Some people are blind, while others just refuse to see.
Unfortunately, many in the medical mainstream aren't just blind to alternative treatments--they refuse to see, and some comments in the British press show just what we're up against.
The British Medical Association's junior doctors committee has called homeopathy--the entire field--"witchcraft" and a "disgrace," and wants the government to deny all funding and access to homeopathic treatments.
They also declared that there's no scientific evidence in support of homeopathy... turning a blind eye to a wide body of work to the contrary. If you'd like to see what I'm talking about, take a look at the studies listed on the Web site of the National Center for Homeopathy.
There are hundreds of studies here--high-quality papers published in the world's leading medical journals, and many of these papers found homeopathic treatments that really and truly had some effect that can't be explained by the placebo response.
This isn't witchcraft--this is science.
One 2005 study looked at homeopathic treatments for chronic diseases, including allergic rhinitis in men, headaches in women and atopic dermatitis in children. The researchers concluded that "disease severity and quality of life demonstrated marked and sustained improvements following homeopathic treatment period."
That one, ironically, was published in BMJ--the British Medical Journal. You'd think the British Medical Association's junior doctors would pick that up from time to time.
Many of studies on homeopathic treatments end with the researchers saying more study is needed--it's repeated so regularly it starts to sound like a plea. Of course, that will never happen as long as Big Pharma keeps its chokehold on medical research.
In fact, it's amazing that these studies were ever published at all.
But let's get back to the "witchcraft" thing, which only shows that some powerful forces in the mainstream have no interest in having a real discussion here.
You have to ask yourself: What are they so afraid of? Is it the fact that millions of people already swear by homeopathic treatments? Or is it the threat to their livelihoods as more people discover that the mainstream really doesn't have all the answers after all?
The truth is, mainstream medicine is governed by far more guesswork than most people realize--and in an honest moment, even many doctors will admit that.
After all, most doctors today don't heal or cure. They simply look for symptoms, then find a drug or two to match. If those drugs don't work, they throw in a few more prescriptions... or maybe we should call them "potions."
And if those don't work... well, magic spells may not be next on their list--but if Big Pharma was selling them, you know they would be.