Editorial Defining “Alternative”

January 8, 2015

More and more the tide is turning. Everyday more people look to other Health Care systems for answers that the Medical Sick Care system cannot deliver. There’s lots of talk in the media these days about “Alternative” health care. Dr. David Eisenberg of Harvard University defines “Alternative” health care as those disciplines that are not taught at Medical Schools or available in hospitals. This is a pretty good definition but it does raise a communications problem in people’s minds.

In most situations, the word “alternative” implies that what these disciplines offer is simply a different way to accomplish the same goals that medicine has, the treatment of disease and symptoms. People in the “alternative” fields tend to see what they do as not so much the treatment of disease and symptoms (which is the practice of medicine regardless of the treatment) but a way to restore and maintain health, a very different goal than that of medicine.

Webster’s defines “wellness” as the quality or state of being in good health especially as an actively sought goal. Health is defined as a state of physical, mental and social well-being, not just a lack of symptoms. We feel that perhaps a better name than “alternative” disciplines would be “wellness” disciplines. This more accurately describes the goals of the wellness disciplines.

source: dcpracticemarket.com

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