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  •  By mocking the effectiveness of alternative (1+ / 0-)
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    medicine, which are used world wide and accepted by the patients, and calling it "magic" in his title, he makes a (imo derogatory)  judgement about those cultures and people that use them. The introductory paragraph is talks about  magic and witchcraft and its relation to governments of foreign countries.

    If he had worded his headline and some expressions differently I would have said nothing.

    I am Chelsea Manning - In Solidarity

    by mimi on Thu Aug 22, 2013 at 09:10:51 PM PDT

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    •  Mocking? (1+ / 0-)
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      So using scientific analysis to refute claims of alternative medicine is MOCKING it?  

      It is these beliefs in traditional medicine that are helping the spread of diseases and the destruction of certain species (rhino horn for example).  

      The sequester is the new Republican immigration reform plan. Make things so bad here in the US that no one will want to live here.

      by Mote Dai on Thu Aug 22, 2013 at 09:18:45 PM PDT

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    •  Those are not helpful criteria for medicine (2+ / 0-)
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      used world wide and accepted by the patients
      So was bleeding. It was still nonsense.
    •  Yes, and he should. (0+ / 0-)

      Cultural respect is all well and good, but there is no good reason that anyone should respect any cultural practice that causes harm to actual living people, even when the fervently hold that practice dear themselves. You could just as easily make the claim that we should support the continuation of female genital mutilation in those cultures where it is practiced and where it is claimed to have "health benefits". Yet we know from actual medical evidence that the opposite it true and that the practice is both harmful and utterly useless in any medical sense.

      Just because something is widely used or accepted does not make it good or worthy of respect, especially in a scientific or medical sense. Women in the 19th c. western world used to buy and ingest tapeworms in order to control their weight; it was promoted by quacks even though the medical community already considered tapeworms harmful parasites (which they are) but it was also very popular as an "alternative treatment" for doing the simple but difficult thing; eating a healthier diet.

      Sorry, but cultural respect only goes so far. We have to draw the line at harmful practices like medical woo, no matter how many people may have their favored cultural practices disrupted by the application of scientific evidence and the plain truths that it discovers.

      Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory, tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat. Sun Tzu The Art of War

      by Stwriley on Fri Aug 23, 2013 at 07:46:56 AM PDT

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