Drowning in a sea of misinformation. Part 11: Conventional health care professionals
To include conventional health care professionals amongst those who significantly contribute to the 'sea of misinformation' on alternative medicine might come as a surprise. But sadly, they do deserve quite a prominent place in the list of contributors. In fact, I could write one entire book about each of the various professions' ways to mislead patients about alternative medicine. There are, of course, considerable national differences and other peculiarities which render each specific profession quite complex to evaluate. The material is huge - far to big to fit in a short comment. All I will therefore try to do with this post is to throw a quick spotlight on some of the mainstream professions mentioning just one or two relevant aspects in each instant. Nurses Particularly in North America, many nurses seem to be besotted with 'Therapeutic Touch', an implausible and unproven 'energy-therapy'. For instance, the College of Nurses of Ontario includes Therapeutic Touch as a therapy