I can read your passion I applaud your efforts to fix something you percieve as broken for the good of not just yourself, but for humanity.
However, just because something is broken it doesn't mean: 1. repairing it need be overly complicated or 2. it needs to be in perfect shape to work. I think everyone can agree to a point that modern medicine is less than perfect. Certain docs, hospitals, drug companies, patients, etc misbehave and "spoil it for the rest of us". If you let yourself get caught up in the layers upon layers of ethics, cultural bias and beauracratic politics that obscure the essense of modern medicine then you will be crushed by the frustration and your passion may turn to anger.
I totally understand one being drawn to a simpler, more pure, path to good health. Our bodies were made to live from the earth and I'm sure as biologiest your know much more than I how perfectly our bodies benefit from the bounty of nature. However, I sometimes feel like some people have forgotten the path medicine has taken. Modern medicine didn't just show up one day, out of the blue, like a demon bent on making us more miserable than our disease----
It evolved to a fulfill a great need that was not being me by traditonal healing methods alone.
(the obese, chain-smoking, couch potato is a cultural phenomanom. you seem to begrudge them taking a pill. But which came first? the pill or the couch pototo? and why?)
Also, perhaps the reason you would be most impressed by chinese healing miracles and healing by human will alone is because they are rare occurances.
I wish you best of luck in figuring this out. Just don't think so far out of the box that you lose track of what your aims are.