THE HUFFINGTON POST / May 10, 2016
For months — years even — a column has been gestating. A journal naming issue with a new editor-in-chief position — more on this below — brought the subject forward. Then came the whap to all of our faces of the British Medical Journal article reminder that Western Medicine, in the USA, is the nation’s third leading cause of death. The question: Is it smart for the integrative health and medicine movement to abandon the radicalism of calling for an “alternative medicine”?
The BMJ news of 250,000 deaths annually from medicine as routinely applied may be argument enough to call for some sort of “alternative.”
The news will shock but not altogether surprise millions of human beings who as consumers and practitioners begin an exodus from fealty to regular medicine three decades ago. These people saw and felt the limits of the business of drugs first and surgeries after that characterized what was then only revving up to become the $3 trillion industry it is today. I was one of them who stepped away.