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We don't know how vast and powerful we are on our own terms.

There is more than just a glimmer of hope for the holistic community and articles like Amanda Enayati’s, from which the above quote comes, prove just that. The hope lies in the power of word-of-mouth.

A week ago, CNN published the article by Enayati, who suffered from an undisclosed disease several years back, but found healing through alternative medicine. While she claims to have attempted many ridiculous approaches, she seems to also believe that some of them definitely helped her to accomplish the eventual healing.

In the article she interviews doctors, discusses historical accounts of “miraculous” healings and takes quotes from individuals who found healing through alternative medicine. While she does not intend to discount traditional “scientific” medicine, she does call into question the philosophy behind clinical trials and the notions of proof, disproof and societal acceptance.

Truthfully, the reason that clinical trials have not proven certain holistic approaches to be effective is that clinical trials cost money and holistic approaches cannot, typically, be patented to make up for the funds. Trials do a lot of good for society. However, the harm can significantly damage the holistic community.

The logic definitely follows: just because no one has proved a thing to be true or effective does not suppose that the thing is certainly false or ineffective. Sadly, the public does not necessarily recognize or understand logic or logical fallacies—remaining reliant toward physicians whose obligations to the medical community and financial sense typically will not lead toward holistic medicine.

So, much like cult classic films have relied on luck and word-of-mouth, holistic medicine may have to do the same. If this is the case, the future of holistic medicine looks pretty good. After all, how many blockbusters do you know that still get theater play in New York and Los Angeles on a nightly basis like Rocky Horror Picture Show? I don’t see any theaters still playing Jaws after 30 or 40 years, but Rocky Horror still sells out all the time.

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