Jackson, I was thrown by the study mentioned at first - I thought the numbers were high, but the original article I read did not cite the full study. McKenzie found the full study and posted it afterward. That is how we found out that the definitions were so broad. By their definition, anyone who drinks soy milk because cow’s milk gives them gas is participating in “alternative medicine.”
As for this “DNA Activation” nonsense, it boggles my mind. Even if we were to assume this was true for some silly reason, with all the defective genes that COULD be “activated” by mucking with them, would a person really want to try? Many people carry defective genes that are or are not set off for reasons not entirely known. For example, many identical twins carry defective genes, but only one twin will develop or express the genetic disease or condition. (Some suspected factors are smoking, diet, exercise and/or environmental influences.)
I remember watching a silly show on champion dog breeders and the ridiculous things some of them do to improve their dogs. In addition to silly pampering that the dogs didn’t see happy about (putting hair dye on their fur and nail polish on their claws?) several owners were shown taking their dogs to acupuncturists, chiropractors, faith healers and psychics.
One owner who appeared clearly mentally unbalanced (and whose poor husband appeared defeated and likely to consume large amounts of alcohol) took her dog to a “psychic genetic healer” who seemed just as mentally unbalanced as the owner. The “psychic genetic healer” pet the dog and went into a fake trance chanting and counting on her fingers “agctacgttgcaactg” and explained after her little show that she “psychically rewriting the dog’s DNA” so it would reconfigure as a genetically superior champion of some sort. Funny how she was “psychically” pairing nucleotides that can’t pair together in nature. Perhaps she was creating an alien super-dog? At the end of her idiotic chant, the wife paid hundreds of dollars. The husband looked ready to kill himself and said something to the effect of “whatever the wife wants, there’s no use fighting over it, I’m done fighting.”
I’m telling you, I’m in the wrong business. Perhaps now with the sad state of commercial real estate sales and financing, it would be a good time for me to become a fake dog psychic. Why not? My sister pays some woman $100 an hour to talk to her cat. I told her “Look, your cat wants tuna. There. Give me $100 I read its mind.” I could tell people what they want to hear, for hundreds of dollars. Damn, these…ethics…they keep getting in my damn way!!! Must…fight…them… if I want to make easy money!
Anyhow, the “DNA Activation Therapy” reminded me so much of that dog show owner trying to have a psychic rewrite her dog’s DNA to make it a champion. It is so laughable!
Now as far as REAL MEDICINE manipulating DNA to help those with genetic disease… that would be amazing. With all the new advances up and coming, and with stem cell treatments, there are going to be so many amazing treatments available in the future.