This is so worrying and mirrors my experience with treatment for PMT. Not once did any doctor suggest I try Agnus Castus, but they were willing to give me anti-depressants.
Quackery and woo are among the favourite insults directed at anyone who practices most forms of CAM (Complementary and Alternative Medicine) – and especially those who use of homeopathy, herbs or vitamins – by staunch and vocal supporters of evidence based medicine.
However a feature in the Daily Mail today describes a class of drugs that are being offered to millions with everyday emotional problems, which seems to fulfil all the requirements for a diagnosis of quackery and woo.
In explaining why they attack CAM, anti-quackery hunters claim that they are protecting consumers. Despite its apparent harmlessness, they say, CAM can be deadly for three reasons. Firstly there is no good evidence – properly conducted randomised trials – that any of it works.
Secondly even if the treatment is relatively harmless, by fooling sick and vulnerable people into using them, practitioners are keeping them away from real and effective…
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