Friday, April 13, 2018

Free Book

Susan's Search is a novella about one woman's search for the answers to her health issues and her family's search for her.  From May 1st through May 5th it's going to be available as a FREE download on Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/Susans-Search-Alan-Smith-ebook/dp/B015TEZHZ4/ref=sr_1_12?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1523636398&sr=1-12&keywords=Susan%27s+Search .

Enjoy!

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Harry Potter and English History

I saw a fascinating TV show last night about a new exhibit at the British Museum on J. K. Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter series of books.  The exhibit connects her work with the history of magic around the world.

What I found particularly educational was the part about Nicholas Culpeper, was an English botanist, herbalist, physician, and astrologer. His published books include the Complete Herbal (1653), which contains a rich store of pharmaceutical and herbal knowledge.  It seems the "doctors" who graduated from the Royal Academy of Medicine weren't too happy about his book since they had been the sole source of medical knowledge.  Prior to the book's publication they tried to label him a witch, without much success.  Since their charges for service almost amounted to extortion they didn't want knowledge out in the marketplace where people could find their own medicines.  But once it was published, the cat was out of the bag.

Seems like doctors really haven't changed in hundreds of years, have they?  They want to control all medical knowledge and charge exorbitant amounts of money.  Fortunately CAM practitioners work hard to keep knowledge available to all.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Time Will Tell

Mainstream medicine laughs at complementary and alternative medicine saying that it's not scientific.  They act as if they know everything and have all the answers.  They don't.  Recently a new study announced that there was a new organ in the human body called Interstitium, one of the body's largest organs.  It may explain how cancer spreads so quickly.

Just last year an Irish surgeon discovered another new organ called the Mesentery which connects the intestine to the abdomen.

If mainstream medicine knows so much how come they're still learning about the human body?  Why don't they already know about all of these organs?  Or are they afraid to admit all of their "science" doesn't know as much as they think it does?

Complementary and alternative therapies that have been beneficial for hundreds, even thousands, of years clearly have something to offer.  Maybe one of these days mainstream medicine's science will begin to understand and appreciate CAM.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Times Are Changing ... Hopefully

Most of the medical news I read every day is an unending stream of bad news.  Once in a while a good story comes along and I have to pass it on.  Such is the case today when I read about a medical doctor who's realized the benefits of complementary and alternative medicine.  Read his story at:
Medical Doctor Embraces CAM.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Higher Medical Costs

The New York Times ran an article a few weeks ago with the headline "Higher Prices Don't Equal More Care" and the subhead of "American patients use the same amount as those in other wealthy countries but pay more for it."  That pretty well sizes up the article. 

The article by Austin Frakt and Aaron E. Carroll even had a suggestion or two about possible ways to correct the problem or at least slow down the rate of increase.  But the last paragraph came to the inevitable conclusion:

If attempted nationally, or even in a state, either of these (solutions) would be met with resistance from all those who directly benefit from high prices, including physicians, hospitals, pharmaceutical companies - and pretty much every other provider of health care in the United States.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Free Novella

The last chance to download my novella SUSAN'S SEARCH for free on Amazon this month is January 17th!  Check it out today!

Monday, January 1, 2018

New/Old Medical Term

I was watching a TV show recently about health care in other countries when I noticed a sign over the hospital's door that said "Traditional Medicine" and I thought to myself, I like that term.  It's much better than complementary and alternative medicine (and shorter too) but it says what it is.  This is the medicine that's been used successfully for hundreds, even thousands of years. 

Saw a recent article that says there's a group in Congress forming a new committee to try and ban CAM in America and I thought that's the last refuge of desperate folks.  I wanted to say criminals but decided not to, for now.  If you can't win the battle of minds and hearts with your results then why are you so desperate to eliminate the competition through new laws?  The AMA tried that route with chiropractic care (and still do) but it failed through the courts.  Americans have the freedom to use whatever medicine they choose to ... or they should.

Here in Texas we don't really have that right thanks to an overly aggressive medical board.   They work very hard to take away the medical license of any doctor that uses anything other than the latest from the pharmaceutical industry.  Sad for those of us who know the benefits of CAM!

In 2018 let's start using the term Traditional Medicine for all forms of CAM and drive the medical folks crazy!