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originally posted by: Astyanax
In a post on his science blog, Aardvarcheology, the Swedish intellectual Martin Rundqvist explains, using the theory of natural selection, why alternative therapies have zero or near-zero therapeutic effect.
His thesis is very simple. He points out that alternative therapies that are shown to be effective will quickly be co-opted by the real medical profession, at which point alternative therapists are forced to stop using it because their professional credibility, such as it is, depends on their separation from the mainstream. No. The current situation is that we are in a system of various business cartels. It has nothing to with real medicine or science. It is not about the general health or what really works in the long run. Hey, did you know that you can put vinegar on a mole and it falls off in two weeks without leaving a scar of any type after about a month? No? Why not? Meanwhile, alternative therapies that harm patients will (perhaps not as quickly) come to be identified as dangerous and will be abandoned.
That leaves only ineffective remedies — those that have no effect on the sufferer one way or the other.
However, as others have pointed out, the selection pressure against dangerous quack remedies is not really so high, which means that many dangerous alternative therapies survive what Darwin called 'the winnow of Nature' to remain within the naturopathic pharmacopoeia.
Please note that this doesn't prove alternative medicine is bunk. We know that already. But it explains why it is bunk, which is interesting.edit on 30-11-2014 by OrphanApology because: (no reason given)
"The chief cause of so-called quackery outside the medical profession is the real quackery in the profession." ~ James A. Smith, M.D.
"Most of the everyday practices of modern medicine are unproven if we go by the government's own standards. In 1978, the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA), an arm of the United States Congress, issued a major research report that concluded "only 10 to 20 percent of all procedures currently used in medical practices have been shown to be efficacious by controlled trial." In other words, 80 to 90 percent of what doctors do to you is scientifically unproven guesswork. By this government-supported definition, most of modern medicine is quackery."---Richard Walters
"Over 100,000 people are killed each year by prescription medications and another 2.1 million are injured. More people die each year at the hands of prescription medications than suicide, firearms, homicide, illicit drugs, or alternative medicine. Conventional medicine has no right to point the finger and call anyone else a quack!"
"Quacks, just plain quacks, whether we are willing to admit it or not, for are we not doing the very things for which we condemn those who we are pleased to call by this opprobrious name?" W.H. Hay, M.D.
I will expose the real quacks: the doctors, the hospitals, and the pills that kill 225,000 trusting souls every year. That’s like killing the entire population of Caldwell County (38,442) about SIX times. I got the stats, I can back up my claims.
This is the point at which medicine crosses over the line of anything scientific and becomes a dangerous form of dogma known as "scientism." Modern medicine is not a scientific debate, folks. It's a system of control. Doctors, judges and courtrooms are simply tools of oppression to manipulate, poison and exploit a diseased population, all while isolating them from the natural cures that really work.
Nearly everything that conventional medicine is telling us is unsubstantiated claims AKA fraud.
Percent of persons using three or more prescription drugs in the past 30 days: 21.7% (2007-2010)
Percent of persons using five or more prescription drugs in the past 30 days: 10.6% (2007-2010)