Monday, February 27, 2012

Unproven Medicine, Yet Again

Unproven Medicine, Yet Again by Jon Barron

"It has been estimated that only 10 to 20 percent of all procedures currently used in medical practice have been shown to be efficacious by controlled trial."


Every now and then, a report or study will slip through from the world of medicine that perfectly highlights how much of medical practice is actually "unproven." In fact, as it turns out, the vast majority of mainstream medicine is no more "proven" than alternative medicine, and in most cases, it's decidedly worse.

We get thousands of emails at the Foundation every month, and they cover the full gamut -- from thanks for the information we provide to requests to join MLM companies to accusations that we've abandoned our principles and are now supporting the enemy: mainstream medicine. But that said, there's one type of email that stands out. And that's the snarky email from the person who writes in to dismiss an entire newsletter or blog by snottily asking, "Where are the clinical studies to back your support of alternative medicine? I won't pay attention to anything if it's not backed by clinical studies."

Why is this so frustrating?

Because it is based on a mistaken belief, inherent in the question, that mainstream medicine is different -- that it's somehow better, that it's scientifically "proven" by irrefutable studies. Unfortunately, this belief is both mistaken and naïve and so off base that there's nothing "we" can ever say to disabuse these people of the notion once they've got it locked into their heads.

Fortunately, the mainstream medical community occasionally let's down its guard and hands us a perfect creampuff of a response that we can use to speak for us. Every now and then, a report or study will slip through from the world of medicine that perfectly highlights how much of medical practice is actually "unproven." In fact, as it turns out, the vast majority of mainstream medicine is no more "proven" than alternative medicine, and in most cases, it's decidedly worse since the anecdotal evidence in support of much of alternative medicine at least goes back hundreds of years and has the worldwide validation of millions of people. In truth, as I have pointed out before -- and as it turns out, according to the US government's Office of Technology Assessment (US OTA) -- only 10% to 20% of all procedures currently used in medical practice are supported by controlled clinical studies. That's it -- just 10-20 percent! And that's a blue sky number as it assumes that all studies come to valid conclusions -- something we know is categorically not true. After all, I spend three quarters of my time on this website demonstrating why study after study has come to flawed conclusions.

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Comment: I've added Kundalini in reference to this wonderful article. The hierophant seems involved but the roles may fit both the author and one's doctor. G. I. Gurdjieff had this to say about Kundalini which is sometimes called the fire of Kundalini or the serpent of Kundalini.

"In reality, Kundalini is the power of imagination, the power of fantasy, which takes the place of a real function. When a man dreams instead of acting, when his dreams take the place of reality, when a man imagines himself to be an eagle, a lion, or a magician, it is the force of Kundalini acting in him. Kundalini can act in all centers and with its help all the centers can be satisfied with the imaginary instead of the real. A sheep which considers itself a lion or a magician lives under the power of Kundalini."

He goes on to say that Kundalini is a force put into men to keep them hypnotized. You might ask is there another term for the dynamics of Kundalini, and I would suggest there are those that would apply such as ochlocracy which brings forward in time the psychopathology of care as profitability..

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