Why Are Some Doctors Resistant to Alternative Medicine?

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The fundamental resistance of conventional orthodox medicine, the kind of medicine that I've been trained in and still practicing. Resistance of orthodox medicine to alternative medicine is the same as you would have between warring religious factions. You have a very clear belief that you're right, and after all, I did well in college to get into med school, I did well in medical school to get into my residency, I did well my residency to become a faculty member of Columbia University and then I became tenure faculty which means I really had to excel at the game of organized medicine.

After all that work, and after outperforming all of the other folks around me and after learning all that material, don't come tell me that there's a whole world of healing out there that I wasn't taught. I mean come on now. Let's be clear. I learned what real healing is all about.

And it's a level of arrogance that I'm guilty of too. We shouldn't point fingers at others. We all have that similar bias[sp?] that we know the answer but we have to have a little bit of ecopois around the reality that healing comes in many forms. And folks look for different types of healing tools as whether the storm of illness which is part of our serpentine[sp?] path through life and so as people begin to get more comfortable with the thought that alternative approaches might help them and so many of my patients were, it begins to stretch your minds and get us more comfortable that this alternative approaches should least be offered.

Now, you got to keep it over mind but if you open it too far, your brain fallsvout. So I understand why there is a natural ready sense of many faculty at institutions around the country to completely open the door for alternative approaches. And I sure concerns that sp often times they are pulling[sp?] against folks[sp?] who are shorotines out there prospering financially because they're hawking stuff to people who are in pain.

So I understand the residence[sp?] to not allow these therapy to be used widely. But I also think it's unfair to hold them to the exact same standard unless you're willing to financially support them the same way, and allow the profit motive to drive invention and progress in these fields.

So I say, listen, let's look at the round side, if there is a lot of risk to a therapy, I'm not going to try readily, but if the risks are fairly slow, in my operating room I allow audio tapes to be used, I'll guide a imagery, we will play music for the patients as they recover.

I like massage, I'm okay with all of these approaches because I recognize that the downside, which I'm sure is there, because there is no such thing as a free lunch, if its powerful enough to help you, its strong enough to hurt you too. I get that but I'm willing to open the door to allow some of this stuff to breath in my operating room and I think all of us as consumers of health in America have that obligation to push a little bit on this, to squeeze the system a little bit, to prove it flawless.

And I think there's important principle in general because so many people think that physicians have the answers to this questions, and I can [xx] that I'm talking from the inside of temple that we have a lot of and we have a lot of important information that you should respectfully desire but we don't have all the answers.

So squeeze us a little bit, go out and get a second opinion, for example is you get a diagnosis because second opinion which only about 10% of people get, will change your diagnosis of your therapy about third of time, I mean imagine that. I mean that big a difference in your outcome just because you're willing to push a little bit, believe and be persistent, put your hand up and ask a question and that's also a patriotic move because every patient that your doctor sees should then will benefit because you asked the hard question, got an answer and taught everybody in the system a little bit about something say you.