Last week’s issue of Journal of the American Medical Association includes an editorial suggesting that the budget of the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine might be used more productively elsewhere at the National Institutes of Health.
author runs through a litany of negative study outcomes and implausible
interventions to make his case: The $130 million annual budget of the
center is of suspect utility. One might think that arguments
against faith-based practice are preferential arguments against the
complementary and alternative medicine , but that’s not so. Much of what
is done in conventional medicine is simply time-honored, but not truly
tested. When time-honored practices are put to exacting tests of
evidence, they often fail.
I was taught — adamantly — through all
my training years that drugs called beta-blockers, which reduce the
force of the heart’s contraction, would be harmful in congestive heart
failure. It turns out, at odds with time-honored practice, tradition and
intuition alike, these drugs reduce mortality in heart failure, and are
now used routinely.
Source - New Haven Register