If it means doing an end run around science by trying to hijack the Obama health insurance reform bill that is currently being negotiated to resolve the differences between the Senate and House versions, so be it.
Indeed, earlier this year, I described how Senator Tom Harkin has tried to promote This time around, Deepak Chopra and Rustum Roy have apparently ditched Andrew Weil, but their replacement, although not nearly as famous as Weil, is more than capable of holding up his part of the woo. Larry Dossey, and the hostility towards science-based medicine flows apace without interruption. Dossey is more than “qualified” for this honor: Dr. degree from Southwestern Medical School (Dallas), and trained in internal medicine at Parkland and the VA hospitals in Dallas.
The article is an exercise that combines cherry-picking, logical fallacies, and whining, raising the last of these almost to an art form.
D.s, medical schools, big pharma, and incredibly expensive hospital care.
On the other we have the semi-condoned field of alternative medicine that attracts millions of patients a year and embraces literally thousands of treatment modalities not taught in medical school. To Dossey, Chopra, and Roy, it’s all “big pharma” and incredibly expensive hospital care versus the “thousands of treatment modalities not taught in medical school”; i.e., big medicine, big pharma, and technology versus “natural cures.” If there’s one thing boosters of unscientific and pseudoscientific treatments want, it’s to be viewed as on par with science-based medicine, as an “alternative” but equal system.
As it turns out, this belief is by no means fully justified.
relies almost exclusively on the placebo effect, and only recently has grudgingly started to attempt to include placebo controls.