How do you respond to “It worked for me”?
A regular reader of SBP describes a common reaction to the provision of science-based information, which I’ll paraphrase:
What do we do if someone is insisting on anecdotal evidence? In particular, someone who is positive that arnica, or Traumeel helped their joint issue? If someone says, “I couldn’t move my hand, or my finger, and as soon as I put it on, it was fine the next day” What do I say? I know what the science says, but what’s the most effective way to respond?
What response and strategies have you tried that have been effective in helping develop an understanding about anecdotal evidence? And what would you suggest under these circumstances? Please share your thoughts in the comments.
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