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The Medicines Of This Year’s Occupation Protests

The upcoming occupation protest in Washington D.C. that’s scheduled to start on October 6 seems to have been well planned ahead of time. “We will have medical staff in attendance and the DC ambulance service will be on site at all times for emergencies,” the official protest web site informs people planning to participate in the protest.

In contrast, the Occupy Wall Street protest, one week after it began, decided that it would hold a “healing fair”, for one day, two weeks from now. “The healing fair will include the following practicioners and modalities: acupuncture, reiki, massage, holisitic healers, spiritual guidance psychics and tarot card readers, yoga and tai chi, and more…”

Psychics and tarot card readers? Reiki? Scientific studies have shown that these healing therapies don’t even work… kind of like echinacea, another form of medicine that the Wall Street occupiers have requested be sent to them.

If I’m attending a long-term protest with a large number of people, sleeping out on the street in autumn weather, I don’t want faith healers and ineffective herbal tinctures. I’d prefer to be helped by a nurse or a physician.

I’d also rather attend a protest organized by people who, though they respect the right of all people to hold whatever religious beliefs they choose, are willing to rely on reality-based solutions when serious problems arise.

7 comments to The Medicines Of This Year’s Occupation Protests

  • Tom

    Scientific studies have also found that the placebo effect has more to do with medicine than you might think, and that it’s more about belief than meets the eye.

    http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg19926701.600-why-the-placebo-effect-is-rewriting-the-medical-rulebook.html

    • If a cop fires tear gas into the plaza, and I fall and break my arm, I won’t be wanting a placebo, or echinacea, a chakra tuning by a “spiritual guidance psychic”, or a tarot card reading. I’ll be wanting a trained medical professional.

  • This article exposes the cultureal bias of the author. Eastern Medicine utilizes a holistic and preventative approach to healing, and has an understanding of the chakras or energy centers of the body which need to be attunded for healthy function. Western Medicine treats only the symptoms of disease and not the underlying roots, and is controlled by the agenda of Big Pharma and the Medical Industrial Complex. Holistic remedies have become a viable alternative to Western Medicine, to such a degree that there has been backlash from lobbyists for Big Pharma and some states are trying to restrict access to herbal medicines. http://foodfreedom.wordpress.com/2011/04/04/nc-to-vote-tuesday-on-bill-making-homeopathy-a-felony-call-your-state-reps/ Also research Codex Alimentarius for the larger agenda to control natural remedies and maintain power of Big Pharma. As a democratic movement we should be open to new paradigms and should encourage people to seek a variety of information and resources for their health and wellness. As far as psychics and tarot is concerned, there is a reason why the occult has hit the mainstream in huge way the past few years. And it isn’t just because of Harry Potter. Open your mind and you will find out why.

    • The article exposes the empirical bias of the author. There is no empirical evidence in the observable world that reiki or echinacea accomplishes the ends that they are supposed by their advocates to accomplish.

      See here on Reiki and here on echinacea.

    • a_dude

      “As far as psychics and tarot is concerned, there is a reason why the occult has hit the mainstream in huge way the past few years. And it isn’t just because of Harry Potter.”

      We have people running for president who don’t believe in evolution, so I don’t see what’s so silly about people using “the occult” for their own spiritual healing.

      But I agree with the author about physical injuries such as broken bones. I think most sane homeopathic practitioners would agree, there are some situations in which western medicine (technology) is more effective/necessary.

  • theotherjimmyolson

    @ kellyh The only observable bias is in your response. The author clearly stated his acceptance of the use of alternatives,and was commenting on the omission of science based healing arts. Accepting these observable realities renders your diatribe off point and irrelevant.

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