Letters to the Editor

Your views in 200 words or less

Tag: homeopathy

Jan.
4th

HEALTH: Alternatives wrongly denigrated

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

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Jan.
3rd

HEALTH: Government studies are redundant

Re: “The ‘razor of science’ cuts both ways” (letter, 1-1).

The writer, responding to the editorial (TNT, 12-27) about misusing federal funds to study alternative medicine, thinks critics oppose studying alternative treatments simply because they are “not accepted by mainstream medicine.” Not true.

I’m strongly in favor of abolishing the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, for several reasons. It has wasted money re-examining treatments that had already been studied sufficiently to reject them. It has never proven that any alternative treatment “works” beyond its placebo effect.

The NCCAM has disproven numerous alternative treatments. But instead of

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