Question by Apropos: Can UK-Trained Osteopaths Learn From Science?
Writes an osteopath calling himself Lightning:
“I also recommend Glucosamine sulphate and chondrotin sulphate to people with Osteoarthritis provided their blood pressure is normal as studies also indicate it is benificial (anecdotally from my own experience it was very effective)”.
Glucosamine and Chondroitin (G+C) was not a typical quack remedy. For several years there was genuine hope the glucosamine and/or chondroitin could be beneficial for treatment of osteoarthritis Alas, several recently concluded large scale trials and meta-analyses have proven conclusively that glucosamine and chondroitin therapy is no better than placebo. Responsible physicians no-longer prescribe G+C.
What’s interesting about the late G+C enthusiasm is that shows how easy it is to fooled by “anecdote and personal experience”. Osteopathic cranks and even ethical physicians saw efficacy where there was none exceeding placebo.
Real physicians will drop G+C. Will UK//Euro-trained osteopaths, and assorted similar poorly-trained wannabe healers learn from this and stop fooling themselves?
“CONCLUSIONS: Compared with placebo, glucosamine, chondroitin, and their combination do not reduce joint pain or have an impact on narrowing of joint space. Health authorities and health insurers should not cover the costs of these preparations, and new prescriptions to patients who have not received treatment should be discouraged.
Answer by Mr E
bullshit. said the same thing about vitamin e. dr. charles mayo, although a medical doctor, was into nutrition. a study of his said vit e greatly reduced incidence of heart attack. what your “studies” tell me is that they probably found it was cutting into their dope profits.
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