This is terribly dismaying. Very little research is being done in any case on natural, safe alternatives and now there is a fight to shut down the very little that is being done. They call natural, safe methods of healing pseudoscience??
That is a much better term for pharmaceuticals treating “psychiatric problems.” Psychiatry is a true pseudoscience. There is not a single test to confirm mental illness. It’s all hogwosh.
This is dismaying. I’ve cured two decades of extreme irritable bowel syndrome, psoriasis, joint pain in my knees and I’ve greatly improved endometriosis with alternative care. ALL OF THESE CONDITIONS were treated with what these people are calling scientifically valid methods prior to my healing myself through natural means and their g-ddamned “science” made me worse IN EVERY CASE!!
I feel profoundly sickened and saddened right now. My only chance of healing is through natural means and there are people actively trying to take our freedoms away from us and insisting we be poisoned by pharma…because it is pharma they are calling science. Pharma never heals. It masks symptoms. And keeps you hooked for life.
This is a travesty talked about in the Washington Post:
The impending national discussion about broadening access to health care, improving medical practice and saving money is giving a group of scientists an opening to make a once-unthinkable proposal: Shut down the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine at the National Institutes of Health.
The notion that the world’s best-known medical research agency sponsors studies of homeopathy, acupuncture, therapeutic touch and herbal medicine has always rankled many scientists. That the idea for its creation 17 years ago came from a U.S. senator newly converted to alternative medicine’s promise didn’t help.
Although NCCAM has a comparatively minuscule budget and although it is a “center” rather than an “institute,” making it officially second-class in the NIH pantheon, the principle is what mattered. But as NIH’s budget has flattened in recent years, better use for NCCAM’s money has also become an issue.
“With a new administration and President Obama’s stated goal of moving science to the forefront, now is the time for scientists to start speaking up about issues that concern us,” Steven Salzberg, a genome researcher and computational biologist at the University of Maryland, said last week. “One of our concerns is that NIH is funding pseudoscience.”
Salzberg suggested that NCCAM be defunded on an electronic bulletin board that the Obama transition team set up to solicit ideas after November’s election. The proposal generated 218 comments, most of them in favor, before the bulletin board closed on Jan. 19.
NCCAM has grown steadily since its founding in 1992, largely at the insistence of Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), as the Office of Alternative Medicine (OAM) with a budget of $2 million. In 1998, NIH director and Nobel laureate Harold Varmus pushed to have all alternative medicine research done through NIH’s roughly two dozen institutes, with OAM coordinating, and in some cases paying for, the studies. Harkin parried with legislation that turned OAM into a higher-status “center” (although not a full-fledged “institute”), and boosted its budget from $20 million to $50 million. NCCAM’s budget this year is about $122 million.
Research in alternative medicine is done elsewhere at NIH, notably in the National Cancer Institute, whose Office of Cancer Complementary and Alternative Medicine also has a budget of $122 million.
The entire NIH alternative medicine portfolio is about $300 million a year, out of a total budget of about $29 billion. (NIH will get an additional $10.4 billion in economic stimulus money over the next two years, of which $31 million is expected to go to NCCAM.) (rest of article here)