But it’s important to know that if [alternative meds] are having an effect, when it comes to your body, they’re no different from industrial pharmaceuticals. The meds interact with some molecules and change the way something works, regardless of what you call them. It’s just that with the alt-meds, we often don’t know anything else. By their ‘natural’, usually untested nature, they leave us uninformed.This is a good summation of the fact that for an alternative medicine to work it must have some sort of chemical effect on the body. However, one commentor took issue with this and dove head first into the natural fallacy my topic for today.
Natural: Existing in or caused by nature; not made or caused by humankind.Although this seems fairly straight forward, its not as simple as it seems. First, nature created humans, thus, in one sense anything created by humans was also created by nature, thus everything is natural. If that idea doesn't settle well with you then lets move to this idea slowly.
Granted, herbs and supplements interact on molecules and cells in the body just as do pharmaceuticals. However, they present to the body more like old friends than like highly specialized, concentrated entities. Our bodies prefer “whole” substances to refined.
I also have to wonder how these herbs and the body "recognize" each other. I picture the chemicals in my body saying to the chemicals in an herb:
My body: "hi joe herb, good to see you again"
The Herb: "hi Bob body, watch out for Jean Medicine, I don't recognize him, I think he's from France."
The Medicine: "Hey, I might be from France but I'm just a chemical like you two!"
All of our synthetic chemicals were produced from natural chemicals and many synthetic chemicals are identical to chemicals occurring in nature. There is no good reason to believe natural ones are any better than un-natural. But, using poetic language like "old friends" can trick people into believing there is some difference.
The question is a difference with biochemical approach overall. Pharmaceutical drugs are much more toxic than herbs and supplements and people know this. They do not represent a coordiated approach to the body systems. They often don’t recognize each other biochemically in the body like foods and herbs.Again the commentor is using poetic rhetoric to obscure the fact that her words are nonsense. She says Pharmaceuticals "do not represent a coordinated approach to the body systems." What in the world is a "coordinated approach" and is a "coordinated approach" actually good for us? And why would natural herbs and alternative medicine give us this "coordinated approach" where real medicine does not. This is simply nonsense language that sounds nice and flowery.
Next the commentor tells us:
The educated use of herbs can, just like diet and lifestyle adjustments, heal a person from pharmaceutical dependencies and prevent same. The word healing implies promotion of adaptive physiological processes. Curing is something you do to prevent the spoilage of meat.
Using nature in our healing just makes sense.This is the natural fallacy in full force. It just assumes that natural is better but as I already discussed nature is in fact very dangerous. Then the poetic natural nonsense continues in her next comment:
Science is the study of nature. Nature holds the key to understanding through science. Nature is always right. Science, sometimes, is wrong.
Nature holds the hologram onto which all things are manifest; animate and inanimate. Nature is the set of everything, known and unknown. Science is the set of the known. This does not mean that unknown things are not true. Especially things which have a long history of use.
Natural remedies come from nature. They come directly from life or are simple life promoting elements.