Opinion: Alternative healing or quackery?

Both received Valium, laughing gas and a local nerve block. After these wore off one group received a placebo pill to “relieve the pain”, the other nothing. Many in the placebo group experienced pain relief. Placebo pain relief could be physiological. When people said they felt less pain after acupuncture it wasn’t “all in their heads” it was in their bodies, caused by the body’s own drugs.
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So how can you tell if your alternative healer is a quack? Here are a few red flags: The therapist offers medicines that don’t work instead of those that do Steve Jobs, for example, suffered from a neuroendocrine tumor of the pancreas. With early surgery, Jobs had a 95% chance of recovery. But Jobs chose acupuncture, herbal remedies, and bowel cleansings instead , and died as a consequence. Deepak Chopra’s alternative remedies Weil: Health care system will collapse Homeopaths have recommended their products (which are diluted to the point that active ingredients aren’t there anymore) for treatable diseases such as cancer, malaria, cholera and AIDS. In 2006, a 6-year-old boy with severe asthma was treated with a homeopathic remedy instead of the bronchodilator that would have saved his life. In Canada, homeopathic vaccines, which have no chance of preventing illness, are worrisomely popular. Also, naturopaths’ objections to the contrary, many studies have shown that garlic doesn’t lower low-density-lipoprotein cholesterol (bad cholesterol), chondroitin sulfate and glucosamine don’t treat arthritis, and saw palmetto doesn’t treat prostatic enlargement; in each of these cases, conventional treatments are available that actually do work.
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<h3 chakra healing style=”clear:both”>Alluring but risky medicine

John’s wort was reported as ineffective in the treatment of severe major depression, according to a randomized controlled clinical trial. On April 21, Deepak Chopra, former endocrinologist and author of books that have sold more than 10 million copies, packed B.C. Place Stadium in Vancouver, Canada, with people wanting to hear more. He preaches a philosophy of health, integrating ideas as diverse as Ayurvedic medicine and quantum physics. His recommendations include herbal or aromatic therapies and even crystals as part of a wide-ranging selection of cures to affect a person’s harmony with the cosmos, and hence, their health. What is CAM, complementary, and alternative medicine?
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Alternative medicine sounds like a chance to renew and refresh, to run through green meadows, breathe fresh air and bask in the sunshine. Conventional medicine sounds like a descent into the lower reaches of hell. “Baseball begins in the spring,” said Carlin, “the season of new life. Football begins in the fall, when everything is dying.” It’s easy to be seduced. But alternative medicine shouldn’t be given a free pass. Just because something sounds harmless doesn’t mean that it is harmless.
For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit http://articles.latimes.com/2013/jul/06/opinion/la-oe-offit-alternative-medicine-20130707

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