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"Through technology and technique, regular medicine was struggling to declare independence from the patient; homeopathy instead reinforced the role of the patient as a partner—albeit often unwitting and in need of expert guidance—in the diagnostic process. Hahnemann explicitly notes that the patient's 'own account of his sensations is most to be trusted' adding only the parenthetical caveat '(unless he is feigning illness)'."
- Roberta Bivins, Alternative medicine?: A History (Get the book.)

"But we pay for medicine collectively, and health care is a shared resource. We pay into the system when we are relatively healthy so that the system will be there for us when we fall ill and need expensive care. What's absolutely certain now is that we don't need more specialists, but we do need more generalists. Many people are already having difficulty finding a primary care physician, and as more and more of them quit practicing or go back into residencies to train to be higher-paid specialists, the shortage of primary care physicians will only get worse."
- Shannon Brownlee, Overtreated: Why Too Much medicine Is Making Us Sicker and Poorer (Get the book.)

"It was 1 -800-MOTHER-MAY-I medicine. If he wasn't on the phone himself, one of the office assistants the practice had been forced to hire was begging an insurer to approve a prescription or a test. As more of his patients enrolled in managed care, Peabody began to see that this new insurance was not even remotely like fee-for-service. It also wasn't anything like the true HMOs, with their prepaid plans and salaries, that it was supposed to be modeled on. In fact, it was less about managing care and more about managing money."

- Shannon Brownlee, Overtreated: Why Too Much medicine Is Making Us Sicker and Poorer (Get the book.)

"Yet his harsh rhetoric becomes understandable—even evokes compassion—when seen as his attempt to transform his own personal trauma into a positive contribution to medicine. According to his son Ron, Wilson's own mother had been "the shrew of all shrews." Ron says that Wilson believed that his mother's condition "was due to a chemical imbalance, and it was that belief that led him to do his research. He did indeed wish to help women...."
- John Abramson, Overdosed America: The Broken Promise of American medicine (P.S.) (Get the book.)

"SCANS: DOCTORS' NUMBER-ONE RANKED INNOVATION American medicine's predilection for high-tech tests and procedures often leads to overuse of useful new technologies. The new body scans are a good example. In just the years 1999-2001, the number of MRI scanners in the United States increased by about 50 percent. Where are the data showing that the tremendous increase in the number of MRIs and CT scans being done improves clinical outcomes? There aren't any to speak of. Though we don't know the health consequence of these additional scanners, we do know their economic consequence."

- John Abramson, Overdosed America: The Broken Promise of American medicine (P.S.) (Get the book.)

"CONVENTIONAL medicine APPROACH The degree of aggression used to combat simple human papillomavirus waxes and wanes through the years and from provider to provider. While HPV can be dormant for decades, recurrence is always possible. Some practitioners recommend observation alone through the acute viral phase of cervical infection in low-risk patients. We have seen this work at least as often as not. Many doctors give patients the option, considering their lifestyle, other risk factors, prior history, and immune system status."
- Tori Hudson, N.D., Women's Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine: Alternative Therapies and Integrative medicine for Total Health and Wellness (Get the book.)

"THE GOLDEN AGE OF HMOS AND MANAGED CARE Nothing has had more impact on the practice of medicine in the United States than the rapid transition from traditional indemnity insurance to HMOs and managed care plans. And nothing could have produced more profound unintended consequences. Prior to the era of managed care, indemnity insurance simply paid a contracted percentage of the bills for covered services, which rarely included office visits or prescription drugs. HMOs, on the other hand, offered to provide virtually complete health care coverage for a predetermined price."
- John Abramson, Overdosed America: The Broken Promise of American medicine (P.S.) (Get the book.)

"They also challenged the basis for some of medicine's claims to authority in social and moral matters. For example, where humouralist, miasmic views of health enabled the Sanitarians to imbue moral truths and social assumptions with medical force, germs as disease causes were apparently blind to race, creed, and class."
- Roberta Bivins, Alternative medicine?: A History (Get the book.)

"By the 1950s, Alexander's textbook Psychosomatic medicine had become the standard American reference of its time, notable not only for its particular arguments but also for its striking visual diagrams—more akin to something one would expect to see in a biochemistry textbook. Meanwhile, other colleagues were busy confirming this or that claim for psychosomatic specificity in large-scale studies. A 1957 study of ulcers in Army recruits was particularly influential (it turned out those soldiers really did have excessive infantile desires for love and feeding)."
- Anne Harrington, The Cure Within: A History of Mind-Body Medicine (Get the book.)

"Hahnemann argued that the therapeutic potency of a medicine in this metaphysical realm increased as the material medicinal substance itself was mixed, diluted, and refined: For its own special purpose and by its own special procedure... homeopathy develops the inner, spirit-like medicinal powers of crude substance to a degree hitherto unheard of, and makes all of them exceedingly, even immeasurably penetrating, active, and effective.... This remarkable transformation of the properties of natural bodies through the mechanical action of trituration and succussion on their tiniest particles..."
- Roberta Bivins, Alternative medicine?: A History (Get the book.)

