Since 2000, the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) has been awarded $2 billion for research, and currently has an annual budget of $134 million.
[…]nearly twenty years of study have shown that most alternative medicine “cures” work no better than placebos, and that NCCAM should be defunded or abolished, according to the authors of an upcoming report in the magazine Skeptical Inquirer. In Culling Non-Science From Scarce Medical Resources, Eugenie V. Mielczarek and Brian Engler examine all NCCAM research between 2000 and 2011, and find no discoveries that justify spending taxpayer dollars to maintain its existence.
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I’m all for money that goes towards good science but NCCAM is not that. It’s a gift to complementary medicine practitioners. The full report will be available in the January/February issue of Skeptical Inquirer. Here is a report on science-based medicine advocates reviewing the NCCAM. You can get a feel for their philosophy and why it not be funded by taxpayer dollars.