Alternative Medicine Debates,
(Part Two)
The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

(Click Here to go to Part One of the debates.)

Approaches to Complementary and Alternative Medicine are diverse in their foundations and methodologies. Concerns about their ingredients, dietary supplements, safety, and claims are continually under scrutiny.

Some in the middle of this debate have the consumer's good at heart.

In 2007 legislation for the industry was passed for every dietary supplements company in the U.S. Now companies must have processes that comply with U.S. dietary supplement Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs). ....... And that is a good thing for consumers.

All the good companies have always practiced GMPs, and the bad ones will either shape up or go out of business.

Questionable Motives:

For some involved in the debates, a question arose about their motives. Is it a matter of money? According to reports, pharmaceutical companies invested vast sums of money into developing drugs to treat symptoms.

As a result, they have created perpetual customers by treating symptoms instead of finding cures. From a marketing standpoint, they would then have lifetime customers. If this is true in some cases, it's a lousy business rationale. It's called greed.

Others try to destroy the competition by discrediting promising alternative therapies. They also try to eliminate good people and good companies. Some attacks on people are like attacks seen in the political arena. Why do they always have to get personal?

Practitioners on all sides range from sincere, well-educated, and committed to charlatans. There are bad apples in every industry. But you have to ask yourself, what is the real motive behind what people do or the products they sell?

To begin to answer that question, you have to know enough about the person, company, or product to be able to judge according to their fruits.

Whether Alternative Medicine or Conventional, study the results of the product. What are the side effects and benefits? For your body's sake, you may want to consider natural whenever you can.

Don't automatically believe the worst of people. As the saying goes..., take everything you hear or read with a grain of salt. We live in a free country with freedom of speech. Nay Sayers can put their spin on things and say what they want.

But there are also honest differences of opinion. Opponents of Alternative Medicine might call it unorthodox and say there is a lack of evidence. On the other side of the debate, researchers have noted tests performed on many alternative therapies. And further, point out that some research suggests many mainstream medical techniques lack solid evidence.

Other Researchers even oppose the grouping of complementary and alternative medicine together. They would prefer to emphasize differences in approach

Alternative Medicine Debates Continues:

The Alternative and natural medicine debates continue to collide with the established conventional therapies. Concerns like why are synthetic drugs with their side effects legal, but the herbal sources of the same active chemical are banned?

NCCAM is the Federal Government's agency for scientific research on CAM. NCCAM's mission is to explore complementary and alternative healing practices in the context of rigorous science. They also train CAM researchers and distribute authoritative information to the public and professionals.

When there is high-quality evidence of safety and effectiveness, Integrative medicine combines treatments from conventional and Alternative therapies. Eventually, as those therapies are proven safe and effective, they slowly become adopted into traditional health care.

Knowledge shall increase, and new technologies are emerging. These are exciting times in which we live.

A Word to the Entrepreneur

In any revolutionary industry, there will always be debates. The wellness revolution is no exception. As in any business, there are pros and cons. If you are considering starting a business in the wellness industry from an entrepreneurial standpoint, you have to look at the business as a whole. Look at both sides because there are two sides to every story. You can learn from each what is good and avoid the mistakes of others.

When it comes down to it, you have to judge yourself after weighing the evidence. While considering alternative medicine as a business for your economic prosperity, you automatically evaluate whether or not it will be prosperous for you. But consider as well those you will be serving. Serving others is a part of fundamental Christian values where the golden rule applies. Treat others as you would like to be treated: in other words, love others as you love yourself.

For true success, the ways of the kingdom of God apply in the business world also. If you are considering a career in the wellness industry, follow this good advice;

Keep your eye on other people's needs and serve them to the best of your ability.

Prosper in all things and be in health

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