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It's official: Switzerland is going holistically round the bend
The Swiss interior ministry has yesterday announced its intention to elevate quackery to the same level as conventional medicine. The 5 therapies were named as homeopathy, holistic medicine, herbal medicine, acupuncture, traditional Chinese medicine No, this is not an early April fools joke! It might merely a sign that this country is in dire need of some critical thinking. The 5 therapies will acquire the same status as conventional medicine by May 2017. After being rejected in 2005 by the authorities for lack of scientific proof of their efficacy, complementary and alternative medicines made a comeback in 2009 when two-thirds of Swiss backed their inclusion on the constitutional list of paid health services. As a result of the vote, these treatments are covered by basic compulsory insurance as part of six-year trial period from 2012-2017, during which their efficacy would be examined. The ministry has come to the conclusion that it is impossible to verify the efficacy of these