Why Is There a Controversy Between Natural Medicine and Conventional Medicine?


The questions about why doctors don't use natural medicine is an important and loud question. It has caused many arguments on Faceook and negative discussions in post all across social media. There is no short answer however, the simple answer to this question is that many doctors are simply not educated in the value of nutrition and other natural therapies. Most doctors were told during their education that alternative medicines are worthless. Many doctors are not aware of, or choose to ignore, data on beneficial natural therapies such as diet, exercise, and dietary supplements, even if the reports and data are overwhelmingly positive. Instead of admitting they don’t know whether natural therapies might be valid, most doctors have a knee-jerk reaction that such treatments can’t be helpful. 

In medicine, nutritional approach has considerable support in the scientific literature that proves its safety and effectiveness.  Most doctors will advise patients against going the natural route or tell them that while it not worth it, won’t hurt them and it won't help. The truth is that , the doctor just doesn’t know anything about it. It took the medical community more than 40 years to accept the link between low folic acid levels during pregnancy and crippling birth defects of the spinal cord (neural tube defects such as spina bifida). It is estimated that 70 to 85% of the more than 100,000 children born with neural tube defects during that time could have been born healthy if doctors had not been so biased against scientific data on nutritional supplements. The good news is that in the two decades the medical community has become more receptive to natural therapies. Unfortunately, its political organizations continue to work at the local, state, and federal levels to prevent licensing of naturopaths, insurance equality, and critical research.

credit is given to Michael T Murray The Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine Third Edition for the content in this blog.