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(USA Today)   New book raises alarms about alternative medicine, makes anti-vaxxers seem sane   (usatoday.com) divider line 11
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2013-06-18 12:43:44 PM  
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What alternative medicine in my house looks like
2013-06-18 09:50:41 AM  
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Let's see here, vaccines don't work, but this stuff does.  They won't listen to their doctor's advice, but they have no problem believing a schook with a bottle of water and pocket of crystals.  And they won't go to a specialist for the migranes that they've been having, but they think that they'll add ten years to their life by sleeping on a magnet pillow.

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We're wasting our time.
2013-06-18 01:06:26 PM  
1 votes:
I'm tired of all the advertising that "alternative medicines" are able to do without having to prove that their product actually does anything.  Big Pharma sucks, but at least they generally have to prove effectiveness.
2013-06-18 12:03:30 PM  
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I don't care what you say about placebos, that shiat works.
2013-06-18 11:42:21 AM  
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One of my coworkers was diagnosed with leukemia several years ago. Her doctor referred her to a leukemia specialist over in Durham, so off she went to get treatment. Except, the treatment made her hair fall out and she kept getting sick from the dosage. She went online and found some website touting the medicinal properties of some herb or vegetable or something, and she dropped her treatment in favor of eating lots of whatever plant the website recommended. When I asked her why she stopped the treatment, she said "well the plants have the same chemicals in them that the drugs do, only in natural form". Me pointing out that the drugs concentrate that chemical so she didn't have to eat a pound or two of the plant every day didn't stop her; that process was 'artificial' and ruined the beneficial properties of the plant.

Long story short, she's back on chemical treatment for her leukemia after it got worse during the time she stopped taking the drugs.
2013-06-18 10:53:29 AM  
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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.
2013-06-18 10:52:58 AM  
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meat0918: Although I do have to kinda agree with this

"If there is a placebo effect that brings back salivation to these people who can't eat or talk, who cares?"

Use it (the placebo effect) for little things, but for the love of all that is good and pure in this world, don't try to cure cancer with it.



If you want to bring salivation to them, just wave a cheeseburger under their nose.
2013-06-18 10:25:34 AM  
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EatHam: Sybarite: About 50% of Americans use alternative medicine

I 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.
2013-06-18 10:20:25 AM  
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EatHam: Sybarite: About 50% of Americans use alternative medicine

I 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?


Do you balance a quartz crystal on the kid's head and waft sage smoke over him while he's drinking his soda or eating his popsicle? If not, they probably don't count it.
2013-06-18 10:17:21 AM  
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2013-06-18 10:09:09 AM  
1 votes:
With the crazy cost of healthcare it's no surprise that more folks are trying out grandma's home remedies.
 
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