Opium for kvindfolket

Agurketid, Satire, Videnskab — Drokles on July 27, 2016 at 6:03 am

I gamle, gamle dage gik mænd på jagt og skulle korrigere deres forestillinger til virkeligheden når spor efter byttedyr skulle aflæses. Naturen læste korrektur på mænds forestillinger. Med kvinderne tilbage i lejren var det anderledes. Her blev de sociale bånd det væsentlige og styrken blev afgjort af andres perception. Andre kvinders meninger blev korrektur for kvinders forestillinger. Derfor er kvinder mere forfaldne til at tro på diverse diæter og alternativ behandling og deraf begrebet ammestuehistorie. I 1915 fik kvinderne stemmeret og i dag kan man læse at “Pulje skal bygge bro til til alternativ behandling” på sundhedsstyrelsens hjemmeside.

Og det er interessant for broer bygges som regel mellem to punkter og ikke blot fra et punkt ud i intetheden. Lad os tage akupunktur, ideen om at der er nogler energifelter eller mønstre, som ikke lader sig måle, se eller veje, og ved at stikke nåle ned her og der kan man kurere forskellige sygdomme. På Sundhedsstyrelsens hjemmeside om råd vedrørende alternativ behandling kan man læse

Ingen af de Cochrane-oversigter, som handler om alternativ behandling ved akupunktur, akupressur, elektroakupunktur og moxibustion melder om positiv effekt ved behandlingerne.

(…men…)

Ingen af de Cochrane-oversigter, som handler om alternativ behandling ved akupunktur, akupressur, elektroakupunktur og moxibustion konkluderer med sikkerhed, at behandlingerne er uden effekt.

Men er det ikke bare den aldrende hvide mands nedladende syn på Østens visdom og fremmede folkeslags fortryllede videnskab? Og det er et tåbeligt spørgsmål for det ville være alt rigeligt. Men der er faktisk ikke tale om nogen østlig visdom, som Østen ikke selv forstod at forlade, skriver Scientific American

In 1971 then New York Times columnist James Reston had his appendix removed at a hospital in China. The article he wrote about his experience still reverberates today. His doctors used a standard set of injectable drugs—lidocaine and benzocaine—to anesthetize him before surgery, he explained. But they controlled his postoperative pain with something quite different: a Chinese medical practice known as acupuncture, which involved sticking tiny needles into his skin at very specific locations and gently twisting them. According to Reston, it worked.

Readers back home were fascinated. In a rush of excitement over this new, exotic knowledge, the original story was quickly jumbled. Before long, it was commonly believed that the Chinese doctors had used acupuncture not just after Reston’s appendectomy but as anesthesia for the surgery itself. Interest in acupuncture soared in the U.S. and has remained high ever since.

But it turned out that acupuncture as Reston described it was not the enduring bit of ancient Chinese wisdom enthusiasts supposed. In fact, the procedure had been written off as superstition back in the 1600s and abandoned altogether in favor of a more science-based approach to healing by the 1800s. Chinese Communist Party leader Mao Zedong had only revived acupuncture in the 1950s as part of his initiative to convince the Chinese people that their government had a plan for keeping them healthy despite a woeful dearth of financial and medical resources.

Even more impressive than how well Mao’s campaign worked in China at the time is how well it is working in the U.S. today. Every year hundreds of thousands of Americans undergo acupuncture for conditions ranging from pain to post-traumatic stress disorder, and the federal government spends tens of millions of dollars to study the protocol.

So far that research has been disappointing. Studies have found no meaningful difference between acupuncture and a wide range of sham treatments. Whether investigators penetrate the skin or not, use needles or toothpicks, target the particular locations on the body cited by acupuncturists or random ones, the same proportion of patients experience more or less the same degree of pain relief (the most common condition for which acupuncture is administered and the most well researched). “We have no evidence that [acupuncture] is anything more than theatrical placebo,” says Harriet Hall, a retired family physician and U.S. Air Force flight surgeon who has studied, and long been a critic of, alternative medicine.

Som en ven skrev så er akupunktur kommunistisk ersatz-medicin.

2 Kommentarer »

  1. Skål i Pukka te, hr Drokles.

    Comment by Stirner — July 27, 2016 @ 8:54 pm
  2. Tak hr Stirner men jeg nøjes af mangel på pukka med en skål i en kop kaffe :-)

    Comment by Drokles — July 28, 2016 @ 2:49 am

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