Patient discussion about ethics
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Q. The cobbler's shoes are never fixed
A bit philosophical/ethical question: do you think it’s a appropriate to an alternative therapist to treat people with disease he or she has and can’t cure himself?
|A1||Even dietitian can suffer from depression and eat too much, or a gym coach that suffers from injury that prevents him or her from exercising. The knowledge and capabilities are not dependent on the specific situation of the therapist, not to mention the many explanations for such cases. |
However, I do agree it may seem a bit suspicious…
|A2||the question is- can someone else cure it? western medicine? if so you are obligated to send that man to the right therapist. if the answer is no- then you have to ask yourself if there is a better treatment for this man, something that can ease his pain better then what you can give him. if there is- do so. if not, just remember that the Hipocrates oath is starts with "first of all-do no harm".|
|A3||In my opinion – yes. First of all, many treatments are technically impossible to be performed by the therapist on his or her own body. Moreover, it’s a common notion in many alternative medicine disciplines that different people respond differently to the same treatments, so it’s not unacceptable that the healer would suffer from a disease he or she claims to cure in others.|
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