As a doctor I have a responsibility to my patients. I have the responsibility to do my best to diagnose and treat any patient that comes my way. I also have the responsibility not to waste my patients time, money, hope and health by offering worthless therapies.

That can be hard at times. Because when I see someone who is ill, who is suffering, and who comes to me for advice, I want to help. I want to make them better. Being an infectious disease doctor I do not often see medical conditions for which I can offer nothing. Occasionally I see one of the chronic fatigue states and I hate it when I have to tell the patients that no, as best as I know, I have nothing to offer you.

And when patients ask me about various pseudo-medical interventions I usually feel obligated to give the same response. No, acupuncture or colloidal silver or those herbs or that homeopathic nostrum or [fill in the blank] will not help your illness. As much as I would like to be able to offer something, I can’t do it.  I feel obligated to practice within the bounds of reality.

Other institutions have different standards.

As you are aware, acupuncture, chiropractic, rebirthing, regression therapy, guided imagery, and reiki are all pseudo-medical nonsense. As is Breath therapy, which I had never hear of, but is a

natural healing method that uses high vibrational energy to reduce stored emotions and past trauma that may contribute to disease. This type of therapy allows the patient to re-introduce breathing as a way to heal and restore the body, mind and spirit and activate healing agents in our body and soul.

I think it would be unethical to offer anyone “high vibrational energy” much less any of the other nonsense listed above. They do not work, cannot work and all waste the patients time, money, hope and health.

I do not expect pseudo-medical providers to know any better. They have drunk the Kool-Aid. But I would not except a medical clinic to have on their website phrases like

The Reiki practitioner is the conduit between you and the source of the universal life force energy. The energy flows through the practitioner’s energy field and through his or her hands to you.


Acupuncture is then used to balance the flow of Qi and stimulate our body’s natural ability to heal.


Acupuncture can treat just about any condition you can think of


Stinging nettles for allergies.

All examples of what the Cleveland Clinic is offering, and more,  in their Integrative Medicine Center.

Really. Reiki. No homeopathy. Yet. But Reiki. Reiki!

My Dad always told me you can judge a person by the company they keep. You offer Reiki, no matter how potent your other high vibrational energies might be, I cannot help but suspect you and I have different concepts as to our responsibilities to our patients.

And now, according to a press release, they have added Chinese Herbal Therapy.  

Such a collection of pseudo-medicines in one medical clinic.  And I hope the picture is not from the Cleveland Clinic.  That bare finger next to the needle gives me the infection control willies.


I am reminded yet again of the quote by Ambrose Bierce:

>I was born of poor because honest parents, and until I was twenty-three years old never knew the possibilities of happiness latent in another person’s coin…I collected my few belongings, bade adieu to my erring parents and departed out of that land, pausing at the grave of my grandfather, who had been a priest, to take an oath that never again, Heaven helping me, would I earn an honest penny.

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