Complementary and Alternative Medicines

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 7:28 pm on 14th October 2009.

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Photo of David Tredinnick David Tredinnick Conservative, Bosworth 7:28 pm, 14th October 2009

I notice that we have a little time left. I am grateful to the Minister for her helpful response. A number of disciplines were mentioned and I could have referred to radionics, for example, for which a double-blind trial is almost impossible, yet it is very popular because people believe that it gives them the ability to get remote healing. We need to think out of the box here. As with healers who can do remote healing, it is no good people saying that just because we cannot prove something, it does not work. The anecdotal evidence that it does is enormous. I know that the Minister is a forward thinker, and I believe that the Department needs to be very open to the idea of energy transfers and the people who work in that sphere. Will she comment further on that?

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Tony Williams
Posted on 27 Oct 2009 11:24 am (Report this annotation)

I'm not sure that David Tredinnick has grapsed the concept of evidence based medicine. He claims that "it is no good people saying that just because we cannot prove something, it does not work". This is complete nonsense. If you can't prove something then it doesn't work. I may claim that I can fly but if I can't prove it then I can't fly.

Maybe he would rather we went back to the days when medicine was based on assumption and conjecture, rather than evidence, when a doctor would feed you poison or drain most of your blood in the hope that it would make you better.

David Batley
Posted on 1 Nov 2009 1:25 am (Report this annotation)

I've not heard of Radionics before, but an introduction is here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radionics

Double-blind trials can be done for these kinds of treatments by comparing patients treated by a certified practitioner with those of untrained individuals using fake equipment.