Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Difference Between Medicine and Alt Med

There's a great story that explains the difference between mainstream medicine in America today and the world of complementary and alternative medicine.

There are two fisherman on the bank of the river and they spot a man flailing his arms and drowning out in the middle of the river. The first fisherman swims out and brings him back to shore, saving his life. No sooner do they things under control than they spot a woman in trouble floating in the river so the second fisherman swims out to rescue her. Again they see another person drowning in the river so the first fisherman swims back out to save them. This goes on and on and eventually a crowd gathers to congratulate the fisherman on the outstanding job they're doing saving people. This is modern medicine today.

No one thinks about going upstream to stop the maniac on the bridge who's throwing folks off into the river. This is the attitude of complementary and alternative medicine - to stop problems at the source.

Which one do you think makes more sense?

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