Anyone who knows me relatively well, or has listened to me spout about the Flying Spaghetti Monster, knows that I’m a skeptic. Psychic abilites, astrology, ghosts: I’m not down with that. There are reasons which I could elaborate on, but they are beyond the scope of this entry.
Alternative medical treatments such as the various herbal supplements, acupuncture, acupressure, etc., deserve more cautious evaluation because they haven’t been thoroughly investigated yet. Although, I point you to a past entry stating that Echinacea is ineffective.
The NY Times today had an article about the growing “new” applications of leaches and maggots by mainstream surgeons.
This rings of that scene from Gladiator after General Studly-Man was captured by the slavers and had his wounds cleaned by maggots.