End of Modern Medicine?

What did Dr Chan, head of the World Health Organization, mean when she said we were seeing “the end of modern medicine”? And what does this mean for you and me? My colleague, Bob Clark from Florida USA sheds some light in my guest post today. 

Watching NBC Nightly News earlier this week I was surprised to hear Brian Williams use the phrase, “the end of modern medicine”.  NBC News was joined by ABC News, Huffington Post and UK’s The Telegraph, among other sources, in reporting on World Health Organization Director General, Dr Margaret Chan’s use of that phrase. She was talking about the overuse of antibiotics, their increasing ineffectiveness in controlling disease and the threatened end of modern medicine as a result.Continue Reading

CAM includes the Medicine of Love

First published on ON LINE Opinion, Australia’s e-journal of social and political debate.

There is a ferocious debate occurring in the health field at the moment in Australia, as the Friends of Science in Medicine lobby group pressures universities to close down complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) degrees (Scientists urge unis to axe alternative medicine courses, Should universities teach alternative medicine? poll, Why universities should teach alternative medicine).

Having listened to interviews with a couple of their champions, as well as those on the opposing side, I see this as an excellent opportunity for the media and public to learn more about CAM. CAM or holistic medicine includes herbal remedies, chiropractics, homeopathy, naturopathy, reflexology, acupuncture, hypnosis, as well as prayer and spirituality. Although they are all defined as CAM, they exhibit very different approaches to healing, while sharing some common features which include: a belief in the interconnectedness of the mind and body; the CAM patient is not viewed simply as an organism but as a person with a special set of circumstances; and, most CAM practitioners emphasize an active role for the patient in the therapeutic relationship, rather than the expert/layperson model of orthodox medicine. (What is complementary and alternative medicine, Michael Weir, Bond University, 2005)Continue Reading