“Meridians” make sense when your knowledge of the body is based on religious superstition and mysticism. Once you discover the true function of blood vessels and nerves, however, it is time to put away your belief in qi, a spiritual construct that as a metaphor for disease has no basis in real physiology.
Is academic medicine listening? Almost a century ago Abraham Flexner urged medical education to get rid of the woo. Nowadays, though, the leaders (well, maybe there are two or three exceptions) in medical education seem unwilling to take a stand. The task is left to a few bloggers who choose to call quackery what it is at the risk of being labeled narrow minded fuddy-duddies or Pharma shills.