Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Steve Salzberg on Bogus Naturopathy et al. 2018

here, naturopathy and kind honestly appraised:

001. at forbes.com, in "The Bogus Arguments That The Government Uses To Support Quack Medicine" (2018-01-08), Steven Salzberg, the "Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Computer Science, and Biostatistics at Johns Hopkins University" writes:


"Chairman Mao would be delighted, if he were alive to see it [...] acupuncture is a scam foisted on the Chinese people by Mao Tse-Tung [...and] he has now got the U.S. government buying into arguments that he used to hoodwink his own people, decades ago [...] the same scam [...] bad medicine [...] snake oil [...] junk science [...] the arguments are all bogus [...e.g,] acupuncture [...] 'battlefield acupuncture' [...] is not only fake but also dangerous, so much so that in 2011 I labelled it the worst quackery of the year [...because] science has shown that acupuncture does not work for anything [...e.g.] doctors in medieval Europe used to bleed their patients, often killing them, in the belief that sickness was caused by 'ill humors' in the blood. Bleeding was popular, but it was a very bad idea. It's not just the VA [...e.g.] today's versions of medieval bleeding include acupuncture, homeopathy, naturopathy, chiropractic, reiki, Ayurveda, healing touch, various 'detox' treatments, and more. Science has figured out that all of these are nonsense, and moved on [...] why is the VA offering [such] quack treatments to veterans? One reason is that these treatments are popular [...] popularity doesn't make something true [...] but it means nothing when we're trying to decide if a medical practice is effective [...] just stop it already. Stop arguing that just because something is popular, it must be true, or at least worth investigating [...] for centuries, most humans believed the Earth was flat, but that didn't turn out to be true, though it was popular. We figured it out and moved on [...]";

hear, hear.  What's interesting is that within the naturopathy cornucopia is: "acupuncture, homeopathy, naturopathy, chiropractic, reiki, Ayurveda, healing touch, various 'detox' treatments, and more."  Aka "quack medicine"...
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