Unproven, perilous alternative cures are embraced - page 3

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Philadelphia Inquirer; Posted on Mon, Jun. 8, 2009 Unproven, perilous alternative cures are embraced By Marilynn Marchione Associated Press... Read More


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    I personally believe that homeopathy is bunk. The whole theory behind them is steeped in 19th century health superstitions. I think people take them and either have a placebo effect or else their immune system takes care of matters and they attribute it to homeopathic sugar pills...
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    I absolutely think that alternative treatments are too quickly rejected by the medical establishment. Breathing exercises, meditation and guided imagery help patients to relax and can improve outcomes, so I don't understand why other healing tools that help to relax couldn't do the same. Also, the power of suggestion and placebos might not come from the treatments themselves, but I don't think that means they're useless. Patients' state of mind and belief in their own healing can have an actual positive effect on illness and healing. If a patient thinks a non-risky alternative treatment helps, why not support its use (unless he's rejecting other treatment for it)? It might actually be helping, and even if it's not, his belief that it is might speed his healing anyway.

    As a nursing student, I certainly support traditional medicine! However, I also use homeopathy and other treatments to supplement (i.e. I'd rather use saltwater irrigation than Afrin and have used homeopathy to help my asthma). I still have my inhaler, of course! I think the vast majority of people who use alternative therapies are like me ... use medicine when you need it but use other treatments to help reduce the amount of medicine you need.
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    I personally believe that homeopathy is bunk. The whole theory behind them is steeped in 19th century health superstitions. I think people take them and either have a placebo effect or else their immune system takes care of matters and they attribute it to homeopathic sugar pills...
    Agree. This is actually a big reason I want to become a nurse. Homeopathic/Alternative/etc medicine either hasn't been proved to work or has been proved not to work (minchin). It's terrible that people will spend tons money on them instead of health insurance while a lot of them are NOT cheaper.

    However, if a patient really wanted me to assist them in whatever alternative therapy (provided it's entirely benign) I'd do it in a heartbeat for placebo's sake. I have my opinions about hokey remedies, but I will keep them to myself bedside.


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