Alternative medicine, the fluffy sounding oxymoron that has more layers than an onion wrapped in paper mache, has amazingly wiggled its way into everyday conversation.
An umbrella term that includes "treatments"
such as Acupuncture, Chiropractic, Homeopathy, Reiki, detoxing, Naturopathy and
essential oils (to name a few) – it seems not a day can go by without my ears
bleeding at having to listen to a co-worker, a family member or a friend
discuss the latest and greatest wallet-draining waste of time they have engaged
Alternative medicine is multi-billion dollar industry, one that is entirely comprised of severely underqualified people who missed out on medical school, acting the role of a healthcare provider, dispensing either untested or proven ineffective materials that act as medicine. It’s an industry that is unregulated and actively attempts to exempt itself from the same standard of rigorous scientific testing, its counterpart Medicine is mandated to adhere to. As the name cleverly implies, alternative medicine is the alternative to medicine – it's not medicine, it’s not based in science and lacks evidence to support even the fundamental ideas of many of its practices.
What's an industry to do when it has no science, no facts, and no clue?
Let’s take a look.