Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM; integrative health care) is an important component of the American health care system and supports a focus on health and wellness. It is extremely difficult for international applicants who are not citizens or permanent residents of the United States to gain admission to U.S. medical schools. A recent study in 2011 demonstrated that men having the lowest DHA levels were at a decreased risk of developing aggressive, high-grade prostate cancer as compared to the men having high blood percentages of DHA.
Some of these alternative medical systems are supported by scientific research, while others have not yet been studied. Natural & Alternative Medicine 2017 conference prepares a ground for seeding new concepts and nurturing knowledge through discussions and analysis on Traditional and Alternative Medicine developments.
Besides alternative natural medicine, Rockwood’s physicians offer primary care from infants and pediatrics to men and women’s health and geriatrics. There is growing public demand for complementary and alternative medicine outside of and within traditional health care settings.
Some traditional medical schools, including 45 North American medical schools in the Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine, provide education about CAM and integrative medicine. Several doctors I interviewed for this story mentioned statins as an example of how modern medicine falls short.
As long as policy makers are under the control and funding of medical and pharmaceutical powerhouses, the natural and alternative physicians and practitioners will continue to have an uphill battle to wage. And the director of an alternative medicine program at another prestigious hospital declined to speak on the record — out of fear, he said, that his remarks would be construed as fake news” and stir a backlash.