[This letter was printed on Sept. 12, with minor editing.] REALL Letterhead David Bloomber
[This letter was printed on Sept. 12, with minor editing.]
P.O. Box 20302
Springfield, IL 62708
August 25, 1993
The State Journal-Register
One Copley Plaza
Springfield, IL 62705
To the Editor:
I read your August 23rd articles on alternative
medicine (Health Fitness Section) with great interest.
I feel that a few points deserve special attention.
The existence of the Office of Alternative Medicine is
not a validation of these therapies; rather it was created
because, as you stated, billions of dollars per year are
being spent on these methods.
I am encouraged by the statements made by the Office's
director, Dr. Jacobs, that these methods will be
scientifically tested. This is the only way to end the
speculation as to which therapies may work and which are
just so much hogwash.
However, it should be noted that some of the these
therapies, such as homeopathy, have already undergone a good
deal of experimentation. Proper scientific testing has
never shown it to be valid. In fact, NBC's Dateline show
did an expos‚ of some homeopaths a few months ago.
Homeopaths claim to use "minute doses" to cure diseases.
But those doses turn out to be approximately equivalent to a
drop of medicine in the Pacific Ocean. NBC had a chemical
analysis done on some of the homeopathic "medicine" and
found it to be 85% water and 15% ethanol--no more a
"medicine" than a gin and tonic is.
Government-sponsored scientific tests are on the way.
But until the results are in, let the buyer beware!
David Bloomberg, Chairman
Association of Lincoln Land
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