JUN
11

Wisconsin bills allowing chiropractors to perform sports physicals puts student athletes at risk

​ Across the U.S., chiropractors are seeking to expand their scope of practice well beyond "spine care," up to and including promoting themselves as primary care physicians. Getting bills passed in state legislatures allowing them to perform sports physicals for student athletes is part and parcel of this effort. Two bills ( Assembly Bill 260 and S...
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JUN
04

California bill kills traditional naturopathic practice but creates snafu for naturopathic "medical" schools

California has the opportunity to remove the scourge of naturopathic practice from the state this year. Instead, the state legislature has chosen to kill off only traditional naturopaths, leaving naturopathic "doctors" with degrees from naturopathic "medical schools" eligible to practice their ersatz form of primary care. On January 2, 2018, t...
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MAY
28

State legislators promote ineffective NADA auricular acupuncture protocol for substance abuse

Auricular acupuncture is both highly implausible and has no good evidence of effectiveness as a treatment for substance abuse. Yet, state legislators continue to introduce bills pretending this is not the case. When these bills become law , scare resources and efficacious treatments are pushed aside in favor of magical thinking. Auricular acupunctu...
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MAY
21

FDA and ASAT warn consumers about ineffective autism treatments

The FDA recently warned consumers about products and services claiming to treat or cure autism. There is no cure for autism at present, so "products or treatments claiming to 'cure' autism do not work as claimed. The same is true of many products claiming to treat' autism or autism-related symptoms. Some may carry significant health risks...
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MAY
14

FDA shouldn't recommend "chiropracty" for pain

The FDA recently issued draft revisions to its Blueprint for Prescriber Education for Extended-Release and Long-Acting Opioids . The proposed revisions say that nonpharmacologic therapies can include physical rehabilitative approaches, like physical therapy, and "complementary therapies" like "chiropracty." What the FDA apparently doesn't realize i...
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APR
30

Oregon bill shows full impact of allowing naturopaths to practice primary care

​ The American Association of Naturopathic Physicians has reached its nationwide goal of full primary care physician scope of practice for naturopathic "doctors" in only one state: Oregon. But Oregon naturopaths have discovered that merely expanding their scope of practice act to make them the putative equal of an MD or DO primary care practitioner...
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APR
16

Colorado naturopaths' talking points a perfect example of why they shouldn't get practice expansion

​ On Monday, April 17, competing versions of the future of naturopathy in Colorado will duke it out in the state's Senate chambers. In one version of a bill, naturopaths are simply allowed to continue to practice in Colorado. In the other, they will be able to pump patients full of ineffective and potentially dangerous substances via IV. The health...
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APR
10

American Society of Clinical Oncologists opposes state "right-to-try" laws

The American Society of Clinical Oncologists (ASCO) released a statement this past week opposing state "right-to-try" (RTT) laws. While the ASCO remains committed to expanded access to investigational drugs and to improving current processes for obtaining those drugs, the organization thinks state RTT laws will be both ineffective in improving acce...
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APR
02

Idaho legislature says chiropractors can cash in on vitamin infusion craze

Idaho chiropractors can cash in on the latest health craze, vitamin and mineral infusions , according to a bill passed by the legislature and signed into law by the governor this past week. Chiropractors certified in "clinical nutrition" will be able to administer vitamins A and C and all B vitamins, plus minerals such as calcium, copper, magnesium...
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MAR
26

Oregon naturopaths want to dumb down insurer credentialing requirements

​ Oregon, of the 18 states that allow naturopaths to legally practice at all, is the only state that grants naturopaths the same scope of practice as a primary care physician  (PCP) MD or DO. The state also mandates that naturopaths be credentialed as PCPs by insurers. (Again, it is the only state to do so.) Obviously concerned about the inade...
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MAR
20

Minnesota legislators invent new way to do a worthless acupuncture study. Taxpayers to pick up tab.

A Minnesota legislator, a chiropractor by trade, is bypassing the usual ways of doing a worthless acupuncture study by inventing his own methodology. Acupuncture studies are famous for their sloppiness: no placebo controls, comparing Treatment X to Treatment X plus acupuncture , lack of blinding, spinning negative results. All of this generates res...
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MAR
13

Hey, Republicans, you missed something in "repeal and replace"

After years of promising to "repeal and replace" the Affordable Care Act ("ACA" or, "Obamacare"), the Republicans finally came up with a scheme to amend a few provisions. Called the " American Health Care Act ," ("AHCA," but not "Trumpcare," apparently ), it has been widely criticized by both the right and left , and just about everyone else , for ...
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MAR
06

CAM PR effective in getting parents to use unproven treatments on children

​ Parents of children with pain are more likely to use "complementary and alternative medicine" ("CAM") to treat their children than parents whose children who do not suffer from pain conditions according to analysis of data from the 2012 National Health Interview Survey . About a quarter of children had pain conditions in a one-year period and, of...
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FEB
25

Supplement retailers pushing creatine and testosterone boosters to teen athletes

Researchers posing as 15-year-old high school football players wanting to increase their muscle strength phoned 244 chain and local health food stores in the U.S. and asked sales clerks what supplements they would recommend. If the sales clerk didn't mention creatine or testosterone boosters, the "student" specifically asked the clerk about them. A...
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FEB
21

Docs vs. Glocks: Court of Appeals Sides with Docs

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, sitting en banc , has struck down a Florida law that forbade physicians from inquiring into gun ownership as part of routine medical assessment. In doing so, it overruled a 3-judge panel of the same court which had previously ruled in Florida's favor and upheld the law. In 2011, the Florida Legislatur...
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FEB
13

Tennessee bills allow chiropractic "physicians" expanded scope; provide "direct primary care" to patients

​ The American Chiropractic Association is pushing to refashion chiropractors as primary care physicians. Four bills pending in Tennessee help the ACA toward its goal. A couple of years ago, the ACA announced "Six Key Elements of a Chiropractic Practice Act," a template for amending state laws governing chiropractic practice that would give chiropr...
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FEB
05

Naturopathic "doctors" selling Mississippi a pig in a poke

Not even Sen. Josh Hawkins, the author of a bill licensing naturopathic "physicians" for the first time in Mississippi, could tell his colleagues what sort of education and training naturopaths have . ( Previous naturopathic licensing attempts in the state have failed. ) His colleague, Sen. Hob Bryan, admitted he didn't know what naturopathy i...
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JAN
29

The enchanted primary care practitioner

​ New Mexico is truly the " Land of Enchantment ," just not in the way the state's promoters intended when they adopted that tagline. They wanted to conjure a feeling of pleasure or delight, one definition of the word "enchantment." But enchantment's other meaning – witchcraft, sorcery, magic – comes closer to the true spirit of the place when you ...
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JAN
23

Naturopathic licensing and practice expansion bills filed in state legislatures

​ Via the magic of Legislative Alchemy, the new year brings a flurry of naturopathic licensing and practice expansion legislation to the halls of state legislatures. The goal of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians is full primary care scope of practice for naturopaths in all 50 states. Their efforts, fueled by lobbying funds from di...
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JAN
15

Bill moves Indiana chiropractors closer to goal of primary care physician status

In 2015, the American Chiropractic Association announced " Six Elements of a Modern Chiropractic Practice Act ," its ideal version of what chiropractors should be allowed to do under state law. ​ "Chiropractic Physician" and "Chiropractic Medicine" as the Regulatory Terms of Licensure. Scope of Practice Determined by Doctoral and Post-Doctoral Educ...
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