Do you support defunding the NCCAM and other parts of the NIH which promote pseudoscience in the name of "alternative" medicine?
The National Center for Complementary and Alternative (NCCAM) medicine spends over $100 million per year researching "alternative" medicine. The systems studied include Homeopathy, Acupuncture, Chiropractic and many others whose basic principles contradict the fundamentals of modern science. The NCCAM's basic purpose is unscientific, it aims to "validate" these treatments. Science needs to start with "do these treatments work", and the answer clear: NO. Basic science and lots of research which has already been done agree, these treatments can't work and don't work. As a result the NCCAM funding is wasted, this is over one hundred million dollars diverted from real medical research to confusing the public about these failed "alternative" medical systems.
This is a terrible question, alternative medicine is a good option for many people - much more so than conventional medicine, and it is used by a large fraction of Americans already, not to mention the rest of the world. The problem is that these treatments are much cheaper than conventional medicine, and often drug free, so there are a lot of powerful entities out there, primarily the pharmaceutical industry for whom it is not in their best interest to promote these safer and often effective medical treatments.
The wording of this item is too argumentative to be included. If it could take a calmer position it might be of value.