Massive study shows Alternative medicine doesn\'t work

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Massive study shows Alternative medicine doesn't work

After a decade of research, and 2.5 billion dollars of taxpayer money, government funded research into so-called "alternative" medicine has little to show for it.

The government spent 2.5 billion dollars to determine that unpurified, poorly controlled drugs with generally low doses of active ingredients donít work very well.

That treatments based upon unscientific notions donít work, and that exercise and relaxation makes people feel better.

Oh - and they found that acupuncture does not work, proponents just havenít noticed yet.

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Echinacea for colds. Ginkgo biloba for memory. Glucosamine and chondroitin for arthritis. Black cohosh for menopausal hot flashes. Saw palmetto for prostate problems. Shark cartilage for cancer.

All proved no better than dummy pills in big studies funded by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. The lone exception: ginger capsules may help chemotherapy nausea.

As for therapies, acupuncture has been shown to help certain conditions, and yoga, massage, meditation and other relaxation methods may relieve symptoms like pain, anxiety and fatigue.

Dr. Josephine Briggs conceded there were no big wins from its first decade, other than a study that found acupuncture helped knee arthritis. That finding was called into question when a later, larger study found that sham treatment worked just as well.


Very good analysis on the quackery....

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By netchicken: posted on 12-6-2009








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