An open minute to Maureen Pugh, a new National MP who 'doesn't trust in curative drugs'

Maureen Pugh is National’s newest MP, carrying transposed a new US ambassador, Tim Groser, from a list. Prompted by news that Pugh “doesn’t trust in curative drugs”, Siouxsie Wiles drops her a line

Dear Maureen

Congratulations on apropos a National Party’s newest MP! I’ll have to admit, though, that I’m a small shaken about your choosing after reading that we don’t believe in regulating curative medicines and would apparently “like to see a supervision take a some-more holistic proceed to how it allocates health funding”. By holistic, I’m creation a arrogance that we would like to see some-more “alternative medicine” being funded, nonetheless we know we try to equivocate regulating that word for fear it “conjures adult an picture of crystal-waving, unshaven women”. Actually, when we hear that phrase, what we suppose are well-educated, well-meaning yet eventually misinformed people who don’t realize that “alternative medicine” is medicine that has been proven not to work.

Take chiropractic as an example, a fascinating form of “alternative medicine” invented by Daniel David Palmer in a USA in a 1890s. Palmer believed that misalignments of a spine (so called “subluxations”) were a basement for all illness by interfering with a body’s “innate intelligence”. Many chiropractors trust that regulating these spinal “subluxations” can heal anything from ear pain and allergies, to bed wetting and ADHD.


John Key and his newest MP, Maureen Pugh. Photo: Facebook

But it turns out it can’t. There is no justification that such thing as “innate intelligence” even exists. In fact, studies have shown time and time again that chiropractic strategy is ineffective, with a probable difference of diagnosis for reduce behind pain, nonetheless a justification for that is marginal. But since diagnosis is lonesome by ACC, and chiropractors are means to call themselves “Dr” even yet they aren’t lerned medical professionals, people consider chiropractic is medicine. In fact, chiropractic manipulations aren’t wholly risk free. While rare, there have been documented cases of ripped arteries, strokes and damaged backs (see for instance here and here).

I was also a small dumbfounded to review that we trust there is “nothing wrong with … removing a flu”, that “if we have a healthy defence complement we can understanding with it”. That’s usually not true. Even healthy people can have critical complications after being putrescent with a influenza virus.

What’s more, a influenza pathogen is ever-changing (that’s because we have a new vaccine each year), and some forms can be even some-more lethal than normal. Remember “swine” flu? The H1N1 chronicle of a influenza pathogen that emerged in 2009 caused pneumonia and strident respiratory trouble syndrome (ARDS) even in healthy people, and killed thousands. You should substantially have a discuss with Sam Pohe. She’s a village helper who was so bustling giving people their influenza jabs that she forgot to get her possess and finished adult in a coma after throwing a flu. It’s good value remembering that, even if we and your family locate an spreading illness like a influenza and usually have a amiable chronicle of it, we could still taint others with harmful consequences.

Yours sincerely,


Dr Siouxsie (not a medical alloy or in a compensate of “Big Pharma”) Wiles, Microbiologist.

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