Wednesday, June 10, 2009
AP IMPACT: $2.5B spent, no alternative med cures
BETHESDA, Md. – Ten years ago the government set out to test herbal and other alternative health remedies to find the ones that work. After spending $2.5 billion, the disappointing answer seems to be that almost none of them do.
Echinacea for colds. Ginkgo biloba for memory. Glucosamine and chondroitin for arthritis. Black cohosh for menopausal hot flashes. Saw palmetto for prostate problems. Shark cartilage for cancer. All proved no better than dummy pills in big studies funded by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. The lone exception: ginger capsules may help chemotherapy nausea.
2.5 billion dollars of research? Holy crap! I know my colleague will disagree with the findings. And I'm sure he will be snorting some dried toad stool root and drinking some ground Mediterranean Fruit Bat feces tea followed by a nice rub down with striped leaf hopper stomach oil extract later to help calm his nerves that none of that stuff actually works. Enjoy.