According to these panelists, more than 30 millions Americans who use non-reimbursable therapies every year are dupes. The US Military and VA health systems that now make acupuncture, meditation and other therapies available are dupes. Sens. McCain and Blumenthal who want military medicine to include non-opioid pain therapy options are dupes. 57 of the nation's top medical schools, including all the really "top" schools, are dupes for operating Centers for Integrative Medicine where clinical treatments and research trials are conducted. The nation's primary cancer treatment hospitals - i.e., MD Anderson and Sloan Kettering -- are dupes for providing integrative therapies, to say nothing of Cancer Treatment Centers, which advertises naturopathy and mind-body medicine. The state medical licensing boards are dupes for licensing chiropractors, acupuncturists, naturopaths and others disciplines.
They apparently believe that everything there is to know about treating illness, injury and disease is already known. So that whatever brain imagery shows about the effect of meditation, for instance, is invalid, even when it accompanies recorded reductions in stress.
Apart from being hung up on nomenclature, what strikes me most about these sentiments is that they speak to a level of incuriousness, of lack of imagination, which, if we are ever to overcome the dysfunctions in medicine, are essential to moving to a rational view of human health that respects learning, experience and professionally-delivered outcomes. The professionals who concentrate on underlying causes of disease, of treating symptoms where they can with the least invasive therapy first, of listening to patients, and the patients themselves who want more and better personal knowledge -- they are all learning. The sentiments of this panel, still far too widespread, do a great disservice to how we continue to learn about health and healing and getting to optimal personal well being.