Is nutritional medicine conventional or complementary?
The original discoveries of the physiological functions of various trace elements and vitamins represent a very important part of the development of conventional medicine. However, it is interesting to note that many conventional physicians just assume that the average British diet is nutritionally adequate and other than in quite specific illnesses such as eating disorders or anaemia, will rarely investigate nutritional status. There are some types of nutritional medicine, generally described as orthomolecular medicine, in which very large doses of vitamins and minerals are used in order to treat illnesses varying from the common cold to cancer. A point made frequently within the context of complementary medicine is that of individuality. One of the underlying principles of nutritional medicine is that each person is unique and has unique nutritional requirements so that what might be an adequate nutritional intake for one person may be inappropriate for another.
- What are the main differences between complementary and alternative medicine and conventional medicine?
- Is using supplements considered conventional medicine or complementary and alternative medicine (CAM)?
- Why fund complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) research instead of conventional medicine?