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Doctors only treat symptoms, not the underlying cause

This claim is utterly ridiculous

If you go to your GP and say you have pain in your arm, they will ask you questions about the type of pain, when it started, and so on They may refer you to get blood tests, X-Rays, or other tests They don't just give you a bandaid and some pain killers, they try to understand what is happening, why, and try to fix that The same thing goes for any other complaint you may have when you go to see a doctor

By comparison, how often do alternative practitioners claim that their product will cure all manner of illnesses? Be it homeopathy, acupuncture, dietary advice, vitamin supplements, and so on most alternative practitioners will claim that their product will cure just about anything that may be wrong Using a one size fits all approach isn't even treating symptoms and ignoring the underlying cause, it's just simple faulty thinking

In all likelihood the only reason anyone believes this claim is true is because they also believe that just about every disease and disorder is caused by a single problem If you go to a chiropractor then you will hear that every ailment is because of your spine If you go to an acupuncturist then you will hear that every ailment is because of bad qi If you talk to an anti-vaxer then every ailment is due to vaccines If you talk to an anti-GMOer then every ailment is due to GMOs in our diet The list goes on

So of course, if someone were to believe that mischievous pixies cause all their problems, they won't believe any problem is truly fixed until something is done about those darn pixies However since the beliefs of alternatives practitioners make as much sense as prankster pixies, they are going to continue being ignored by mainstream medicine

Conclusion: Complete Nonsense

Your GP will do their best to find the underlying cause of any conditions. Any specialists you see will do their best to find the underlying cause of any conditions. And when we don't yet know the underlying causes of various conditions, medical researchers are continually trying to find what makes them tick. There is no way in which this claim is true.

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