The Triumph of New-Age Medicine

Carefully controlled studies have shown alternative medicine to work no better than a placebo. But now many doctors admit that alternative medicine often seems to do a better job of making patients well

From my story in the July/August 2011 issue of The Atlantic

…You might think the weight of the clinical evidence would close the case on alternative medicine, at least in the eyes of mainstream physicians and scientists who aren’t in a position to make a buck on it. Yet many extremely well-credentialed scientists and physicians with no skin in the game take issue with the black-and-white view espoused by Salzberg and other critics. And on balance, the medical community seems to be growing more open to alternative medicine’s possibilities, not less.
   That’s in large part because mainstream medicine itself is failing. “Modern medicine was formed around successes in fighting infectious disease,” says Elizabeth Blackburn, a biologist at the University of California at San Francisco and a Nobel laureate… read more

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4 thoughts on “The Triumph of New-Age Medicine

  1. Eman Sadoun says:

    A great article. It should be emphasized that patients should be given the chance to experience the benefits of both conventional and alternative medicines (Integrative Medicine). Both medicines should work hand in hand for the benefit of the patient. One approach can not substitute for the other.

  2. John Grints says:

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  4. Lesly says:

    Agreed!!! Alternative medicine is a perfect way to fight conventional one. Great article!!!

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