Caveat Emptor is Latin for “let the buyer beware” and it applies to medical treatment (conventional and alternative) as much as anything else. As Diabetics, we are consumers of medical care and since our lives depend on good care, we need to be very much aware of what we buy/try and make sure it’s actually been proven safe and effective.
“If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is”, is another great piece of folk wisdom. And in todays Internet world of unregulated snake oil salesmen and self-described “experts” pushing their own books or products, we need to always keep this in mind.
Here’s an excellent article (I’ve included the first paragraph) by a former alternative medicine advocate who now promotes evidence-based medical care:
I once took alternative medicine on faith. For decades, I practiced it on patients and myself and my family, and assumed that pretty much all of it worked. Then I learned about double-blind studies, and it was like a tornado blowing down a house of cards. I discovered that I, like most people who love alternative medicine, had made a huge (though understandable) mistake. …