MODERN MEDICINE PASSES MUSTER
IN response to Greg Barns, deeply entrenched ideas are not an obstacle in the medical profession (Talking Point,
Mercury, May 22). Modern medicine is evidence-based. Treatments are rigorously tested for efficacy and side-effects. Those that pass muster are adopted.
Choosing Ian Gawler as an example of entrenched and ignorant medical opinion is a perfect example of the problem with alternative therapies and their proponents.
The medical profession didn’t attack Gawler. They reviewed the evidence, and the most likely cause of his cancer “cure” is that he didn’t have cancer. Rather, he had TB, which when treated with antibiotics resolved.
If people wish to meditate and pour their coffee into their bottoms instead of ingesting it in the usual way, go for it I say.
But don’t try to pretend that untested, unproven and potentially unsafe “alternative” therapies are a better option than modern medicine.
Niall Stewart South Hobart