This is an issue I brought up briefly on another thread, but it never went anywhere, really. (Besides, it was my hijack, I needed to start a new thread for it anyway!)
Before I go any further, THIS IS NOT A “LEGALIZE DRUGS” THREAD. Please. Plenty of other threads on that topic on this board. This is also not a “Regulate alternative medicine” thread either. This is more about people’s attitudes, not about whether something should be legal, or regulated.
So, this is my question: Why do some people seem to look upon illicit drug use with a neutral or non-critical eye, and yet consider “alternative medicine” to be such a dire threat?
I understand that many people shrug their shoulders at both things, and figure, whatever an informed adult wants to do with their body is their business. I also understand that many people think both practices are risky, and will be critical of both equally.
I am more critical of drug use than alternative medicine (I use “crackpot cures” for my colds). But I won’t argue with anyone too much (on either thing), as long as they aren’t hurting anyone else, and they make their decisions being fully informed of their consequences and options. I may have critical thoughts, but what are you gonna do? (I do say, that when someone chooses an alternative cure for a life-threatening disease, it is a serious matter and I do worry about them making such a choice. But if they REALLY are informed fully of all their options, the choice is still theirs.)
With all this said, I am beginning to suspect that there is a double-standard among some people. Alternative medicine is complained about, and is criticized quite a bit. It is unregulated, it is a scam. The people who use it do so with the hope that it will make them healthier, but without much scientific data to prove it. This seems to be irrational and rash to some. They desire to talk anyone out of making such a choice (or challenging their choices, asking for “proof”). I’m not saying that challenging someone on this stuff is wrong. But I do wonder why it seems so important to “reason” with the person who uses alternative medicine, but to not to be equally intent on “reasoning” the illicit drug user.
I think I see sort of a “blind eye” turned (in some cases) to the illicit drug user. Not that I think that everyone approves or condones it, but why not make the same attempt to talk the drug user out of using the drugs? Why not question the source of the drugs, and complain that the drugs are not regulated? (I doubt the Joe the Pusher sells FDA regulated drugs!) Why not treat the illicit drug user as “irrational”, for making such a choice? Certainly there are few scientific studies that show that illicit drugs are healthy! (With the exception of pot, for medicinal uses specifically.) Illicit drugs are NOT a health cure. They are not taken by the user with any hope of improving health. Note also that I am not just talking about the craven junkie, but about the “casual” user who thinks that they “can handle it”. What scientific proof can they offer that they are special, and can handle it? (I’m not saying that they can’t, but that’s the same question that will be asked of the person who uses alternative medicine, after all!)
So, I don’t get it. Am I wrong about this? Is there a double-standard among some people? Is illicit drug use challenged less often than alternative medicine? I think it is. I think that many people just don’t see drug use (especially casual drug use) as being “crackpot” or “irrational”, but they do feel this way about alternative medicine. But perhaps I’ve missed some good threads that totally blow this feeling I get of a “double standard” out of the water, I don’t know.