The American Medical Association (AMA) refers to MD medical students as
"allopathic" medical students. This term describes the conventional
Western medical system of practice. "Allopathic" comes from
the Greek word "allos" meaning other, or opposite, and "pathos"
meaning suffering or disease. Stedman's Medical Dictionary calls allopathic
medicine "a therapeutic system in which a disease is treated by producing
a second condition which is incompatible with or antagonistic to the first".
Conventional allopathic medicine is the kind of medicine practiced by most
health care providers in the current insurance-based system. It is a disease
management approach, rather than a preventive approach. It is based on
principles of warfare - use of knives and poisons. We remove tumors, infections
and other masses surgically. We kill bacteria and cancer cells with poisons,
in the hope that we do not kill our patient at the same time. We treat
body parts with damaging radiation, in the hope that irradiation will
kill only that body part which we do not want, such as tumors, without
damaging that which we do want to keep, such as healthy intact skin and
Allopathic medicine treats acute illness well. Boils need to be lanced,
we need insulin when the pancreas can no longer produce it, and if our
airways are squeezed so tight that we are turning blue, pharmaceuticals
and artificial respiration can be life-saving.
However, when the acute crisis has passed, who wants to live the rest of
their days on a respirator, or taking steroid medication to suppress the
inflammatory symptoms? Side effects of the treatments begin to outweigh
the benefits. We develop pneumonia, we develop severe physical dysfunction
from the effect of continued excessive steroid medication, we lose our
normal intestinal flora and develop chronic digestive upset, we develop
side effects from the medication itself... and the list of disadvantages goes on.
Allopathic medicine can define and identify the process of turning DNA
switches off and on. It looks only to pharmaceutical medication to actually
do the switching. Allopathic medicine can identify diseases associated
with severe vitamin deficiency. Its best effort prescribes only enough
vitamin to keep the body from succumbing to severe deficiency. It feels
that everyone has the same vitamin requirement, and that 95% of people
will be served by the same dose of substance.
Allopathic medicine is beginning to discover that even people with the
same genetic inheritance will manifest disease in different ways. Angelman
and Willi-Prader syndromes are both due to the same micro-deletion on
chromosome 15. The difference in expression depends on whether the chromosome
was inherited from the father or the mother. Allopathic medicine does
not have any treatment, however, to improve the condition of patients
with either of these syndromes.
Allopathic medicine is very good when the body is acutely injured, or when
it is in crisis. If I have a broken arm, a cast is appropriate. If I have
an acute inflammation of my appendix, it would be a good idea to remove
the offending organ surgically before it ruptures. If I am dying of bacterial
pneumonia, antibiotics may save my life. However, allopathic medicine
is not geared at detecting imbalance at an early (energetic) stage. Its
major contribution is to crisis medicine, where it is often very effective.
Before that time, there are many opportunities to alter the downward slide
into ill health. These opportunities may be addressed by advanced
homeopathic medicine, based on sound principles of physiology and biochemistry.