Pursuant to my policies, I am reprinting an email, with identifying details redacted. I thought it would make for a nice conversation.
A few comments first. The tone and intent of the letter is, I would say, very nice. The content, however suffers from all kinds of being wrong, and contains great examples of common logical fallacies (don’t forget to point them out!). Still, thank you very much for writing.
I don’t expect any kind of acknowledgement, actually I frankly expect you’ll just hit the delete key with the thought, “another uneducated
Now that that’s out of the way… (You’re still here? Wow.)
As a “layman”, I have no “medical” credentials –MD, ND, or otherwise– and no particular axe to grind either way.
What I do have is logic, a solid grounding in the scientific method, an engineering degree, a knowledge of history of medicine, and a good bit of life experience.
Your original question was plausibly civil, but the ensuing “discussion” –if one may be so charitable as to call it that– unsurprisingly was hardly inviting to those whom you asked for replies. Why on earth do you think that these people would bother wasting time posting in a clearly hostile room, merely to satisfy your ego?
As I said, I have no axe to grind. If anything, my evolution of thought started from the position of being strongly pro-MD. (My uncle was the founding physician of [insert famous institution here], the largest private hospital in [insert civilized country here]– and before you dare think “backwater”, I’ll inform you that he was also the in-country physician for visiting President [insert former US president here]. If you think that the Secret Service would allow that man or his hospital near the President of the USA without having his sh* in one sock, you are a fool.)
With that out of the way, I will also tell you that there are a bunch of MD’s who are very open to “natural” treatments. They are quiet about it because they don’t care to be mocked (or worse) by the medical profession.
Before you castigate persons choose to seek assistance from outside the “official” medical profession, perhaps you should reconsider the history of your own profession. Were you aware that the physician who PIONEERED WASHING HANDS, was run out of the medical profession as a “quack” because what he was teaching ran counter to the “accepted medical practice” of the age? If you think I’m making it up, please don’t take my word for it — do a bit of history reading.
What makes you think that today’s medical practices and regimented thinking is any better than that time?
Those of us who are on the sidelines don’t hate medicine. I for one certainly do not.
I haven’t chosen sides. I simply have come to understand that the “medical profession” does not have an exclusive lock on knowledge.
What I and many others have come to loathe about “medical professionals”, though, is the rampant arrogance and dismissiveness of other perspectives.
There’s a big difference between intelligence and wisdom.
Learn some humility, boy.
Then you may gain some wisdom about life.
And your patients will be much better served.
Before you discuss, I’d like to remind folks that it is not myself or my perceived arrogance for which I advocate. It is for truth, and, as my friend likes to say, “A statement of fact cannot be insolent”.