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Comments on: Why We Fall For Alternative Medicine http://www.rebuildyourback.com/anti-quackery/why-we-fall-for-alternative-medicine.php Lower back pain and neck pain can usually be resolved with just a simple home treatment program. Studies show that sciatica, herniated discs, pinched nerves, leg pain and even whiplash don't require drugs, surgery or chiropractic spinal manipulation, while rebuilding has proven to provide permanent pain relief. Sat, 16 Mar 2013 04:46:43 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.5 By: Marie E. http://www.rebuildyourback.com/anti-quackery/why-we-fall-for-alternative-medicine.php/comment-page-1#comment-3190 Tue, 03 Feb 2009 07:12:53 +0000 http://www.rebuildyourback.com/anti-quackery/why-we-fall-for-alternative-medicine.php#comment-3190 Comment from a skeptical acupuncturist: What’s funny to me is that chiropractic school sounds similar or worse than acupuncture school as far as gaining experience, but it takes just as long – yet we don’t get to call ourselves “doctors of acupuncture” nor do we pretend we are doctors (at least I don’t). I’ve been personally injured by chiropractic and have seen patients who have been also. I don’t like talking about qi and energy and curing anything, (although I do have respect for a system that has been used for so long), and I just appreciate the benefits I see for a variety of disorders – while always relying on the “real” medical knowledge we were taught to make sure we do not harm.
I do wish however that medical doctors exercised the same skepticism in their profession, especially when it comes to drugs. No matter how crazy some chinese theories sound to us after they’ve been translated, we cannot simply ignore huge masses of information that have been accumulated after centuries of using chinese herbs and formulas, and go and instantly accept a newly synthesized ultra-powerful drug which we’ve tested for maximum 10 years. Many modern drugs are “invented” after some of these Chinese herbs are researched and found to be helpful. Boiling them down to their “active compounds” changes their properties considerably, and we end up with many side effects the scientists never expected (vioxx, avandia, etc). I’ve also done “real” medical research and have seen how easy it is for all the research data which medicine relies on to be either skewed or misinterpreted for ulterior motives.
My message: let’s be careful, and truly do the homework on EVERYTHING – there is no sense in accepting wild claims from alternative docs and rejecting all conventional medicine, but there is also no sense in rejecting all alternatives in the same bag and accepting all that western medicine tells you today. We do not know everything about the body yet. New things are still discovered everyday.

By: Colleen P. http://www.rebuildyourback.com/anti-quackery/why-we-fall-for-alternative-medicine.php/comment-page-1#comment-3177 Tue, 06 Jan 2009 23:13:02 +0000 http://www.rebuildyourback.com/anti-quackery/why-we-fall-for-alternative-medicine.php#comment-3177 I “fell” for alternative medicine when traditional western medicine could not help me, as I know many share this experience. After 14 years of suffering, I still am not getting the help I need – back pain and other issues. Acupuncture helps control my pain though I need it once per week. I don’t care how it works, it gives me relief for a while.

By: Heather Tavitian http://www.rebuildyourback.com/anti-quackery/why-we-fall-for-alternative-medicine.php/comment-page-1#comment-3170 Sat, 29 Nov 2008 04:48:05 +0000 http://www.rebuildyourback.com/anti-quackery/why-we-fall-for-alternative-medicine.php#comment-3170 Ok, so we’re talking alternative medicine here, not just acapunture right?
Well, why does it work?
In my many years I’ve visited Chiropracs, herbalists and those Iridologists, massuese and GPs etc. One thing that the “Alternatives ” had that the average GP has long since forgotten about, is that they give you a little attention. You know, It’s a bit like the days of the hairdresser where you would go and tell all to a person that you would normally not be connected with in any other way whilst they are gently taking care of your appearance.
Yup, I think “Alternatives” work because you can be attended to for all your idiosyncratic complaints and they feign to care! and isn’t that what good medicine is all about?