Alternative medicine ideas?
November 28, 2012 11:02 AM Subscribe
I am looking for alternatives for the standard "doctor sees you for five minutes and prescribes drugs for whatever ails you."
posted by 7life to health & fitness (29 answers total) 15 users marked this as a favorite
I am a little fed up with the current medical care that we have been receiving so far. My wife for example has eczema. She has been to 3 different doctors. The standard seems to be they look at it for 5 minutes, ask minimal questions, and prescribe drugs for it. Now I am a layman and even I know that there are connections between eczema and other factors such as allergy to something, dry air, irritants in everyday products, etc. But none of the doctors even talked about those. None.
What I am looking for:
1. people who actually sit down with you to try to figure out if there is any bigger underlying picture to whatever ailment you have. "Let's see if your eczema improves if we eliminate these laundry products" as opposed to "Here's a cream for that and that's that" as the first line of defense.
2. whole body health. Instead of "here's surgery to fix your knee problem", I want people who would say "Let's look at your everyday posture and walking style first"
3. Communication between specialists. Here's what I see: a primary care will send me to a specialist and the specialist will do what they do...oftentimes without consultation with the primary care. Now if I have a knee problem and I'm sent to a knee specialist whose specialty is knee surgery - chances are I would get a knee surgery even if there is a better way of dealing with it. I heard that in Mayo Clinic, different doctors would get together and discuss best treatment options as opposed to doctors handing off responsibilities to the next one in line.
So - what am I looking for? Is there a name for the branch of medicine that practices the points above? Yes - I understand that good conventional doctors do those already but honestly I do not think that is the standard. Holistic and naturopath seem to offer those but they have been tainted with quackery, as today's answers to the naturopath question in the green have indicated.