FarkinHostile: 38,329 people died of drug overdoses in the United States in 2010
FarkinHostile: How many died from wearing quartz?
FarkinHostile: That was my point
FarkinHostile: I've never had a friend overdose and die from wearing rose crystals or Acupuncture.Put 2 in the ground last year from pills. 44 and 41 years old.
IlGreven: The hypocrisy of people decrying "Big Pharma" while enabling modern-day snake oil salesmen to live a better life than most doctors is breathtaking. Sort of like decrying the elitist limousine libruls while enabling a single pastor to have five Ferraris "for the Lord".
KawaiiNot: With the crazy cost of healthcare it's no surprise that more folks are trying out grandma's home remedies.
efgeise: I honestly don't get why people think pharmaceutical companies are out to kill them.This just in guys: A pharmaceutical company won't make money if they purposefully KILL THEIR CUSTOMERS.I do believe that the pharmaceutical companies do tend to spend less on research for completely curing diseases rather than alleviating symptoms (again, they don't make money if they eliminate the reason for someone having to purchase their stuff), but they aren't out to kill you.
DeArmondVI: "Medicine" is what works, based on evidence and science. If it doesn't work, it's not medicine. When viewed in that light, "alternative medicine" pretty much means "doesn't work." An alternative to "what works" is a pretty boneheaded approach if a person is ill.
Vaneshi: Doc Daneeka: Still, doesn't anyone find it bizarre that a store who's main purpose is to sell medicines to make people well, also sells tobacco and junk food?Yes. It was one of the eye openers in the 'docurama' "Sicko" (which I know, as which most of his stuff, was biased to hell and back). In the US pharmacies sell washing powder and chocolate bars... now I could understand if it was medicated washing powder and such (with addatives or ingredients removed to help with dermatalogical conditions) but Daz and Persil. Very weird.I did like the response from the Pharmacist though: I didn't go to medical school for 8 years to sell you washing powder.
mrlewish: legitimate herbal remedy people
mrlewish: You get a very large percentage of your drugs from plants and herbs.
DjangoStonereaver: Unfortunately, alternative medicine will never die out thanks to the placebo effect.It may make them feel subjectively good, but give me hard-science-based medicine every time.
Vaneshi: Sybarite: About 50% of Americans use alternative medicineNow you see this is where things become very airy fairy, when I get a stinker of a head cold I'll make up a bowl of boiling water with some menthol crystals and eucalyptus oil mixed in. Breath the steam in and it does clear you sinuses up a treat for a bit. So clearly it works, people have done it for donkey years as well.But me doing that rather than taking Sudafed or such means I'm using "alternative medicine" in some surveys even though I also use prescribed or OTC medication as and when needed, so the real question is what exactly are we defining as "alternative medicine" that 50% of a nations population are using? And are 50% of them using these alternatives instead of or as a compliment to normal medicine as it 'can't do any harm and you never know'?
What depresses me is walking down the aisle of a damned pharmacy and seeing hundreds of instances of
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Sybarite: About 50% of Americans use alternative medicine
skozlaw: FarkinHostile: I've never had a friend overdose and die from wearing rose crystals or Acupuncture.Put 2 in the ground last year from pills. 44 and 41 years old.Get smarter friends.
Pontious Pilates: I'm just thinking of the stuff you can pick up in the crunchy, granola medicine sections of high end grocery stores and health food places, etc. Rose hips, St. John's Wort, Eel Farts, etc, etc, etc... Mixed in with all that crazy stuff are some pretty commonly accepted "alternative" therapies. I don't think "alternative" necessarily means a doctor would never advise you to take it.
Pontious Pilates: I don't think "alternative" necessarily means a doctor would never advise you to take it.
Slaxl: Pontious Pilates: EatHam: Sybarite: About 50% of Americans use alternative medicineI really want to be surprised that the number is that high, but I'm kind of not.I wonder what they're counting there. I mean, does giving a kid some ginger ale for an upset stomach or a popsicle for a sore throat count?I bet that counts reasonable, commonly-accepted treatments like a zinc lozenge when you feel a cold coming on, or a drill for when you need to drain the evil spirits out of your head.Hang on, is zinc "alternative"? I was sneezing like a foo' the other day so went to the pharmacist to get some antihistamines, they also recommended I get some vitamin c with zinc pills to help stave off a cold. I'd be most perturbed if it turned out that zinc hasn't been proven to have any effect, and they just sell it because alternative medicines have become so popular it's commonly-accepted without proof. When a pharmacist recommends something it had better been proven to work.
Sybarite: About 50% of Americans use alternative medicineI really want to be surprised that the number is that high, but I'm kind of not.
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