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Doctors Have a Moral Responsibility to Discuss Alternatives to Conventional Medicine

A growing number of scientific studies underscore the need for more training in and, by extension, dialogue about alternatives to conventional medicine, for a few reasons:

First, education and information about such alternatives will empower doctors to guide their patients through the maze of therapies available — distinguishing between therapies that are helpful and harmful, as well as ensuring that there is no contraindication between conventional and alternative therapies that a patient is using.

Second, this knowledge will provide doctors with the skills to help patients optimize treatment of the symptoms associated with chronic illness. As underscored by Andrew Weil, M.D.…

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