Society for Science-Based Medicine

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MAY
16

SfSBM @ NECSS or "SBM is fun!"

​The Society for Science-Based Medicine made its second appearance at the Northeast Conference on Science and Skepticism (NECSS) in New York City this past weekend. On Friday, May 13, or "SfSBM day," a full slate of talks on science-based medicine teed off the conferenceThis year, SfSBM called on our fellow bloggers at SBM ...
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MAY
08

Dietary supplement company funds Michigan naturopaths' licensing bill

​Emerson Ecologics is a naturopath's dream.  From its website, it sells many products naturopaths use in their daily practices, such as tests to diagnose the fake diseases naturopaths have invented, like "adrenal fatigue" and "chronic yeast overgrowth." It also sells dietary supplements, homeopathic remedies (including injectable homeopathic s...
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MAY
01

New faux "Board Certification" announced for chiropractors

The "Council on Upper Cervical Care" recently announced a new "board certification" in "Craniocervical Junction Procedures" or "DCCJP. "This is, according to the Council, "the only postgraduate program that incorporates different upper cervical procedures."For the uninitiated, some background."Upper Cervical Care" is based on the belief that "...
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APR
24

A fool and her money . . .

Well, you know the rest. But the sheer amount of money being shelled out for "wellness" treatments by wealthy vacationers gives new meaning to the term. They are heading to hotel spas because they are, according to a recent article in the New York Times ("Want a Shaman With That Massage?") "extremely stressed" and want to "feel and look rejuvenated...
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APR
17

FTC goes after "natural" personal care products containing "synthetic" ingredients

What does "natural" mean? We know that it does not mean "healthy" or "safe." Then what, exactly, does it mean?Apparently, to the Federal Trade Commission, it means "not synthetic." Recently, four companies that market skin care products, shampoos and sunscreens have agreed to settle FTC charges that they falsely claimed their products are "all...
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APR
10

Beware: It's World Homeopathy Awareness Week

​Author's Note: I was not aware Mark Crislip would be writing about World Homeopathy Awareness Week until I was about to post this. In the spirit of celebrating homeopathy, the more the merrier. That should probably be the less the merrier, considering the subject, but anyway . . . April 10th through April 16th is World Homeopathy Awareness We...
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MAR
26

American chiropractors should follow Chiropractic Board of Australia standards

The Chiropractic Board of Australia, which regulates chiropractors in that country, recently issued a reminder that chiropractic advertisements need to conform to required standards. These prohibit any statement or claim that is "false, misleading or deceptive or create[s] an unreasonable expectation of beneficial treatment." The Boa...
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MAR
21

Idaho bill would give chiropractors authority to prescribe "natural" remedies

​House Bill 593 would give chiropractors the right to prescribe "natural" substances, some of them drugs, after obtaining a "Certificate in Specialized Clinical Nutrition." The bill would also expand the scope of practice for all Idaho chiropractors.Currrently, under Idaho law, chiropractors can"investigate, examine, and diagnose for any human...
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MAR
13

American Journal of Public Health publishes irresponsible article touting "potential public health benefits" of homeopathy

Just as homeopathy is approaching death's door in the United States, Australia and the U.K., up pops this last-ditch effort at resuscitation in none other than the highly respected American Journal of Public Health:"Because of potential public health benefits associated with the use of homeopathy, further research on this modality and targeted stud...
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MAR
06

Massachusetts Senate Bill 2148 legalizing naturopathic quackery moves forward

Massachusetts Senate Bill 2148, (a re-do of House Bill 1992 and Senate Bill 1205, which it now supplants), allowing naturopaths to practice legally in Massachusetts, was voted favorably out of the Joint Committee on Public Health. This is unsurprising, as the Committee itself is the bill's sponsor. What is surprising, however, is that any legislati...
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FEB
28

Kansas HB 2578 allows chiropractors to decide if student can return to play after a concussion

Under Kansas law, a school athlete who has been removed from play due to a suspected concussion must get written clearance from a medical doctor before returning to practice or competition. House Bill 2578 would allow chiropractors to provide these written clearances. The bill passed in the House, after an intense debate, and is now before the Sena...
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FEB
21

What will state insurance "non-discrimination" laws mean for chiropractors?

Section 2706 of the Affordable Care Act prevents "discrimination" by health insurers against all health care providers acting within their scope of practice. According to an American Association of Naturopathic Physicians spokesperson, Sec. 2706"suggest[s] that if insurers cover a health condition, they must pay any providers that are licensed to t...
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FEB
08

Another young person dies following chiropractic neck manipulation

There is an association between neck manipulation and cervical artery dissection. Chiropractors and their professional organizations continue to deny it, but, so far, no one outside the chiropractic fraternity believes them. Their supposedly convincing studies convince only themselves.Responsible medical organizations have, in fact, reached qu...
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JAN
31

Practitioners who ignore research want more taxpayer-funded research

​Government largesse has funded CAM research for the last twenty-plus years. This expensive effort has resulted in two important discoveries: (1) not a single CAM treatment (as opposed to one that has been purloined from medicine and rebranded "CAM") is proven safe and effective for anything, and (2) CAM practitioners, as a whole, haven't chan...
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JAN
24
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Will Kansas legalize acupuncture and Oriental medicine?

​Acupuncturists and Oriental medicine practitioners are not licensed by the state of Kansas, although there is no shortage of practitioners there. (However, naturopaths can practice acupuncture.) For example, the "Elements" Chinese medicine clinic and herbal pharmacy in Kansas City offers primary care, gastroenterology, endocrinology and women's he...
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JAN
03
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Massachusetts bill would shield quacks from consumer protection laws

Practitioners of "complementary and alternative health services" are subject to civil and criminal liability if they violate Massachusetts consumer protection laws or engage in the practice of medicine or other licensed health care profession. A bill introduced in the Massachusetts legislature would strip consumers of these important protections.If...
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DEC
27
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​New report recommends that FDA make food health claims a priority

Some discomfiting news a mere 48 hours after most Americans have consumed what is probably their most fattening meal of the year. I know it was for me: beef tenderloin, potato casserole with cheese, tiny butter-laden biscuits, two desserts. We even managed to make the brussel sprouts unhealthy by putting bacon in them. In my defense, this is n...
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DEC
20
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Washington bill would expand naturopathic prescription authority

A bill has been filed in Washington State (House Bill 2034) to substantially expand the prescriptive authority of naturopathic doctors (or "physicians," as they like to call themselves). If the bill passes, naturopaths will be very close to having the same authority to prescribe as MDs and DOs.Under current law, naturopaths can prescribe and a...
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DEC
13
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California puts aloe vera extract and goldenseal on list of known carcinogens

California recently added aloe vera ("non-decolorized whole leaf extract") and goldenseal root powder to the list of "chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer." Under California law, businesses have 12 months to either reformulate their products or provide a "clear and reasonable" warning before knowingly and intentionally exposin...
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DEC
06
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California Naturopathic Doctors Association states concern about ozone therapy

​The California Naturopathic Doctors Association (CNDA) sent out an email recently to its members stating its concern about a complaint filed against a Vermont naturopathic doctor for practicing ozone therapy and auto-hemotherapy.Ozone is a powerful oxidizing agent used as an alternative medicine treatment to increase the amount of o...
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