"These films and others like them tapped into a deep well of resentment over what was happening to medicine. Patients hated having to switch doctors all the time. They disliked being forced to go to their primary care doctors to get a referral to a specialist. Half the time, they didn't even like their primary care doctor, a person whose name they had chosen off a list and whom they had known only since the last time their employer had changed managed care plans."
- Shannon Brownlee, Overtreated: Why Too Much medicine Is Making Us Sicker and Poorer (Get the book.)

"Largely freed of concerns about out-of-pocket costs, enticed by advertising and media coverage of developments in medicine, and emboldened by a sense of autonomy, patients began requesting, and then demanding, specific tests, drugs, and procedures. Indeed, it became nearly impossible to convince many patients that more medical care was not necessarily better. Rather than adopting lifestyle changes that could prevent illnesses, many people began to believe that the latest "medical breakthroughs" were all that was needed to keep them healthy."
- John Abramson, Overdosed America: The Broken Promise of American medicine (P.S.) (Get the book.)

"CONVENTIONAL medicine APPROACH The accurate diagnosis of vaginitis is critical. Incorrect self-diagnosis or guesswork by the practitioner can lead to unnecessary and ineffective treatment, thus prolonging the symptoms. Bacterial Vaginosis Bacterial vaginosis is more common than candidiasis and is frequently overlooked or misdiagnosed. The initial evaluation suggests candidiasis; the candidiasis is treated and the bacterial vaginosis is overlooked, left untreated, and continues to provide a hospitable environment for Candida (yeast)."
- Tori Hudson, N.D., Women's Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine: Alternative Therapies and Integrative medicine for Total Health and Wellness (Get the book.)

"Alternative medicine has used the term systemic candidiasis to describe less intense situations, in an attempt to explain a multitude of general symptoms such as headache, fatigue, gas and bloating, depression, and more. Perhaps a better term for this would be systemic Candida syndrome. Ruling out other causes of these general symptoms is important, and testing the stool and vaginal secretions for Candida overgrowth and the blood for the Candida antigen provides the best hope for accurately diagnosing true systemic Candida infections."

- Tori Hudson, N.D., Women's Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine: Alternative Therapies and Integrative medicine for Total Health and Wellness (Get the book.)

"Mind-body medicine has shown us how emotional tape loops?habitually replaying emotions or behaving according to mostly unconscious emotional patterns—can affect the body-field just as physical habits can. It also has shown how stress, beliefs, attitudes, and other emotional states can directly affect our health and well-being. For instance, meditation and relaxation practices can beneficially affect our physical state, lowering our blood pressure, alleviating pain, and more."
- Peter h. Fraser and Harry Massey, Decoding the Human Body-Field: The New Science of Information as Medicine (Get the book.)

"Plus, scientists and visionaries on the leading edge of alternative health care will discuss how twenty-first-century medicine must address more than biochemistry, but also the bioenergetic and quantum aspects of health. 363 Glossary big body-field: See body-field. big body-wave: The systems-level quantum waveform for the entire body-field, in contrast with the countless signal waves from all the smaller, subsystem waves from the individual organs or different types of cells, and from the individual Energetic Drivers and Energetic Integrators and othet body-field subsystems."

- Peter h. Fraser and Harry Massey, Decoding the Human Body-Field: The New Science of Information as Medicine (Get the book.)

"Magnetics is big business in medicine, especially in imaging. Most readers will be familiar with the MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) machine, which uses magnetics to create an image of tissue by measuring tissue density. It is a static technology. However, the newer fMRI (functional magnetic resonance imaging) is a dynamic technology that images parts of the body, such as the brain, as they are working."

- Peter h. Fraser and Harry Massey, Decoding the Human Body-Field: The New Science of Information as Medicine (Get the book.)

"As Peter says, there is one medicine, but it has two aspects: the biochemical and the bioenergetic. NES represents the first comprehensive synthesis of these two aspects of health. The truth in the case of biology is that there is a deeper reality to our bodies than conventional science is willing to allow. It is at the quantum level that we find the master control processes that so profoundly influence our health and well-being. In the next two chapters, we take a closer look at these more-fundamental aspects of the body."

- Peter h. Fraser and Harry Massey, Decoding the Human Body-Field: The New Science of Information as Medicine (Get the book.)

"The Committee responsible for the Usman Report shared with their many predecessors the perception of Indian medicine as more unified than its western counterpart, and regarded that unity as a positive attribute. They fostered this view in their discussions, drawing attention to 'the common foundations of all these three schools' and proposing 'to consider them as one triune whole'."
- Roberta Bivins, Alternative medicine?: A History (Get the book.)

"Let us examine reductions in death from diphtheria and whooping cough (childhood pertussis), both airborne infectious diseases, both cited by Thomas "as success" stories of medicine. Both diseases have declined dramatically. Yet 120 years of British data show declines in mortality from these two diseases account for only a small contribution to the total decline in mortality, 6.2%" and 2.6%, respectively, together accounting for 8.8% of the total reduction in mortality. Twentieth-century data for the United States tell a similar story."
- Gerald E. Markle and Frances B. McCrea, What If medicine Disappeared? (Get the book.)

