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Christianity &Islam &Judaism &Science Thomas on 13 Nov 2009 12:04 am

Is there any delusion in human society as strong as the delusion of religion? Yes – Alternative Medicine

Is there any delusion in human society as strong as the delusion of religion? Yes – the delusion of Alternative Medicine

Experts: Placebo power behind many natural cures

Ten years and $2.5 billion in research have found no cures from alternative medicine. Yet these mostly unproven treatments are now mainstream and used by more than a third of all Americans….

“No cures from alternative medicine.” The people who pay for alternative medicine are just as delusional as the people who pray for a cure. It is all superstition and nonsense.

7 Responses to “Is there any delusion in human society as strong as the delusion of religion? Yes – Alternative Medicine”

  1. on 13 Nov 2009 at 3:02 pm 1.Belief in God said …

    Contrary to your comment, alternative medicine does happen to work. Moreover, you cannot call people who pray for cures fools. Whenever I have a stomach ache, I always pray to Allah to cure me of it and it has worked every single time for me, thus eliminating the need to take a medicine of any kind, e.g paracetamol.

  2. on 13 Nov 2009 at 3:11 pm 2.Bishop said …

    Could you pray to Allah to call off the jihad?

  3. on 14 Nov 2009 at 1:48 pm 3.Barney said …

    I prayed to Zeus and he gave me a pony.

  4. on 16 Nov 2009 at 5:10 pm 4.Roland Hulme said …

    Many kinds of ‘alternative medicine’ do work. They’re the natural products that medicines are based off. The FDA doesn’t give them a ‘tick’ because they’re paid boatloads by the pharma industry not to – why approve a natural remedy, which is affordable and has few side effects, when you can instead have a synthetic version (which can be trademarked) and make billions off it?

    Writing off all alternative medicine is really, really ignorant. A lot of it is bollocks – crystals etc. – but some of it works. Take a moment to research the difference.

  5. on 16 Nov 2009 at 6:51 pm 5.AntiRoss said …

    Roland, I don’t think that you can fairly say “many” in that sentence because it seems to imply that a large percentage actually works. This is just not true.
    In fact your argument for suppression of facts sounds a bit like a conspiracy theory. I suspect that it’s more that the FDA is cumbersome, inefficient, and slow – not deliberately taking bribes.

    If eating natural whole foods, exercising, getting adequate sleep, fasting, and eliminating unhealthful choices are alternative, then fine. But most people are wasting their money with ‘symptom-treating cures’ such as homeopathy, acupuncture, herbs and mixes (like echinacea, essiac, etc.), that do nothing but generate profit for charlatans.

    The alternative medicine mindset is similar to a religious one, though not as deep-seated. People often accept it without really thinking about it. It attracts a lot of fuzzy-thinking flakes. It’s possible, if not probable that we all have difficulty turning a critical eye to a certain aspects of our lives. We see it all the time – a scientist who thinks that a frozen waterfall is proof of Jesus – an atheist who thinks that homeopathy might have something to it – a christian that thinks that war is just fine…

  6. on 16 Nov 2009 at 9:27 pm 6.Barney said …

    Roland, it might help if you’d give some examples of the “many” types of alternative medicine that do work.

  7. on 17 Nov 2009 at 12:02 am 7.Delphine said …

    Throw organic vegetables in the batch too. It’s all lies.

    A bunch of idiotic environmentalists support organic food and want to go “all natural”. Little do they know, organic food harms the environment. It does just the opposite of what they want to do.

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