I was saddened, rather than surprised, to discover that the US government had set up an office of complementary and alternative medicine. Why not surprised? Because this, after all, is America, the land that gave us intelligent design, but still, it set me back a little to discover that they actually had an entire civil service department to promote such horseshit.
What is this about alternative medicine? If it makes you better, it’s medicine. The end.
You never hear people demanding an alternative pilot flying their plane, some guy who rejects the traditional view of aerodynamics and tells you the plane will be ok as long as everyone projects good feelings and drinks herbal tea. No indeed. A character like that at the controls would be stormed by the passengers and killed on the spot. When we fly, everyone demands hard science to prove the goddamned thing will take them safely to their destination.
Would you get into a plane if you knew the wings hadn’t been tested properly? Of course not, and yet that’s exactly what people do when they rely on untested remedies.
Nobody goes to an alternative dentist.
The Department of Alternative Fishing? Talk nicely to them and the fish will jump into your net. No. It doesn’t happen.
The Ministry of Alternative Transport? Forget wheels, wings and water. We’ll astrally project ourselves wherever we need to go.
Nope. That don’t work neither because it’s bullshit.
In every area of our lives, we rely on solid scientific evidence before we take a chance, except in the most vital thing of all — our health.
Why is it that in this area alone we allow bullshitters, bunco artists and con-men to sell us ridiculous, unscientific remedies based on absolutely nothing?
Your car has to be tested. Why not your medicine?
If it’s medicine, it’s not alternative.