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Benjamin Mazer on April 18, 2016

I'd like to respectfully take issue with the publication of this article. To put it simply, Swarthmore is lending its good name to what can reasonably be described as fraud. I'm aware that this is an alumni magazine and not a hard-hitting investigative newspaper. However, that is no excuse for educated writers to credulously promote this nonsense to its educated readership. We are more than capable of utilizing the balance and critical thinking taught to us at Swarthmore.

I am completing medical school in Rochester, N.Y., so I have been a first-hand witness to Rochester-area patients who have been scammed by so-called "alternative medicine" procedures. (Let me be clear that I have no first-hand knowledge of Mr. Borg's practices or patients.) I have seen patients forgo proven beneficial medical treatments in pursuit of therapies such as "energy medicine" described above, which have no evidence of benefit and can be rather expensive. All the while, their diseases remain unmanaged and damage accrues.

Swarthmore should not be promoting "leaps of faith" when it comes to medicine and health. While you are not physicians, I'd encourage you to none the less heed Hippocrates and consider whether or not you are "first doing no harm" by promoting quackery. People's lives are on the line.

This article should be retracted or substantially amended due to the potential harm it may cause patients.

Thank you,
Benjamin Mazer
Swarthmore Class of 2010