Integrative Medicine and Systemic Outcomes Research
This is a very thought provoking article that highlights some concerns that I have with the whole concept of integration or complementation with mainstream and alternative care. I personally believe that, while the paths intersect at various points, the basic belief of alternative vs Western medicine clashes. Alternative views the patient as a whole, looking at how organ systems interact and believe that disease comes from dysregulation from within. Western medicine views the patients’ body as merely a battleground on which chemicals and procedures battle against an invader in the patient’s body.
Integrative Medicine and Systemic Outcomes Research: Issues in the Emergence of a New Model for Primary Health Care.