Essay talk:The Problem with Alternative Medicine
The concept "alternative medicine" is a negative definition (any non-conventional treatment), therefore it encompasses wildly varying approaches and there can't be a problem common to them all. 18.104.22.168 (talk) 01:36, 4 January 2016 (UTC)
- Actually, there is. "Alternative medicine" is "medicine" that hasn't been proven to work; if alternative medicine is proven to work, it loses the "alternative" adjective and becomes "medicine".
- This is the common to all alternative therapies that I've seen. Carpetsmoker (talk) 01:54, 4 January 2016 (UTC)
- Lots of conventional treatments have not been proven to work either, yet they're not classified as Alternative medicine, therefore your definition is bogus. Wikipedia has adopted the "non-conventional treatment" definition instead.
- Plus, in this study by Mayo Clinic, more than 40 percent of established medical practices studied were found to be ineffective or harmful: A Decade of Reversal: An Analysis of 146 Contradicted Medical Practices. Examples: hormone therapy in postmenopausal women, high-dose chemotherapy and stem cell transplant. 22.214.171.124 (talk) 16:00, 4 January 2016 (UTC)