A career-oriented health enthusiast investigates
So, what are biocompatible dental treatments and, more importantly, why should you care?
To start, I have to say welcome to my fellow readers. This blog is where I often come to read and dream about the world of career opportunities in South Africa and around the world. I prefer warm climates to cold, but will always go where my career takes me.
I work in medical aesthetics and I’m always on the lookout for extensions to my already engaging and profitable field. I’ve done such research recently into biocompatible dental treatments, and thought I’d like to share. If you’re like me, I think you’ll find something of interest here. My style of writing tends to meander somewhat (my apologies in advance!)
It works and it’s true
There’s a name for “alternative medicine” that works; it’s called “medicine”.
Have you heard that expression before? I did not coin it, but I also don’t know whom to credit for it. It’s caught on with some people because of what I perceive as its ethos. The spirit of the saying expresses confidence in science-based medicine. Science is a methodology for testing hypotheses dispassionately in order to throw out ideas that don’t work, or are not reflective of reality. In the words of a female scientist quoting Evolutionary Biologist Richard Dawkins: “Science works, bitches.”
Indeed, science does work. It has brought us the modern world in record time. More specifically, research and innovation in medical fields has brought us longer lives and improved quality of living.
I mention all this not to dismiss or belittle alternative treatments, but to trumpet those that have taken hold. Alternative medicine that’s been adopted as standard and good has done so for a reason. Any example of anything in the “alternative” category becoming “normal” represents a meaningful shift of the medical paradigm and that shift, paradoxically, is based on the pragmatism of science.
Paradigm shift in medicine
The spirit of the alternative medicine movement is legitimate. When you peel away the mistrust of medical institutions and governments, the core of the movement is pragmatism and a search for truth (just like science). Most meaningful is the focus on what’s natural. Our bodies, it’s been said, are part of nature. Thus, they need to be treated in a natural way.
Treatments labeled “holistic” developed parallel to this philosophy taking hold.
Holistic is a term referring to the fact that the treatment, or service, addresses the “whole” person and not just one part of them. This fits perfectly with the idea of nature being central because most alternative or natural medicines affect many different parts of the human body. Nature’s medicines contain such a variety of chemicals that one must expect many different positive effects.
Tying it all in
Have you ever heard of a holistic dentist? They’re integrative like this. I go to one. Mine will offers treatment that ameliorates many different parts of my life. She doesn’t just focus on my teeth and gums.
The term biocompatible dental treatments is the term used to communicate that the service on offer at this professional place values the use of medicine that is most compatible with nature’s design. All services provided by holistic dentist follow suit, and have the added benefit of treating the whole person; body and mind.
That’s where my research led me. I found out all that stuff about the history of modern medicine and its merger with its distant past. The synthesis of holistic services in many fields is a sign that science is still strong and I recommend any field of medicine, whether focussed on aesthetics, teeth, psychology, wellness or the body.
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