Originally Posted by BR
No, because if it's considered child abuse to perform faith healing where modern medicine has an easy cure, the faith healing is thus not a valid medical alternative. As such, it shouldn't be covered for anyone. If you want to throw your life away as an adult, it's not up to me to stop you. It just shouldn't be called a valid medical treatment and it shouldn't be done on our dime.
My main issue is that covering it for anyone, adults or children, legitimizes it. And when done to children who then suffer or die, it's child abuse. If the bill passes as is, it now becomes government sanctioned child abuse.
What about this?-
"The meditation group were asked to practise for 20 minutes twice a day.
The lifestyle change group received education classes in traditional risk factors, including dietary modification and exercise.
"Over nine years, there were 20 events (heart attacks, strokes or death) in the meditation group and 31 in the health education group.
As well as the reductions in death, heart attacks and strokes in the meditating group, their average blood pressure was significantly lower (5mm Hg), and there was a significant reduction in psychological stress in some participants.
Dr Schneider said other studies had shown the benefits of Transcendental Meditation on blood pressure and stress, irrespective of ethnicity."This is the first controlled clinical trial to show that long-term practise of this particular stress reduction programme reduces the incidence of clinical cardiovascular events, that is heart attacks, strokes and mortality," he said.
Dr Schneider said that the effect of Transcendental Meditation in the trial was like adding a class of newly discovered drugs for the prevention of heart disease.
He said: "In this case, the new medications are derived from the body's own internal pharmacy stimulated by the Transcendental Meditation practice.""
I agree with you that parents need to look after the health of their kids responsibly, but why not encourage people to be responsible with their health? No doubt encouraging prevention can save lives, dollars and untold suffering. Medical science needs to embrace spiritual well-being (and hence often physical well-being) if "people" are to live healthier. If people want these services they shouldn't be deprived from them when there are clearly scientifically provable results, even if the scientists can't always explain exactly always why they come about.
Here's something else-
"Dr Grahame Brown, a musculo-skeletal specialist at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital in Birmingham, claims he is able to save hundreds of patients from the need to have spinal surgery every year simply by "reframing the negative metaphors that have been unwittingly used by their doctors that can lead to a destructive and self-fulfilling cycle".
"Metaphors we live by" (by Lakoff and Johnson) A quote-
"The myth of objectivism reflects the human need to understand the external world in order to be able to function successfully in it. The myth of subjectivism is focused on internal aspects of understanding – what the individual finds meaningful and what makes his life worth living. The experientialist myth suggests that these are not opposing concerns."
And finally something extremely baffling. When those with the placebo drug experienced the same adverse effects as those taking the actual drug, even when they didn't know what the adverse effects were. What makes this especially interesting is that the negative effects were the same as the actual drugs negative effects. Each drug had different negative effects that the placebo patients matched-
"Department of Psychology, University of Turin, Via Verdi 10, 10123 Turin, Italy; Neuroscience Institute of Turin (NIT), University of Turin, Italy.
In analgesic clinical trials, adverse events are reported for the painkiller under evaluation and compared with adverse events in the placebo group. Interestingly, patients who receive the placebo often report a high frequency of adverse events, but little is understood about the nature of these negative effects. In the present study, we compared the rates of adverse events reported in the placebo arms of clinical trials for three classes of anti-migraine drugs: NSAIDs, triptans and anticonvulsants. We identified 73 clinical trials in 69 studies describing adverse events in placebo groups: 8 were clinical trials with NSAIDs, 56 were trials with triptans, and 9 were trials with anticonvulsants. Studies were selected of all Medline/PubMed or CENTRAL referenced trials published until 2007. Adverse event profiles of the three classes were compared using a systematic review approach. We found that the rate of adverse events in the placebo arms of trials with anti-migraine drugs was high. In addition, and most interestingly, the adverse events in the placebo arms corresponded to those of the anti-migraine medication against which the placebo was compared. For example, anorexia and memory difficulties, which are typical adverse events of anticonvulsants, were present only in the placebo arm of these trials. These results suggest that the adverse events in placebo arms of clinical trials of anti-migraine medications depend on the adverse events of the active medication against which the placebo is compared. These findings are in accordance with the expectation theory of placebo and nocebo effects."