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A committee in Great Britain has issued new recommendations on recommended treatments for lower back pain and the recommendations will be implemented by the National Health Service. They concluded that alternative treatments work, while standard allopathic treatments for back pain do not:

From among 200 treatments and devices claimed to help a bad back, the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (Nice) has passed judgement on what works and what doesn't. X-rays, ultrasound and steroid injections are out and osteopathy, chiropractic and "needling" are in, it says.

The irony for our "evidence based medicine" friends is that the standard treatments have little evidence to support them, while alternative treatments do. Here is another reason why clinical trials of homeopathy are important. They may ignore us in the short run, but eventually we will prevail.

"We pulled together the trials, looked at the systematic reviews and in some cases at the original papers. The consistent message coming through was that people who get these treatments do better than those who don't get them."

Our favorite allopathic doctor, Dr. Edzard Ernst, does some huffing and puffing, which adds to the entertainment value of the article:

"The Nice panel included three pro-manipulation experts. As a result they are over-optimistic on the benefits and have underestimated the risks [of chiropractic]. A review of spinal manipulation [by the respected Cochrane Library] was much more cautious."

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