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Traditional Medicine Today by Dr. Michael J. Badanek, DC, BS, CNS, DACBN, DCBCN, DM(P)

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s a physician treating patients with similar complaints and unanswered questions about their health, I’ve noticed a growing trust issue with the American consumer. The consensus is that we Americans are paying more and receiving far less in quality health care in mainstream medicine. The cost of health care in America today ranks third in Gross National Product, yet we rank very low in standings worldwide in general overall health. How can a country spend more money than the rest of the world combined, yet have such poor collective health? We are going to examine some of the many causes in this article. Please keep an open mind and, of course, check the references for your own personal edification; the references can help dispel the big lie propagated by the medical-pharmaceutical industrial complex and the media. More than half of all allopathic treatments are never scientifically validated. The general public has been led to believe that prescription drugs and surgical procedures, which are the primary tools of allopathic medicine, undergo rigorous scientific testing. In the words on one respected doctor on the clinical faculty of Harvard Medical School, “Nothing could be further from the truth.” (J. Abramson, Overdosed America, 2004, page 241.) In a study published in the prestigious British medical journal LANCET, researchers discovered that more than 50 percent of all medical treatments (drugs and surgery)—and as much as 85 percent—have never been validated by scientific clinical trials. (M. Millenson, Pacific Sun: February 24-March 2, 1999, page 12.)

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In fact, an earlier Congressional study found that only 10 to 20 percent of all procedures currently used in medical practice have been shown to be efficacious by controlled trials. (U. S. Congress, Office of Technology Assessment, Washington D.C.: USGPO, 1978, 7.) This surprising lack of scientific protocol in conventional medicine was further evidenced by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) evaluation of more than 31,000 clinical trials conducted in the single discipline of gastroenterology. In this lengthy review, it was found that only 1 percent of these gastrointestinal studies were properly randomized—and, even more astounding, absolutely none satisfied requirements needed for objective research. (NIH: “National Institutes of Health” 25 (1979): pages 630-631.) Pharmaceutical companies have nearly limitless influence. In her 2004 book, Marcia Angell, M.D., the former editor-in-chief of the New England Journal of Medicine and a current Harvard professor, reveals how drug companies routinely rig clinical trials to make their products look more effective than they actually are and have “nearly limitless influence over medical research, education, and how doctors do their jobs.” (M. Angell, The Truth about Drug Companies, New York: Random House 2004.) The world of drug companies s a vastly profitable world—and Dr. Angell points out that the pharmaceutical industry has been the “most profitable” of all business in the U.S. for more than two decades. So, it is understandable how scientific objectivity is often overshadowed by bottomline profits. This lack of corporate integrity particularly flourishes in the capitalismat-any-cost climate currently predominant in America. Unfortunately, it falls into the arena of maximum consumer harm; that is, in the most serious category of all: that of actually causing illness and death. Traditional medicine (allopathy) is currently the third-leading cause of death. One can plainly see the significant harm that prescription drugs can do. This

sheds light on the rather unbelievable statistic cited that combined effects of medical errors, adverse reactions to prescription drugs, and hospital infections are currently at least the third-leading cause of death in the U.S. today. (B. Starfield, “Is U.S. Health Really the Best in the World?” Journal of the American Medical Association, No. 4 (July 26, 2000): 483-484.) In light of this appalling statistic, no amount of explanation can legitimize, or excuse, the high levels of morbidity and mortality that allopathic medical practices continue to generate. Conclusion I ask the gentle readers one simple question: Who really is in charge of healthcare today? The literature is astounding, and with the Internet, people have more information than they could ever imagine. The decision is up to you, the American consumer. The majority of medication has two basic functions: blocking receptor sites, and stopping/poisoning an enzymatic reaction. These two actions by no means go to the root cause of the disease or condition. It’s just treating and masking symptoms. This is the reason why people have a dim view of doctors today. Each one of us has personal experience with the current medical state of affairs with friends, family, or even ourselves. I strongly suggest it is in the reader’s best interest to pursue his or her knowledge and seek out the services of qualified and experienced health care providers in alternative holistic medicine to prevent being another statistic. Dr. Michael Badanek has been serving the Central Florida (Ocala) area for more than 32 years in active clinical practice. Dr. Badanek is a licensed Chiropractic Physician with extensive training in Alternative Complementary Medicine including Clinical Nutrition, applied Kinesiology, Homeopathy, Acupuncture, Chiropractic Medicine, Functional and Traditional Medicine and electrodermal screening. Dr. Badanek has four board certifications in Clinical Nutrition, and Homeopathy. Dr. Badanek’s website is www. alternativewholistichealth.com. For a courtesy consultation, please call 352-622-1151.

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“Natural Awakenings” Magazine, March 2012 issue  

“Natural Awakenings” Magazine, March 2012 issue. The full-color monthly magazine about green, local, organic, wholistic, natural, fun, healt...

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