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The reality of 'integrative medicine' consists of little more than re-discoveries from conventional medicine, platitudes and outright nonsense
Yesterday, I received a 'LETTER FROM DR JONAS' (the capital lettering was his) - actually, it was an email, and not a very personal one at that. Therefore I feel it might be permissible to share some of it here (you do remember Jonas, don't you? I did mention him in a recent post: "Considering the prominence and experience of Wayne Jonas, the 1st author of this paper, such obvious transgression is more than a little disappointing – I would argue that is amounts to overt scientific misconduct.") Here we go: As part of my book tour, I spent last month visiting hospitals and medical schools, talking to the doctors, nurses and students. I tell them to think of a chronically ill patient, and I ask: "What matters most for this patient? What is the person's lifestyle like – their nutrition, movement and sleep? How does that patient manage their stress? Does that patient have a good support system at home? What supplements does that patient take? Has your patient seen any CAM practitioners to