World’s Worst and Extreme Medical Practices | Taboo Healers | National Geographic Documentary

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World’s Worst and Extreme Medical Practices | Taboo Healers | National Geographic Documentary.

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Alternative medicine is any practice that is put forward as having the healing effects of medicine, but does not originate from evidence gathered using the scientific method,[n 1][n 2][n 3] is not part of biomedicine,[n 1][n 4][n 5][n 6] or is contradicted by scientific evidence or established science.[1][2][3] It consists of a wide range of health care practices, products and therapies, ranging from being biologically plausible but not well tested, to being directly contradicted by evidence and science, or even harmful or toxic.[n 4][1][3][4][5][6] Examples include new and traditional medicine practices such as homeopathy, naturopathy, chiropractic, energy medicine, various forms of acupuncture, traditional Chinese medicine, Ayurvedic medicine, and Christian faith healing. The treatments are those that are not part of the science-based healthcare system, and are not clearly backed by scientific evidence.[7][8][9][10] Despite significant expenditures on testing alternative medicine, including .5 billion spent by the United States government, almost none have shown any effectiveness greater than that of false treatments (placebo), and alternative medicine has been criticized by prominent figures in science and medicine as being quackery, nonsense, fraudulent, or unethical.[11][12]

Complementary medicine is alternative medicine used together with conventional medical treatment in a belief, not confirmed using the scientific method, that it “complements” (improves the efficacy of) the treatment.[n 7][14][15][16] CAM is the abbreviation for complementary and alternative medicine.[17][18] Integrative medicine (or integrative health) is the combination of the practices and methods of alternative medicine with conventional medicine.[19]

Alternative medical diagnoses and treatments are not included as science-based treatments that are taught in medical schools, and are not used in medical practice where treatments are based on what is established using the scientific method. Alternative therapies lack such scientific validation, and their effectiveness is either unproved or disproved.[n 8][1][14][21][22] Alternative medicine is usually based on religion, tradition, superstition, belief in supernatural energies, pseudoscience, errors in reasoning, propaganda, or fraud.[1][2][3][14] Regulation and licensing of alternative medicine and health care providers varies from country to country, and state to state.

The scientific community has criticized alternative medicine as being based on misleading statements, quackery, pseudoscience, antiscience, fraud, or poor scientific methodology. Promoting alternative medicine has been called dangerous and unethical.[n 9][24] Testing alternative medicine has been called a waste of scarce medical research resources.[25][26] Critics have said “there is really no such thing as alternative medicine, just medicine that works and medicine that doesn’t”,[27] and “Can there be any reasonable ‘alternative’ [to medicine based on evidence]?”[28]

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