Medicine as a profession is certainly overrated (and overpaid). If for nothing else but the fact that American physicians have their bachelors in whatever (my doctor has BS in American history) and two years of Medical school. So, when I’m paying his (overblown) bill I know it must be his American history expertise.
However, we all know, two years of education is not enough to become an expert in ANY field and that title ‘doctor’ is very misleading. It should be used only socially, not as an educational status. But that is widely ignored.
However, in my experience, it is not that all doctors are bad and chiropractics and ‘alternatives’ are ‘good guys’. I heard so many horror stories about later as well; more or less everyone is chasing money in one form or the other. Personally, I have about $500 of supplements in my kitchen cabinet and I can say with certainty, ¾ of them are (highly recommended) snake oils.
However, I really don’t blame any of them for anything. The real culprit is our culture and in my personal case, lack of responsibility toward myself. Erich Fromm described it well—most of us have mentality of three year old who has to have whatever he wants, NOW. And just if you look that original (against fasting) article—Psychology of fasting is consistent with self-denial. …It is rooted in a negative self-concept. Fasters (ascetics) don’t feel worthy of good things, things that give NORMAL people pleasure, etc.
Intuitive reaction to those words is to drive to McDonald and to confirm (with a double order) that you are NORMAL, a psychologically healthy person, who loves yourself and who believes deserve good things. This is how our culture works, this is how brain washed and scared and pathetic we are. This is why we can’t say to our closest friends that we are fasting. Not only that we lost skills such as discipline, deprivation, austerity, patience but we are ashamed of them.
So… that was my two cents.