Several of you have asked why I’m not a fan of evidence based health care. Let me clarify that if you, I, or our loved ones has a life-threatening emergency – by all means seek evidence based conventional medicine procedures; they are a God-send!
But the trouble is that evidence based health care falls woefully short in regards to general health, wellness, and prevention. I’ve observed this frequently during my 30+ years as a holistic doctor. This puts us all in grave danger.
Here are a few of my favorite quotes illustrating the weakness of evidence based health care. Note that these are all recent and from reputable experts in the medical field.
“Medicine has always operated in uncertainty,” says Weil. “The Office of Technology Assessment of the U.S. Congress estimated that fewer than 30 percent of procedures currently used in conventional medicine have been rigorously tested. While waiting for further tests, we do the best we can, trying not to hurt people, trying to make educated guesses.” – Dr Andrew Weil MD, Discover Magazine August 1999
“Only about 15% of medical interventions are supported by scientific evidence…this is partly because only 1% of the articles in medical journals are scientifically sound.” – David Eddy MD, PhD, BMJ 1991 303:798
“It isn’t just an individual study here and there that’s flawed, they charge. Instead, the very framework of medical investigation may be off-kilter, leading time and again to findings that are at best unproved and at worst dangerously wrong. The result is a system that leads patients and physicians astray—spurring often costly regimens that won’t help and may even harm you.” “Even a cursory glance at medical journals shows that once heralded studies keep falling by the wayside.” “Surgical practices, for instance, have not been tested to nearly the extent that medications have. “I wouldn’t be surprised if a large proportion of surgical practice is based on thin air, and [claims for effectiveness] would evaporate if we studied them closely,” – an excerpt from the January 23, -2011 Newsweek article: Why Almost Everything You Hear About Medicine Is Wrong.
Dr. Vinay Prasad states: “A large proportion of current medical practice, 40%, was found to offer no benefits in our survey of 10 years of the New England Journal of Medicine. These 146 practices are medical reversals. They weren’t just practices that once worked, and have now been improved upon; rather, they never worked. They were instituted in error, never helped patients, and have eroded trust in medicine.”Mayo Clinic Proceedings July 22, 2013
“It is simply no longer possible to believe much of the clinical research that is published, or to rely on the judgment of trusted physicians or authoritative medical guidelines. I take no pleasure in this conclusion, which I reached slowly and reluctantly over my two decades as an editor of The New England Journal of Medicine.” – Dr Marcia Angell
So, what can we do? Plenty! Start by getting the free health tips I provide on the right side of this website. Also, read my book Whole Health Healing – an Amazon Bestseller. The health boosting information in the book is all natural, safe, and inexpensive.
May God bless you and your family with whole health,
Dr Tom Potisk