But I do want to mention something that I find repeatedly when woos start to talk about science based medicine - it seems they have never experienced it. One of the most common lies that woos like to spread about science based medicine is that doctors ignore things like exercise and nutrition and just want to pump pills down your throat because they are, after all, just tools of Big Pharma. Adams is a good example of this, as you'll see if you read Orac's takedown.
Not surprisingly, woos who push this line are actually lying through their teeth or don't seem to have ever experienced that which they are criticising. Or maybe they are just completely ignorant of the subject they are talking about. None of these options really paints them in a flattering light, but at least the latter means they are not being actively dishonest, just stupid.
Anyway, here's just my own little example of why I know with absolute certainty that this woo argument is nothing but a big fat lie with all the trimmings.
I have bad cholesterol. My first health check with Kaiser Permanente was a little over two years ago now and my numbers were all wrong. I need to get HDL up and LDL down. If what the woos say is true, my doctor should have immediately tried to prescribe me a regimen of drugs, correct? Their position is that doctors don't know about nutrition - Adams specifically says (please do not drink any liquids before reading this for fear of explosive nose explusion):
Doctors don't even study health; they study disease. Modern doctors are taught virtually nothing about nutrition, wellness or disease prevention.
So, doctors don't know about nutrition or wellness. Adams flat out says this, no wiggle room. No room for misinterpretation here.
So which pills did my doctor prescribe me? None. So what did my doctor do? Well, she set up an appointment with her nutritionist colleague and recommended I increase my exercise levels and gave me some information about how to decrease my stress levels. But wait. How can this be? Doctors know nothing about nutrition or wellness, right?
Don't be so bloody stupid - do people really buy this crap? Silly question, of course they do. Adams is either lying with the full knowledge he is lying, or he is arguing from a position of total ignorance and stupidity, which makes him dangerously irresponsible. Which do you think it is - dishonest or as thick as two short planks?
But it gets better. A few months ago my current employer also began a new health care / wellness system for its employees, first came a checkup of some important numbers, then steps to correcting them. I had my cholesterol done. Still not good, but heading in the right direction. Back to the doctor I went, for an unrelated matter, and she asked about my cholesterol again because she saw it had been a while since my last check up. I told her the numbers. Surely with her second chance to force pills down my throat this shill for Big Pharma would do so? She works for Kaiser for pity's sake!
Wrong again you lying ignorant woo buffalo turds.
She was pleased that my numbers were going down. She asked what steps I was taking. I told her I was now living like a saint and following all the advice I had about nutrition from various sources. And what were those sources? Why, the Mayo Clinic and WebMD and the information I still had from Kaiser. You know, those doctors who know nothing about nutrition and wellness. She thought I was doing all the right things and once again failed to force pills down my throat. In fact, the only thing she recommended was that I come back later in the year to see how things were going and to continue what I was doing, and asked if I wanted another meeting with her nutritionist colleague. I got none of my information from a single woo source - only from sources that use science based medicine. I might drop the 'science based medicine' term for just simply 'real medicine' from now on.
Bad pharma shill. Bad bad bad. Forcing all those evil drugs down my throat for something that can be fixed by those brave woos and the nutrition and wellness only they know about. Oh wait...
So, let me just reiterate. Two visits to a doctor who apparently should know nothing about wellness and nutrition and only knows about disease and drugs - not one drug prescribed and only nutrition and wellness recommended. Research done using material from doctors who know nothing about nutrition and wellness and only nutrition and wellness measures recommended. No drugs. Not one.
Adams and his like - liars or ignorant fools? Or maybe both? I know where my money is going.