Friday, April 15, 2011
Alternative Medicine: A Conspiracy Theorist's Trusted Friend
The above statement reflects the general course of action as medicine continues to evolve and adapt. What may have been considered outside the norm or non-mainstream treatment a few decades ago, could very well be considered a normal course of action today. This is why when someone is actually proven it will become adopted... because doctors and scientists are humans too and they just want to treat and cure conditions and diseases.
So why is it that vaccine conspiracy theorists like Lowell Hubbs always seem to think that "modern medicine" is reluctant to try new things or that the medical community at large is resistant to change? The simply truth is, if a treatment shows promise you can bet that treatment will be studied, examined, researched, and if there is any merit to it... implemented by countless practitioners. If a new cancer treatment shows promise, it will be validated and tested. If that treatment results in the patient living a longer life or experiencing less pain or getting through treatment with fewer side effects, rest assured it will be used.
The real issue with alternative medicine is that in the vast majority of the cases, the treatments don't have any legitimate science to support them, and the people peddling these products and treatments have no true interest in knowing if the treatments work or not (after all if science showed a treatment to be entirely without any benefits, there would be no profit to be made by using that treatment, and thus the practitioner would suffer financially).
In fact most of the time we are given only casual observations from those that sell these treatments and there is never any proof of efficacy. They don't engage in legitimate long-term studies. They don't finance double-blind clinical studies. They don't submit research to be peer-reviewed and published in reputable medical journals. Instead, they write articles or stories that are very often published on their websites or in their newsletters, and they make wild claims that have never been evaluated or examined by others. To some like Mr. Hubbs, this is good enough, and we have seen examples of where Mr. Hubbs has fallen hook, line, and sinker for the claims made by people such as Andrew Moulden and Sherri Tenpenny even though their claims never have any science to support them.
In the real world, most people are skeptics. Skeptics are always trying to dig deeper and never accept anything on face value. Skeptics are always looking for the true angle and although they may give people the benefit of the doubt, when it comes to matters of science or fact, skeptics require evidence and cold-hard data... not platitudes, personal observation, statements from a few select individuals, or even worse - unsupported claims by the person who stands to benefit by that particular treatment being used.
That isn't to say that people shouldn't try new things or do what they feel is best for their own health and well being, but the reality is people like Mr. Hubbs tend to make claims about how much better and safer alternative medicine is than its more mainstream counterpart, and unfortunately for Mr. Hubbs there is never any science to support that viewpoint. Thus when Mr. Hubbs claims that a doctor can cure cancer with baking soda or when he claims you can cure autism with 'biomedical' treatment that is merely Mr. Hubbs' opinion and not a scientifically supportable position.
Thus when pressed for real science to support these miracle cures, what does Mr. Hubbs provide in response? You guessed it... the typical conspiracy theory that the FDA, CDC, WHO, AMA or "big pharma" would never 'allow' such a study to be published or that they are in 'control' of the information flow surrounding all medical and scientific matters worldwide. Obviously this is a tad hard to believe as that would suggest there are millions of doctors and research scientists and university researchers involved in some massive cover-up to silence the truth, and never once has a single one of these millions of people come forward and blown the whistle.
So I ask which seems more plausible... that alternative medicine treatments simply haven't been proven to work, or that a few million people are somehow all in some vast conspiracy to silence anything which could potentially harm the profits of their employers or otherwise have a negative impact upon their funding sources? I guess in the world of a conspiracy theorist, all of these people are cold-hearted, selfish, greedy, scumbags who could care less about finding a cure to cancer or a proven treatment for autism and instead they are only concerned with the size of their respective bank accounts. Millions of researchers, scientists, and doctors worldwide are all somehow more concerned with protecting their jobs than being known as the person or persons who actually cured a disease and not a single one of these people anywhere has a desire to put their mark on human history.
Yes that is quite unbelievable for anyone with even a shred of common sense, but nobody ever claimed conspiracy theorists based their viewpoints upon logic or intellect. Instead, people like Mr. Hubbs merely prove their ignorance and naivety on a daily basis... and then they wonder why they are continually mocked and never taken seriously. There might be a lot of people in this world who are qualified to offer sound medical advice, but rest assured it is probably a bad idea to take such advice from a conspiracy theorist who has doubts that we ever landed on the moon, who thinks the CEO of a multi-billion dollar health organization is out to kill him, and that the Twin Towers were destroyed by bombs as part of a government conspiracy.
Sort of makes you wonder what is next for the medical genius mind of Mr. Lowell Hubbs doesn't it?