Around 1800, the German medical doctor Samuel Hahnemann, obviously appalled with the still mostly medieval medical practices of his contemporaries, set out to revolutionize medical science. Today’s followers of this quackery are remarkably successful in convincing people that the laws of the Universe don’t apply to their water drops and sugar pills.
A recent artide in The Annals of Internal Medicine reviewed 39 studies showing that spinal manipulation, the most commonly practiced chiropractic procedure, was no more effective than cheaper alternatives, such as exercise.
Peter Bowditch of Ratbags.com tells the story of Australian quackery. It’s not pretty, mate.
Homeopathy is a controversial concept of medicine with a large following, widespread popularity, even public and legislative support – and a theoretical foundation which is logically inconsistent and self-contradictory to an extent that borders on (or transgresses) the absurd.
Examining the reasons why and if Complementary and Alternative Medicine deserves to be considered candidates for serious research.
For freedom of choice to mean anything, there must exist the possibility of making a choice between alternatives. This implies variety and abundance. How does “alternative medicine” measure up to that?
The health claims of Christian Science are not all they are cracked up to be. Unsurprisingly.
Although many chiropractors will examine and provide passive therapy, including spinal manipulation, to their patients; the evidence supporting that traditional approach is lacking in the literature.
What is an anecdote? Why do we pay special attention to some experiences and tell about them? Are they true or false? Can they be trusted? Why do we selectively ignore other experiences? These are questions of vital importance for people who consider it important to really learn what is fact and truth.
Cell memory is based on the idea that whatever happens in our lives, each cell “records” it – spiritually, of course. Homeopaths have cherished this idea for a long time now, and people like Dean Radin and Gary Schwartz also use it to explain purported – but unsupported – claims of a “surviving” consciousness or spirit. Psychic Sylvia Browne takes it a few steps further.