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“Scientific” healthcare?

An article in the Huffington Post referenced an article from the British Medical Journal that questioned supposedly science-based medicine. As they stated, “There is an implied faith here that if a new drug manufacturer has paid for the research for FDA approval, then it is scientifically proven to be effective. As it turns out, this belief is by no means fully justified.”

They continue “The British Medical Journal recently undertook an general analysis of common medical treatments to determine which are supported by sufficient reliable evidence. They evaluated around 2,500 treatments, and the results were as follows:13 percent were found to be beneficial
23 percent were likely to be beneficial
8 percent were as likely to be harmful as beneficial
6 percent were unlikely to be beneficial
4 percent were likely to be harmful or ineffective.This left the largest category, 46 percent, as unknown in their effectiveness. In other words, when you take your sick child to the hospital or clinic, there is only a 36 percent chance that he will receive a treatment that has been scientifically demonstrated to be either beneficial or likely to be beneficial. This is remarkably similar to the results Dr. Brian Berman found in his analysis of completed Cochrane reviews of conventional medical practices. There, 38 percent of treatments were positive and 62 percent were negative or showed ‘no evidence of effect.'”

When 46% of medical interventions have an “unknown” effectiveness, can this truly be labled as “scientific?” Now more then ever, the public needs to educate themselves on their own health matters. I encourage everyone to read the full article at the Huffington Post.

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