THE HAPPY DEMISE OF "ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE"
My heartfelt congratulations to you for holding the HELP Senate Hearings this week on the value of Integrative Medicine as we embark on the long overdue process of transforming American Medicine.
If you peruse my website you will note that I have been involved in this effort for over 30 years and am pleased to inform you that I personally know several individuals who provided testimony at your historic hearings this past week.
As for me, I believe that the false dichotomy between Mainstream vs. Integrative Medicine is now over. Going forward we will only have "good" medicine which meets much more rigorous standards of efficacy (does it work?), safety (does it harm?), and affordability.(can we pay for it?)
Most importantly, all medical research and medical practice in the US must be removed from the pathology of the excesses of the influence of powerful vested financial interests which in past decades has placed valuable Integrative Therapies at a distinct and grossly unfair disadvantage
Those days are now over in part to you and other courageous politicians who are helping Americans give voice to a new American Medicine.
Again my personal thanks for the hearings and your leadership.
Dr. Rick Lippin