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Friday, January 16, 2015

The Superiority of Alternative Medicine


At the Ramada, I cared for a lady whose eyes were red and itchy. She had no allergies or evidence of infection. I suspected something was irritating them, and she was using over-the-counter eye-drops. Drops themselves can irritate eyes, especially with persistent use, so I told her to stop.

She looked uneasy at this suggestion, so I left a bottle of antibiotic drops but told her to call in two days if she wanted to use them. This is another occasion why so many patients prefer alternative medical practitioners (herbalists, nutritionists, acupuncturists…). No alternative healer tells a patient: “There’s no treatment for this; it’ll go away.” There’s always a treatment.

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