Ten years and $2.5 billion dollars later alternative health is demonstrated to be worthless


Ten years ago the government set out to test herbal and other alternative health remedies to find the ones that work. After spending $2.5 billion, the disappointing answer seems to be that almost none of them do.

Echinacea for colds. Ginkgo biloba for memory. Glucosamine and chondroitin for arthritis. Black cohosh for menopausal hot flashes. Saw palmetto for prostate problems. Shark cartilage for cancer. All proved no better than dummy pills in big studies funded by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine…

Imagine how many people could have received real medical treatment with that money. Imagine how much real medical treatment we could buy with the tens of billions of dollars that American waste each year on alternative health mumbo jumbo.


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