By The Locke
There are a lot of different types of medical quackery out there, and while some might be harmless, many tend to do more harm than good.
Here is a list of what is in my opinion to be the five most dangerous:
5 • Alternative Mental Health Treatments
The particular ones that I’m most concerned with are exorcisms, conversion therapy, and vitamin therapy.
The reason why these therapies are so harmful is because it can keep a person from seeking real, legit mental health treatments. With exorcisms and vitamin therapy, it can cause a person’s mental health problems to become worse due to the lack real mental health therapy, and it can leave a person reluctant to use actual legit therapies, or, like with conversion therapy, which is mainly used to attempt to “rid” a person of homosexuality, can actually cause mental illness, like depression.
Because these therapies simply don’t work, and can even cause mental illness to get worse, it might cause a person commit suicide, or even cause a person to become violent.
4 • Spiritual Healing
This basically comes in two forms: Faith healing and energy healing.
Faith healing is basically the belief that God uses certain people to help heal the sick, and energy healing is the belief that a person can “channel” their energy to heal people.
Besides the fact that none of this has ever been proven to work, it’s dangerous because it causes people to believe that they’re being healed, or will be healed, by some outside energy force, and this belief causes people to forgo proven medical treatments, and instead, basically really do nothing and hope they will get better.
The reason why this is more dangerous then alternative mental health treatments is because you can usually get better if you start getting real mental health treatments, unlike with spiritual healing, where if you wait to long, whatever you have could kill you.