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The role of complementary and alternative medicine

Tags: controversy, debunkery

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This classic article about complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) includes the famous quote, “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.”

~ Paul Ingraham

original abstract

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.

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