One of the readers of my blog wrote to his constituency MP about his concern for public funding of NHS. This is his MP's reply.
Quite an astonishing display of anti-intellectualism and ignorance. It might be worth pointing out that before Mr Ruane became an MP, he was a school teacher.
I too have my concerns about certain types of homeopathic or alternative
medicines and treatments such as palmistry, astrology, and even aroma
therapy but I feel that western medicine has relied too heavily on the germ
theory of disease that illness and disease came from without and can be
treated from without medicine or surgery.
I believe a good proportion of illness and disease can be effectively
controlled by tapping into and enhancing an individual's natural immune
system. That the patient is not such a passive receptacle for science,
medicine and surgery but can contribute to their own recovery. The illness
should be seen in the round that the psychological and social condition of
each individual patient are as important to an individual's recovery as
Western medicine should not be dismissive of other practices such as
acupuncture, meditation but the balance needs to be struck.
Chris Ruane MP
For the Vale of Clwyd