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Which is more beneficial, pharmaceutical medicine or alternative medicine?

In society today most of the population in the united states is diagnosed with a medical condition that is prescribed with pharmaceutical drugs. I have talked with many individuals that their doctor has prescribed them medicine but have asked to you alternate medicine because of side effects.

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    Feb 11 2013: by definition, everything that has any sort of reliable evidence of working is not alternative medicine, but just medicine. corollary to that, alternative medicine does not have any evidence of efficacy.

    that said, science does not equal medical practice, especially not a heavily regulated practice. so it is quite possible that you get a treatment that is obsolete for decades, or never even was the right treatment, but was pushed into the mandatory protocol by lobbists.

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