JAN
01

Legislative Alchemy 2016: A Review

Legislative Alchemy is the process by which state legislatures transform pseudoscience and quackery into licensed health care practices. By legislative fiat, chiropractors can detect and correct non-existent subluxations , naturopaths can diagnose ( with bogus tests ) and treat (with useless dietary supplements and homeopathy ) fabricated diseases ...
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DEC
18

New Study: Pediatric patients seeing naturopaths and chiropractors less likely to get flu vaccination

Despite the well-established safety and efficacy of vaccines, chiropractors and naturopaths (including naturopathic "doctors" and "physicians") are ideologically opposed to vaccination. This is why you find disgraced physician and anti-vaccination crank Andrew Wakefield giving the keynote address to a chiropractic "pediatrics" conference last weeke...
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DEC
11

Chiropractic journal article: adjustment of vertebral subluxation should be chiropractic’s distinct identity

​ A few months ago, Mark Crislip wrote a post over on SBM titled The New Chiropractic. And I thought SBM had an uphill battle . The post focused on the efforts of an Australian chiropractor, Bruce Walker, to promote the "new chiropractic," an evidence-based spine specialty that would eschew "all the pseudo-scientific baggage." Said baggage inc...
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DEC
04

Disgraced former physician Andrew Wakefield is keynote speaker at upcoming chiropractic "pediatrics" conference

Disgraced former British physician and anti-vaccination crank Andrew Wakefield will be the keynote speaker at the upcoming International Chiropractors Association (ICA) Annual Conference on Chiropractic Pediatrics , December 9-11 (at the Ritz Carlton Kapalua, in Maui, no less), put on  by the ICA's Council on Chiropractic Pediatrics. The topic...
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NOV
27

Dubious lab tests get reprieve after FDA backs off regulatory plan

The FDA's recent announcement that it would halt efforts to effectively regulate laboratory-developed tests no doubt caused a sigh of relief among practitioners of pseudoscience, for whom such tests offer a gateway to fabricated diagnoses and quack treatments . Laboratory-developed tests (LDTs) are designed, manufactured, and performed by a single ...
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NOV
20

Kaiser Health News: Asking Del Bigtree's opinion on vaccination policy is not "good journalism"

​ What are Del Bigtree and his widely-discredited "documentary," VAXXED , doing lurking in a Kaiser Health News (KHN) report on public health worries about falling Texas immunization rates? (For more criticism of VAXXED, see here , here , here , here , and here .) Did the reporter want to point out the Bigtree's  misrepresentations about ...
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NOV
14

Same tired anti-vaxer tropes successful before Virginia Commission studying repeal of religious exemption

Current Virginia law allows medical and religious exemptions to school immunization requirements. The Virginia General Assembly's Joint Commission on Health Care r ecommended making no changes to that law at its meeting this past Wednesday after hearing a good deal of misinformation about vaccines, including a presentation from the grande dame of t...
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NOV
06

Florida revokes medical license of "integrative" physician after patient dies of untreated cancer

​ On November 3 rd , The Florida Board of Medicine revoked the license of Kenneth Woliner, MD, an "integrative medicine" doctor whose misattribution of a college student's advancing cancer symptoms to allergies and other minor illnesses led to her death. Even though Woliner knew his patient, Stephanie Sofronsky, had been diagnosed with Stage 3 Hodg...
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OCT
23

​Naturopathic doctor registration bill before Pennsylvania Senate

The Pennsylvania House passed a naturopathic doctor (ND) licensing act ( House Bill 516 ) last year. On October 18, a Senate Committee radically altered HB 516 by striking it in its entirety and replacing it with a naturopathic registration bill, which is now before the Senate for "second consideration" on Monday, Oct. 24th. The bill...
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OCT
16

