Can a Gluten-Free Diet, Qi Gong, or Ballet Barre Cure my MS? Only a Randomized Controlled Trial Can Say…

“You have multiple sclerosis? My cousin cured her MS with a gluten-free diet and qi gong — you should really try it!”

Since I was diagnosed with MS 17 years ago, I have heard many, many versions of this story, though with a rotating cast of miracle cures in the starring role. Some involve mainstream pharmaceuticals; many more are from the world of alternative medicine. I usually politely say, “Thanks for letting me know,” and let it drop. Everyone who tells me a story like this wishes for my good health, and I do appreciate that.

Once in a while, though, someone gets more of a response than she bargained for.

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One thought on “Can a Gluten-Free Diet, Qi Gong, or Ballet Barre Cure my MS? Only a Randomized Controlled Trial Can Say…

  1. jfreiden

    Thoughts from the PR guy here: if would be great if consumers pushed for randomized trials for more of the healthcare they use. But the jargon around statistics can sound so dry: controls, randomized, sampling, prevalence, significance, correlation, etc. In public health communications it might help to really develop terms more people can relate to: “the smart bet,” “what are the odds,” “if you had to pick, which would you,” “no better than random chance,” etc. Not that I’ve thought through how you’d map all the geeky stats concepts to everyday language, but it would sure sell it better. It would help us all if more consumers had a gut feel for what kind of evidence to push for — could encourage everyone in the system to waste less on ineffective treatments, and home in on effective treatments more quickly.

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