11 Ways Mainstream Medicine Became Unscientific

11 Ways Mainstream Medicine Became Unscientific


how mainstream medicine became unscientific


 Working in the medical field as a RN for several years I have become keenly aware of the lack of scientific integrity behind much of what practitioners in mainstream medicine do on a and day-to-day basis. I also have studied in great depth holistic health ideas and approaches, and it is here that I see real promise and hope for the chronically sick patients that fill our waiting rooms, desperate for answers.


Those who ascribe to the natural health paradigm versus the mainstream medicine paradigm can’t get very far sharing their findings without hearing ‘oh those things are so unscientific, don’t waste your time”. Anything outside the direct promotion of the AMA, AHA, ADA, ACS, AAP….is quickly deemed and written off as “UNSCIENTIFIC”. Many in mainstream medicine go as far as clumping any approach that is different from their own, together and throwing a big “dangerous” stamp of disapproval on them.


The tables have turned in medicine.  If a drug can be approved by the regulatory agencies, found to not kill/disable too many individuals in preliminary studies and then can be featured in the pharmaceutical-funded ‘scientific journals’……we say ‘THIS drug is a great scientific approach to handling this medical problem”.  The irony of the whole system is the VAST majority of the time it is never explored WHY this medical problem is occurring in individuals.  Therefore, the treatment is always a band-aid, and the REAL science behind the matter is never uncovered.


I would like to propose that mainstream medicine has fallen FAR from it’s once scientific roots.  Detailed here are some of the sad realities that define mainstream medicine in the 21st century.




1. Medicine became unscientific when medical doctors programs dropped nutrition training and subsequently doctors have little understanding of what fuels the body they are treating.



2. Medicine became unscientific when doctors began handing out prescriptions per patient request (drug commercials anyone?) Come now.



3. Medicine became unscientific when doctors order tests, perform procedures and surgeries that are unwarranted, for fear of liability, rather than the individual patient’s best.



4. Medicine became unscientific when scientific literature says one thing, and doctors individual practice looks completely different, seriously lacking in scientific integrity.





6. Medicine became unscientific when patients are not aware of any other option than the one their practitioner is suggesting, and informed consent is no longer a value that is upheld.


7. Medicine became unscientific when serious drugs are licensed by the FDA for certain medical indications, and yet they are used liberally for other medical problems that they are not licensed for.






9. Medicine became unscientific when a doctor, trusted with his patient’s well-being, gives medications that cause a variety of adverse effects, and to remedy the situation, prescribes more pills, with more harmful effects, for those new symptoms, continuing a vicious cycle.



10. Medicine became unscientific when access to promising treatment options are intentionally kept from the public’s view, for the sake of the perpetuation of traditional treatment options (whether they work or not).




These realities can cause one to really reconsider their approach to their own health.  With a system so broken, and a paradigm that has deviated so far from its once largely scientific foundations….the weight falls on the consumer.  It is no longer possible for a person to maintain or regain vibrant well-being without taking ownership of their own health.  This call to ownership is no easy road…it requires mindfulness in all health decisions and a strongly proactive approach to prevention. Please, let me remind you that the road of disease and chronic sickness is a terribly lonely, painful road. Spend one day in the hospital and this devastating reality will become crystal clear.


Put all your health eggs in the basket of mainstream medicine and the reality is you WILL be using them often, now or in the future, regardless of whether or not that is your intention.  Rather, put your heart and energy into living a natural lifestyle that supports and fortifies your body, and you will have FAR less need to utilize mainstream medicine to be healthy.



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10 Responses

  1. Lauren – THANK YOU for sharing! This message needs to be shared. I especially resonate with #1,9&11. Taking care of ourselves the best way possible is a lifelong journey of learning, and discovering the underlying causes of illness/disease can take time, and rebuilding health can take time. But I’m all for natural approaches. You can’t look to the food/marketing industry for what wholesome food is today, nor to pharmaceutical meds as being the solution for what ails us (though I am not saying I have never or will never again use them), we just need to seek after what truly builds health and aids in healing. Lauren, am I right in saying that a pharmaceutical drug cannot be identical to a substance found in nature – it has to be modified molecularly somehow in order to be patented? Thank you for sharing your knowledge with us!

