Thursday, November 5, 2015
Alternative medicine is any practice that is put forward as having the healing effects of medicine, but is contradicted by established science. Though there is research that shows alternative medicine techniques can help with problems like pain and nausea, there isn't enough medical evidence to determine if they are effective. Alternative medicine is well and good if you're trying to cure a headache, but it becomes incredibly dangerous when it comes to major illness and disease. "I have cancer so I'll go on a juice diet and do yoga, and my cancer will go away- who needs doctors". There's no evidence to prove alternative medicine actually helps cure major illness, in fact there's far more evidence stating that alternative medicine is useless and dangerous. So why do people risk their lives to pick alternative medicine over doctors? People just like the sound of "drink this juice and get better" over "you're going to need surgeries and radiation therapy, and you're gonna hate it but hey you'll have a good shot at living", alternative medicine is incredibly enticing because it looks like the better option by far. However, things that look too good to be true usually are just that. So pro tip: If you get some crazy disease, see a doctor you hipster. Headaches are fair game though, whatever floats your boat.