Oligoscan, quantum osteopathy, microkinesitherapy… none of these practices are recognized or have proven their effectiveness. However, they are widely offered on Doctolib. To distinguish validated techniques from real charlatanism, the platform now believes it needs help from public authorities.
Still too many charlatans on Doctolib?
In October 2022, Doctolib had sorted out well-being professionals by removing 5,700 magnetizer practitioners, iridologists, naturopaths… But according to an article in Parisianmany practitioners continue to offer techniques which have no scientific validation and have never demonstrated their effectiveness, despite their often prohibitive price and their “clever” names: oligoscan, microkinesitherapy, biokinergy, cupping therapy, quantum osteopathy, etc.
Reiki, microkinesitherapy, Oligoscan, quantum osteopathy and so on… Many professionals still offer “charlatanesque” practices on Doctolib… which calls on the authorities for help to clean up.
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This patamedicine makes certain practitioners scream like Pascale Mathieu, president of the National Council of the order of masseurs-physiotherapists who speaks in the columns of Le Parisien: “These are charlatanesque practices within the meaning of the public health code“. “There is charlatanry, but also notably sectarian deviations, while Doctolib has a reputation based on the excellence of health professionals.“, also alerts an Ile-de-Europe resuscitator.
No legal basis to sanction pata medicine?
To help in this sorting, certain documents allow the platform but also the general public to distinguish evidence-based medicine from patamedicine: the Miviludes report on sectarian aberrations linked to health and well-being , the table of illusory techniques of the order of physiotherapists… But despite these documents, several practitioners still offer reiki, despite being singled out by Miviludes, microphysiotherapy without scientific basis.
Questioned on the subject by our colleagues, Doctolib states that these practitioners are registered as psychologists, osteopaths, dietitians and thus benefit from an official health professional number. If the latter want to display these esoteric practices on their file, Doctolib considers that they need legal arguments or directives from public authorities before sanctioning them: “No objective criteria today makes it possible to distinguish them — particularly on a legal level — and Doctolib cannot, alone, sort things out or state the law.“. Because in the absence of a legal argument, the platform could have difficulty responding to a censored practitioner who files a complaint against it for censorship…
Is it only up to Doctolib to sort things out?
The platform calls for a real regulatory framework. A wish shared by the orders of several professional orders more concerned with pointing the finger at Doctolib’s “failures” than sorting through their own ranks. The lack of response from public authorities contributes to this situation which places validated medicine and the metaphysical excesses that we thought were confined to the Parapsy salon on the same level.
More than a list of permitted and prohibited practices which would make validators run behind the inventiveness of profiteers (nothing prevents today from launching into, why not, quantum astrobiokinergy…), should we not mobilize the orders of the different health professions so that they act with the public authorities and sanction their members who confuse profit and care?
There is the good and the bad Doctor…
In August 2022, Grégory Ninot, professor at the University of Montpellier and at the Montpellier Cancer Institute and above all author of a book on the subject, 100 alternative medicines validated by science, told us: “The fact that French and European law do not qualify scientifically verified alternative practices leaves room for charlatanism. Today, it is still very easy in Europe to set up a school, training, to create methods that have no scientific basis. Not only is this dangerous, but it also undermines non-drug approaches validated by science (because there are some), which can indeed help patients.“.
Because the issue is not to cast shame on all alternative medicines, as this expert clarified: “The High Authority for Health has been calling for a classification of non-drug medicines since 2011, in order to clearly detail the scientific data of each method, the results, the protocols, etc. This repository does not exist, and it is a lack“.
In terms of alternative medicine and well-being, the challenge is to give credibility to professionals who work well, commit to ethical rules, on responsibility for side effects, who are capable of providing proof.