One of the protective mechanisms with Western/Conventional medicine that is far less common with Alternative medicine is the separation between the person recommending a particular treatment (usually your GP) and the person profiting from selling it (your pharmacist). In Australia, pharmacists are seeking to become more involved in providing patient care and are also fighting plans by our large supermarket chains to include pharmacies within supermarkets. Michael Vagg, Clinical Senior Lecturer at Deakin University School of Medicine & Pain Specialist at Barwon Health, Australia, provides some interesting background to the current situation in Australia that has resulted in some rather thoughtful responses.
We grow up accepting long established practices, often without understanding the reasons behind them. Articles like this give you an appreciation for why we have inherited them and provide some guiding principles that we can use to ensure that we have a better chance of receiving unbiased treatment advice.
Photo: I'm not too sure who was more surprised when I looked into this tree hollow and found a possum looking back at me.