I read your article on pseudomembranous colitis
(PMC) and bacterial vaginosis. If your journal is titled The
Pulse of Oriental Medicine, why is the medical information listed
almost exclusively western? Oriental Medicine is mentioned as an
aside. You might think of retitling, or reprioritizing, to bring
your title into synch with your information.
Thanks for your feedback- a good point.
Our Name, and Our Purpose
But, I think you're generalizing from too small an amount of
info. The site's name is the Pulse of Oriental Medicine, but our
goal is to inform people about how best to treat their health
conditions, and Oriental Medicine (OM) is not always the best
For more info on the purposes of the Pulse of Oriental Medicine,
and the information it publishes, read this
page, particularly the answer to question #5.
Western Diseases, Western Information
Much of the information out there on Pseudomembranous Colitis
(PMC) is western, and I found it to be very interesting. When
I am asked a question about a western disease, I have to answer
it in both western medicine (WM) terms and OM terms. There are
many websites that only have WM info and, to the detriment of
the patient, do not acknowledge OM. The Pulse of Oriental Medicine
includes both to give patients greater understanding and more
No Medicine Is An Island (Integrative Medicine is Good)
I think that Pulse's inclusion of and devotion to integrative
medicine is actually ideal, and commendable, though it may surprise
new readers. Perhaps some have a black and white - us and them
- view of western medicine. I used to think that way, until I
saw some of the shortcomings of OM, and some of the strengths
From my perspective, it's all medicine- and the goal of medicine
is not to create an orthodoxy or an intellectual fortress in which
to hide, but to improve the lives of patients. Each medical system
has a unique and useful perspective on health and healing. Practically
and clinically speaking, the more diagnostic and treatment frameworks
we have as tools, the more patients we can help.
Integrative medicine is responsible and wise. Medical systems
keeping to themselves is not.
Giving Out a Responsible Kind of Information
The Oriental Medicine information was not "mentioned as
an aside." I explained the basics of the related CM disease,
Li Ji, and gave the pattern differentiation with the herbal formulas.
If that seemed skimpy, it may be because you expected more info
about what herbs to prescribe yourself. CM diagnosis and herbal
prescription is too complex for the patient to practice. It requires
4 years of basic education, a particular commitment to herbal
medicine, and plenty of continuing education.
I'll never forget my brilliant teacher Nancy Nicholson explaining
the concept of Dangerous Knowledge. Not everyone should
know everything. For example, we don't really want everyone to
know how to assemble a nuclear device, or even explosives from
household items. Perhaps no one is responsible enough to handle
the former, and young children might impulsively misuse the latter.
Albert Einstein never expected his theories to be used to create
weapons, and after things went that way, he spent the rest of
his life fighting them.
Patients giving themselves herbs (without sufficient medical
education) can be dangerous, and giving them information that
might help them do that could be considered irresponsible. I've
had a few (very few) readers get mad that I don't tell them which
herbs to use. But so what? Why should I let someone bully me into
giving them information that might hurt them?
The Doctor Who Treats Himself
Even well trained practitioners shouldn't treat themselves. The
saying goes, "The doctor who treats himself has a fool for
a patient." How much more, the amateur?
For more information about herbal self-medication, see our articles:
- "The Dangers of Herbal Self-Medication"
- "Ephedra Dangers Taught in
Traditional Herbal Training" (Press Release)
- "Non-Ephedra Fat Burners
Still Pose Health Risk" (Press Release)
Thanks for your feedback. I do hope you find something positive
and helpful on our site.
All the best!