chairman mao

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Most, if not virtually all, of what is now referred to as “traditional Chinese medicine” is quackery. I realize that it’s considered “intolerant” and not politically correct to say

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Chairman MaoMost, if not virtually all, of what is now referred to as traditional Chinese medicine is quackery. I realize that its considered intolerant and not politically correct to say that in these days of integrative medicine departments infiltrating academic medical centers like so much kudzu enveloping a telephone pole, but I dont care. Im supposed to be impressed that the M.D. Anderson and Memorial-Sloan Kettering Cancer Centers, among others, have lost their collective mind and now integrate prescientific nonsense along with their state-of-the-art cancer therapy? I dont think so. I can be puzzled by it. I can be dismayed by it. I can even be enraged by the infiltration of woo into prestigious medical centers. I am not, however, impressed by it, at least not in the sense that Im about to jump on the bandwagon and embrace pseudoscience, too. I will admit, however, to being impressedbut not in a good waywith the ability of clinical leaders at such institutions who really should know better to embrace pure pseudoscience, including acupuncture, tongue diagnosis, the balancing of hot, cold, damp, and the other things that TCM claims to balance, and the vitalism that is at the heart of TCM in the form of qi, the undetectably imaginary life energy whose flow is supposedly redirected to healing effect by acupuncture.Particularly galling about the ascendency of TCM in the US is the myth that is swallowed whole by its ad

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