Western medicine is ‘not the best medicine’ but ‘good medicine’

Western medicine has long been an area of focus for the US government and is often touted as the future of medicine, but in fact it is less likely to be the best one, according to a new study. 

The study, by University of Texas Medical Branch, looked at how medicine changed between 1785 and 2000 and examined how different medicine approaches were used by different populations, including the indigenous population, the poor, and African Americans. 

In the 1700s, a medical practitioner called James Mathers coined the term “Western medicine” to describe what he saw as the “spiritual medicine” that he believed had saved the lives of people who were sick. 

It was an important concept at the time and in many ways still is, according Dr. Andrew J. Smith, a professor of medicine at UTMB. 

“Mathers was a visionary.

He believed that Western medicine was the best, most effective medicine,” Smith told The Verge.

“He was one of the pioneers of the field.” 

In a paper published this month in the journal Nature Medicine, Smith and his colleagues examined the effects of various Western medicine practices on the health of indigenous communities, and what they found is that Western medical practices are not as effective as they once were. 

While the study focused on indigenous populations, other studies have shown that many indigenous communities still practice Western medicine, and in some cases, are much worse off than other groups. 

What Smith and the UTMB researchers found was that the prevalence of Western medicine in the United States has increased over the last 150 years, while the number of Native American adults using it has decreased by more than 50 percent. 

Smith says that while the overall prevalence of Native Americans using Western medicine may be higher today than in the 1800s, the number is actually still a bit lower than it was in the 1900s. 

This is partly due to a decline in Indigenous medicine, which has historically been considered the most effective form of medicine for treating health problems. 

“[Western medicine] is not the best or the only one.

But it is the best we have today,” Smith said. 

Many people in the US still view indigenous medicine as the best. 

Dr. David Burdick, a pediatrician and professor of pediatrics at the University of Minnesota Medical School, told The Guardian that many Native American parents have taken on a more traditional approach to medicine, saying that Western medicines were “not the most important thing for their child,” but that they were “the best” alternative. 

One of the ways that the US can help prevent this from happening, Burdicks said, is to provide more funding to Native American health care providers. 

As for why indigenous communities have not seen a decline, Smith says it’s likely because they continue to practice Western medical approaches. 

He told The Washington Post, “I think the cultural issues are probably one of them.” 

But while there may be some progress in the healthcare system, there’s still a long way to go, he said.

“I think we’re just scratching the surface.

There’s a lot more to do,” Smith noted. 

When the UT MB researchers looked at the effect of different medicine practices, they found that Indigenous medicine has had a “large and persistent impact” on the lives and health of Native people. 

They also found that Native American communities have seen a decrease in health insurance coverage and the quality of care. 

However, Smith notes that many people continue to use traditional medicine because it’s an important part of their identity. 

A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that in 2016, 1.6 million American Indians died from an underlying cause, with 1 in 5 of them dying due to an underlying condition such as a heart attack or stroke. 

Additionally, according the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Native Americans were one of 12% of the US population aged 18 to 64.

Smith says the fact that Native Americans have a “significant health problem” doesn’t mean they are not capable of being healthy.

“They’re still able to go to a doctor and get checked out,” he said, “and the doctor will treat them.

They still have access to care, and they’re not going to have a chronic illness.” 

While there is a lack of evidence to back up the claim that Western Medicine is the “best” medicine for Native Americans, Smith said it’s important to recognize that there is still hope. 

According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, the average life expectancy of Native adults is 79.5 years, with an average annual income of $43,000.