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I'm a 16 year old High School Student from Perth, Western Australia and I'm currently doing a Year 12 Health Studies Assignment but I'm struggling with it and I'm not the only one either. I've asked people, checked the library for info and I've checked the internet, I've even asked my parents, but no one really seems to know 'at-least' in-depth anyway about my assignment, so if anyone could help me out here I'd greatly appreciate it...

 

I have to...

 

1. Identify forms of Health Care and Lifestyle (Examples)

 

Orthodox: GP, hospital and specialists

Complementary: Physio, Chiropractor, Dietician/Nutritionist, Personal Trainer

Alternative: Reflexology, Acupuncture, Naturopathy

 

Can you identify other forms of orthodox, complementary and alternative health care and lifestyle besides the ones I've listed?

 

2. What's the difference between orthodox, complementary and alternative healthcare?

 

3. Why do people use different health care approaches? For example, how come not everyone uses orthodox healthcare?

 

4. What type of legislative terms are associated with the provision of health care such as registration boards, etc? This is a media based question...

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Don't know if this helps, but...

 

The division of health care into orthodox, complementary and alternative is of course Western-centric. When I lived in Viet Nam, people talked about 'Modern'/'Western' medicine and 'Traditional'/'Chinese' medicine. They would tend to go to each for different things - if you have a fever, you go to the traditional doctor, if you break your leg you go to the modern hospital.

 

There are charlatans in traditional medicine of course - I had a Vietnamese friend whose father was dying of lung cancer and of course the 'orthodox' doctor said there was nothing she could do, but a traditional doctor promised a very expensive cure based on ingredients illegally imported from China, and my friend paid up. Why? Because it was his father, and if there was even a tiny chance it might work, it was worth it. My friend wasn't rich, he paid the equivalent of half a year's salary, and of course it didn't work, but he didn't regret it.

"An electric puddle is not what I need right now." (Nina Kalenkov)

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I have to...

 

1.  Identify forms of Health Care and Lifestyle (Examples)

 

Orthodox:  GP, hospital and specialists

Complementary:  Physio, Chiropractor, Dietician/Nutritionist, Personal Trainer

Alternative:  Reflexology, Acupuncture, Naturopathy

 

Can you identify other forms of orthodox, complementary and alternative health care and lifestyle besides the ones I've listed?

 

Aromatherapy

Crystals

Reiki Healing

Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)

Bach Flower Essences

Homeopathy

Kinesiology

Electromagnetic Therapy

Hydrotherapy

Therapeutic Touch

Osteopathy

 

2. What's the difference between orthodox, complementary and alternative healthcare?

 

The following might be of some assistance:

 

Homeopathy Vs Allopathy

 

Essentially a site related to dog health, but this is general info on homeopathy: http://www.dogsonholiday-uk.com/homeopathy.html

 

 

 

 

3.  Why do people use different health care approaches? For example, how come not everyone uses orthodox healthcare?

 

Because it isn't necessarily the best approach *all* of the time. Homeopathy and other practices have proved highly successful where conventional treatments have fallen down.

 

Lack of confidence in conventional practices due to dodgy practices by drug companies. See - the thimerosal/MMR vaccine scandal and Autism Spectrum Disorders, and the polio/SIDs issue.

 

Overuse of antibiotics/painkillers etc is linked to deepseated chronic illnesses due to suppression of symptoms rather than cure of the root cause.

"Imagination is more important than knowledge." - Albert Einstein

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