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Popular Alternative Medical Therapies #10: Biofeedback

The concept of biofeedback rests on the central principle of the ability to change a physiological parameter that can be measured (as shown in this video). With the application of this technique, patients could potentially modulate the pathophysiology of conditions such as hypertension, brain wave abnormalities, and various others.     Most people know about medicine as viewed through the lens of biomedicine, drug therapies, evidence-based treatments, and the like. However, there is a whole another area of study that addresses ailments with a quite different approach. We have all likely heard of it as alternative medicine.   There are many reasons to take an interest in this field. However, for us prospective as well as current clinicians, this field holds particular value as a future prospective approach that could likely be incorporated into common practice. Despite of our most cutting edge tools in today’s day and age, we are nowhere close to curing the wide variety of diseases in existence. This is where alternative medical therapies offer a different look at problems and open up a new playing field to develop a holistic approach that can benefit patients.   So, in an effort to make us all more informed, I will be going over some of the most common as well as interesting alternative medical approaches. Hopefully we can all learn something new and intriguing!   10. Biofeedback...

Issues Medical Students Should Be Aware Of #5: Physician Suicide

Medicine is one of the toughest professions in existence. Sure, it is a rewarding field in which a rare few have the opportunity to help others in need with an advanced set of skills and the right intentions. However, anyone who has passed through the trials and tribulations of medical school, residency, and fellowship will vouch for the fact that the medical field pushes one to his or her limits of sanity. In some unfortunate circumstances, when those limits break, both young and old physicians commit suicide.     If you are a medical student who has gone through clinical rotations, you might likely have had this experience (especially on the surgical floors). If you are just starting medical school, it’s something to look forward to!   With this pleasant perspective in mind, I want to actually talk about some of the key issues that you can (and likely should) be aware of as a prospective or current medical student. Beyond the technical medical knowledge, I want to vouch for the crucial importance of being aware of controversial topics that come up repeatedly and consistently in the medical field. As someone who will be holding the mantle as the future of medicine, medical students should be cognizant of current controversies that are garnering attention, forcing us future physicians to take a stand as the appointed leaders.   Over the course...

Popular Alternative Medical Therapies #9: Massage

Who doesn’t love a great massage at the end of a long and tiring day? As relaxing as it is, the health benefits of the practice may also be quite significant. As stated by the speaker in this video, massage has been shown to decrease the level of stress hormones, vary in its effectiveness based on frequency, and much more.     Most people know about medicine as viewed through the lens of biomedicine, drug therapies, evidence-based treatments, and the like. However, there is a whole another area of study that addresses ailments with a quite different approach. We have all likely heard of it as alternative medicine.   There are many reasons to take an interest in this field. However, for us prospective as well as current clinicians, this field holds particular value as a future prospective approach that could likely be incorporated into common practice. Despite of our most cutting edge tools in today’s day and age, we are nowhere close to curing the wide variety of diseases in existence. This is where alternative medical therapies offer a different look at problems and open up a new playing field to develop a holistic approach that can benefit patients.   So, in an effort to make us all more informed, I will be going over some of the most common as well as interesting alternative medical approaches. Hopefully...

Issues Medical Students Should Be Aware Of #4: The Healthcare Crisis

As someone going into the medical field, I have been bombarded with questions, quotes, observations, and encounters regarding the “healthcare crisis.” Whether you look at it from the standpoint of increasing costs, an expanding elderly population, or a disconnect between patient care and medicine, everyone from legislators to physicians are grappling with the eventual reality that healthcare systems will encounter challenges that will push their limits.     If you are a medical student who has gone through clinical rotations, you might likely have had this experience (especially on the surgical floors). If you are just starting medical school, it’s something to look forward to!   With this pleasant perspective in mind, I want to actually talk about some of the key issues that you can (and likely should) be aware of as a prospective or current medical student. Beyond the technical medical knowledge, I want to vouch for the crucial importance of being aware of controversial topics that come up repeatedly and consistently in the medical field. As someone who will be holding the mantle as the future of medicine, medical students should be cognizant of current controversies that are garnering attention, forcing us future physicians to take a stand as the appointed leaders.   Over the course of the next several articles, I will be presenting unique perspectives delivered by experts on intriguing medical issues. And to...

Popular Alternative Medical Therapies #8: Reiki

Reiki is a form of energy work that is practiced by specialized practitioners around the world. Focusing on the comfort of the person and maximizing the flow of energy, reiki is utilized to improve overall well being.     Most people know about medicine as viewed through the lens of biomedicine, drug therapies, evidence-based treatments, and the like. However, there is a whole another area of study that addresses ailments with a quite different approach. We have all likely heard of it as alternative medicine.   There are many reasons to take an interest in this field. However, for us prospective as well as current clinicians, this field holds particular value as a future prospective approach that could likely be incorporated into common practice. Despite of our most cutting edge tools in today’s day and age, we are nowhere close to curing the wide variety of diseases in existence. This is where alternative medical therapies offer a different look at problems and open up a new playing field to develop a holistic approach that can benefit patients.   So, in an effort to make us all more informed, I will be going over some of the most common as well as interesting alternative medical approaches. Hopefully we can all learn something new and intriguing!   8. Reiki Video: Source   Featured Image:...

The Best Interview Question That Could Be Your Worst Nightmare

“So why do you want to become a doctor?” Yikes. As a prospective medical student sitting across the table from an interviewer, even though you have known for years that you will inevitably have to answer this question one day, you still can’t avoid the doubt and fear rising within you as you are about to embark on this path. “Why do I really want to do this for the rest of my life and how exactly can I explain it to everyone? What does medicine hold that so strongly pulls me towards it?”   Whether you are trying to find an answer to your questions or just attempting to find the perfect opening statement that will set you on a track to selection at a medical school, here are some aspects of the medical profession that you ought not to miss as a young aspiring physician:   1. Top of the pyramidal food chain I could state this in the most sugarcoated way, but the fact of the matter is that as a physician, you are at the top of the hierarchy. While this may sound enticing on its face, keep in mind that it attracts just as much responsibility. Your patients as well as the entire staff depend on your ability to make the final life and death decisions whenever necessary. You are the whole and soul...

Issues Medical Students Should Be Aware Of #3: Death

Though it is a topic that no one wants to address, death is an inevitable part of life, and it will affect all of us at one point or another. As hard as it is to face in our personal lives, we will also need to come face to face with death in our professional lives as we prepare for a life in the medical field.   If you are a medical student who has gone through clinical rotations, you might likely have had this experience (especially on the surgical floors). If you are just starting medical school, it’s something to look forward to!   With this pleasant perspective in mind, I want to actually talk about some of the key issues that you can (and likely should) be aware of as a prospective or current medical student. Beyond the technical medical knowledge, I want to vouch for the crucial importance of being aware of controversial topics that come up repeatedly and consistently in the medical field. As someone who will be holding the mantle as the future of medicine, medical students should be cognizant of current controversies that are garnering attention, forcing us future physicians to take a stand as the appointed leaders.   Over the course of the next several articles, I will be presenting unique perspectives delivered by experts on intriguing medical issues. And to make...