Debasing the concept of Hero

Debasing the concept of Hero

I was in the Physicians lounge (it sounds impressive. It isn't. A couch & two chairs that predate me, a TV and a pair of computers) checking my schedule for the day and while I waited for the EMR to boot (the new sign of infinity is the Windows hourglass, supplanting the old 8 on its side) I looked up at the Physicians Weekly on the wall.

The Physicians Weekly is a broadsheet with news and commentary that exists, I assume, as a vehicle for advertising dollars. It is rarely of interest, but Heroes in Medicine caught my eye.

It takes a lot to be a hero, you have to put life and limb in harms way to benefit others. Médecins Sans Frontières or those who went to West Africa for the ebola outbreaks are heroes. I greatly admire those who go above and beyond to serve others. They are people of exceptional courage and commitment. Me? I have never done anything remotely heroic. So I was interested in what this exceptional human had done.

Benjamin Katholi MD is the

driving force behind the Cleveland Clinics Children's Center for Pediatric Integrative Medicine.

that offers children

acupuncture, biofeedback, mindfulness techniques, and frequency-specific microcurrent therapy (what ever that is) and other treatments.

Those other therapies include laser acupuncture, craniosacral therapy, reiki, and therapeutic touch for babies.

For the treatment of concussion, brain injury, and asthma among others.  Fake treatments for real diseases.

And frequency-specific microcurrent therapy? A TENS where

A trained caregiver sets the frequencies to be used for a particular condition, applying the current with a moistened towel or skin patches. The currents used in FSM are so low that the patient often does not feel them

to

encourage natural healing of the body, reduces pain and inflammation, and repair tissue by potentially increasing the production of adenosine triphosphate 

Two Pubmed references for frequency-specific microcurrent therapy, with one article noting it works by

Similar phenomena are often observed with successful acupuncture, cranial-sacral, and other energy-based techniques.

AKA frequency-specific microcurrent therapy is bogus.

It was hard to believe that there could be a Division at the Cleveland Clinic with more pseudo-science than the adult integrative clinic. But they do in Pediatrics

In my opinion, offering rank pseudo-science to adults is one thing. Adults have the ability to choose. But not children.

What does it take to be a hero for Physicians Weekly? In my opinion it should not be for inflicting worthless, costly, and fraudulent pseudo-science on helpless children.

If that is what it takes to be considered a hero, I'll pass.

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