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My recent Facebook post compelled me to write this, posted here to protect the identity of one whom I love and respect, but who is very, very wrong:

There are only eight Northern White Rhino’s left in the world. Four of them have 24-hour bodyguards. “Traditional Medicine” . . . “Natural ” . . . “Non-Big-Pharma” . . . pick the phrase of the day: ‘tradition’ holds that ground Rhino horn not only cures cancer, but it ‘enhances male function’ (Science Illustrated, April/May 2013).

Snake Oil by any other name

If a “health” product has not been subject to a placebo controlled, double-blind test, then further subject to an independent re-test and finally subject to a peer review prior to publication . . . I wouldn’t feed it to cockroach much less my dog.

I love you dearly M but homeopathy is just water, Ouija Boards are not guided by spirits, there is no Great Pumpkin and anything with the disclaimer “ . . . this product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease” . . . well, it won’t.

Thank you Orin Hatch, (R) Senator from Utah, for the invention of the “Complimentary and Alternative Medicine” act which not only created NNCAM — one of the greatest medicinal scams of the century — it also insured your re-election until death! And regrettably set back medical science a century.

Check out a wonderful book for the back-story to NNCAM:

“Charlatan: America’s Most Dangerous Huckster, the Man Who Pursued Him, and the Age of Flimflam”
http://www.amazon.com/Charlatan-Americas-Dangerous-Huckster-Flimflam/dp/0307339890

Hard to believe that nothing has changed.

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