Western medicine: A system in which medical doctors and other healthcare professionals (such as nurses, pharmacists, and therapists) treat symptoms and diseases using drugs, radiation, or surgery. Also called allopathic medicine, biomedicine, conventional medicine, mainstream medicine, and orthodox medicine.
In the last 150 years, modern medicine has made greats leaps forward in diagnosing and treating diseases, maladies, and injuries. Breakthroughs include germ theory, infectious diseases, x-rays, chemotherapy, sulfonamide drugs, antibiotics, antibacterial vaccines, insulin, cortisone, vitamins, anesthesia, heart surgery, organ transplant, drug production, ultrasound, MRI, and CT scanning. It has been truly remarkable that such fantastic improvements have dramatically increased the life expectancy of humans around the globe.
However, western medicine primarily focuses on the treatment of diseases while relegating prevention as a secondary goal. The problem with modern medicine in American and Europe is that it became monetized by insurance companies, hospital chains, and the pharmaceutical industry which place profit for shareholders over the well being of the patients.
We who are fortunate to live with western medicine have the chose if one can afford it to utilize the latest diagnostic medical instruments like portable glucose, cholesterol, and blood pressure monitors or next-generation computer-aided diagnosis system like IBM Watson Health.
Whole Earth Tools recommends using all tools available to prevent, diagnose, and treat all diseases and injuries but believes self-responsibility and prevention for one's health come first.