Which treatments are you interested in specifically? I used to practice naturopathic/alternative health care so I am intimately familiar with this topic. I really encourage you to look at this from an ethical framework, legalities aside. Because legal or not, we have an ethical obligation to provide science based care to our patients.
Hopefully we all agree that ALL forms of health care should be held to the same high level of scientific scrutiny. All of us should be equally committed to evolving our practices when we have new information to guide us.
Too often we blame mainstream medicine for the problems with our health care industry. This is just not accurate. Medicine is a science. The health care industry is the system we are forced to work within.
Medicine is a scientific specialty just like astronomy. And science is a method for understanding the world. That's it. Its a cheat sheet to help us figure stuff out. It is fraught with human error and laughably imperfect, but the whole point of any scientific discipline is to slowly self correct. To change over time.
Unfortunately we've been forced to try and practice medicine inside a profoundly flawed health care system, driven by profit. Our ability to provide care is bound up in red tape.
But this is an argument against our profit driven health care system, not against science. And the alt-med industry is just as prone to criticism. Talk about profiteering and pill pushing.
Teal Deer, i know. This is just My Issue. Its important to me. Like I said, i practiced alternative medicine for many years, and I did harm to patients with some of my recommendations. Learn from my mistakes! Dont be like me, bc it suuucks to publicly admit that I was wrong, and that I put my patients in danger. It still smarts a little to do it now, almost a decade hence. But I admit it openly, every chance i get, because maybe someone will take it to heart.