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Traditional Chinese medicine? You must be joking

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bear bile, a TCM that tortures and kills bears and prevents humans from receiving effective treatments - just one of the horrors of TCM

bear bile, a TCM that tortures and kills bears and prevents humans from receiving effective treatments – just one of the horrors of TCM

If we don’t know what’s in them, it’s very difficult to predict the interactions, … that’s obviously of great concern if they are been given to children, or pregnant women, the potential outcomes there are very serious.

Murdoch University biochemist Dr Garth Maker

There’s nothing particularly positive to say about naturopathic treatments generally – some of which (homeopathy, reflexology, iridology, acupuncture and cupping, to name a few) are not so much ‘natural’, whatever that means, as examples of comprehensively failed hypotheses (hardly worthy of the name). But so-called traditional Chinese medicine is on the lowest rung, considering how much damage it has done, not only to humans but to other species that have been horribly exploited in its name. The latest damning finding about what is actually contained in many of these unregulated pills will probably barely create a ripple amongst the anti-science crowd, but nevertheless it needs to get as much publicity as possible. You never know, maybe someone, somewhere will take notice (and we’re fighting a real battle here, because if you go online to find out about TCM, you’ll find the whole internet disturbingly skewed towards the positive). Please, if only for the sake of the children exposed to this crap by ignorant parents, let’s do something about this. It’s an effing outrage.

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Written by stewart henderson

December 13, 2015 at 11:36 pm

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  1. Thanks for the link – I just interviewed Dr Maker and it’s on RTRFM tomorrow (and the podcast soon after!)

  2. Alterntive therapies are not meant to substitute conventional medicine. They are there as a last option for those who feel hopeless because they cannot cure their illness using the traditional method.

    Ann Bell

    March 31, 2017 at 8:30 am

    • Thanks for the comment. I understand that people often feel desperate but there is no viable ‘alternative’ to evidence-based modern medicine. You’ve wrongly characterised science-based medicine as ‘conventional’ and ‘traditional’. Doctors and specialists who are worthy of the name will keep updated with the latest developments in treatment of diseases and conditions in an ever-expanding field of research. There is no research going on in alternative medicine.

      stewart henderson

      April 1, 2017 at 9:31 pm


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