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The role of complementary and alternative medicine


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Those who believe that regulation is a substitute for evidence will find that even the most meticulous regulation of nonsense must still result in nonsense.


author
E Ernst
pubmed
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11061738
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journal
British Medical Journal
year
2000
month
Nov
volume
321
number
7269
pages
1133–5

excerpt

We should listen less to the opinions of those who either overtly promote or stubbornly reject complementary and alternative medicine without acceptable evidence. The many patients who use complementary and alternative medicine deserve better. Patients and healthcare providers need to know which forms are safe and effective. Its future should (and hopefully will) be determined by unbiased scientific evaluation.