There can be the long, reactive, fully editorialsied version. But first there is the neat, pure version posted, of what was.
1. “I fail to see how you can ‘cure’ disorders such as depression by rubbing two sticks together whilst sitting under a yam tree”.
Well, it depends where the yam tree is but I’m fairly sure it’d make me happy. Remembering:
2. “…..people I know who work in psychiatry do not take the pharmaceutical route as their first option.”
Perhaps because the alternative of talking is preferable! Nonetheless, pharmaconarcotics and the like – “biochemical coshes” – are so commonly used. I taught horticulture at a bail hostel for a couple of years and the bulk of the inmates were given handfuls of such tablets on a daily basis by their probation staff, as medically advised. Kids who’d got drunk or stolen to support addiction or just stolen for income. Old folk get dosed with valium each morning.
3. “Alternative medicine is based on ‘inductive fallacies.”
That’s what one must term a “damning, unsupported generalisation”. Amusingly, it is itself an inductive fallacy.
4. “If there are logical fallacies in science it creates ‘bad science.”
No, it is not science at all. Obviously. Ben Goldacre, bless his cotton socks, is probably himself an inductive fallacy. You had better ask him.
5. “I see nothing in the efforts of those who work in medicine that makes me conclude that they are conducting errors of induction.”
This is a statement akin to Horatio Nelson’s so famous “I see no ships” with telescope fixed to his blind eye. Shall we talk of evidence based medicine, essentially prescription by the mean which, by definition is frequently the incorrect outcome? Or, perhaps I should expand on the archaic practice of vaccination?
6. “A bad science would be dogmatic. Medicine is not.”
Ask Andy Wakefield! It has to be – it has a reputation to lose. Not to speak of zillions in damages. Medicine is profounly, overpoweringly dogmatic.
7. “ However alternative medicine never alters it’s fallacious conclusions.”
Now the conclusions are fallacious as well! Now where’s the logic – if you say the assumptions are fallacious you must stop there!
8. “If it could be inductively proven to me that depression could be cured by foot massage – I’d advise a depressive to remove his/her shoes.”
“Inductive proof” pales when compared with witnessing the actuality, which I’m sure Alan and Erin, who both offer massage, could provide. Me too, only I’ve only done a weekend course run by another of my friends.Most of it is plain common sense, but yoga, acupuncture, massage are all profoundly beneficial and all of these disciplines stress diet and lifestyle as inclusive to the therapy and ongoing regeneration.
Conventional medicine used to know this, too.