We already posted here at JS the news that Oregon was going to expand alternative treatment methods for pain in their medical insurance program. The motive was reducing use of opiates, and pushing alternative methods, many unproven.
This essay is about the unscientific and mystical approaches of alternative medcine that are repeatedly seen, in this case a positive spin by NPR.
The use of magical potions and methods is widespread. Doctors (many of them not physicians at all) offer magical therapies. They are everywhere, for example a ‘Doctor’ I recently heard about doing land office business in injections for chronic pain including what appear to be magical potions given intrvenously in a couple of towns in Oklahoma–with a parking lot full, charging $ 250 for injections of liquids not identified or subject to consent by the patient generally guaranteed to cure chronic pain. Is that unusual or what?
The placebo/hope effect is a major confounder.
The essay properly criticizes the unscientific nonsense put out by NPR.