MD, PhD, FMedSci, FRSB, FRCP, FRCPEd.

Alternative practitioners practise highly diverse therapies. They seem to have nothing in common – except perhaps that ALL of them are allegedly stimulating our self-healing powers (and except that most proponents are latently or openly against vaccinations). And it is through these self-healing powers that the treatments in question cure anything and become a true panacea. When questioned what these incredible powers really are, most practitioners would (somewhat vaguely) name the immune system as the responsible mechanism. With this post, I intend to provide a short summary of the evidence on this issue:

Acupuncture: no good evidence to show stimulation of self-healing powers.

Aromatherapy: no good evidence to show stimulation of self-healing powers.

Bioresonance: no good evidence to show stimulation of self-healing powers.

Chiropractic: no good evidence to show stimulation of self-healing powers.

Detox: no good evidence to show stimulation of self-healing powers.

Energy healing: no good evidence to show stimulation of self-healing powers.

Feldenkrais: no good evidence to show stimulation of self-healing powers.

Gua sha: no good evidence to show stimulation of self-healing powers.

Herbal medicine: no good evidence to show stimulation of self-healing powers.

Homeopathy: no good evidence to show stimulation of self-healing powers.

Macrobiotics: no good evidence to show stimulation of self-healing powers.

Naturopathy: no good evidence to show stimulation of self-healing powers.

Osteopathy: no good evidence to show stimulation of self-healing powers.

Power bands: no good evidence to show stimulation of self-healing powers.

Reiki: no good evidence to show stimulation of self-healing powers.

Reflexology: no good evidence to show stimulation of self-healing powers.

Shiatsu: no good evidence to show stimulation of self-healing powers.

Tai chi: no good evidence to show stimulation of self-healing powers.

TCM: no good evidence to show stimulation of self-healing powers.

Vibrational therapy: no good evidence to show stimulation of self-healing powers.


Vaccinations: very good evidence to show stimulation of self-healing powers.


THE END

2 Responses to IN PRAISE OF THE WONDERFUL SELF-HEALING POWERS OF OUR BODY

  • This seems to be rather consistent with my hypothesis that alternologists or SCAMmers tend to follow the route of least evidence or prefer the least likely explanation instead of the most likely one.

    • Study is both difficult and time-consuming. Medical professions spend spend a decade or more gaining qualifications and skills that must be maintained.
      Marketing, however, is “a piece of piss”: Someone doesn’t like their data-inputting job, so they do a chiropractic course and set up a little business: it’s a great way to pretend equivalence to life-savers and honourable professionals.

      “Alternologists” – great word, may I use it? – apply alternatives to study, data, skill, understanding, awareness, scrutiny… in fact everything is watered down as except profit, prestige and posturing.

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