19th November 2014
Guest Writer for Wake Up World
You might think there are only two types of medicines – conventional medicines and alternative medicines. There are many different ways to view medicines and their effects, and when we take different viewpoints, we can learn more. The differences between conventional and alternative medicines is a very weak distinction, so weak that it is not recognized by the US FDA – the official body for the approval of medicines.
How should we view different classes of medicines? In this article, we view different medicines according to their effects on healthiness. Some medicines have a positive effect on healthiness, some have a very negative effect on healthiness, and many are in-between.
In the diagram below, ‘medicine’ types are arranged from the least healthy on the left, to the healthiest on the right. In each case there is some overlap – sometimes this overlap can be very wide.