I get what you're saying. You having doctorate means you've devoted a large part of your life to certain subject matter and I respect that. However to me, the broad stroke approach loses credibility with me, since it lacks nuance, which is decidedly unfortunate.
It isn't a broad net. My quarrel is with complementary/alternative medicine, which, unlike traditional medicine, has yet to be proven to work (and will never work, as the very tenets underlying all of it is based on fallacies of human perception
and not actual science). I understand a cancer patient becoming desperate after traditional cancer therapies have failed, but when we begin admitting quacks into the system to begin throwing silly therapies at them and hoping fallacy-based testimonials and conspiratorial crap (like "doctors don't want you to know about this because it will eat into their PROFITS!!!1111) will lend them legitimacy, we ALL pay, in both dollars and lives lost. Again, happy to discuss this in another thread. I really do try not to derail threads from their original purpose. (And I fail sometimes.)
I've healed myself from colitis, by merely altering my diet.
That isn't alternative medicine. That's scientifically based truth that's valid for everyone, but moreso for people with food allergies, intolerances, and diseases of the intestinal tract. I know that one pretty well as I recently had several feet of small intestine removed due to auto-immune disease (which ulcerative colitis is classed as). A lot of fad diet quacks have picked up the "Anti-Inflammatory Diet" flag and run with it recently, but it's been standard medical treatment for decades already. Anything with "diet" in it gets picked up by quacks looking to sell books every ten years or so with alarming regularity. Same thing with various exercise regimes. My disease has had so much alternative crap written about it that if I weren't well educated on medicine I'd be lost knowing even where to start.
It's true that doctors do not have all the answers, but consumers do themselves far more harm than good by abandoning critical thinking skills in the search for easy answers to very complex problems.