Good post. I live in the UK and to me homeopathy is our own version of creationism.
It makes me embarrassed to be British – as does the royal family btw.
I had to deal with a co-worker who was spitting out the “but my dad took it and it worked” line, I considered going into the fallacy of personal testimony and the effects of placebo with him but decided to drop it – I might as well explain quantum mechanics to a chimp than to try and alter the beliefs of a die-hard believer. (this guys doesn’t believe in evolution by the way – and this is the UK) He is the first evolution denier I have met in 24 years of life – wow!
So basically, this blog is about homeopathy? Because according to the law of infinitessimals, the water from the toilet I just flushed will soon be incredibly diluted into all of the world’s oceans, thus turning everyone’s next glass of water from the tap into a re-enactment of 2girls1cup.
What do you have to lose? Money, precious time, and diversion away from any possible real help.
I work in a cancer center, and while there was in the past (and often still, sadly) some times tolerance for quack cures for those beyond our help, many caregivers have come to understand that passive tolerance for crap based medicine eventually creates a dynamic and critical mass of stupidity that eventually comes to hurt patients who could be helped, were it not for the distractions and confusion that the woo woo people create.
Ignorance kills. This fact should energize everyone with a brain and the ability to use it.
Hey I think there may actually be a Crap Based Medicine! I’ve only just listened to the Quackcast episode on Probiotics, and the good doctor mentioned a medical procedure to replenish the Bacteria in the gut by using a feeding to tube to add liquified faeces from a healthy family member!
Now go to CafePress.com and get that arranged so we can buy our lapel buttons (“I’m full of Crap-Based Medicine”), bumper stickers (“This car runs on Crap-Based Medicine”) and RW signature fanny packs (“This bag contains Crap-Based Medicine”).
so I just heard about your new blog on the latest Skeptics Guide #132 – so I just HAD to check it out and say hello, before I foget. I hope you post here regularly- if not let me know your main blog site and I will subscribe there. I have been listening to Skeptics Guide for a while now, I forget what my first episode was, and I really enjoy your show. I cried a little too, when I found out Will Smith was a Scientologist. Anyway I look forward to hearing and reading more. Thanks.
For more Crap Based “Medicine”, check out my Chiropractic Student Debt Blog.
Chiropractors like to say they are “evidence based”. Don’t believe it because there is NO evidence for chiropractic. There may be SOME evidence for spinal manipulation for SOME low back pain, but manipulation is not exclusively chiropractic — it can be done by MDs, PTs, and DOs who are REALLY evidence based (and actually know how to diagnosis!!)
Chiropractic = The Flagship of Crap Based Medicine
I am somewhat concerned that this may cause confusion among legitimate practitioners of crap-based medicine. As noted above, Fecalopathy has a rich, steaming tradition in many parts of our benighted planet.
Awesome as always, Rebecca. I’ll be surprised if this blog really goes anywhere – I’m pretty sure it was just a one-time joke, and you seem to have a lot on your plate these days – but at the very least make “Crap-Based Medicine” a category on your Skepchick blog.
Very funny Rebecca. I’m listening to #132 right now and you just announced this hot new blog on crap-based medicine. Technology rules!
Speaking of CBM, I teach Intro Bio at Oklahoma State University. On their first exam this semester, I wrote a series of questions about those disgusting Kinoki Foot Pads. For one question, I presented a graph comparing serum mercury concentrations before and after treatment with the Kinoki Pads and with a simple cotton pad (control). For both treatment and control, I illustrated that mercury levels were much lower at the end of the trial.
More than 2/3 of our students (n = 600) concluded that the Kinoki Foot Pads caused mercury levels to decrease – they completely ignored the fact that the control group showed the identical effect!
We’ve got a lot of work to do in the realm of CBM. . .
I am supposed to be finishing a paper right now, so forgive me for not going too in-depth right now, but I thought you may want to look up Ayurvedic medicine– a TRULY crap-based medicine, as it utilizes animal dung as part of its… crap.
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It’s fucksticks like you that actually need natural medicine. Thank Christ we have wankers that shoot their mouths off online like you dude, how else can the (legal) drug lords make a fukin’ living bro?