1. Some refer to it as an alternative to western, scientific medicine. Watts calls it “complimentary.”
2. Most docs are not educated in herbal medicine; thus the greater influx of “complimentary medicine,” the greater chance for errors.
3. In a society that is so scientific, why would our society be so excited about a non-scientific method?
a) Desire for more personal control and autonomy.
b) Loss of historical perspective of disease; not an awareness of how bad some diseases can be. People are more concerned with today’s health and not the long-term disease. Feel good today and don’t worry about tomorrow’s disease.
c) People are healthier and richer
d) There is a decreasing respect for science; if you deal with science, it becomes more impersonal.
e) Increasing choices of alternative medicine: herbs, acupuncture, chiropractic care, supplements.
f) Modern medicine disagrees, obviously, with alternative medicine b/c it is non-scientific.
4. In re Guess:
a) Homeopathic medicine: by giving large doses of a certain drug to create immunity to a disease. And if the patient gets the disease, the small dose would cure the disease. “Fighting fire with fire” therapy.
b) Alleopathic medicine: antibiotics, etc. help cure/fight disease.
c) Doctor is practicing homeopathic medicine. His license is revoked by the board for practicing non-traditional methods. Doc argues homeopathic medicine was used in other states and countries.
d) Court said the law did not allow the practice of homeopathic medicine, so by practicing it, he was being negligent. The practice departed from the standard acceptable medical standards, and thus endangered the public.
5. Herb Activists:
a) Not really practicing medicine, as the law defines medicine. Technically, doc is furthering the health of an individual, and medicine is practicing the cure of current diseases in unhealthy patients.
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