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HEALTH: Alternatives wrongly denigrated

Letter by Dennis E. Smith, Tacoma on Jan. 4, 2012 at 5:32 pm | 1 Comment »
January 5, 2012 9:14 am

Re: “Take the ‘razor of science’ to alternative medicine” (editorial, 12-27).

Let me call the editorial board to task for its attack on the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine for research of “alternative medicine.” While we chiropractors appreciate the research backup to what we have said for 100 years about back and neck pain, nothing has changed in standard medical treatment on insurance companies’ attitudes simply because they monopolize health care in this country.

How many articles touting a research project are found dubious or questioned by a competing research study (see Naproxen, Celebrex)? You denigrate homeopathy without understanding its premise.

Any first-year chemistry student knows that you can put two chemicals together in a beaker and nothing happens. But add just “a little” catalyst and kaboom. That is the premise of homeopathy. I’m not advocating any therapy; I am just reminding you to keep an open mind as you advocate as journalists.

Even though chiropractors have been vindicated, the American Medical Association and the big pharmaceutical companies have controlled the medical doctors by keeping them ignorant of the science of manipulation, so that less than 6 percent of MDs ever refer patients to chiropractors or osteopaths for spinal manipulations.

Understand that the real issue in this country has always been about the money and not the science.

(Smith is a Tacoma chiropractor.)

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