Mainstream Medicine vs. Complementary Medicine

medicine “We become paralyzed by the circumstances we’re thrown into rather than looking at a situation as an opportunity to grow and become a better person—a more powerful human being.” Dr. Fabrizio Mancini My background had been in conventional medicine; I was a pre- med student on my way to becoming a neurosurgeon. But after a car accident, I became fascinated by chiropractic, which taught me that the body is designed to heal itself, and that without proper health, we are limited in every area of our lives. More than my profession, it was a personal experience that made me an advocate of self-healing. My opinion of Western, or mainstream, medicine is that it is effective for treating severe emergency conditions when the body’s natural ability to heal itself has been damaged. But, it over focuses on treating symptoms rather than the cause of the problem. Symptoms are the body’s way of telling us it needs help; they shouldn’t be masked or suppressed. They should lead us to the cause so it can be alleviated. Western medicine also tends to zero in on a distinct object of disease—be it a gallbladder, a germ, or even a gene—instead of restoring harmony in the whole person. Medical treatments, especially for the degenerative diseases of age, generally help people get along by fixing their hearts, replacing joints, or medicating pain, but don’t do much to help heal any underlying damage. Other systems of healing, ancient or modern, do it differently. They view sickness in a holistic way and the body as an entire entity— in balance or imbalance—with every part of your life affecting every other part. For example, if you’re depressed, the depression will interfere with your physical being; and a problem with your physical being, such as poor nutrition, can create depression. Even a problem in your environment, such as living around toxic chemicals, can harm your body and mind. All of these factors must be taken into consideration for self-healing to occur. I’m sure you’ve heard other healing approaches referred to as “alternative” or “complementary” medicine. In many parts of the world, conventional medicine is considered a minority approach and might be considered alternative or complementary by Oriental, African, Ayurvedic, Native American, and other healers! When I have something amiss in my own health, I turn to multiple experts, including nutritionists, chiropractors, naturopaths, and of course, medical doctors. I am among the more than one in three Americans who uses some form of non- Western medicine, according to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, and that number is rising. Keep an open mind. Dr. Fabrizio Mancini Health and Wellness Expert, World renown Chiropractor, Bestselling author, International Speaker and President Emeritus of Parker University. WEB: For more tips from the International bestseller, The Power of Self-Healing (Hay House) go to: