By GARY FORESMAN, MD
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I agree with Dr. Forsman regarding the points he raises about the pejorative nature of the MediPlex (Medical Industrial Complex's "Alternative" and "complementary" medicine. and for the same reasons I use and support the term integrative medicine. As Dr. Foresman talked of a "Western" Medicine point of view let me add some Medical Cultural Literacy to the discussion which, will further clarify what Integrative Medicine is.
All three of my go to Doc's are integrative MDs, one was the chief pathologist at the Hospital I was born in
The first "hospitals" in recorded history are found in Classical African Civilization, Kemet (Ancient Egypt) going back thousands of years before the Western Father of medicine Hippocrates. They we called Houses of light as contrast the hotels for sick people (Hospitals) we have today. .
Kemet is the source of holistic Medicine as it is the first place that it is formally recorded in the history of man. It is here were we find the first "Scientific Medicine in Recorded history along with the earliest know pharmacy industry with its RX that we still use to this day. The kemetian's would not make a chair or treat a patient without due consideration to the Physical, Psychological and cosmological realities. Now there was no reason to call it holistic chairs or medicine then as it was just the way things were done by the majority in this high culture.
Greek doctors like Hippocrates by their own words studied at Kemetic University houses of light in the school of Tihuti. Why Tihuti's magic wand (Caduceus) is still worn and otherwise used as a symbol of medicine to this very day by the medical community worldwide.
It is still the case that the majority of doctors taking the medical oath swear to the African and Western fathers of Medicine, do you know the African's name?
The bottom line is if I need assistance in restoring my health I want an MD who can apply the best from all three tracts.
So now you have the full story the more things change the more they stay the same.