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Fernando Blanco, Itxaso Barberia, Helena Matute
Some alternative medicines enjoy widespread use, and in certain situations are preferred over conventional, validated treatments in spite of the fact that they fail to prove effective when tested scientifically. We propose that the causal illusion, a basic cognitive bias, underlies the belief in the effectiveness of bogus treatments. Therefore, the variables that modulate the former might affect the latter. For example, it is well known that the illusion is boosted when a potential cause occurs with high probability...
2014: PloS One
R Monvoisin
Bach Flower Remedies (EFB) are the implements of a so-called alternative pseudo-therapy, which is increasingly widespread in France. In view of the social impact of those alleged complementary health approaches and blurred lines between parapharmaceutical trends and those that promote well-being, critical investigation seems to be required to promote a piece of objective information on this subject. The zetetic methodology appears to be the most effective for dealing with the question, we therefore applied a critical study to both EFB and alternative therapy of Dr Bach...
November 2005: Annales Pharmaceutiques Fran├žaises
Hiroyuki Taneda
Within contemporary society both 'pseudoscience' and 'pseudomedicine' can be found. Such knowledge is seen as incorrect, wrong or irrational. I call them 'unorthodox (uncertain) knowledge'. Conversely, 'orthodox knowledge'--for example, science, medicine, etc.--is seen as correct, right or rational. Some people believe 'unorthodox (uncertain) knowledge'. Experts castigate such people from the standpoint that they lack the basic understanding of 'orthodox knowledge'. That is, experts see the ordinary lay person as subjective, ignorant or irrational (whereas they see themselves as objective, analytical, prudent or rational)...
March 1, 2003: Journal of UOEH
S Sterkowicz
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June 12, 1989: Polski Tygodnik Lekarski
W T Jarvis
The U.S. Congress determined quackery to be the most harmful consumer fraud against elderly people. Americans waste $27 billion annually on questionable health care, exceeding the amount spent on biomedical research. Quackery is characterized by the promotion of false and unproven health schemes for profit and does not necessarily involve imposture, fraud, or greed. The real issues in the war against quackery are the principles, including scientific rationale, encoded into consumer protection laws, primarily the U...
August 1992: Clinical Chemistry
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