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From: Dr Gosia O'Reilly (59.167.207.152)
Subject:         Alternative professionals versus alternative quacks
Date: September 2, 2014 at 1:54 am PST

In Reply to: MM, please respond to this first paragraph of my post posted by lurker on September 1, 2014 at 11:07 pm:

Dear lurker

I would like to add to this discussion by saying first that being a real doctor of medicine with a degree from a formally accredited university, is not an ironclad guarantee of the efficacy of their treatment. I don't need to cite any statistics here, as these are well known.

Nevertheless, one needs to be acutely aware of the fact that typical quacks (with no/poor skills to give health advice and preying on the naive) will often use the argument that medicine is bad, science is bad, and then proceed to give complete false information and unqualified advice, which often results in a serious injury to the client. In fact, they will use science when it suits them, often misquoting it and misinterpreting it.

So when one seeks advice from alternative practitioners, it is prudent to do the research and in particular, check their background thoroughly, seeking opinion not only from the followers of such practitioner. The followers may go to great lengths to dismiss or disguise any concerns. Censorship means that a forum or an account controlled by such practitioner is not the recommended place to seek such opinion.

Importantly, one needs to be aware of the human tendency to trust some claim on the basis of everyone saying it. This type of dynamics operates in cults as well as various social communities, including online forums. Sometimes it takes one person to notice that the emperor is n*ked, for others to wake up from their coma too.

Also, as I said on another thread, a good list of points to check is whether such practitioner follows a Code of Conduct.

I believe that alternative treatments can be a great tool when they are in hands of alternative professionals, rather than alternative quacks.

Gosia
(http://blog.rawgosia.com/about)

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