The Society for Science-Based Medicine
- A Society for a community of like-minded individuals, both in and out of health care, who support Science-Based Medicine.
- People should not suffer, die and lose hope, time and money due to pseudo-medicine.
- Educating consumers, professionals, business people, legislators, law enforcement personnel, organizations and agencies about Science-Based Medicine.
- Providing resources and information for information concerning all aspects of Science-Based Medicine. Providing a central resource for communication between individuals and organizations concerned about Science-Based Medicine.
- Supporting sound consumer health laws for the practice of Science-Based Medicine and opposing legislation that undermines Science-Based Medicine.
- Encouraging and aiding legal actions in support of the practice of Science-Based Medicine.
Science-Based Medicine needs organization, people and funding.
To see what organization and funding can provide, visit the
Naturopaths, chiropractors, acupuncturists are organized, funded and increasingly licensed by the State.
The anti-vaccine groups have the organization and funding to
For Science-Based Medicine we have virtually nothing. Those who are proponents of Science-Based Medicine are few in numbers, poorly funded and lack organization. It could be argued that we have breadth and depth of the medical-industrial complex behind us, and at some level we do.
The California Acupuncture Board, which regulates the state's approximately 11,000 acupuncturists, has a long and messy history. Ben Kavoussi recounted that history in two informative posts (
1988: The long-time chairman of the Board (then called the Acupuncture Committee) was caught selling answers to the licensing exam for $10,000 - $20,000 a pop, netting him a take of half a million dollars or more. He was sentenced to five years in prison, but only a few of his customers were caught. This means that some acupuncturists are almost certainly still practicing who are dishonest enough to buy their way into licensing and who may not have been able to pass the exam on their own.
2002: A special commission appointed to look into long-standing problems with the Board determined that the Board had
too frequently acted as a venue for promoting rather than regulating the profession [resulting in] missed opportunities to protect the public by providing accurate and complete information about the therapies that licensees can provide.
The commission also found the Board had not "adequately incorporated emerging scientific evidence into board policies, regulations and public communications."
Anything can be called acupuncture and some give me the willies. For example
Or try Wonli acupuncture, which is a form of
Acupotomy.. an acupuncture procedure developed for synechia, nodules, and cicatrix caused by soft tissue damage, in short, a combination of acupuncture and ectomy.
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