Pseudoscience

Read: Making “Quackoncology” Respectable

I hate to start the week with a depressing article, but I must pass this along. From the fantastic blog Science-Based Medicine, David Gorski reports on the latest development in a horrifying trend: integrative oncology, in which otherwise respectable medical bodies end up promoting Reiki and naturopathy to their medical and scientific audience.

“Let’s just put it this way. Traditional Chinese medicine is a construct that was retconned by Mao’s regime to turn Chinese folk medicine that no educated Chinese wanted (because it was, by and large, quackery) into the “traditional Chinese medicine” to which academic medical centers such as M.D. Anderson and Memorial Sloan-KetteringCancer Centers, not to mention the Cleveland Clinicamong others, devote considerable resources. It’s amazing how much things have changed in 30 years with respect to the government’s position on quackery.”

If you want to be depressed, head over to the full article here.

The next episode of Within Reason will cover just that topic.

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