Saturday, January 8, 2011

How Many "Systems" of Medicine?

The answer is: one - and only one!  Doctors, dentists, nurses, lab technicians, dental assistants, radiologists, physiotherapists, dental hygienists, surgeons, pharmacists, and emergency medical technicians (to name a few) all practice their craft based on a single body of scientific knowledge based on thousands of years of observation, dissection, experimentation, double-blind studies and peer review - not to mention extensive government oversight.  THERE IS NO "ALTERNATIVE SYSTEM" OF MEDICINE!  There are scams and quacks: chiropractors, naturopaths, homeopaths, acupuncturists, faith healers, and dulas (to name just a few) who will take your money and lay their hands on you while burning incense and playing Ravi Shankar in the background - but they are shysters, wannabe-physicians without the brains, talent and work ethic to become one.  But more than that, they are dangerous.  Those who seek the services of these shamans risk their lives through delayed diagnosis, ineffective treatment and the possible introduction of complications through bullshit treatments.  And when the shit hits the fan, what does your chiropractor, acupuncturist or faith healer do?  They tell you to go to your doctor of course - where you should have been in the first place!