Argh! This infuriates me. It reminds me of all the money my family has spent on osteopaths, homeopaths, acupuncturists, reiki healers, whatever goddamn useless fucking herb that does nothing at all except make you feel like you have a bit of control.
I mean, not to discount the placebo effect. It's better than doing nothing at all. But it is categorically not better than going to a real, actual, legitimate doctor. For fuck's sake, it's likely that one of the reasons the world is in pandemic right now is because a significant amount of people still believe that consuming exotic animal parts is somehow beneficial to their health or social status.
Don't even get me started on the government of Canada covering placebos in their universal health care, or every single health insurance provider in Germany forcing you into a package that pays for a certain amount of placebo treatments every year. And China, fuck they're the worst of the bunch, with top-level party support for marketing their hocus pocus all over the world.
I am sympathetic to the appeal of "woo". My mom was new age, lots of my friends and former partners have been into crystals, witchcraft, astrology, religion, all that stuff. I can see the emotional benefit. I understand why people like that stuff. I like it too, it's fun. But please let's keep it out of medical discussions, especially on contagious diseases, that doesn't help anyone.
PS i am fucking grumpy because i still have that dentist's cold. It went away a few days after my first filling. Then i got the second and third ones and it's back with a vengeance. It's not a very bad cold, but due to the current world situation i am wary of every little cough and sniffle. I don't want to be wary. I am sick of being wary, and i am sick of being sick. Also, winter sucks. Fuck!