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"folks don't you believe this about antibiotics"

I'm not sure what you mean by that?

We are always going to be in a war where infectious bacteria develop resistance to antibiotics. There are things we can do to retain the upper hand and slow their evolution. Rotating moratoria on certain antibiotics will help. So will avoiding unnecessary scripts for things like colds.

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major WTF moment .........folks don't you believe this about antibiotics ......and stop asking your doctors for medicines when they are not indicated.

"The antibiotic resistance crisis has been attributed to the overuse and misuse of these medications, as well as a lack of new drug development . . ." You want to avoid at all costs MRSA, VRE, CRE and a host of other alphabet-like diseases. According to JIDC "MRSA kills more Americans each year than HIV/AIDS, Parkinson’s disease, emphysema, and homicide combined." Read that again, COMBINED.

VA you know I am not picking on you - I know, you know all of this front and backward. Never a bad time for a PSA ;)

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Oh, and -

Re: why some plans cover such things....

For the same reason many doctors write scripts for antibiotics when you have a cold or a flu - to get you out of their office and make you think you're doing something beneficial. It's comparatively cheap and very low risk (because it doesn't actually do anything) and if it makes you think you're doing better, OK.

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There is some evidence that acupuncture can provide some short-term pain relief, although sham acupuncture (having an untrained individual just poke you wherever, or at non- acupuncture points) provides the same effect, but even then it's probably placebo. The major reason this can be concluded is because the result is not dose dependent - i.e. The patient reports the same improvements no matter how much acupuncture they get. If they've been poked - 1 time or 50 - the right or the wrong places - they report the effect.

To provide placebo-based "therapies" is simply fraudulent and unethical. If you doubt me, consider this:

I could sell you some magic beans that I promise will make you solve crosswords better if you have them in your pocket. So you buy them and put them in your pocket and voila - you're smarter. Thank you, Dr. Quackenfucker!

Except I sold you a lie, didn't I? Even if the placebo effect can bring about a measurable change, it's still a lie. It's still fraud.

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VA do you think these hospitals are using "alternative / Western" therapies (acupuncture specifically) for the placebo effect? One of our local hospitals uses acupuncture in their oncology department for pain management. If I recall correctly, Wake Forest Baptist recently published an article regarding acupuncture proven benefits.....specifics escape me.

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James Randi set up a fantastically controlled experiment with volunteers and some balance bracelet assmunch to demonstrate that the effect is entirely placebo. Basically if the volunteer thinks they should (or should not) fall over, they do (or don't), regardless of what the object is attached to them or circumstances presented.

It doesn't make them stupid. It makes them gullible. Humans are very, very gullible.

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I agree with you VA. There are people that you should be able to trust.

A doctor and his wife invited us to their home to watch the Superbowl one year. It turned into a sales pitch for magnetic bracelets to counteract electronic pollution from cell phones. For proof, they showed how easily you could be put off balance when you were holding a cell phone up to your ear. Sure enough, with a cell phone in your hand it was easier to be thrown off balance. I exchanged the cell phone with a ballet slipper for some kind of control. Once again, it was harder to balance. My husband thought that I was very rude to challenge what they said when they had been such lovely hosts.

It's unfortunate when doctor's give baseless medical advice because of tradition rather than fact but heinous when it is merely for profit. I see that as theft.

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But some of these are prestigious medical facilities and university hospitals. People trust them. They do not expect them to sell you pills to realign your messed up qi, using the defense that it's what customers want rather than good medicine. What utter horseshit.

I feel so alone at times like this....

Windermere FL
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This country is full of charlatans and quacks.

And few are ashamed of themselves...

Fullerton CA
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Charlatans and quacks. They should be ashamed of themselves.

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