The following excerpt is from an article that originally appeared on Science Based Medicine
There is a simple reason we strongly promote science-based medicine – it results in the best outcomes for individuals. That is true by definition, since the SBM approach is to use the best evidence and science available in order to determine which interventions result in the best outcomes.
There are numerous ways in which relying upon poor-quality evidence or invalid methods for making health decisions cause potential harm. Often the list is unimaginatively limited to direct physical harm, but that is only the tip of the iceberg. There is financial harm, loss of opportunity to pursue more effective interventions, psychological harm from false hope and being deceived, and sacrifice of quality of life, time, and effort.
Even without direct physical harm, with inert treatments like homeopathy, there is tremendous potential harm from relying upon fake medicine and bad science. But often there is potential physical harm, and even if slightpost was originally published on this site