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QUESTION YOUR VET!!

I have long since argued (and practised what I preach) that vets don't know everything and that healthy scepticism is warranted. So, it didn't surprise me at all to read in this week's New Scientist the following (it relates to Human medicine and therefore how much more relevant to horses?):

"Much of what we do in medecine is theory-based. It's only relatively recently that good quality evidence has been available for many things," [my bold italics] P36, New Scientist August 27, 2016 edition.

It goes on..."It's no small concern. An analysis by BMJ Clinical Evidence of 3000 common medical practices categorised half as having unknown effectiveness", and 3 per cent as likely to be ineffective or harmful. Just a third were found to "beneficial" or "likely to be beneficial".

So beware and be sceptical. Your vet is not a God and the fantasy that we have that Science is all about incontrovertible fact is simply not true. Read the rest of the article above: it's quite scary.

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