  2. So true! My mother-in-law is a RN soon to have her doctorate in nursing. She tells me all the time how sad it is to see patients that could be helped with alternative remedies but the doctor’s are clueless as to how the body heals itself. They only know how to prescribe pills. When did health practitioners become glorified drug dealers?
    My son’s pediatrician told me that “Do no harm,” isn’t valid anymore and now doctors are taught to “Do more good than harm.” He said that to truly help a patient you have to use procedures and drugs that will harm them somewhat in order to help them. So sad!
    How do you as a nurse handle handing out medications and substances in IV’s that you know are hurting the patient? Please don’t think I’m saying this to be snarky or rude! It’s hard to express emotion through text, but I”ve just wondered how do nurses who know about alternative health use this knowledge in their profession despite skepticism and ignorance?

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  4. AWEsome rant! Every word of it true! Shared on FB and with friend Dr. Carolyn Dean of Magnesium Miracle notoriety who I.m sure will want to repost! Mahalo Nui Loa!

  5. Excellent summation of the shortcomings of conventional medicine. Several leading medical authorities have been speaking up:
    “Medicine has always operated in uncertainty,” says Weil. “The Office of Technology Assessment of the U.S. Congress estimated that fewer than 30 percent of procedures currently used in conventional medicine have been rigorously tested. While waiting for further tests, we do the best we can, trying not to hurt people, trying to make educated guesses.” – Dr Andrew Weil MD, Discover Magazine August 1999

    “Only about 15% of medical interventions are supported by scientific evidence…this is partly because only 1% of the articles in medical journals are scientifically sound.” – David Eddy MD, PhD, BMJ 1991 303:798

    “It isn’t just an individual study here and there that’s flawed, they charge. Instead, the very framework of medical investigation may be off-kilter, leading time and again to findings that are at best unproved and at worst dangerously wrong. The result is a system that leads patients and physicians astray—spurring often costly regimens that won’t help and may even harm you.” “Even a cursory glance at medical journals shows that once heralded studies keep falling by the wayside.” “Surgical practices, for instance, have not been tested to nearly the extent that medications have. “I wouldn’t be surprised if a large proportion of surgical practice is based on thin air, and [claims for effectiveness] would evaporate if we studied them closely,” – an excerpt from the January 23, -2011 Newsweek article: Why Almost Everything You Hear About Medicine Is Wrong.

    Dr. Vinay Prasad states: “A large proportion of current medical practice, 40%, was found to offer no benefits in our survey of 10 years of the New England Journal of Medicine. These 146 practices are medical reversals. They weren’t just practices that once worked, and have now been improved upon; rather, they never worked. They were instituted in error, never helped patients, and have eroded trust in medicine.”Mayo Clinic Proceedings July 22, 2013

    “It is simply no longer possible to believe much of the clinical research that is published, or to rely on the judgment of trusted physicians or authoritative medical guidelines. I take no pleasure in this conclusion, which I reached slowly and reluctantly over my two decades as an editor of The New England Journal of Medicine.” – Dr Marcia Angell

  6. Amen! I agree, especially about how they ignore what food does to our bodies! Hello, you have just had surgery to remove a cancerous tumor, would you like a Dr. Pepper? Sharing this on my facebook page for My lamp is full!

  7. I love how the “root cause is never considered”…that was the reason so many doctors long ago used to do house calls. They could treat the whole patient much better. Wish they would go back to wondering “why” something happens instead of “how can we write a rx for this?”

  8. This was fantastic… and now I want to be your best friend! HA! I’m sure your perspective is one that goes against the grind in your workplace, and I commend you for speaking some truth about the realities! I’d love to see your perspective on a lot of other things and that uniqueness will set you (and your blog) apart. Keep up the good work!!

  9. Hi Lauren,
    Excellent article! May I add one more to your list?
    Medicine became unscientific when, despite its claims to be THE experts of the latest research on understanding how the body works, the subliminal message is the lie that the body is inadequate to heal itself.
    I would take this a couple steps further…
    The lie that the body isn’t DESIGNED as a healing machine…to be self-sustaining as long as it is properly supported by real food and avoidance of chemicals. And in fact that the body wasn’t DESIGNED at all.

    Same lie from a century ago, just disguised in different packaging.