3 Responses to “What we shouldn’t learn from alternative medicine”

  1. Gary April 4, 2013 at 12:11 pm #

    Perhaps the attraction to alternative medicine reflects a lack of confidence in the truthfullness of claims that the efficacy of “normal” medicine is science-based?

    When the public hear that pharmaceuticals don’t publish trials that suggest ineffectiveness, repeat trials until a statistically significant result occurs, etc it’s not surprising that seeking medical help becomes an act of faith not reason.

    This, coupled with doctors becoming business(wo)men in a privatised health service compromising their judgement (prescription based on efficacy or cost or profitability?) and the common condescension of many medical practitioners – “you’re a patient so clearly you’re a moron, how dare you question your health-priest” results in a “they’re all the same” attitude in patients.

    And that’s not including the jargon – when you’re feeling ill the lasting thing you want to be told is that you are “presenting” something as if your symptoms are a fantasy or outright lie. How much better does it feel when that nice aromatherapist treats you like a human being?

    The worst sympton of any illness is fear, particularly the fear instilled by ignorance of what is happening. “Trust me, I’m a Doctor”, is not enough. If practitioners fail to assuage this fear through careful explanation so that the patient feels that their treatment is something they are involved in rather than subjected to, patients will continue to turn to the quacks.

  2. Gary April 4, 2013 at 12:14 pm #

    Sorry, correction:

    Paragraph 4 should read “the last thing” not “the lasting thing”.

  3. Lanny Maraldo June 7, 2013 at 12:00 pm #

    Healthcare practices categorized as alternative may differ in their historical origin, theoretical basis, diagnostic technique, therapeutic practice and in their relationship to the medical mainstream.