I wanted to share a link with you that’s a review of a documentary called “Simply Raw: Reversing Diabetes in 30 Days.” It’s at Science-Based Medicine.
The guys over at Science-Based Medicine take a look at the evidence for and against such ideas as reiki, Chinese bloodletting, Chinese medicine, homeopathy, vaccines, vaccines and autism, integrative oncology, holistic medicine, naturopathy, complementary and alternative medicine, quackademic medicine, chelation therapy, and chiropractic.
Steve Parker, M.D.
Science-Based Medicine published a recent post on the state of American Psychiatry and mental illness. It’s well worth a look if you’re interested in such things. Here’s a quote:
“The tally of those who are so disabled by mental disorders that they qualify for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) increased nearly two and a half times between 1987 and 2007—from one in 184 Americans to one in 76.”
Do you believe many mental illnesses are caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain? It’s such a time-saver for the physician to tell the inquiring patient, “You just have a chemical imbalance. This drug will help straighten it out.” Read the post for counter-arguments.
Steve Parker, M.D.
Regarding complementary and alternative medicine:
Science-based surgery (usually)
The sciences give a mostly coherent understanding of the world. Mostly coherent. [They do] give an understanding of the possible, the probable, the improbable and the impossible. Most of the sciences, unlike parts of medical science, are not concerned with the impossible. There is not complementary and alternative physics, or chemistry, or biochemistry, or engineering. These disciplines compare their ideas against reality, and, if the ideas are found wanting, abandoned. Perpetual motion is not considered seriously by any academic physicist; if perpetual motion were an alternative medicine it would be offered at a Center by a Harvard Professor of Medicine.
—Dr. Mark Crislip, infectious disease specialist, at Science-Based Medicine, April 8, 2011