Alternative Medicine


Xeni Jardin cautions against the use of alternative medicines at BoingBoing.

“Green smoothies are great, but they alone cannot cure cancer. Oncology isn’t guaranteed to cure us, but quackery is guaranteed to kill us. What doctors like my rad-onc practice is constantly under scrutiny, and has endured the test of peer-reviewed science and empirical logic. It is the best we have.”

Jardin compares the culture behind alternative medicines to that of religion, those who use these medicines do so with a vehement faith, coaxing themselves into believing these off-kilter remedies are the only way to cure themselves.

For friend of The Rumpus, Suzanne Koven, her escape from pain is writing: “Interpreting My Malady .”

Jack Taylor is a Rumpus Intern, gangly fellow, and Steal the Bacon enthusiast. More from this author →