“Alternative” Medicine


I was annoyed with some idiot blathering about the wonders of alternative medicine and found this quote which says it all:

“There is no alternative medicine. There is only scientifically proven, evidence-based medicine supported by solid data or unproven medicine, for which scientific evidence is lacking. Whether a therapeutic practice is ‘Eastern’ or ‘Western,’ is unconventional or mainstream, or involves mind-body techniques or molecular genetics is largely irrelevant except for historical purposes and cultural interest. As believers in science and evidence, we must focus on fundamental issues-namely, the patient, the target disease or condition, the proposed or practiced treatment, and the need for convincing data on safety and therapeutic efficacy.” – Fontanarosa P.B., and George D. Lundberg “Alternative medicine meets science” JAMA. 1998; 280: 1618-1619.

Or, as Tim Minchin says in his beat poem Storm:

“By definition”, I begin
“Alternative Medicine”, I continue
“Has either not been proved to work,
Or been proved not to work.
You know what they call “alternative medicine”
That’s been proved to work?
Medicine.”

If you haven’t seen the animated version of Storm, here’s the video:

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