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.
Alabama does not currently license acupuncturists. It is one of the few remaining holdouts among the 50 states, 43 of which grant acupuncturists a license to practice, with varying definitions of what they can and cannot do. That may change this year if an acupuncture practice act passes in the Alabama legislature. I grew up going to south Alabama to see relatives and, frankly, the cultures of acupuncture and Alabama don't seem compatible. But that was a long time ago.
Some of the more recent attempts to license acupuncturists have gone all out,
energetic physiology that describes and explains the interrelationship of bodily organs or functions with an associated acupuncture point or combination of points that are stimulated in order to restore the normal function of the bodily organ or function.
Not that the use of twirled needles stuck into patients to unblock "qi" makes any more sense than "energetic physiology," but maybe the acupuncturists are backing off on the more exotic definitions. This is Alabama, after all. Better to stick with the tried and true here. That is not to say that the acupuncturist couldn't get away with an awful lot under this bill if it becomes law. Acupuncture is defined as being derived from "traditional and modern Oriental medicine concepts and modern research." Whatever Oriental medical concepts are, traditional or modern -- they don't say. I suppose those parameters are left up to the Alabama Board of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, which would consist of three acupuncturists and one public member. And modern research? That would pretty much knock out everything they do because "modern research" into acupuncture doesn't allow us to "derive" anything other than the conclusion that acupuncture does nothing. Unless you count the placebo effect, which is, unique among researchers, counted as effective in alternative medicine.
Nonsense in the military.
Right result but wrong reason.