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Evidence can't answer every question

A single, evidence-based and transparent standard across medicine would be nice - if we were all cloned ('Why belief in complementary medicine is misguided').

However, people are individuals, to whom evidence may apply but only if we fit the inclusion criteria of the relevant study. Fortunately we inhabit a democracy and as patients are offered advice by doctors that we can follow, reject or choose from.

Evidence shows that patients who question their doctors have better health outcomes; 50% of a GP's advice is ignored as the patient leaves the consulting room and 20% of prescriptions never make it to the chemist. All this leaves plenty of room for alternative and complementary therapies to co-exist with conventional medicine and plug those muddy areas where disease is left untouched by transparent, evidence-based standards.

From Dr Andrew Sikorski, Ticehurst, East Sussex

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