Talk:Alternative medicine

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Mark Twain[edit]

Where should 'Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint.' be fitted into the discussion? (talk) 18:09, 9 August 2017 (UTC)

Something, something, Skitt's law. Reverend Black Percy (talk) 18:14, 9 August 2017 (UTC)
Murphy was an optimist. (talk) 18:29, 9 August 2017 (UTC)

Activated Charcoal[edit]

This can be considered an alternative medicine but I have seen it work very well, better than medication sometimes. I had been using medical cream to help me because I'm practically a mosquito magnet due to my blood type. It has not worked well and despite what it claims it doesn't help with the itch, if it does at all its minute. I tried activated charcoal with green clay and water as a friend told me to and after a few minutes the itch stopped, it took one application for 2 days for the swollen spot where it bit to go down (takes 4 with cream) since then I haven't used the cream anymore. I also found out catnip oil seems to work better than DEET on my mosquito problem, but you cant leave it in the bottle waiting for 1 year and expect it to be as potent as it was at first.--King TempestRimuru Slime.png 12:49, 28 August 2017 (UTC)


Some non prescribed products claim that they 'may or will' help relieve the symptoms of X - and may do so merely by 'smelling/tasting nice and making you feel you are doing something positive' and/or have a slight positive effect (hot lemon and honey to relieve the symptoms of a cold etc and the shop-bought equivalents).

Other 'often costly' products are obviously woo 'Mrs X was cured of Y in 10 weeks', 'cures (six totally unconnected) diseases', '100% satisfaction guaranteed or your money back (in Weimar Milliarden stamps)' 'Please send megabucks to PO Box U-luser').

What number and sort of claims will flag up on which side of the divide those products and activities in the middle lie? Anna Livia (talk) 17:01, 29 August 2017 (UTC)

Medical diagnosis by use of fiction[edit]

Not quite certain where else to put this:

There are occasional cases of people diagnosing what they/others have through 'reading a story' (The Pale Horse is a notable example) or watching a TV program (a case recently) - and probably far more cases of 'fiction-induced hypochondria' (and possibly a few cases of 'You don't have... but you do have...'). Should there be a passing mention somewhere? Anna Livia (talk) 12:54, 5 February 2018 (UTC)


I propose adding silver. Any thoughts? Corcery (poke) 02:47, 22 March 2021 (UTC)