health freedom argument
health freedom argumentUnproven medicine
A defence that an individual should be given freedom to choose his or her therapy regardless, of potential harm. It may be used in public debate as part of the drive to legalise and/or legitimise various forms of alternative healthcare for which there is evidence that the therapy is ineffective, has considerable adverse effects or is frankly dangerous (e.g., Laetrile); the argument is often made by the purveyors themselves.
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