We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Our congressmen/women allowed this loophole for all kinds of alternative medicine. For some reason even doctors and scientists who know better and could win a debate on this issue choose to remain silent. I think for some people this is like a religion to them and like a religion you are not going to change their minds with facts and the arguement simply makes them all lock arms and refuse to discuss it. But alternative medicine causes harm and even though it is a tough issue we shouldn't cede the high ground.
There are two aspects to this. One is that non-medical people expect that alternative "medicine" will be cheaper. The other is a sort of alternative lifestyle that includes all sorts of "nontraditional" beliefs. A billionaire computer guy's wife funded an alternative medical center at UC, Irvine. Every quack and charlatan in California was soon on the road to UCI.
The problem that "modern, scientific medicine" has is success. We long ago developed antibiotics that will cure all/most of the serious bacterial diseases and we developed vaccines that prevent most of the serious viral diseases. We are the healthiest generation in history thanks to "modern, scientific medicine". What medicne hasn't been able to do "yet" is sure and prevent alot of the genetic diseases and diseases and problems of old age. Cancer is a good example of this it has both a genetic and a age component (and some have an environmental component as well). All of our close relative who have passed away recently died from cancer in spite of expensive and competent health care. Is this the "fault" of "modern, scientific medicine" ? Not really.
Cancer is a tough nut to crack and I no longer believe I will see a "cure" for cancer in my lifetime. But if and when there is a cure it will be thanks to "modern, scientific medicine".