DO vs MD
All American physicians are either DOs (doctors of osteopathy) or MDs (medical doctors). Their schooling is identical in duration and very similar in content. The principal difference being that in addition to the standard training in pathology, pharmacology, anatomy etc., DOs are trained in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM). DOs and MDs compete as equals for internship and residency training positions in all specialties. This is similar to American dentists, who can be DDSs or DMDs; in both medicine and dentistry, there is no legal distinction between the paired credentials.
Alternative vs Conventional
The term ‘modern medicine’ represents an attempt to create distance between current high-tech practices and a history marred by interventions that did more harm than good. After centuries of blood letting, mercury administration, leeches and the like, it isn’t hard to see why the medical industry might want to make such a distinction. We believe wholeheartedly in modern conventional medical science as it is applied to many chronic and almost all acute disease states. But in some ways the pendulum has now swung too far in the other direction. Despite incredible advancements in technology, millions of Americans continue to fall through the cracks of the prevailing medical paradigm. Big pharma has given us many valuable tools, but in their search for a quick fix, especially one which requires perpetual treatment, they have helped create a culture of chronic disease. It’s become routine for patients to be labelled with diagnoses like chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia and irritable bowel syndrome, that imply neither a cause nor a cure. We believe that these and many other disease states represent common end points of complicated processes involving (but not limited to) nutritional deficiencies, chronic infections and overloaded detoxification pathways. If these underlying causes can be addressed, even longstanding symptoms often resolve. It may sound trite and it isn’t always easy, but we always look to address the underlying cause rather than just manage the symptoms.