My five stages of grief over alternative therapies

I have been experiencing the five stages of grief since I started medical school.

Healing crystal

Not because I have repeatedly failed medical exams — but thanks for asking. Instead, my constant grief has been ‘alternative medicine’.


I don’t remember anyone mentioning crystal therapies, alternate ways of interpreting thyroid studies, or techniques for balancing anyone’s faecal chakras, at any time during my medical school years.

“Surely, no one could believe such things,” would have been my catchcry.