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Civilization is a hopeless race to discover remedies for the evils it produces. Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Force is not a remedy. John Bright
A third of us now spend over £1.6 billion a year on superstitious alternative remedies which as far as the evidence can show don’t work. If any remedy is tested under controlled scientific conditions and proved to be effective it will cease to be alternative and will simply become medicine. So-called alternative medicine either hasn’t been tested or it has failed its tests. And some alternatives are funded by us taxpayers. Richard Dawkins, Enemies of Reason: The Irrational Health Service, Channel 4 2007
It’s little wonder that alternative health fairs like this are flourishing across the country. People may come here with real health problems, but what do they get? Remedies that appear to have no basis in science or evidence ... Remember this is a multi-billion-pound industry. Yet 80% of alternative remedies have never subjected themselves to controlled scientific trials. ibid.
The indulgence of superstitious alternative remedies implicitly casts doubt on scientific advance, and undermines confidence in real medical progress. Yet as we’ve seen, the attack on medicine is just one small part of the creeping rise of irrational superstition. ibid.
The remedy is worse than the disease. Francis Bacon, Essays: ‘Of Seditions and Troubles’, 1625
Our remedies oft in ourselves do lie
Which we ascribe to heaven. William Shakespeare, All’s Well That End’s Well I I 212-213, Helen
Everyone suffers wrongs for which there is no remedy. E W Howe
The remedy for wrongs is to forget them. Publilius Syrus
To do nothing is sometimes a good remedy. Hippocrates