“A recent court case found that political manifestos do not ‘create legitimate expectations’ even though there is a body of evidence to suggest politicians keep their promises – should we ban political parties?
That seems to be the logic of the parliamentary committee looking into the effectiveness of homeopathic remedies for treating chronic illnesses. They claim that homeopathic treatments, which have no medicinal qualities beyond placebo, should not be used as a treatment on the NHS because of lack of efficacy.
It is known that practicing a religion can be good for health, because people who do it regularly interact with others, think and reflect on different issues, and are disciplined in their worshipping activities.
As a co-operator I believe in self-help and because of this I believe that if people are managing their chronic illness, however invalid their approach, then this can only be good. Chronic illnesses are incurable, so no medicine will be effective in treating them completely. However, developing daily living patterns, such as eating at certain times, sleeping at certain times, etc. can alleviate some of the comorbidities that occur with them, such as fatigue and depression.
Therefore I would argue that prescribing homeopathic placebos to those who believe in its effectiveness can be effective at providing a disciplined lifestyle to those who would otherwise deteriorate psychologically because of their condition. Similarly, homeopathic hospitals give people individual time and attention that eliminates the despair that accompanies chronic illness and gives people a sense that they are being cared for, which creates a sense of community and solidarity.
I would argue that Atheistic fanatics should stop trying to push their religious viewpoints against alternative medicine on so-called science grounds. They should understand that human beings are not always rational beings who ensure their beliefs are valid and reliable as a scientist should. These fanatics, who are not true scientists in my opinion, should not let their anti-spirituality religious beliefs cloud their judgment about the psychological benefits on patients with chronic illness that alternative medicine brings.
Medical professionals should not be looking for ‘the absolute truth’
when prescribing treatments, but creating a treatment programme that will make the most of the belief system of patients so that they are better able to manage their chronic illness. Such a programme should be based on self-help and solidarity and would be better than the alternative of subjecting the patient to disillusionment and despair for the rest of their lives.”