Non-conventional medicines: “there is a risk in using these practices without restraint, without limits”, warns a general practitioner
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Non-conventional medicines: “there is a risk in using these practices without restraint, without limits”, warns a general practitioner


Doctor Pierre de Brémond warns of the danger of belief in health matters while a Support Committee meets on Wednesday at the Ministry of Health.

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Hynosis "used as an overall concept" laid "a problem because you fit into a belief system", denounces the NoFakeMed collective (photo illustration).  (AURÉLIEN ACCART / RADIO FRANCE)

“There is a risk in using these practices without brakes, without limits”, alerted Wednesday June 28 on franceinfo Doctor Pierre de Brémond, president of the NoFakeMed collective, a collective committed to informing and warning about “fake medicine”. The rise of unconventional medicine worries the Ministry of Health. Their supporters prefer the term alternative medicine, alternative medicine, natural medicine or even traditional medicine.

>> Unconventional care: worrying abuses

On Wednesday, the first meeting of the Support Committee for the supervision of these practices at the Ministry of Health will take place with supporters and opponents. Their common objective in the coming months is to give patients the keys to finding their way around and possibly pointing out the dangers and abuses of some of these practices. “The main thing is to never stop treatment without medical advice,” explained Pierre de Brémond.

franceinfo: Was there an urgent need to take a serious look at these unconventional medicines?

Pierre de Brémond: When we talk about alternative medicine, we have the impression that it doesn’t do any harm. However, Miviludes, the Ministry of Health and now the National Council of the Order of Physicians are aware of this. There is a risk in using these practices without brakes, without limits. The role of the collective is above all to alert and inform patients so that they can make their decision in full conscience with clear, fair and appropriate information.

The idea is to be able to sort between all these practices?

The idea is not to sort between practices, but rather to detect in practices what can work.

“Practices must be seen as tools and not as practices in themselves.”

Doctor Pierre de Brémond, president of the No Fakemed collective

at franceinfo

Hypnosis, for example, is a way to divert attention. When we give a vaccine, to change your mind, just long enough to give the injection. It is a form of hypnosis. It is a tool used by caregivers. With hypnosis, used as a global concept, and which must lead to better health with a hypnotherapist, we have a problem because you enter into a belief system. You almost only believe in hypnosis, and there are dangers there. We cannot regulate practices which are, by nature, alternative, vague and which mix together. But on the other hand, we can alert patients and possibly move towards better adaptation of our practices, prescribe less, prescribe better, encourage physical activity, encourage better nutrition, without falling into beliefs and therapeutic excesses, stopping medication, even sectarian excesses, phenomena of mental control which are unfortunately what Miviludes fears.

How can we explain the significant growth of these practices?

It has not escaped your notice that the health system is in a bit of a state of disrepair. Currently, there are not many caregivers. I am a general practitioner, but I also think of the physiotherapists, pharmacists, midwives, nurses, dietitians who are not numerous enough to face ever more numerous, ever more complex patients. We have less time spent with our patients. Well-being, moreover, is an extremely buoyant market, with significant growth representing several billion euros each year. And there are people, agencies, companies who are launching fairly significant marketing campaigns on social networks or in the press to promote all these techniques. It works because we press the levers that work, taking time for yourself, using natural products. We’re not saying that you shouldn’t think about the planet and take time for yourself. We perhaps say that there are rational ways to do this based on scientific data and without falling into beliefs.

What should we be vigilant about when dealing with these new forms of medicine?

The main thing is to never stop treatment without medical advice. The ideal is your general practitioner, but it could be your oncologist, it could be your pharmacist, your physiotherapist. Maintain a connection with someone else who, in the area of ​​care, is not in your belief system. This is really extremely important. Then there are some interesting little signals. Maybe how much does it cost you per year? Are we talking about several hundred euros? Are we talking about several thousand euros? We remember that it is a market. If it is not reimbursed, perhaps the effectiveness is not proven. Then, what happens if it fails?

“In a belief system, the guru, who has the truth, tells you that you have not gone far enough in the practice and will reinforce it. He will put you in a situation of control which can lead to abuses. extremely important.”

Dr Pierre de Brémond

at franceinfo

If ever there is a failure in medicine, for example, around stopping smoking, the doctor will take his share of responsibility for this failure and will offer you either slightly different support, or to go see a specialist. .

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