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The dominant system of medicine in the more industrially-developed countries - what Green Health Watch Magazine calls 'orthodox medicine' and contrasts with 'complementary medicine' (complementary medicine) - focuses on patching up and curing specific ailments rather than healing the whole body and mind.

It is the world of ever more clever technological fixes and after-the-event medicines. Its progress is increasingly driven more by the pharmaceutical industry's quest for profit than the common good.

Sample articles

Surgery may spread not cut out cancer

Ionisers wipe out deadly hospital infections

Best treatment often no treatment at all

Antibiotics for food poisoning may do more harm than good

click here to read articles about complementary medicine

click here to read articles about dirty medicine

The burns and the bees - honey a powerful healer

Why statins are such a bad idea

Diet almost as effective as statins

Let them sweat! - fever protects against asthma and eczema

Medicinal drugs fourth largest killer in Canada

Drugs like aspirin kill 2,000 Britains a year

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) delay bone mending

UK hospitals most dangerous in Europe

US doctors third leading cause of death

Healing sleep not NHS priority

Heart attack recovery more likely in sunny hospital wards

Cancer drug trials

Short term drug tests inadequate

Scientific corruption widespread

Drugs ends up in water supply

Lung damage drugs database

Darwinian medicine