Alternative medicine goes mainstream?

Well we might not be there quite yet, but an article like this from a main stream media outlet can’t hurt.

In the Wall Street Journal a couple of days ago was this opinion piece by Deepok Chopra among other natural health “gurus.” I’m living proof of healing all sorts of chronic conditions naturally. You can see a list of ways my well being has improved since going natural here. Unfortunately this article doesn’t mention mental health because these guys probably are too afraid to bring up that issue since everyone still loves to poison a crazy person. Even otherwise rational human rights loving sorts.  A good story that shows nutrition doing the healing work after long term psych med use is here.

By DEEPAK CHOPRA , DEAN ORNISH , RUSTUM ROY and ANDREW WEIL

In mid-February, the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and the Bravewell Collaborative are convening a “Summit on Integrative Medicine and the Health of the Public.” This is a watershed in the evolution of integrative medicine, a holistic approach to health care that uses the best of conventional and alternative therapies such as meditation, yoga, acupuncture and herbal remedies. Many of these therapies are now scientifically documented to be not only medically effective but also cost effective.
[Commentary] Martin Kozlowski

President-elect Barack Obama and former Sen. Tom Daschle (the nominee for Secretary of Health and Human Services) understand that if we want to make affordable health care available to the 45 million Americans who do not have health insurance, then we need to address the fundamental causes of health and illness, and provide incentives for healthy ways of living rather than reimbursing only drugs and surgery.

Heart disease, diabetes, prostate cancer, breast cancer and obesity account for 75% of health-care costs, and yet these are largely preventable and even reversible by changing diet and lifestyle. As Mr. Obama states in his health plan, unveiled during his campaign: “This nation is facing a true epidemic of chronic disease. An increasing number of Americans are suffering and dying needlessly from diseases such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease, asthma and HIV/AIDS, all of which can be delayed in onset if not prevented entirely.” (read the rest here)

About Monica Cassani

Author/Editor Beyond Meds: Everything Matters

2 Responses

  1. parker

    Our poor malnourished nation. You are correct, poor nutrition does lead to diabetes, heart disease, asthma, even cancer… but all too often overlooked is the mental health of a malnourished person. Great post and keep up the good work!

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