you can't blame docs for the way they are. As a pharmacy student, we are trained to treat the patients/customers with drugs. That is all we study. It is the same for med students. There is little room in our curriculum for suggesting alternative means of dealing with disease like diet and probiotics/herbs/alternative treatments. Almost no mention of it at all. So when a doc pushes a medication on you, it's typically because he has read studies about
the efficacy of it and so on. Or the local drug rep is pushing him to prescribe it, so he gets a bonus.
Unfortunately, alternative treatments are not being studied by drug companies so there is no way to realistically back them up with science. (Why would a drug company want to determine if an alternative treatment works and cut into their profits? There response is they are in the business of manufacturing drugs.) So for the most part, we have dozens of case histories of alternative treatments working successfully(ie success with diets or probiotics) but no clinical studies to back them up.
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Post Edited By Moderator (Judilyn) : 2/28/2008 7:53:05 PM (GMT-7)