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63,126. There is no alternative medicine. There is only medicine that works and medicine that doesn’t work. (Alternative Medicine & Medicine) Richard Dawkins, A Devil's Chaplain
2,263. Today Reason has a battle on its hands. I want to confront the epidemic of irrational superstitious thinking. It’s a multi-million pound industry that impoverishes our culture, and throws up new-age gurus who exult us to run away from reality. (Reason & Superstition & Alternative Medicine) Richard Dawkins, Enemies of Reason: Slaves to Superstition
2,267. Today a war is being fought against Reason. Science is treated with suspicion perhaps borne of fear. And medical advance is challenged by the march of irrational belief. (Reason & Alternative Medicine & Science & Superstition & Evidence & Irrational) Professor Richard Dawkins: Enemies of Reason: The Irrational Health Service
2,268. 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. (Reason & Alternative Medicine & Medicine & Remedy & Superstition & Evidence & Irrational) ibid.
2,270. 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. They depend entirely on subjective word of mouth. (Reason & Alternative Medicine & Medicine & Remedy & Superstition & Science & Irrational) ibid.
2,481. In flaunting words like energy, vibration, vortex they exploit and also distort some of Science’s great discoveries ... What worries me is the beguiling misuse of scientific language to prop up entirely unscientific belief systems. (Science & Alternative Medicine) ibid.
2,271. 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. (Reason & Alternative Medicine & Medicine & Remedy & Superstition & Science & Irrational) ibid.
63,119. Even today people still convince themselves of the most outrageous bullshit will cure them. Penn & Teller, Bullshit! Alternative Medicine s1e1
63,120. Reflexologists believe the foot contains pathways to every nerve ending and organ in the body. ibid.
63,121. The world of magnet therapy – a billion-dollar a year business ... They even make magnetic devices for your pets. ibid.
63,122. The world of chiropractic medicine: over eighteen million people a year spend over a billion dollars visiting the chiropractor. ibid.
63,787. Smelling your way to a happier life is all the rage. (Alternative Medicine & Smell) Penn & Teller, Bullshit! Stress s7e9
63,788. Personally I’d rather smell things like ... pussy. (Alternative Medicine & Smell) ibid.
36,502. And what has New Age medicine cured, eliminated, done away with? Jack Shit. (New Age & Alternative Medicine) Penn & Teller, Bullshit! New Age Medicine s6e2
36,503. Chakras? Fuck! (New Age & Alternative Medicine) ibid.
36,504. Berkeley, California: here students are taking a class in acutonics. (New Age & Alternative Medicine) ibid.
36,505. What is quantum spinal alignment? (New Age & Alternative Medicine) ibid.
36,506. There are some shitty treatments that are only a few decades old. (New Age & Alternative Medicine) ibid.
2,480. Inspect every piece of pseudo-science and you will find a security blanket, a thumb to suck, a skirt to hold. (Science & Alternative Medicine & New Age) Isaac Asimov
63,116. Quantum healing is a theory that a shift in consciousness creates a shift in biology. Deepak Chopra, interview Enemies of Reason
63,117. Placebos work much better if they’re strong and powerful, if they look strong and powerful. Coloured pills worked better than drab coloured ones. Big medicine works better than small medicine. Professor Nicholas Humphrey, interview Professor Richard Dawkins
63,118. Alternative medicine is a disease of the affluent. ibid.
63,123. The power of suggestion is wonderful. And it’s a large part of the healing process. Professor Robert Park, author Voodoo Science
63,124. In the same way in medicine, alternative medicines like homeopathy or new age therapies – reiki healing – a lot of people buy into it and it grates against my rationalist view of the world. There is no evidence for it. It is deceitful. It is insidious. I feel passionately about living in a society with a rationalist view of the world. Jim Al-Khalili
63,125. Avoid nostrums and patent medicines. The habitual use of any drug is harmful. The most eminent physicians are now agreed that very few drugs have any real curative value. The essential thing is right habits of life. (Alternative Medicine & Medicine) John Harvey Kellogg
63,127. Alternative medicine people call themselves holistic and say it’s the whole approach. Well, if it’s the whole approach, let it be the mind as well. Use logic, use sense, use the incredible five wits you were given by creation. Stephen Fry, Room 101 s6e10
63,128. People want to take control of their own lives, and ironically they seem to think that they are taking control of their lives more by using so-called complementary or alternative medicines than by using orthodox medicine. In other words, they think it’s a statement of originality and individuality. To you and me it seems self-evidently ridiculous, this homeopathic medicine. It is so preposterous, and yet some people I know and respect insist on believing it. (Alternative Medicine & Homeopathy) Stephen Fry
63,129. It is time for the scientific community to stop giving alternative medicine a free ride. There cannot be two kinds of medicine – conventional and alternative. There is only medicine that has been adequately tested and medicine that has not, medicine that works and medicine that may or may not work. Once a treatment has been tested rigorously, it no longer matters whether it was considered alternative at the outset. If it is found to be reasonably safe and effective, it will be accepted. But assertions, speculation, and testimonials do not substitute for evidence. Alternative treatments should be subjected to scientific testing no less rigorous than that required for conventional treatments. M Angell et al, article New England Journal of Medicine 1998, Alternative Medicine – The Risks of Untested and Unregulated Remedies