24 October 2008

Little Atoms with Rose Shapiro

On tonight's show we are joined in the studio by writer Rose Shapiro.

Rose Shapiro has written for newspapers, magazines and medical journals including the Independent, the Observer, Time Out, Good Housekeeping and the Health Service Journal. Her book Suckers: How Alternative Medicine Makes Fools of Us All is published by Harvill Secker, and is described as follows;

'Alternative' medicine is now used by one in three of us. In the UK we spend an estimated £4.5 billion a year on it and its practitioners are now insinuating themselves into the mainstream. There are methods based on ancient or far-eastern medicine, as well as ones invented in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Many are promoted as natural treatments. What they have in common is that there is no hard evidence that any of them work.

Treatments like homeopathy, acupuncture and chiropractic are widely available and considered reputable by many. Ever more bizarre therapies, from naturopathy to nutraceuticals, ear candling to ergogenics, are increasingly favoured. Endorsed by celebrities and embraced by the middle classes, alternative medicine's appeal is based on the spurious rediscovery of ancient wisdom and the supposedly benign quality of nature.
Surrounded by an aura of unquestioning respect and promoted through uncritical airtime and column inches, alternative medicine has become a lifestyle choice. Its global market is predicted to be worth $5 trillion by 2050.

Suckers reveals how alternative medicine can jeopardise the health of those it claims to treat, leaches resources from treatments of proven efficacy and is largely unaccountable and unregulated. In short, it is an industry that preys on human vulnerability and makes fools of us all.

Suckers is a calling to account of a social and intellectual fraud; a bracing, funny and popular take on a global delusion.


Anonymous yigal b-y said...

i'm not sure
who is fooling who here..
I'm work as a herbalist for more then a year now.
using herbs and food as medicine - or as some people call it (Don Elijio Panti ),
the drugs of god.
Where i work in Israel we use our local plants for cures,according to our traditions
for thousands of years.
and according to the best doctor that ever lived
the Rambam,which i can talk about for some time..

The herbs is work.
we cure years of hemorrhoids in less then a week.
we treat acne ,hepatitis ,Parkinson,crohn ,etc.

and yes we also treat cancer.
there is no cure for cancer ,there is cures ,many of them.
there is hundreds of plants and fruit and vegetables that cure this thing.
also a good Friend of main that burn as a Indian in Brazil treat cancer.
some of the best thing for this is beet carrot grapes papaya,watercress,garlic!! (plus oil and tea)
nettle,pomegranate !!,Lesser bindweed !!!,aloe vera !!!!!! .
and many many others.

Not to mention what i think about chemotherapy - that it the biggest lye ever.
but that is my opinion.
i thing that before people use poison you can use natural cure.

we use it and it is very good.



So think again ms. Rose because there is hope and cure for everyone
things with sometimes 7000 years of use.


peace and love
north israel


9:18 pm  
Blogger Little Atoms said...

Thank you for your comments, and for so perfectly illustrating our arguments for us.

5:30 pm  
Blogger יגאל בי said...

sure sweety !

read more

its me from above

9:24 pm  

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