Quack pot watch - Skepticism in holistic health practices is common among those who work in the medical community. Even though many of these therapies have been around for centuries, there are still some who believe that the only way for some to heal is through pharmaceuticals and chemicals.
I don't believe this and, personally, I think many people would agree; God wouldn't make a cure for only those with insurance or lots of money, God would make a cure
available to everyone.
According many in the medical world; acupuncture, cleansing, nutrition, massage therapy, herbs, homeopathy, juicing, minerals, chiropractic, Ayurvedic medicine, anti-aging medicine, chelation therapy, Chinese medicine... are quackery and don't work or will kill you.
Never mind that you never see reports or even hear of people dying by the hundreds from herbs or too much juice. This is why I wrote this article, quack pot watch; to point out the side often hidden from public view.
We all have heard of the couple of deaths from overusing ephedra. But how many news reports do you see of the 12,000 deaths per year from unnecessary surgery, 7,000 deaths per year due to medication errors in hospitals, or 106,000 deaths per year due to negative effects of drugs?
You don't hear of this as these deaths were not intentional and they are in line with the standard of medical practice. For many this is not a problem since it is an individual and personal choice to use standard medicine. It is our responsibility to educate ourselves of these risks and then make a choice of how we want to with our health, or lack of it.
Health is supposed to be a freedom, and some people prefer to use medicine and surgeries while others prefer alternatives. Personally, if I have gallstones I'd rather drink a glass of olive oil and at least try to eliminate them on my own before I make a decision to remove the organ.
In this light, I believe people should be aware of certain truths each and every time they read criticism of holistic health practices.
Yes, there are precautions and one shouldn't be careless with their health. There are many health classes, courses and even free info that we all should take advantage of. Good health is our right and personal responsibility.
But at the same time, the medical profession shouldn't make alternative health practice something it is not. Nutrition is not deadly, even if in the form of an herb. Juicing is not a waste of money and massage and acupuncture do work. And they don't kill. That's why the holistic practitioner's insurance rates aren't sky high like in the medical profession.
And, by the way, one of the biggest "debunkers" of holistic health is currently named in a racketeering case in a Federal Court in Colorado, he's being sued in Ontario, Canada, one of the claims being that "the sole purpose of the activities of Barrett & Baratz are to discredit and cause damage and harm to health care practitioners and businesses that make alternative health therapies or products available" and recently, three California Judges, in a Published Appeals Court decision declared him "biased, and unworthy of credibility."
So - stay true to yourself, take care of your health and know that it is possible to have good health without drugs... I mean pharmaceuticals.