Cards on the table: I’m not much for alternative medicine. That’s not to say there isn’t comfort, even healing, in herbal teas, reflexology, chiropractic and the like. As my doctor friend Frank says, “Hey, I like a massage as much as the next guy.” I just don’t think it can cure asthma. Not yet, anyway. Research into alternative therapies? All for it. Herbs are just drugs in green leafy form. But I’m always wary of its practitioners. I don’t know why I should trust someone pushing vitamins and practicing iridology more than one who graduated from Johns Hopkins’ med school. That’s all.
That said, I think even someone who’s less skeptical than I am could be dismayed at the news that Coretta Scott King died not at home or in a hospital close to home, but in a Mexican cancer clinic in Baja California. How sad.