So Baba Ramdev’s followers attacked the CPI (M) offices in
Though I don’t trust alternative medicine (Ayurveda, homeopathy, naturopathy, acupuncture etc.), I do find the concept of alternative medicine fascinating. And I believe that it is all linked to man’s natural yearning to believe that the earth is flat (after all, that’s how it appears on the ground). Alternative medicine does offer hope (though always false hope) when rational treatments have given up. Alternative medicines are great placebos, and it’s scientifically proven that placebos work. Alternative medicines also offer prospects for all those embarrassing diseases – what I call itchy-scratchy-softy diseases- baldness, obesity, and erectile dysfunction; and also those dubious diseases for which you may be embarrassed to consult a genuine doctor – pain in the hair, mole at a wrong place, etc. Just look out of the window during a train journey in
However, Pharma companies that develop and manufacture allopathic drugs have a lesson to learn from this Baba Ramdev incident. For example, when problems with COX2 inhibitors (Vioxx etc.) were surfaced, the employees from the pharma companies could have thrashed up anyone who mentioned these problems. After all, What rational target-based drug design, What clinical trials- effectiveness of medicines are best proven in the streets. Because, as Thomas Friedman says, the world is flat, and the irony of the Commies being labeled as supporters of the MNC cause.