Last weeks series in the NZ Herald on ‘alternative relaxation and remedies’ got quite of few of us peeved here at Sciblogs. I can’t speak for everyone but I’ll tell you why I objected. Because I strongly feel that articles like that do readers a potentially life-threatening disservice.
Let me explain. Over five days we were introduced to a variety of
‘relaxation therapies and health treatments, once practised only on distant shores’
While the articles mostly pushed the relaxation aspect of the therapies (with the exception of leech therapy which not many could claim to find relaxing…), this is essentially a smokescreen. Because many practitioners of ‘alternative remedies’ believe they can treat almost any disease, despite there being no evidence to support these claims. They will certainly present plenty of testimonials on their websites. And people may genuinely feel better after visiting such a practitioner. But if it was something like cancer they were being ‘treated’ for, this won’t last and may cause life-threatening delays to starting genuine medical treatment.