Adverse Drug Reaction (ADR) and unnecessary antibiotic prescriptions by doctors are just two out of the many complaints that certain groups have against conventional medicine. Its hard enough for doctors to go into regular surgery without fear of a lawsuit incase things go sideways.
Yes, pharmaceuticals aren’t exactly gold standard when it comes to pushing their products via medical representatives, but that in no way should undermine the achievements of modern medicine.
From the first small pox vaccine to present-day insulin shots, there is a lot to be glad about. But for the many who still think negatively about conventional medications, a perspective change would help them greatly.
Food related health problems are at the forefront of healthcare needs. Obesity, hypertension and allergies are but few of them. Now, it would be easy to point the finger at food and then say that people should stop eating and the problem would be solved! See how absurd it all sounds.
In much the same way, medicines with their efficacy will always have some side-effects. Such is Nature, and the tools that it provides. It is easy to count side-effects but all futile if you are not interested in weighing it against the benefits.
Take your everyday insulin shots for a diabetic. The medicine no doubt has side-effects. But have you ever wondered how it would be for the person in the absence of insulin? Countertop medications often come with the complaint that they cause rashes, but that is in all honesty, a small price to pay for the greater good.
In summary, medicine today has to go through a lot of checks before it is deemed safe for public. There are numerous research papers, peer reviews both before and after the release of any broad-spectrum medication; something which cannot be said of alternate therapies.