With permission of Jordan Zevon
"A small crack appears
In my diplomacy-dike.
"By definition", I begin
"Alternative Medicine", I continue
"Has either not been proved to work,
Or been proved not to work.
You know what they call alternative medicine
That’s been proved to work?
— Tim Minchin
The title pretty much sums it up. But I need to make a distinction here. So many get these two words confused. There is a difference between homeopathic and holistic. Holistic simply means...considering all the parts of a whole. So as to say...if a person has acid reflux..a holistic approach might take into consideration the liver..the stomach...the intestines..the diet..lifestyle etc etc...all with regard to how it contributes to the acid reflux. So basically a much more thorough process of diagnosis and treatment than say just specializing in gastrointestinal issues.
Homeopathic crap salesmen on the other hand..and in my opinion...are far worse than simple snake oil salesmen. At least a snake oil salesman will put nasty powerful tasting crap in a jar so as to at least give the illusion that it is doing something. It might even make one puke or sweat profusely. But a homeopathic substance is ..for all intents and purposes..water. In fact...the water itself may have more pollutants in it than anything the conman may have added..like .001% of something or the other.
But these bottles of water are purveyed by some really sly effective sociopathic(one would almost have to be) salesmen...as long as the mark is a gullible fool. All one needs to do to sell homeopathic remedies is to put water in jars..and write labels on them. At best..they make a living off of selling placebo's. But what blows my mind the most is that they sell this crap in places that sell actual vitamins and MEDICINE...like pharmacies and vitamin shoppes. And I cannot for the life of me figure how they have gotten away with it this long without being held criminally responsible.
My own grandmother spent thousands on this crap. Or I should be more specific..my grandfather spent the money...my grandmother was the fool. Of course there were many other..I should hope to cover on other blogs..like rolfing...acupuncture just to start with. She had psychological issues..hypochondria. And some medical doctors are guilty too. They will send these types of people to all sorts of expensive specialists.. and for all sorts of expensive and useless tests..because the idiots WANT to ..to feed their delusion. Much in the same way a religious person WANTS to go to evangelist "healers"... to feed their delusion. So I suppose I'v answered my own question....for without a demand there would be no economically feasible reason to have a supply. And if I could create a demand for edible feces then I suppose they would be selling jars of shite in Walgreens next.