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Fibromyalgia: Pseudo-science and Woo Woo

“Science is like an inoculation against charlatans who would have you believe whatever it is they tell you”, Neil de Grasse Tyson

There are numerous claims made by those who practice or have beliefs in woo woo (irrational ideas based upon lack of scientific evidence) about various concoctions, herbs, homeopathic solutions (sugar pills) and other types of unscientific, unproven remedies or ‘therapies’ that will cure fibromyalgia. I admit to being biased towards that which has been tested scientifically, in spite of the fact that there can be horrendous mistakes made within the realm of science. However, there are two choices: ‘scientific medicine which is evidence based’ or ‘pseudo-science’ and not, in my view, ‘complementary/alternative medicine’ which has not been validated with rigour. But, I have not always been so discerning.

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