[quote author=N̠̳̘͓̠͓ͦ ͔ ̓̽̃ ̳̦̳͗E̮̜̱͇͗̿ͭ ̮̽̇ͮͦ ̞̲̼̪ ͇̳̤̥͖͕̀ͬ͊T̰ link=topic=36760.msg1355634#msg1355634 date=1409773524]
They were your first ten hits because most of your searches are "crystal healing" and "roswell cover up"
My first ten were NHS, wikipedia then a bunch of scientific papers on new developments
I am laughing my socks off because you couldn't be more wrong, or more gratuitously offensive.
I do however subscribe to a number of news sites and these were newsy results. Point to you though because I didn't know that was how google worked either. Well I guess I probably subconsciously did because its becoming increasingly creepy how it knows what I want to search for before I do
Good way to avoid my point though.
I agree that overuse and misuse of antibiotics is a problem, and the prevalence of such is not helping in the medical arms race to combat rapidly evolving antibiotic resistant disease. But I don't think it follows that alternative therapies such as reiki and homeopathy are the answer. Instead, how about investing in more teachers of math and science and making it possible for people of any socio-economic background to pursue careers in the medical field?
Sounds good. Except that without massive investment from the For Profit Pharmaceuticals Juggernaut
or shuffling cash from the Miltary budgets of the Mine's Bigger Than Yours
politicos of the world no amount of newly trained medical researchers are going to make a difference. They will follow the money because that is where the research gets done, at the cash point- the point where the cash will generate profit. If we are hugely lucky, then there may
be a new family of antibacterials develped before we collapse back into medieval helplessness, but if there is then we will frankly have been more lucky than we deserve to be.
I don't think anyone is claiming [well nobody rational anyhow] that "Woo" however you care to define it is the answer to our problems. It seems to me that refusing to accept whatever benefits - and there are some demonstrable benefits - from things like reiki or homeopathy or any other ridiculous / superstitious / eccentric practices which trigger the placebo effect is like throwing out the baby with the bathwater. I hope that someone puts the effort into studying the placebo effect and harnessing its results, but lets just repeat this once more for effevt:- there is no money for Big Pharma in sugar pills and touchy-feelin therapies so don't expect them to either help or not hinder any research efforts.
ps it just occurred to me what a weird nickname Big Pharma is. Its one of those homonym things but it sounds likeBig Farmer.
also Your new avatar - it is designed to cause madness, blindness & incontinence isn't it?