Friday, March 25, 2016
Disease trivialization and name-calling ... a signal for concern?
When medical physicians resort to disease trivialization and name-calling, it is very hard to recognize the content for its scientific merit. The below quotes come from "Science-Based Medicine"...
Functional Medicine IV
"Hyman’s principles apply more appropriately to the “functional” conditions we call phantom diseases – chronic fatigue, chemical sensitivities, fibromyalgia, neurasthenia, some irritable bowel, and other depression-generated, somatiform disorders, plus those for which there exist only behavioral definitions: ADD, autism-like syndromes, etc. Most of these conditions do not respond to specific therapies, but their human hosts tend to seek and respond to off-beat fringe, cultic methods and remedies and infomercials."
"So with this entry I finally see what FM really is – a non-scientific, ineffective, jingoistic, cultic approach to dysfunctional somatiform, non-disease conditions."
Lies, Damned Lies, and ‘Integrative Medicine’
"We’ve previously seen an example offered by ‘integrative’ Mad Man Andrew Weil"
"It takes someone who knows his way around a faculty meeting much better than does ex-hippie Weil, however, to understand that the surest way to usher ‘integrative medicine’ into the curricula of medical schools is to press the delete button whenever the pesky ‘CAM’ term comes up, and to replace it with a few trendy slogans that everyone can agree on."