"Army; the Naval Medical Research Unit in Bethesda, Maryland; and the Stress medicine Division of the Naval Health Research Center in San Diego, California.33 Nevertheless, from the beginning these researchers faced formidable challenges in adapting a research program originally developed for laboratory rats to military concerns. It was not just a matter of developing protocols that could be applied to people—that kind of effort had already begun."
- Anne Harrington, The Cure Within: A History of Mind-Body Medicine (Get the book.)

"Medicine was in the process of changing, transforming itself into a practice rooted in the laboratory. It was also in the first stages of claiming for itself an entirely new arsenal of pharmaceutical interventions, from new analgesics to new antibiotics. These larger social, economic, and institutional changes produced conditions that would turn the vision of placebos as little packets powered by suggestion into something that was less a "humble humbug" and more a major threat to the progress being made on all of these fronts."

- Anne Harrington, The Cure Within: A History of Mind-Body Medicine (Get the book.)

"The result: The Michigan State Board of medicine fined the urologist $1,000 and placed him on probation. A colleague, who was also a member of the Board, abstained from the vote, claiming that "he's a funny guy." "Not much has changed," muttered Fran, "when criminal sexual assault is dismissed as 'comic relief.'" In addition to the episiotomy, consider the 494,000 operations to remove a woman's ovaries and Fallopian tubes and the 111,000 mastectomies performed in the year 2000. Most in this latter category are— and have been for at least twenty-five years—controversial."
- Gerald E. Markle and Frances B. McCrea, What If medicine Disappeared? (Get the book.)

"If not doctors and their medicine, who (or what) was responsible for the reductions in mortality? This question was considered in chapter 8. For now, we suggest that the principal contribution to the decline in mortality was the improvement in public health, particularly improvements in the quality of food and sanitation. In the nineteenth century, there were no dramatic changes in working-class living conditions, but there were advances in water purification and sewage control. Beginning in 1900, there were great improvements in food hygiene, especially in the quality of milk."

- Gerald E. Markle and Frances B. McCrea, What If medicine Disappeared? (Get the book.)

"Their conclusion: Given that it is precisely for these diseases that medicine claims the most success in lowering mortality, 3.5 percent probably represents a reasonable upper limit estimate of the total contribution of medical measures to the decline in mortality in the United States since 1900."

- Gerald E. Markle and Frances B. McCrea, What If medicine Disappeared? (Get the book.)

"Transferred as a concept to medicine sometime in the early nineteenth century, placebos became mollifying objects that doctors gave to patients for whom they could otherwise do nothing or who were suspected of having nothing really wrong with them. Bread pills, tonics, powders, tinctures—all these things were used by doctors, though always with some sense of defensiveness and ambivalence."
- Anne Harrington, The Cure Within: A History of Mind-Body Medicine (Get the book.)

"As we look at the tip of the iceberg of the state of medicine in later chapters, we will see that putting the drum back in its perfect and appropriate place in the symphony is an essential step toward taking back responsibility for our individual wellbeing—and releasing the illusion that responsibility ever lay anywhere else. e i3odu Piezoelectric I'm deeply sure that we will never be able to understand the essence of life, if we restrict ourselves to the molecular level..."
- Dawson Church, The Genie in Your Genes: Epigenetic medicine and the New Biology of Intention (Get the book.)

"In 1753, Johann Schaeffer published Electrical medicine, the first book on the subject. And Luigi Galvani demonstrated in 1786 that static electricity generated outside the body could be conducted through the nervous system to produce the contraction of a muscle within the body. body creates piezoelectricity This includes norso-pleasant sources of 9 I ? "

- Dawson Church, The Genie in Your Genes: Epigenetic medicine and the New Biology of Intention (Get the book.)

"One of the hallmarks of natural medicine is attention to the condition of the internal organs, especially the liver and gallbladder. It is surprisingly easy to use herbs and nutrients to safely and effectively cleanse these organs. Many holistic practitioners, in fact, recommend such an organ cleansing on a yearly basis as a strategy for disease prevention and health maintenance. Flushing the Liver "Liver flushes are used to stimulate the elimination of wastes from the body, to open and cool the liver, to increase bile flow, and to improve overall liver function," says Christopher Hobbs, L."
- Herbert Ross, DC with Keri Brenner, L.Ac., Alternative medicine Magazine's Definitive Guide to Sleep Disorders: 7 Smart Ways to Help You Get a Good Night's Rest (Get the book.)

"It's important to understand that ordinary tests on blood serum levels don't provide the correct data," says John Dommisse, MD, a nutritional medicine specialist. "What must be measured are whole blood levels." Whole blood analysis, which examines both the serum and the blood cells, is not commonly done, since most mainstream physicians are looking at blood primarily to diagnose a disease and serum testing is generally adequate for that purpose."

- Herbert Ross, DC with Keri Brenner, L.Ac., Alternative medicine Magazine's Definitive Guide to Sleep Disorders: 7 Smart Ways to Help You Get a Good Night's Rest (Get the book.)

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