Today’s news and culture update: An ongoing effort to point out ways the public is moving away from a traditional, bio-medical approach to health toward a model that includes alternatives and acknowledges the role of prayer/consciousness in wellness.
“Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) continues to thrive as numerous physicians and very credible institutions — including the Mayo Clinic — embrace many of the therapies.
A surprisingly large number of Americans, estimated as high as 70 percent, have tried CAM—acupuncture/acupressure, herb/vitamin therapy, hypnosis, chiropractic/massage, aromatherapy, magnetic therapy and reflexology—to cure their ills. A new term—integrative medicine— is now being employed as traditional evidence-based medicine is combined with CAM for better treatment outcomes.”
“A frequent question asked by patients and practitioners is, “To what extent do intent, attitude and touch affect health outcomes?” Although these issues may seem unrelated to the technical aspects of health care, a growing body of evidence suggests that such factors may significantly affect the healing process. Attitude matters. Laughter and humor have been shown to have beneficial health effects as well.”
” It’s difficult to believe that, after all the demagoguery about death panels, rationing and encroaching socialism that passed for public debate about the Affordable Care Act, we might have something to learn about the way health care is delivered in this country. But in this lucid look behind the scenes at hospitals, doctors’ offices and the most intimate corners of patients’ lives, the shortcomings and ways forward emerge in stark relief.”