Just to add: So I don't experience this strict dichotomy between alternative treatments and science.
If anything, it is moving closer together, as doctors are less inclined to prescribe addictive tranquilizers or stimulants for some of our most common
ailments like fatigue and insomnia.
I mean Dr. OZ is a medical doctor, and he recommends many alternative treatments, and health foods.
However, I think the OP made a brave point, and some people would follow anything "alternative" unconditionally simply because it is anti-pharma, and
that is also very dangerous.
I also find it unacceptable that some posters immediately accused him of working for "big pharma", simply because he has an opinion.
Usually mods will immediately jump in and say we should discuss the topic and not each other.
I'm surprised that such a personal line was allowed to be followed, which solicited his personal career information.
The OP actually gave an occupation, and that was used for further ridicule.
That dogmatism in the alternative camp is truly frightening.
One could similarly ask right back what career in alternative medicine the trolls who solicit such information follow, and the irony is that some of
the most insulting unconditional supporters of anything "alternative" did indicate that they made their living from that industry (although not all
So thanks for your courage OP, and allowing a general response for many well-meaning posters.
Nobody should be flamed for following a scientific methodology, although in some cases that methodology is simply too narrow and incomplete, and in
this case somewhat ignorant.
And yes, people should be careful of alternative medicines, and money is made in all quarters.
Essentially chemicals are chemicals, whether they are sold by big pharma or somebody else.
Every good healer will also know his or her limitations (and that can go both ways).
However, just to reject everything because it comes from "big pharma" is dogmatic.
It reminds me of the whole alternative music movement where your friends would turn on you for listening to anything "commercial" simply out of dogma,
as if their own over-priced music came for free.
People demanded a lot from modern medical science, but it could not always deliver miracles.
But there's always somebody willing to sell you a "miracle".
Sometimes miracles do happen - cancer can go into remission, for example.
But, when certain alternative healers kill all of their patients for two decades, and credit themselves with false scientific degrees and papers (and
medicines for those conditions have advanced and work), something is obviously wrong.
However, to fish all that out one would have to go into individual claims and healers.
Generally, my doctors are quite positive about complimentary medicines for therapeutic values, and they often even work in the same buildings
alongside alternative therapists.
I guess that's not good enough for purists from either camp, but it's good enough for me.
I think it's the future really.
edit on 17-1-2012 by halfoldman because: (no reason given)