Dr. David Brownstein published an article on his website regarding criticism some holistic doctors receive from the traditional medical establishment regarding evidence-based medicine. Evidence-based medicine is based on studies, usually involving pharmaceuticals, that doctors rely on when making treatment plans for their patients. The problem Dr. Brownstein points out is that many of the articles that are published about these studies are ghost-written articles that are sponsored by the pharmaceutical industry. While the articles are listed as having been written by an MD, it turns out that in some cases the doctor was paid to give his or her name to the article. As an example, Wyeth Pharmaceuticals was caught ghostwriting 26 papers that promoted conventional hormone replacement therapy in various scientific journals. It is now estimated that at least 10% of all medical articles are ghost-written. The problem with this practice is that industry-sponsored medical articles often contain bias that promotes the effectiveness of a particular drug compared to a competitor’s drug. When there is too much bias, it becomes fraud.
For patients who are prescribed a particular medication from their physician, you need to consider what the therapy does. Most pharmaceutical drugs work by blocking, poisoning, or inhibiting the body’s biochemical pathways. As an alternative, functional medicine employees the use of nutrients that support the body’s biochemistry to help boost deficiencies that are the cause of the medical condition. Rather than fighting the symptoms, functional medicine focuses on attacking the cause.
You can read Dr. Browstein’s full article by clicking here.