I speak at many health and wellness conferences about using food and herbs as medicine and natural healing modalities.
For the past two decades the audiences that come to hear this message are consistently filled with holistic-minded people seeking alternatives to prescription medication and surgery.
But, a BIG shift is happening.
Over the past few years I’ve noticed more and more nurse practitioners and conventional doctors attending those “alternative health” lectures. And, in 2018 I was invited to be the keynote speaker for a progressive hospital’s yearly conference, where the audience was filled with nurse practitioners and conventional doctors.
It seems more modern practitioners, and hospitals, are slowly shifting toward incorporating alternative and holistic treatments.
Why do you think this shift to natural healthcare is happening right now?
Well, could it be because that’s where the “out of pocket” money is going? An NBC news article stated that Americans are spending over 30 billion dollars a year on alternative medicine that is NOT covered by health insurance.
It seems that people are paying big bucks for alternative health treatments because they believe in their efficacy, even though many of those holistic therapies are not scientifically or medically proven. 
At the medical conference where I spoke, the organizers referenced that 40% of the population is currently seeking alternative treatments for what’s ailing them. And, that number is growing every year.
It’s clear that people are moving away from our current medical model of diagnosis without getting to the root cause of illness, and they are moving toward ancient remedies like Ayurvedic medicine and TCM that include diet, herbs, exercise, lifestyle improvements, and prevention of disease.
A few of the nurse practitioners at the conference confided in me that they want to get out of the hospital environment. They are on the front lines and they see what’s happening to patients: medication after medication after medication, followed by costly surgeries that could have been avoided.
Modern medicine is amazing at working with trauma and putting people back together again. But, when it comes to “healing the body” they have to make substantial changes in the way they are treating people otherwise they are going to be left behind.
The shift is happening now.
Somehow we have to find a way to marry these two modalities and take the best from each: modern technology and ancient healing practices. I believe this union will be the healthcare of the future.
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Andrea Beaman is an internationally renowned Holistic Health Coach, Natural Foods Chef, Speaker and Herbalist. Named one of the top 100 Most Influential Health and Fitness Experts, she is also a recipient of the Natural Gourmet Institute’s Award for Excellence in Health-Supportive Education and a Health Leadership award from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Since 1999, Andrea has been teaching people how to harness the body’s own preventative and healing powers using food, herbal remedies and alternative medicine.