Originally Posted by rohrer01
I agree with this.
I always thought the "Non-Surgical" section was the place to talk about stuff like that and the "Research" section was more the evidence based section relating to actual studies that either prove or disprove a certain therapy or breakthrough WITH REGARD TO SCOLIOSIS. Even with that, studies can contradict and often need to be repeated several times before they are accepted, even by the scientific community.
I don't see the point of taking counterfactual information out of one section and putting it in another. It doesn't belong on a forum to help people. The armchair biochemistry and genetics going on here is breath-taking.
But, even in that section (Research), there are claims being made that have no basis in actual scoliosis research. I think those claiming such things should take it to the Non-Surgical part of the forum. Just my opinion. Maybe that section should be renamed "Scoliosis Research" so it doesn't get tainted with all of these hypothesis. I'm just as guilty for participating in those threads, so I'm not condemning any one person. However, in my own defense, I posted a research paper having to do with surgical outcomes in the "Surgical" part of the forum because I felt that it best fit that section. There were a lot of questions flying around about outcomes at the time and I was considering surgery for myself. Unfortunately, I scared or angered a few people who thought I was anti-surgery. I'm not anti-anything if it really works! It's a risk/benefit ratio of what you are willing to risk to gain a so-called benefit whether it's proven or unproven. Alternative treatments also carry long term risks. There are NO guarantees with anything in this life.
A problem that never seems to go away is people who are evidence-based get labeled as a "lover" of whatever has the most evidence. And then people don't realize it is not because they randomly "love" that treatment but rather because that treatment has the most evidence of efficacy.
There is a war on science and reason and ration and some of the casualties are people desperately trying to understand a serious medical condition. The chickens are coming home to roost.
Sharon, mother of identical twin girls with scoliosis
No island of sanity.
Question: What do you call alternative medicine that works?
"We are all African."