Why woo is thriving in academic medical centers

I’ve lamented the infiltration of woo into academic medicine. I’ve even gone so far as to try to keep a list of all the academic medical centers in North America that have “integrative medicine” programs that credulously teach and promote non-evidence-based medicine as though it were evidence-based with my Academic Woo Aggregator. I’ve speculated that the reason academic medical centers are susceptible to the blandishments of woo-meisters is because patients want it and are willing to pay for it. Given that insurance companies won’t pay for this stuff, it’s cash on the barrelhead direct from the patients without all that nasty mucking about with third party payer forms and fighting for reimbursement for services rendered.

Now I know it is indeed all about the money. Thanks, Abel. I had always suspected as much.