Doc Talk #29 – Complementary and Alternative Medicine

 

 

In this show we visited the topic of Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

We talked about homeopathy, which uses the principle that ‘like cures like’.

Lots of the criticism around homeopathy relates to the incredible dilutions.. you’re essentially just dealing with water

We talked about the placebo effect and homeopathy.

The principles of naturopathy are similar to those of ‘orthodox’ medicine.

The main message? Buyer beware! Be careful, some treatments may be helpful but there is a risk that they can be ineffective, costly or in some cases even dangerous.

If you are thinking or or use complementary or alternative medicine, talk to your family doctor for advice. It is important for them to know about it and they may be able to steer you away from potentially harmful treatments.

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