We are sometimes asked whether we practise conventional or alternative medicine, as if there were a fixed dichotomy between them. The fact is, we have always practised mainstream evidence-based medicine but have a growing awareness of its limitations (especially the paucity of some of the evidence upon which we have always relied in using conventional therapy, not to mention the toxicity of many medications), and a cautious openness to those (currently) alternative therapies which have not yet made it into the mainstream. Cautious, because not all that is "natural" is therefore safe, and not all claims are justifiable, but an openness because closed minds never learn anything new. The therapies we offer are generally well-tolerated, safe and effective. We prefer the terms 'integrative' and 'regenerative' to describe what we do, inasmuch as we combine conventional medicine and a limited selection of alternative therapies in the attempt to relieve pain and restore function. We have received some good-natured teasing from our less-adventurous colleagues on occasion and on other occasions have had patients indicate that we were not "alternative" enough for their liking. Hopefully, we are not sailing too close to the wind but steering a sensible course.
In this blog I hope to write some articles aimed at the general public and therefore not in too technical a style, but also hope that our medical colleagues may find something useful here.
David is a fan of books and no doubt will be sharing some good reads here.