Is Western Science Conspiring Against Traditional Chinese Medicine? The Internal Fighting Arts Podcast Interview with "SkepDoc" Harriet Hall
I love the internal arts and qigong, but I am skeptical about the claims made by Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Being a skeptic means that my mind is open to scientific evidence, but I will not believe something that is not proven through the same scientific method that proves all legitimate medical and scientific discoveries. You don't get a pass just because you practice TCM.
There is no such thing as "Western" science. The rules of science are the same in every country, including China.
So is there a "Western" conspiracy against chi healing, acupuncture, homeopathy, chiropractic, and other alternative medicines?
And what does real scientific research tell us about these practices, particularly those we focus on in the internal arts?
I interviewed Harriet Hall, M.D. for the Internal Fighting Arts podcast. She is a retired family physician and Air Force flight surgeon who now researches and writes about Complimentary and Alternative Medicine (CAM). She writes a blog -- www.sciencebasedmedicine.org -- and she has an incredible series of videos on YouTube that explores science-based medicine and CAM.
Here is the podcast -- you can listen online or download it to your computer. It will be on iTunes in a few hours.