Exhibit a: Mediterranean diet. It tastes good and has the added benefit of reducing risk of dementia, being good for our waistline and - nutrient dense as it is - it keeps our systemic health ticking nicely (and did I mention taste? I did? well I say it again....it's yummy!).
Exhibit b: Statins. Effective. Standardised. No cooking required. But they don't taste all that good, nor do they have added benefits: if anything, they may come with side-effects such as chronic muscle pain which may affect our ability to be active and engage with the world.
Could medicine and complementary therapies marry?
Some people are inclined to put all their faith in medicines and white coats. Some people do the opposite, and avoid doctors and drug counters as much as they humanly can. But it makes sense, that sometimes a 2-tiered approach would serve the person in question best.
Complementary therapists should work intimately with doctors and the other way around. Either profession being snoopy about the other makes no sense and does not serve the end user, ie the client or the patient. All of our end-goal is the same: health, wellbeing, vitality - life well lived.