Logical Gal and Evidence-Based Medicine – is there any other kind?

9 May

What a concept!  Relying on medical practices and prescribed treatments that actually work and have the evidence to back them up!

I recently listened to a conversation between Al Mohler and Candy Gunther Brown, PhD from Harvard.  The topic was fascinating!  Dr. Brown has studied the religious content of complementary and alternative medical practices such as chiropractic, yoga and reiki.

Audio talk + transcript entitled: “Are we all syncretists now…”  – about complementary and alternative medicine and evangelical Christians

The discussion focused on Dr. Brown’s research in her latest book Link to book at Amazon

What I found compelling as a logical gal was the distinction between medicine that could point to double blind trials to substantiate its claims and medicine that was NOT evidence-based.

Evidence-based medicine

Apparently many of those who practice these alternative ‘therapies’ know how to shift their language to suit their audience. This tailoring the vocabulary extends to efforts to appeal  to the public’s desire for something ‘scientificky’ and ‘natural‘ or appeasing Christians’ worries about Buddhist or Hindu influences by changing the names of movements.

 

Yoga in public schools

Dr. Brown was called as an expert witness in last summer’s California court case regarding the teaching of yoga in Encinitas public schools (San Diego area) . Even though she supplied substantial reasons why yoga is a religious practice, the court ruled otherwise. NPR report on ruling

Whether you are bothered by the question of religious content or not in these practices, you SHOULD BE concerned about any medical practice that is more quackery and wishful thinking.  Practice reasoned skepticism!!

Skepticism and truth

 

One Response to “Logical Gal and Evidence-Based Medicine – is there any other kind?”

  1. mybodymytime May 9, 2014 at 6:34 am #

    Great post thanks for sharing

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