Health & mental health across cultures

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Thanks for linking here, jas, interesting stuff. 

The insistence that current medical expertise is infallible always remains me of medical expertise of the 19th and early 20th centuries, which led to massive "sanitation" campaigns in the colonized world and thus the dispalcement of thousands - health promotion as justification for imperialism. 

I tend to be skeptical of much of what passes for "alternative" treatment in (post-)industrialized societies, but to see the value -- as many multinationals do, too - of non-Western traditinal knowledges. It's maybe a problem that it all gets lumped together under "alternative."