Treatment of Back and Neck Pain is anything but an
exact science and traditionally; resolution of back pain conditions has a dismal
failure rate. Normal orthodox medicine treatment protocols are expensive,
dangerous, and in many cases resulted in no gain for the patient, often
producing additional or “new” pain.
Natural medicine says the body can usually heal itself, especially when given
the right tools. Orthodox medicine says it can't, that it requires powerful
interventions. Orthodox medicine believes it "understands" the body well enough
to chemically take control of parts of it "overpowering it for its own good."
You have to determine which model or combination of models can give you the best
possible long-term resolution to your pain and pain condition. It is not an easy
Today you are able to take advantage of treatment with Orthodox Medicine,
Natural Medicine, or a New Medicine Paradigm, which is a combination of both
Treating Back and Neck Pain Is A Double Edge Sword Treating the Pain -– Then Find and Treat the Real Underlying Cause
Finding a medicine model that can do both is common sense, but not necessarily
an easy process. Each person is different, with different needs, beliefs,
specialized health problems, and medical coverage restrictions.
Neither of the two major medical models is able to do everything. Each is unique
and specialized in its own way, with differences in their philosophy; their
choices for treatment; and their ability and methods to diagnose any underlying
condition. The closest you will be able to come to a melding of both models
exists in the New Medical Paradigm – the Natural (Holistic) MD, and/or
When making the decision of which model “fits” your needs best you should look
for answers to these types of questions, especially in relation to the doctor
Do they treat the pain and do they treat
Do their treatment methods treat the
symptom causing the pain while looking beyond to imbalances that may be the
What is the actual success rate for their
Do they explain your range of choices for
treatments without attempting to scare or pressure you into one treatment
Are you expected to be an active or
passive patient in your treatment process? Who is in charge of your “health”
Who do you want to be in charge of your
Are you afforded the time you need to
discuss everything of importance to you during your office visits.
Is your doctor open to looking at Natural
(Holistic) treatments you bring to his/her attention?
Is your doctor knowledgeable about
Natural (Holistic) treatments? Are they willing to learn?
Do they assist you to locate and
participate in such treatments?
Is your doctor legally able to implement
any alternative treatments?
Can your doctor test for metabolic
imbalances to help identify underlying health problems and correct them. Or,
test to prevent the development of future diseases?
If you choose a mix of models will your
primary care physician willingly participate or collaborate with the other
model’s physician if you ask them to?
Do they manage your care with compassion
and willingly look for every aspect that may be contributing to your pain or
pain condition? Are you treated with respect at all times?
What diagnostic tests and treatments are
covered or not covered by your medical insurance.
Basic Principles that Underlie the Models
Orthodox Medical Model, and the Natural (Holistic) Model practice their medicine
based upon diametrically opposed principles
Orthodox medicine has evolved from its founding principles into a model that is
today, based on isolated disease care.
Natural Medicine’s founding principles always were, and are today, still based
on health care. It believes the body can usually heal itself, especially so when
given the right tools. Orthodox medicine says it can't, that it requires
In our evaluation of these opposing principles, we do not provide long lists of
drugs, or types of operations for your medical model treatment. Nor will you
find lists of vitamins, minerals, herbals, and supplements for pain or physical
therapies used to treat conditions by the natural model. This is a simple
evaluation of these models – a little of their history, a look at differences in
their philosophy, practice protocols, training and licensing.
Today both fields of medicine orthodox or natural present people a wild jungle,
full of disinformation, unsubstantiated claims, junk science, and marketing
In recent years, there has been a significant movement away from Orthodox
medicine toward Natural (Holistic) medicine. There are numerous reasons for this
switch and we discuss a few of them within the above links.
It is not our place to promote one model over another. Issues of health/disease
care that are concerned with relieving peoples’ back and neck pain, while
maintaining their health, are the goals we are striving toward.
It is unfortunate as we gathered these facts for presentation, other fact
finding information about the orthodox model was being brought to light and we
would be irresponsible not to include that information. Presentation of these
facts made it impossible to appear unbiased.
We recognized the inherent right of everyone to make his or her own choices. We
hope we have provided enough information about these 2 basic medical models to
help you make informed choices. In the end it is about your back and neck
pain relief, long-term health, and the best way for YOU to achieve both.
A Quick Summary of Recent Fact Finding Information
For years, the Natural Model has taken big hits, around its credibility, from
Orthodox medicine, the Pharmaceutical industry and through governmental
legislation, influenced by the huge finances of the medical/pharma lobby groups.
Recently, however Orthodox medicine has taken some substantial hits to its own
credibility - from every direction, including their own doctors and scientists.
Headlines identifying “Doctors as the 3rd Leading Cause of Death.” Questionable
pharmaceutical industry practices with their research, marketing, and
truthfulness in reporting of the safety of their drugs. Millions of people are
negatively affected each year by drug side effects bad enough to send them to
hospital and a minimum of 106,000 US people a year dying from
these “safe” prescription drugs. Toxic chemical accidents occurring at
pharmaceutical drug factories, which have negatively affected thousands of
people’s health, are also a part of the public record.
There is an even more important question. If the orthodox medical model is
the best model, why do they need to spend billions of dollars to prove how bad
and ineffective natural medicine is – go so far as to lobby for laws to outlaw
it? If it is really that bad? Surely, the people would find out quick enough and
never again use that type of medical care. If a business can’t “deliver the
goods” it will go bankrupt. Isn’t that what our economy is supposed to be based
on – healthy competition?
Medicine is big business and like any healthy business, it is all about profit,
profit, profit. It seems that their highhanded tactics only prove how afraid
they are of their competition - and the dollars they spend every year to
run that competition down says they must be very afraid.
Might there be a good reason for their fear? Stripped of Our Rights
It is unfortunate that Orthodox medicine and the pharmaceutical industry has
managed to take away peoples right for self-determination by enforcing such a
monopoly. Especially when it comes to deciding what health care people feel is
best for them. The removal of self-determination is accomplished, in part, by
not reimbursing medical treatment or supplement costs for natural model health
care. How did something like this manage to become a part of our
“health” care system?
The Good News Is –
Both of these models have much to contribute to health and thankfully, they are
moving in the direction of joining that knowledge for the benefit of humankind.
For instance you will now find many orthodox medical physicians –
returning for years more education in order to be able to practice natural
medicine enabling them to take the best of both philosophies and knowledge and
putting them to work for you.
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