Nuts: Homeopathy and Chiropractic for Ebola

Nuts:  Homeopathy and Chiropractic for Ebola

 

There seems to be a belief in the pseudo-medical world that if you just did everything right, ate the right food, took the correct supplements, and used the CAM du jour you would have a perfect immune system and never an get infection.

Wrong.

Infections of one sort or another are inevitable, but there can be great variability in disease. With some infection only a minority will get symptoms. With others, like Chikungunya, virtually everyone gets symptomatic illness. These pathogens have evolved to infect and often the best one can do is take the edge off or decrease the odds of acquiring an infection.

I do have to admire, in a perverse kind of way, the commitment of some pseudo-medical providers to their delusions.

The homeopaths are now in West Africa, taking care of ebola patients. Really.

The good news is that a small international team of experienced and heroic homeopaths have arrived in West Africa, and are currently on the ground working hard to examine patients, work out the “genus epidemicus,” and initiate clinical trials. This work is being done alongside the current conventional supportive measures and treatments already in place. We applaud and congratulate this team’s dedication and courage in joining the front lines in treating Ebola with homeopathy. The answer to whether homeopathic medicine has an important role in the Ebola epidemic could be forthcoming quite soon.

I think I can answer that question in advance: Nope.

The author actually thinks that there will be a homeopathic treatment:

Discovering such a remedy and applying it successfully for Ebola is still unproven, though completely in line with our historical experience with epidemic diseases, both for their treatment and prevention.

That is nuts. I just hope none of them acquire ebola and then only rely on their worthless therapies for treatment.

And the chiropractors are weighing in as well. Well, at least Rob Sinnott, an advisor for the Foundation for Vertebral Subluxation, who suggests that all one needs to prevent and treat ebola is fix subluxations and allow

innate intelligence to whack the offending pathogen immediately.

That is nuts. And it also casts strong doubt on his assertion that he is "not a moron."

I hope he does not have the courage of his convictions and head to West Africa. Like the homeopaths, I would not wish a Darwin Award on anyone.

His use of chiropractic for ebola is seconded by Matthew McCoy of the Foundation for Vertebral Subluxation (one would think they would be Foundation against Vertebral Subluxation):

 "Dr. Sinnott offers a humorous, anatomically and physiologically correct discourse on Ebola and the role of the immune system, subluxation and chiropractic in such situations."

A discourse that even other chiropractors consider

"unmitigated nonsense" with "views (that) represent a clear and present danger to the public and the profession."

It is amazing how people can drink the Kool Aid to the extent that they really think their particular pseudo-medicine would have any effect against an infection that would give me pause to treat without the full support of modern reality-based medicine.

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