Alternative Medicine an Alternative to Effective

3 08 2009

Salon has a great piece about the somewhat more than sketchy health articles on the Huffington Post.

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I get a lot of news from the Huffington Post.  It is even my homepage on my computer.  But I’ve also learned never to venture into the “Living” section – as it is full of almost nothing but metaphysical homeopathic bullshit.

While I admit that the drug companies have too much pull over health-care in this country, I also know that they are not ones to turn down a profit.  The drug companies are not engaged in a conspiracy in which they convince the American people that only their drugs work for any given illness.  If drinking wormwood tea made cancer go away they wouldn’t try to cover it up, they would try to sell it.

I often hear people say we just need to give homeopathy a chance – that we are too biased to traditional western medicine.  What they don’t understand is that we did give alternative treatments a chance.  We gave all treatments a chance, and those that worked became medicine and those that didn’t became “alternative medicine”. 

The scientific method applies the same to western medicine as it applies to gravity or to the nature of matter.  Just because you want Aloe Vera Gel to cure your arthritis doesn’t mean it will.  Either accept everything that the scientific method gives us or accept none of it.  If you pick and choose than you undermine it’s very usefulness as a system.

The government is spending an increasing amount of money by investigating the legitimacy of so-called alternative medicine.  And so far all they’ve found is that they are simply an alternative to effective.  And yet they through more money down the well. 

Like the family that was recently held responsible for the death of their child (for not taking her to the hospital in lieu of prayer) people put themselves and others at risk when they turn away from western medicine.

Our culture’s growing appetite for natural and organic foods cannot be allowed to spread to far.  Soon there will be a movement against penicillin and the very plastic that makes the syringes that carry it.

Our intellects enable us to create things from other things – it is why we’re on the top of the food chain, it is what makes us human.  Homeopathy is a move away from progress, from evolution.  It is a move to simpler times, with simple remedies, simple sickness, and simple death.

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3 08 2009
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4 08 2009
Al Van Abbema

Over and over again we hear the alternative medicine naysayers: ” those that worked became medicine and those that didn’t became “alternative medicine”. Americans consume the most prescription drugs and have the worst health.
If “medicine” works where are all the healthy people?

5 08 2009
Mitchell

Unfortunately there are very few ‘miracle cures’ – it usually takes more than a pill to get better. Depending on what is wrong with you that is. On the other hand, one needs only look at AIDS treatments in the united states vs. Africa to see that western medicine has a very real and measurable effect. There are diseases that kill people in other countries that have been eradicated in the US and Europe.
That’s not to say that the American lifestyle couldn’t use some improving as far as health goes, but just because we’re fat doesn’t mean drugs don’t work. If you want to see all the healthy people look at Europe. Or look at all of those in the US who should be dead but are not.

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