Why are Alternative Treatments ‘Invisible’ to Patients and Practitioners

Treatment Disparities between Conventional and Alternative Practitioners
I have been actively involved in research and publication of cancer treatment approaches, starting with my initial work setting up the Cancer and Nutrition database for the Bristol Cancer Help Centre in the early 1990s, following through with my book Nutrition and Cancer: Health State-of-the Art detailing published research from Medline and continuing thereafter with Positive Health PH Online from 1994 to the present. Prior to that I was a molecular biology research scientist attempting to identify plant genes involved in nitrogen fixation, and thereafter the author of two scientifically researched books Organic Germanium: The Life and Health Enhancer and Vitamin C the Master Nutrient.

My motivation in this work has been to communicate natural research and treatment approaches toward the objective of broadening treatment choices for patients suffering with ill health. Positive Health PH Online, now published for almost 20 years, provides an archive of more than 3,000 articles and more than 3,000 research studies across more than 120 subject disciplines, through the entire spectrum of mind-body therapies, alternative therapies such as Ayurvedic Chinese, nutritional and herbal medicine, homeopathy, a multitude of bodywork approaches embracing osteopathy, massage, alexander technique, chiropractic, environmentally related conditions including mercury and electromagnetic toxicity.

Twenty years ago, when not that much was known or published regarding alternative treatment approaches, the sensible remedy was to conduct identify and publish research and disseminate information so that people suffering from complaints ranging from asthma, cancer, heart disease, joint pain and neurological conditions would be able to be treated with a variety of treatment approaches, including natural and non-toxic, as well as orthodox conventional drug treatments and surgery.

It is, to say the least, frustrating that despite the proliferation of information and treatment approaches available online and in texts, that the majority of doctors are still only knowledgeable about and offer conventional treatments. Also, that many patients and their families and carers, despite being aware of alternative treatments, still accept the limited treatment options offered by their doctors.

In my research and discourse with a multitude of practitioners across the discipline spectrum, as well as with patients and their families and carers I have come across many examples where practitioners have been achieving clinical success with specialist techniques, which has not become more generally known to the public and the profession.

Two such practitioners whose work I have recently perused and reviewed are Dental Practitioner Dr Amir who has been having success treating jaw asymmetry Temporo-mandibular Joint Dysfunction TMJ, and  Podiatric Surgeon Dr Brian Rothbart who has researched developed treatments for two previously unrecognized syndromes – Rothbarts Foot and PreClinical Clubfoot Deformity.

Cranio-Dental Symmetry / Temporo-mandibular Joint Dysfunction
Cranio-mandibular and Skeletal Asymmetry is related to disease; common conditions encountered may be neck pain, jaw pain, headaches, backache, irritable bowel syndrome, chronic fatigue syndrome, multiple sclerosis, incontinence, limb pain or numbness, various psychological problems, sinusitis, dizziness, ear problems etc.  Many illnesses including ME/CFS, MS, FM may also have an aetiology of TMJ dysfunction. The ramifications of a dysfunctional jaw are numerous: one patient presented with a massive debilitating tremour previously attributed to “lesions in the descending neural pathways from the brain” but the tremor ceased instantaneously as soon as the patients’ TMJ was corrected. Others have what are called horrendous ‘neuropathic’ pains again attributed to ‘MS’ which even morphine cannot touch but the patients get almost immediate relief by instigating a correction of their bodily asymmetries.

Foot Structural Problems Exert Distant Effects
Dr Rothbart has devoted decades to the research, discovery and treatment of two unrecognized syndromes – Rothbarts Foot and PreClinical Clubfoot Deformity – which undiagnosed and untreated, can lead to a lifetime of crippling pain and suffering in affected individuals, affecting joints and organs throughout the body. These syndromes may cause problems affecting the foot, knee, neck, back, and even more general health conditions, resulting in pain, deteriorating mobility, even crippling disabilities to countless people. Conventional treatment by most doctors for foot, knee, hip and back pain – pain killers, more pain killers and eventually surgery –  frequently exacerbates and eventually reproduces the identical conditions.  Doctors’ lack of knowledge and expertise to identify the underlying causes of patients’ pain, lead instead to more drugs, surgery and agonizing pain.
Dr Rothbart has developed specially constructed Proprioceptive Insoles which over time correct the body’s musculoskeletal structure, which generally results in the diminution, even cessation of pain, ending of the nightmares of pain, and return to a normal life.

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About Dr S Goodman

Sandra Goodman PhD, Co-founder, Director and Editor of Positive Health PH Online, trained and worked as a Molecular Biology scientist in Agricultural Biotechnology (PhD McGill University 1981) in Canada and the USA. She has focused upon health issues since the mid 1980s in the UK. Author of 4 books, including Nutrition and Cancer: State-of-the-Art (updated 2003) is now in its third edition, Vitamin C – The Master Nutrient, Germanium: The Health and Life Enhancer and numerous articles, Dr Goodman compiled the Cancer and Nutrition Database for the Bristol Cancer Help Centre (now known as Penny Brohn Cancer Care) in 1993. Dr Goodman and Mike Howell, her long-term partner, co-founded in 1994, Positive Health magazine PH Online www.positivehealth.com , which has grown over 17 years to a significant and valuable specialist archive of published research, articles, book reviews, about Complementary / Alternative / Integrated Medicine.

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