Let Me Make This Perfectly Clear; Yet Another Restatement of the Problem with CAM
Not that I'm under any illusion that the following will convince anyone who "really believes" in CAM:
Orac, via Dr. RW:
Here's the problem. Negative studies don't matter. If a study shows that a particular CAM "remedy" does no better than placebo, CAM practitioners don't believe it. Can anyone point me in the direction of a single "alternative" remedy that, after multiple negative studies, has been abandoned?Not only that, but the government continues to fund these negative studies that no one pays attention to anyway, to the tune of over $120,000,000 dollars in 2008.
Here's the real difference between me and those who advocate CAM: I am the one who is truly open-minded, and they are the ones who refuse to consider anything other than what they are convinced is right; just the opposite of what they claim.
Show me the science and I will change my actions. Prove to me something doesn't work, and I will stop. (eg: post-menopausal hormone replacement therapy) Hell, show me that CAM works -- with something other than testimonials or anecdotes -- and I'll prescribe it in a heartbeat!
Show them -- over and over -- that their treatments are nothing but elaborate placebos, and all they do is accuse their critics of intolerance and claim that their treatments can't be tested (but still deserve to be called "medicine.")
Where have I seen this before? Oh yeah: it's called "doublethink", from a little tome published in 1949 titled 1984, by George Orwell.