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Aug 07, 2006

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samhieb

The way I see it, you're mixing apples and oranges, Ed. True, the people using those "alternative" treatments are part of the backlash against science, but they're not well-funded and definitely don't have deep political taproots. Those belong to drugs being developed by large pharmaceutical companies, right?

Ed Cone

Groopman says the out-of-pocket costs for these alt supplements are $40 billion a year; the vendors and their support industry (media, "experts", etc) are deeply invested in the promotion and sale of the products, and have plenty of political muscle.

The ideological taproots are there as well. There are many reasons that people pursue alt-treatments, not all of them bad or self-defeating reasons, but the overall war on reason, science, and "elites" certainly informs this issue.

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