For my inquiry this cycle, as many of you may already know, I am looking into alternative medicine and whether or not it should be considered as a valid substitute for conventional, traditional medicine. This topic is extremely interesting to me as I am very curious about health sciences and different branches of medicine, so I hope to gain more information about the various areas of both. Also, I know that alternative medicine nowadays is more "accepted", however it still holds many controversies and my goal is to be able to label all of them and explain their history, their benefits, and possibly even their negative-side effects. I want to be able to compare both practices of medicine, so this will require extensive research on both and I will end my cycle by comparing both and finally answering my inquiry, "should alternative medicine be considered as a valid substitute to practical medicine"? To achieve all of this, I have split the main ideas into four research rounds:
1. Homeopathic medicine
This will be an introduction of the topic, since I am not yet entirely familiar with it. I will explain its history, how it was "invented", what it is, what and who it treats, how it treats, examples and uses of various treatments, and label many of its different controversies.
2. Conventional Medicine
This research round will also be an introduction of what is conventional medicine. Although we all may be familiar with it, I want to clearly state the development of its history and the recent advances that have been made in the last decade as well as the pertinent advancements made in the last century. Treatment methods and examples will also be outlined, and I want to try to find controversies in order to compare the two in the future research round.
3. Comparing both methods
In this round, I will tie in all of the information I have learned about both practices of medicine and compare/contrast. I will weigh out the advantages and disadvantages of each, draw in a couple of examples that I had researched, and conclude with a structured, developed answer. If there is enough time I will have another research round that reviews all of the topics covered and draw a valid conclusion using what I have learned throughout the cycle.
To get started, I found 5 sources that will help me initiate the research:
Thank you so much for reading, and any feedback is greatly appreciated! See you next week!