Double Standards Exist in Judging Traditional and Alternative Medicine
SOURCE: British Medical Journal 1998 (Jun 6); 313: 1694
By Hilary Bower
|This posting is dedicated to all those evidence-based nay-sayers out there, who love to criticize without contributing anything back except negativity.
Dr. Chalmers is the head of the Cochrane group in the UK. He speaks for the REAL evidence people.
Dr Iain Chalmers, the director of the UK Cochrane Centre and a vociferous proponent of systematic reviews, told delegates:
“Critics of complementary medicine often seem to operate a double standard, being far more assiduous in their attempts to outlaw unevaluated complementary medical practices than unevaluated orthodox practices.”
He also said:
“These double standards might be acceptable if orthodox medicine was based solely on practices which had been shown to do more good than harm, and if the mechanisms through which their beneficial elements had their effects were understood, but neither of these conditions applies.”