What do people think who turn to pseudo-therapies instead of doctors?

What goes through the head of those who spend money on homeopathy, even though they have read a thousand times that they practically buy water and sugar? The FECYT has conducted a series of interviews and has found that people who resort to pseudoscience do not deny traditional medicine. Yet they feel detached from the doctors.

The authors of this study, according to SINC, believe that it would be necessary to "listen to these complaints to improve the healthcare system and get fewer people to move into dangerous pseudosciences. "

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It is one of the conclusions of this study based on interviews and follow-up of 66 people from different cities, ages and social classes who were regular or sporadic consumers of various therapies, such as acupuncture, herbal medicine, reiki or homeopathy.

They are not anti-science

"The easy thing is to laugh and polarize, call them crazy," the sociologist from the Autonomous University of Madrid and main author of the report, Josep Lobera, told SINC. However, they wanted to know why these people, who are not really "anti-science" or "deniers", end up entrusting their health to therapies without scientific evidence.

These therapies work simply by word of mouth, and even if they fail, they are not disappointed. In fact, most of these people, according to the FECYT interviews, would turn to traditional medicine before a serious problem.

Most people who go to pseudotherapies are because they do not feel heard

Many argue that medicine has disappointed them, that it has been sold "corruptly" to the interests of pharmaceutical companies and "has moved away from human needs". Among their arguments, the majority of those interviewed indicate the terrible side effects that most drug prospects describe, while "it is not interesting to show that there are alternatives without side effects."

Self-criticism of doctors

According to Lobera, the study also includes legal demands, criticisms that the health system should correct. Among them is that the little time that is dedicated to patients during consultations, waiting lists and excess medicalization focused on the symptom and not with a comprehensive approach.

The doctor sees you in three minutes. Another spends an hour with their chakras

"Their head hurts and they send them off in three minutes, but the other one spends an hour saying that their chakras are not well and they feel that it works for them because without taking anything they take a few breaths, put their hand on their head and they calm down”Explains Lobera. FECYT researchers believe that current medicine is "expelling" many patients and throwing them into the hands of pseudoscience that pays them the attention that doctors seem not to give them.

Lobera assures that this study is "a symptom that something is happening", beyond medicine: "There is a direct link between this and problems with democracy in the short term." He fears that whoever does not trust the data and evidence will end up doing the same outside the medical context, they point from Sync.