I would like to wish a happy new year to all my readers. The year 2010 was an eventful one in the alternative medicine world. The conventional medicinal system has started to slowly recognize and accept, albeit grudgingly and halfheartedly, the benefits of alternative systems. The prohibitive cost of the health care offered by the conventional system and the dangerous side effects of medications and tests etc have caused the ordinary Joe to turn to alternative systems for solace.
On the other hand, a number of charlatans and snake oil peddlers with no credentials have sprung up almost everywhere posing as alternative health specialists. The gullible patients are at the mercy of these so called experts who provide questionable and often dangerous treatment modalities. They fleece the patients as much as possible in the name of alternative systems. Such activities strike a deathblow to the credibility of the alternative system.
The Health Department in India both at the Center and State level should initiate action against such elements and bring them before the law and punish them to the fullest extent possible. This will be a deterrent to those waiting in the wings. The Department should disseminate information on alternative systems and genuine practitioners making use of both offline and online channels. Creating awareness of not just the alternative systems but also genuine alternative experts is the need of the hour. Let us hope that we may able to see some action on this front in 2011.
The year 2010 had been the most profitable one for me, as far as this blog is concerned. I made a nice little income from Adsense. The irony is I had hardly contributed anything meaningful the whole year. There were only five articles in 2010. I wish I could have done more. I was tied up with other activities the whole of last year. I will try my best to come up with useful articles in 2011. I thank you all for your patronage. Best wishes and good health to you all!!