Dana-Farber Channels the Spirit of Fraud

Dana-Farber Channels the Spirit of Fraud

"If you integrate cow pie with apple pie, it does not make the cow pie taste better; it makes the apple pie worse." – Mark Crislip 

In my opinion there is no difference between talking to the dead, palm reading, reiki, reflexology, or acupuncture. All are total cow pie.

I am no lawyer and do not what legally constitutes fraud. Wikipedia says

fraud is deliberate deception to secure unfair or unlawful gain

So I suppose of integrative medicine is not deliberate deception since it is offered by true believers and if offered for free there is no gain.

But offering reiki (named after the Game of Thrones character) to patients is to my mind the moral equivalent of fraud.

Dana-Farber is embarking on its largest expansion yet of unconventional therapies. Over the past year, it has taken the unusual step of offering reiki, an ancient Asian technique, and foot reflexology free of charge to adults and children — as well as acupuncture to adults — in its outpatient infusion clinics during chemotherapy treatments.

Reiki was invented in 1922.  Hardly ancient. They are spending $2 million

to convert the first floor of one of its buildings into a new center for "integrative therapies"

The article calls reiki "controversial".

When did controversial become a synonym for complete, 100%, total bullshit, er, I mean, cow pie.

And they offer reflexology, which is also 'controversial'.

The article mentions that there is a

growing body of research supports acupuncture as a treatment for pain and nausea in oncology patients

That body of literature has been growing for decades according to proponents and has yet to reach the size of a book in Whoville.

And all the while admitting

"We can't say it's any more than placebo at this stage,'


'I struggle with the mechanism of a lot of these therapies'

Deliberately giving placebo is usually considered unethical as is giving therapies based in fantasy.

Only in integrative medicine can you unethically defraud people with impunity. It is the sine qua non of the practice.

The integration of cow pie with apple pie continues and patients and medicine is the worse for it.

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