Every now and then, someone posts on my forum or one of my websites, a claim for an alternative therapy that may or may not work to relieve a health problem in our pets.
And is then upset when asked for a link to the evidence that supports the use of that remedy
The search for evidence lies at the heart of modern medicine, and we all need to understand why it is so important.
Sorting the good from the bad
One of the reasons that we need evidence that a medical treatment is working is to enable us to sort out good treatments from bad, and to improve our ability to help and cure people in the future.
It is this constant drive for improvement, for better and more efficacious treatments, that has powered the profound advances in science in the last hundred years
And has provided the wonderful medical treatments we have available to us today.
Finding out what works
Evidence enabled us to discover that blood-letting was killing more people than it saved.
Evidence show us that people nursed in clean hospitals were more likely to survive, and that willow bark (from which we get aspirin) had genuine pain killing properties.
Evidence is the key to the truths that underpin the scientific world.
Protecting the vulnerable
Another very important reason for insisting on evidence is simply to prevent unscrupulous people taking advantage of those who are sick, in order to gain financial benefit for themselves through the sale of quack remedies.
Sadly there will always be those that prey on others, and for some time to come there will be those that remain indoctrinated in systems we now know to be entirely ineffective.
We have a responsibility to protect those that cannot protect themselves.
A responsibility to ensure that all medical treatments do actually work. That they can be tested and that they offer genuine hope for relief, recovery and sometimes for cure.
My share in this responsibility lies with ensuring that where possible, all therapies and remedies promoted on my forum or websites, do actually work for the benefit of dogs.