Part of the Problem
Today I was perusing twitter and found this link amongst the feed detritus. It's an article talking about how colonic irrigation is harmful and useless. I think that was shown quite definitively already, but hey, anyone who wants to pile on is more than welcome. The issue I have is with this quote:
“This is not a manifesto against complementary and alternative medicine, since I’m a big proponent,” says Georgetown family medicine physician and lead author Dr. Ranit Mishori. “But there is absolutely no evidence that it [colon cleansing] helps. Instead, we found that it can be harmful.”This is, as it says, the lead author of the new study. She is a "big proponent" of CAM, but admitting she never knew how to answer patients when they asked her about colon cleansing, she studied it and now, with her findings in hand, does not recommend it.
How can you be a "big proponent" of CAM when not only is your study out there to educate doctors and lay-persons alike, but there are hundreds of quality studies about all manner of CAM modalities showing how few of them are in any way helpful? I don't get it.
Side note: Why am I not surprised that Gwyneth Paltrow is mentioned as someone who partakes of colonic "cleanses"? Goop, indeed.
(tip of the transverse colon to @edzardernst and his twitter feed)