal suplements and vitamins that you are taking as they can interfere with other medication save alternative medicine as a last resort You only have one body The Ethics of ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? Before we discuss how ethics relate to Alternative Medicine, we must better define the term "medicine". In our society, there are two types of medicine Be careful what you do with it ....................... ....................... ...... ...... & Radiation Drugs For most, the biggest difference is that Alternative Medicine doesn't use Surgery Alternative Medicine defines itself as "the art of using safe, natural methods of getting to the root of problems, help the body to heal itself, and prevent diseases before they arise” -Bratman, Steven. The Alternative Medicine Sourcebook. Conventional Medicine Alternative Medicine and Conventional medicine is the kind of medicine that this man practices Also known as western medicine, allopathic medicine, biomedicine, or mainstream medicine, conventional medicine is a system in which medical doctors and other healthcare professionals treat symptoms and diseases using drugs, radiation, or surgery. –reference.com

Essentially, conventional medicine is the medicine that you’d normally think of when you think of modern medical science, and health care. Traditional Chinese medicine, chiropractic, folk medicine, and naturopathy are all fields of Alternative medicine
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