Is the Placebo a useful medical intervention?

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Alternative medicine is tagged “alternative” because it an intervention that has been demonstrated to not actually do anything medical beyond the placebo effect. Examples abound and include things such as Homeopathy, Reiki, etc… Let’s briefly review those. Examples of Alternative Medicine Homeopathy, dreamed up in 1792. It involves giving you a diluted substance to supposedly … Read more Is the Placebo a useful medical intervention?

Quackery and Cancer Care

Brian Palmer has a great article over in slate all about the deployment of Reiki and reflexology as cancer cures. He writes … Most treatments at U.S. cancer centers are evidence-based and cutting-edge. In recent years, however, some of our great temples of healing have begun to dabble in the unscientific and the prescientific. Integrative care centers … Read more Quackery and Cancer Care