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Complementary therapy and disenfranchisement

In Health industry on June 4, 2009 by Hanna Tagged: , ,

Stephen Ginn, a psychiatrist with the wonderfully named Frontier Psychiatrist blog (Avalanches ooh!), went to a meeting at Kings College debating the thesis that complementary (and/or complimentary even I suppose) medicine causes more harm than good. Simon Singh was apparently heckled several times and things got a bit heated. Why do alt peeps feel so threatened. Is is cult mentality? Or merely the suggestion of denying their feelings? The comment that if conventional medicine can’t offer time, personalised approaches, an appreciation of social context or uncertainty then perhaps that explains why alternatives look so attractive and perhaps anger results in being made to feel trapped between a rock and a hard place. I hate going to see my GP (feel patronised and hate being messed around with like an object, open your mouth, sit down, say whatever you like I’m going to say what’s wrong with you anyway ahem) but still I don’t want a smiley witchdoctor instead. I agree that with growing choice and the feeling that health is a consumer issue like everything else conventional medicine has to buck up. For example my GP’s practice has a late night they didn’t tell me about, you can’t book online, they assume you don’t work, I don’t in fact care about continuity of care I just want a competent practitioner every time etc…I think it would help if people were taught about health in terms of the other threat to medical care which is self medication. It might just open up a debate about priorities. I fear that most people think that it’s enough to feel better instead of knowing whether they are better, the hopeful and fighting cancer patient is the popular example. Or else living with uncertainty is worse than knowing within themselves, an intuitive, gut feeling, feelings being the moment, the mental calm that is the opposite of life’s uncertainties, chance, spontaneously arising and resolving illness, random events and unpredictability.

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