|IS CONVENTIONAL MEDICINE EVIDENCE BASED|
Probably the most common label applied to traditional medicine is that it isn't 'scientific', that there aren't any 'good studies'. If you believe that scientific trials are the most important barometer of whether a medical approach should be used, you might want to take a look at The British Medical Journal Clinical Evidence. It tries to help people make informed decisions about which treatments to use. The idea is that it would highlight treatments that work and for which the benefits outweigh the harms. The research community looks to highlight gaps in the evidence, where there are currently no good scientific trials.
What does BMJ Clinical Evidence tell us about the state of our current knowledge? What proportion of commonly used treatments are supported by good evidence, what proportion should not be used or used only with caution, and how big are the gaps in our knowledge?
Of around 2500 conventional medical treatments covered 13% are rated as beneficial, 23% likely to be beneficial, 8% as trade off between benefits and harms, 6% unlikely to be beneficial, 4% likely to be ineffective or harmful, and 46%, the largest proportion, as unknown effectiveness. From these numbers we see that the idea that conventional medicine is based on reliable evidence is simply not true. What do these results tell us?
1. Only 15% of medical interventions are proven to be beneficial-in other words, evidence based.
2. Only 21% of interventions are likely to be beneficial. That means they may help but there is no hard evidence to prove this.
3. The Big One-We don't know if 47% of interventions are of any use at all! We are talking about drugs and surgery here, the supposed miracles of conventional medicine. Side effects occur much more frequently with these conventional treatments than they do with homeopathic medicines, nutritional supplements, or herbal medicine.
If we apply the same standard to conventional medicine that is applied to traditional medicine, then why do medical doctors promote treatments of which 85% are not proven to be effective? Meaning that most of orthodox medicine lacks credibility and often does harm.
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