90+% of alternative medicine providers are true believers in the stuff they are selling, not con men. (My mother has been drinking deeply of the alternative medicine woo well for over thirty years now, so I have some experience to back this up). Sadly the true believers are not good at telling the difference between people like themselves and the con artists.
My father discovered he had a tumour in the pleura of his lung in December and died the following April - the tumour blocked his esophagus and he starved to death before the cancer had a chance to kill him directly. Just one month before he died, he and my mom used credit cards and a gift from a well to do friend to travel across the country, where they paid $5000 for a magic box that their homeopathist had heard about, which he told them might save his life. It didn’t. The man who sold them the box is a fucking con artist who should not be allowed to practice medicine. The man who referred them to him is a true believer and a highly ethical person.
We’ve needed those things for well over 40 years now if not longer. Forgive me if I think that people who are sick should be able to get what help they can find from sugar pills while we all wait for the medical establishment to get its head out of its ass.