In Singapore it is cheaper to die than to get sick.
This opens the room for many “non-traditional” healers (translation: quacks) to thrive.
There is a huge coterie of alternative health care practitioners making good money out of the gullible.
Contrary to popular belief, treatments by these clowns are not necessarily cheaper than treatment at regular hospitals.
Some have crept into mainstream society and are now more or less “accepted.”
But members of the public should be wary.
If the claims made by these charlatans sound too good to be true, they probably are.
Take chiropractors. Simon Singh, co-author of a book exposing alternative medicine, calls chiropractice “bogus.”
He now faces a potentially ruinous libel action brought about by a body representing chiropractors (who offer a form of alternative medicine with quasi-religious roots and maintain, among other things, that spine massage can improve the body’s “innate intelligence”).
Read Singh’s book, Trick or Treament? co-authored with Professor Edzard Ernst, the world’s first professor of complementary medicine.
Together, they deliver a hard-hitting, yet honest examination of more than thirty of the most popular treatments, such as Acupuncture, Homeopathy, Aromatherapy, Reflexology, Chiropractic and Herbal medicines.
Whether you are an ardent follower, skeptic or just plain baffled by the subject, Trick or Treatment? is a groundbreaking guide which finally lays to rest the doubts and contradictions that have dogged this subject for so long. Written with authority, integrity and clarity, this book delivers the ultimate verdict on alternative medicine.
And if you doubt the efficacy of the treatment you are receiving, consult The Cochrane Collaboration – the world’s most independent, authoritative and respected body on judgments concerning the effectiveness of treatments.