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The Dangers of Modern Medicine

Kate's been an online writer for over eight years. She works in healthcare and has studied mindfulness and nutrition for many years.

Unfortunately, a lot of negative information about modern medicine does not reach the public domain. This article explores this important topic.

Unfortunately, a lot of negative information about modern medicine does not reach the public domain. This article explores this important topic.

There is a lot of money spent by pharmaceutical companies and others on advertising the benefits of modern medicine. Consequently, a lot of negative information on the subject does not reach the public. Although modern medicine has many advantages (for example, its success in the treatment of trauma and its capacity for handling emergencies) it also has its disadvantages and failures.

4 Main Dangers of Modern Medicine

  1. It's more focused on treating the sick than dealing with maintaining health.
  2. It's responsible for many deaths in America annually.
  3. It squashes competition from alternative medicine.
  4. Pharmaceutical drugs have side-effects.

1. It's More Focused on Treating the Sick Than Dealing With Maintaining Health.

Modern medicine primarily uses surgery, radiation, and drugs to facilitate improvements in health and in the treatment of various illnesses. It is primarily involved in the treatment of the sick, unlike alternative therapies, which also deal with the maintenance of health.

Why This Is Bad for the Patient

  • In some cases, the therapy offered by conventional medicine is symptomatic management instead of addressing the cause of the illness.
  • Symptomatic management can result in the progression of the disease as necessary lifestyle changes or corrective treatment is not initiated.
  • The culture becomes more focused on cures than on prevention. This can have a negative psychological effect wherein the population live unhealthy lives due to inattention to how they can help themselves on a daily basis.
  • Prevention saves the individual and country money in the long-term, whereas a cure-obsessed culture ends up costing everyone more money.

2. It's Responsible for Many Deaths in America Annually.

There are statistics available suggesting that modern medicine is responsible for many deaths in America annually. The trend in modern medicine has been towards alienating all "competition" from alternative medicine. This has led to a number of negative consequences.

Why This Is Bad for the Patient

  • Hospitals get sued, driving up prices.
  • 750,000 deaths occur in the United States as a direct result of poor medical care.
  • It's estimated that nine million Americans are unnecessarily hospitalized every year.
  • Fear of the hospital creates stress in patients.
  • More people avoid getting the help they need, instead opting for easy solutions that might cause worse problems in the future.
  • 20 million unnecessary prescriptions are written for antibiotics to treat minor VIRAL infections each year.

3. It Squashes Competition From Alternative Medicine.

There are claims made by modern medicine that alternative therapies are not scientific. To some extent, it is true that the benefits of natural medicine sometimes elude scientific study. The methods used by practitioners of natural medicine may not all be medically proven, but they are effective in some instances.

Most of the risks associated with natural medicine are insignificant compared to those associated with conventional medicine. However, it is important that practitioners of natural medicine recognize when conventional medicine is more appropriate. When alternative medicine cannot appropriately address an injury or illness, it is necessary for the alternative medicine practitioner to refer patients onwards to conventional medicine.

Most people are aware of the overuse and perils of modern medicine, but they also know that it can sometimes treat illnesses very effectively. It's important to have a choice between modern medicine and natural medicine, because each has a place in the management of disease and the maintenance of health.

Why This Is Bad for the Patient

  • Business growth declines, limiting jobs in the alternative sector.
  • New inventions don't come into being.
  • Alternative solutions are not taken seriously.
  • Patients become obsessed with cures, rather than taking affordable, preventative measures to maintain their health.

4. Drugs All Have Side-Effects.

The use of pharmaceutical drugs in modern medicine comes with all sorts of unintended consequences. These drugs can cause many side-effects to emerge that can negatively affect one's health. In the U.S.A., pharmaceutical companies have too much control over medicine. Sometimes, doctors are encouraged to prescribe certain medications for the financial gain of these drug companies.

Why This Is Bad for the Patient

  • Sometimes, getting treated with pharmaceuticals leads to side-effects that cause more harm than good, causing the individual to spend even more money.
  • Lawsuits end up costing patients, companies, and hospitals billions every year, driving up costs for everyone else.
  • Overprescription of opioids has devastated entire communities around the globe.

The Most Significant Argument for Natural Medicine

Perhaps the most significant argument that natural medicine makes against the practices of modern medicine is its dependency on using drugs to treat patients' symptoms, while not effectively managing those symptoms long-term.

When it comes to the maintenance of health and the treatment of disease, perhaps the best approach is for modern medicine and natural medicine to work in tandem. They both have a lot to offer in different ways.


This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.


Obi Amaka on February 23, 2020:

So is it that herbal medicine is more potent than modern medicines

Kate McBride (author) from Donegal Ireland on April 18, 2014:

You're welcome

Dhruva on January 19, 2014:

Helped me in my project!! thank u :)

Kate McBride (author) from Donegal Ireland on November 17, 2013:

Thanks for your positive feedback DDE., I find your own hubs both interesting and practical and always like to see them in my inbox:-)


Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on October 27, 2013:

The Dangers of Modern Medicine a great idea for a hub, and yes one shouldn't trust every modern idea for a medicine. An informative, useful and a helpful hub

Kate McBride (author) from Donegal Ireland on October 09, 2012:

This is very true Dolores Monet and the cost should be based on the manufacture of the drug not the advertising.Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment :-)

Dolores Monet from East Coast, United States on October 09, 2012:

One of the main problems with drug companies being able to advertise is that it costs a lot of money to place ads. When we buy medicines, we are subsidizing the ads. Our insurance subsidizes the ads. The cost of medicines has risen dramatically over the years, one of the outcomes of advertizing.

Kate McBride (author) from Donegal Ireland on September 09, 2012:

Thank you for your positive feedback and for sharing the hub.I am glad you liked it:-)

Sandra Busby from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA on September 08, 2012:

Enjoyed your hub very much. Voted up and shared.

Kate McBride (author) from Donegal Ireland on September 08, 2012:

What you say is very true Perspycacious-the competition is in fact useful

Kate McBride (author) from Donegal Ireland on September 08, 2012:

Thanks for your feedback Lipnancy and you are right that natural medicines are so available.

Nancy Yager from Hamburg, New York on September 08, 2012:

I happen to agree with your views.There is so much natural medicines available. Sometimes even in our back yards.

Perspycacious on September 08, 2012:

I concur. The drug companies and some medical practitioners have focused enormous efforts on stifling useful competition, to the pont of attempting now to insist that vitamins and minerals, as well as other supplements, must prove efficacy by the same expensive process which is rightly applied to new drugs!

Kate McBride (author) from Donegal Ireland on September 08, 2012:

Thanks for such positive feedback Peter.Glad you liked the hub.

Peter Geekie from Sittingbourne on September 07, 2012:

Dear Kate,

A very useful and well researched article looking at the two aspects of healing. A good many people will find this both enlightening and interesting.

Kind regards Peter

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