Halloween Special: Talking to the dead with Scripps Health and Dr. Guarneri

Is the occult a new trend in so-called "integrative" medicine? I'm beginning to think so. On Thursday, my SBM post featured an expert witness for a board-certified integrative medicine MD who was hauled before the Florida Board of Medicine for malpractice. The expert witness, an integrative physician who testified on the standar...
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OCT
09

Naturopathic Medicine Week: Much to celebrate (if you're not a naturopath)

Naturopathic Medicine Week starts tomorrow. This year's celebration will be minus a U.S. Senate Resolution declaring Naturopathic Medicine Week , a legally meaningless but much-touted event sponsored in 2013 and 2014 by Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Maryland), who is retiring  from the Senate at the end of this term. Similar resolutions w...
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OCT
02

Bioenergy and Breast Cancer: More Tooth-Fairy Science Funded by NCCIH

If you can put aside for a moment the fact that innocent lab mice were killed for no good reason and that you, the taxpayer, paid for this travesty , Bioenergy and Breast Cancer: A Report on Tumor Growth and Metastasis offers the reader some real laughs. But before we get to the fun, let's get some technical details out of the way. The re...
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SEP
25

Why chiropractors should not treat concussions: A case report

Chiropractors claim that they can effectively treat concussions and that they are competent to return concussed athletes to play. Lacking evidence that this is actually the case, they have turned to the state legislatures to elbow their way onto the list of health care practitioners who are permitted by law to sign off on returning student athletes...
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SEP
18

Massachusetts "Quack Full Employment Act" fails

​ Massachusetts Senate Bill 1136 , "An Act providing for consumer access to and disclosure of complementary and alternative health services," died at the end of July, when the formal legislative session of the 189 th General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, as it is officially known, ended. SB 1136 is a so-called "health freedom" bill, v...
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SEP
11

Medical Board files accusation against "Dr. Bob" for gross negligence: now what?

​ "Dr. Bob" Sears, the California pediatrician beloved by anti-vaccinationists for his baseless "alternative" vaccination schedule , how-to seminars for parents wanting to duck school vaccination requirements, and fee-for-service vaccination exemption letters , has been charged by the Medical Board of California in a three-count Accusation with gro...
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AUG
28

Naturopathic Examiners Board admits deficiencies in pharmacology education

A recent announcement from the North American Board of Naturopathic Examiners (NABNE),* which administers the Naturopathic Physicians Licensing Examinations (NPLEX), confirms what we've long known: that education and training in pharmacology at naturopathic "medical" schools is insufficient to give naturopaths prescription drug authority in their s...
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AUG
21

Some physician supervision restored in eighth version of California naturopathic prescribing bill

​ California Senate Bill 538 , which would liberalize naturopathic prescribing privileges, is now in its eighth version, having been amended — once again — in the Assembly just this past week. Since introduction last year, SB 538 has seesawed between substantial expansion of naturopathic scope of practice and near-defeat, indicative of the con...
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AUG
14

Who's supporting the lawsuit attacking California's new vaccination exemption law? The usual suspects.

​ At least three lawsuits have been filed challenging California's new vaccine exemption law, which eliminated "personal belief" exemptions. In one, Whitlow v. California Department of Education   (" Whitlow "), the court heard arguments on the plaintiffs' Motion for a Temporary Injunction on August 12 th . (The suit seeks only injunctive...
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AUG
07

Latest version of California naturopathic prescribing bill removes physician supervision

In yet another iteration of this contentious legislation, a bill allowing naturopaths to prescribe drugs free of physician supervision has been revived, after having survived a near-death experience a year ago and a number of amendments that would retain the current physician supervision requirements. The latest version of Senate Bill 538 would req...
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JUL
31

Kratom: a powerful drug masquerading as a safe, "natural" remedy

Kratom ( mitragyna speciose ) is a tropical tree from Southeast Asia  whose leaves are traditionally chewed or prepared as a powder. Native populations chew the leaves to reduce fatigue when doing manual labor, such as working on rubber plantations. It is also used in cultural performances and consumed as a drink prepared from kratom powder. I...
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