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Carl Patton writing for the FreedomJournal February 22, 2002 in the year of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.




In the name of Jehovah God, Master of the universe, Ruler of the earth.

As the science of medicine continues to develop the physicians role has also expanded. The most significant aspect of physicians expanding their outlook etc. is noted in religion, Thus through various studies, experiences and observations many doctors and medical scientists have concluded that religion and God all play a great part in healing.

The Journal of the American Medical Association is a great source for the latest in Medical Science. Dr. Lin Huang in an article titled "Leaning From the Past," JAMA, Oct. 1, 1997 notes the following:

"There is a great value in studying the history of important discoveries. It is from the past that we gain insight into how to shape the future of medicine."

The future of medicine continues to be shaped as the physician’s role is expanded. This expansion is also noted in alternative medicines. Dr. Eric P. Wilkinson, in MSJAMA titles his discussion "The Future of the Physicians Role." Dr. Wilkinson reveals that, "the Association of American Medical Colleges has monitored medical students' future practice patterns since 1978. Physicians seeking an alternative path have frequently sought additional graduate or professional degrees."

Thus, there has been a move to accept alternative medicine among many in the medical community. However, there is still controversy. Dr. Wayne Jonas Director office of Alternative Medicine, National Institute of Health adds to our discussion. His article "Alternative Medicine and the Conventional Practitioner," appeared in Pulse Commentary Vol. 279, pp. 708-709, March 9, 1986.

Complementary and alternative medicine is known as CAM. CAM is an aspect of medical treatment that is not a formal part of the established health care system. However, there is wide spread use of CAM by a variety of patients. Surveys, also report that CAM is a practice that is used for the prevention and treatment of diseases. But CAM is not widely taught in medical schools, thus often not available at hospitals.

Meanwhile Dr. Jonas notes the public and professional interest In CAM:

1. One out of every three Americans in 1990 consulted an alternative health care practitioner.

2. More than 13 billion dollars paid for alternative health services.

3. In Europe and Australia use of CAM practices range from 20% to 70%.

4. In the U.S. 50% of conventional physicians refer patients for some CAM treatments.

5. CAM services are being provided by hospital systems, insurance companies etc.

6. Mainstream medical Journals are calling for research papers regarding alternative treatments."

Meanwhile, the role of the conventional practitioner is very important in rendering CAM. Use of CAM treatment without the help of competent practitioners can cause problems. Also, poor quality control of products shipped from overseas involved in CAM treatment may also put a patient at risk. Thus the best delivery of treatment occurs when both the doctor and CAM practitioner coordinate a viable health care plan for the patient.

On a positive note alternative products are usually less expensive than conventional medicines. Also it is a fact that in many cases the patient can benefit from a combination of CAM and conventional medicine.

Also, more than 80% of medical students would like further training in these areas." (Dr. Jonas). Dr. Jonas also notes that more than 40 medical schools in the U.S. offer introductory and elective courses in CAM.

Meanwhile studies by a panel regarding medical and nursing education and the National Institute of Health concur that alternative medicine is needed. Congress created the Office of Alternative Medicine (OAM) in 1992. This office as pat of the National Institute of Health care service as a resource for physicians.

(Also see: Megan A. Johnson, G.W. Univ. School of Medicine, Pulse Essay Vol. 279, p. 707, March 4, 1998. Homeopathy: Another Tool In The Bag).

Cont. Part 99: The Role of Religion in Medicine



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