[Clayart] Carpal Tunnel, Internet Diagnoses, Alternative Medicine

Robert Harris robertgharris at gmail.com
Sun Oct 23 11:32:34 EDT 2016

Thank you for this excellent post Deb. As someone who once did medical
research I find a lot of the advice quite disheartening. Western medicine
has a solved a LOT of things and doctors do know their business. Do some
over prescribe? Probably. Do some miss things ... absolutely (you try
diagnosing something that presents without standard symptoms, or with the
symptoms of another disease.) But for the most people doctors, just like
most other people are trying to do their best under terrible circumstances.

One thing I would say. Complementary medicine can be great, alternative
medicine can and does put you in hospital. What's the difference?
Complementary medicine, complements western medicine and offers
possibilities for symptom relief that western medicine doesn't. Alternative
medicine is exactly the same treatments used without ever going to a doctor
and often results in explosion of an untreated disease. Alternative and
complementary medicines never offers a cure (there's a single instance I
know where it did and it was quickly followed up by western medicine), only
alleviation of symptoms. Which in the case of inflammation or muscle spams
is often all that is required.

On Fri, Oct 21, 2016 at 9:24 AM, Deborah Thuman <debthuman at zianet.com>

> Before I say what I have in mind, I want to put my comments in
> perspective. I get scalp acupuncture treatments regularly, I see a
> chiropractor about 4 times a year, I see a massage therapist weekly, I
> search the internet for medical articles before seeing my doctor and I take
> vitamins and supplements.
> That’s to let you know that I’m not opposed to treatment that doesn’t fall
> into the category of western medicine.
> I’m surprised and a bit concerned about people who seek medical advice
> from an on-line group. We’re people who play in the mud and most of us
> didn’t go to medical school. I’m well aware that medical care, at least in
> the US, is expensive. Maybe even outrageously expensive. Ignoring medical
> problems frequently makes them worse. The nastier the problem, the more
> it’s going to cost to solve it.
> If you have persistent pain, see a doctor. Maybe you will be told that
> your problem can be treated successfully with an over the counter
> anti-inflammatory drug. Maybe you will be told you need a prescription
> drug. Maybe you’ll be directed to get physical therapy. Maybe you’ll be
> told you need surgery. Whatever you are told, you will be hearing it from
> someone who is qualified to make a diagnosis and recommend a treatment.
> Would you let your mechanic perform open heart surgery on you? Would you
> let your dentist rewire your home? Doing for yourself is great. But when
> you can’t do for yourself, getting someone who knows what s/he is doing is
> critical. When you need advice, ask someone who knows the answer. I’m glad
> this list is here to answer my questions about firing, glazing, building,
> mud, tools, and any other aspect of playing in the mud. When I need medical
> advice, I see my doctor. She’s a great doctor and I dread the day she
> retires, but I wouldn’t ask her questions about firing my kiln.
> Deb Thuman
> debthuman at zianet.com <mailto:debthuman at zianet.com>
> https://debthumanblog.wordpress.com <https://debthumanblog.wordpress.com/>
> You can’t have a light without a dark to stick it in.
> Arlo Guthrie
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