Hmm, well I definitely didn't read the whole thread, but did read the OP.
I blend the holistic and traditional approach, and find that people are following blindly on both sides (usually the case). The truth though is that the majority of blind following (at least here in the US) is of traditional medicine. Average consumers accept prescription drugs like candy, with never a question of A) what's in it or B) why are we not treating the cause of my symptoms. Even outside of a doctor's office, the vast majority of people neglect to read ingredients on anything and everything they ingest or use on their skin (a organ and absorbs chemicals straight into the blood stream).
I do not use aluminum deodorant, or purchase personal care products that contain neuro-toxins, endocrine disrupting chemicals or carcinogens. Yes, these chemicals are still flying under the radar in the US (some of which have been removed from production in Europe and elsewhere). How, you ask? Do you read ingredient labels, or make a practice of knowing what those million character words mean? If not, you are partially responsible. Where do you think Cancer comes from (lol, of course we only talk about the cure, not the cause)? Hormone issues are rampant these days in both genders, and infertility is on the rise. I get wanting to trust what you know, but how can we see this happening and not decide to investigate and make change?
I have a very firm belief (that has yet to be proven wrong by anything I've seen in my life thus far), that messing with or altering God's design (thinking we can make it better) in this world ends only in death and disease.
To the topic of doctors: my main beef there is that my traditional physician looks at me, asks my symptoms, and then treats those symptoms with drugs. While this is sometimes necessary, I would hope more focus on the cause would be had. My alternative medical physician (by contrast) samples blood, saliva (which shows hormone and nutrient levels, among other things) and hair for analysis, identifies imbalances and we go from there. We use that technology for forensics, why do traditional practitioners not use it for health!?!? After analysis, she treats first at the nutritional level, then supplement, holistic treatment and then a drug if necessary. Drugs should be last case scenario. I have solved a myriad of health issues going this route, without drugs.
I don't mean to rant, this is just a pet topic of mine.