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One key to this issue is that foods, herbs, vitamins, minerals and the like cannot be patented. Another key is that pharmaceutical companies provide the funds for the vast majority of medical research done in the US. Since they cannot patent natural remedies there is virtually no incentive for them to support their research. Consequently, there is little scientific research performed in the US that is available to support the benefits. Far more research of this nature is conducted in Europe...where natural remedies are more accepted and applied, although it is curiously overlooked by the US medical community. And anecdotal evidence is frowned upon as being unscientific.

Unfortunately, much of heathcare is about BIG BUSINESS more than health or care. Financial and political influences are partly to blame. Taking responsibility and control of one's own health threatens the 'authority' and pockets of the medical establishment. Lack of awareness by physicians-in-training is another factor. They simply don't learn about natural healing and there is little scientific data available for them to question its reported lack of efficacy. This has created a breeding ground for sites like quackwatch that will use "There's no scientific data to support the benefits of these therapies!" as their mantra. The truth is there's no scientific data to suggest they don't benefit either.
The good news is that there are a growing number of research studies being conducted, and more medical schools are offering alternative/complementary medical training as part of their programs. Unfortunately the motive for this change is largely financial and political, as well. As the numbers of people turning to alternative/complementary practitioners has increased there has been a growing realization that a significant number of healthcare dollars are being missed out on by not making these changes. But... at least it's starting to change...ever so slowly.

I sent Mr. Barrett an email with one, simple question asking him if he had used any of the remedies, therapies, etc. that he claimed were ineffective. I never got a reply.

*Frankly, I also believe that over-reaching 'cure' claims on the part of some natural healing advocates has contributed to this problem, too. What ever happened to the idea that if you support the body it will heal itself?! Egos and financial motives abound on both sides of the healthcare divide, and there are 'good guys' and 'bad guys' in each camp!

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