“Isn’t it absurd that we call the modalities of natural healing “alternative medicine”? Obviously, “alternative” refers to something other than the accepted or the standard. The opposite to “alternative medicine” is what we now call orthodox or allopathic medicine, which then makes it the standard.” Siegfried Gursche, MH
There are people living in Pakistan’s Hunza Valley who, until the 1970s, were seemingly living at the “fountain of youth.”
“They ate primarily organic, plant-based foods and rarely if ever ate animal products. Never did they eat processed, bleached, “enriched” food products. These people had NO chronic diseases and NO need for hospitals or dentists, until 30 some years ago, when modern technology allowed paved roads and the acquisition of processed, packaged, bio-engineered food into their society. And just to touch on the point about how what eat affects our behavior and mentality, they had no need for police, prisons or mental health institutions. They had people in their culture over 100 years old with smooth skin and all their own teeth before the “coveted” westernization infiltrated.” Heather
“An example of how American eating styles negatively affects another culture is that of Japan becoming “westernized.” They adopted not only the eating habits, but the diseases and ailments that accompany those habits, which were previously rare and almost unheard of.”
“America is one of the sickest nations on the planet. Despite our wealth, access to educational media, natural resources, and opportunity, most Americans accept atherosclerosis, cancer, hypertension, osteoporosis, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and other degenerative chronic diseases as a part of the normal aging process.”
“This really irks me. For 2,200 years until 1805, medicine was practiced exclusively according to the ancient Greek physician Hippocrates (460-377 BC), the founding father of natural medicine. He taught that the first and foremost principle of medicine must be to respect nature’s healing forces, which inhabit each living organism. Hippocrates considered illness a natural phenomenon that forced people to discover the imbalances in their health. He strongly believed in good food and related the course of any ailment to poor nutrition and bad eating habits. He stressed, “Let food be your medicine and medicine be your food“–advice that, to this day, has not lost its validity.” Siegfried Gursche, MH
So to sum it up – basically, using plants and organic food is alternative medicine, taking drugs full of BS is standard medicine. Then again, economic growth, progress of the ‘survival of the fittest’ society and ‘evolution’ of medical science are superior to human life.