Many people believe angels exist and the planet is only a few thousand years old too — won’t make it true no matter how many of them buy into it. And how many people used to think a blood-letting or trepanning were valid treatments for anything? People swore womb massage cured “hysteria” too, think I’m signing up for that schtick? I don’t care how many people claim something works — the placebo effect has more research to prove it works than tumeric does.
The point which needs to be repeated until you grasp it is; products which have NO scientific evidence of their efficacy, despite adequate testing and research to find that evidence, are a con people tell themselves is true rather than admit they’ve been duped into believing liars and charlatans. And those same lies and liars need to be exposed.
The things that work, can be scientifically proven to have SOME genuine efficacy in trials, regardless of what group of people it supposedly works on. Your placid refusal to accept reality doesn’t you the ‘bigger person’, it makes you patronizingly arrogant to think your words of “it DOES work” trumps scientific evidence.
The key thing is if people are wasting their money and time on products which have no actual evidence to support their claims, they should be informed. If they choose to remain willfully ignorant after having been informed, more’s the pity. But we do NOT stop telling the truth about the lack of evidence for these treatments just because it upsets your delicate perceptions of magical-thinking. Most of us care more about the truth than our uninformed presumptions.
Stay rational and responsible, neither of which includes saying something works without any evidence to support it. Being open to things which are, by all accounts, imaginary is called delusion. Saying that vaccines cause autism has cost lives. Claims that Ear Candling cleans out toxins has led to severe burns and injuries. People have gotten cyanide poisoning from being told Apricot Kernels can treat cancer. Through your kinds of arguments people have been conned into both buying and selling bullshit ‘medical’ products for years. Just last year the FDA cracked down on FOURTEEN companies selling fraudulent cancer treatments — THAT is what being “open and positive” about fictional medical applications leads to.
Proving what works and what doesn’t is EXACTLY what medical science is doing, and EXACTLY what this writer reports on. If you have a problem with his insistence on spreading scientific facts rather than random speculations, don’t read articles by people who give a damn about the science behind health claims and stick to regurgitating marketing garbage by quacks like Marcello on Twitter. Because I find your response offensive, ignorant and highly dangerous.