JUL
25

Health News Review: Wrong on Crislip and acupuncture

​ Health News Review, an organization devoted to deconstructing news reports on healthcare, just issued a critique of a story on dry needling published by USA Today . While the review was generally on the mark, two statements stuck out that beg for correction. As USA Today explained, acupuncturists say dry needling is really acupuncture by ano...
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JUL
17

Anti-vaccine propagandist Andrew Wakefield to speak at "chiropractic pediatrics" conference

There is so much wrong with the upcoming International Chiropractors Association Pediatrics Council annual conference it is hard to know where to begin, but we'll start with the fact that there is such a thing as a chiropractor who fancies himself (or herself) as a specialist who cares for pediatric patients and pregnant women. The Pediatrics Counc...
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JUL
11

Tennessee repeals law protecting Christian Scientists from child abuse prosecution

Tennessee has a law on the books making aggravated child abuse a felony. Aggravated child abuse includes, among other things, abuse, neglect or endangerment that "results in serious bodily injury to the child" or is "especially heinous, atrocious or cruel" or involves torture of the child. However, if the child's serious injury or cruelty to the ch...
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JUL
02

California naturopathic practice expansion bill moves forward; NY, NC and RI licensing bills fail

​ Last August, expansion of naturopathic prescribing privileges in California seemed dead when Senate Bill 538 failed to pass in the Assembly Committee on Appropriations. The Committee then turned around and revived the bill by granting it reconsideration.There the bill sat in limbo for almost a year. Now the bill is back in play , having been re-r...
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JUN
19

Massachusetts Senate passes naturopathic practice act

​This past week, t he Massachusetts Senate passed S. 2335 (a re-do of House Bill 1992 and Senate Bills 1205 and 2148, which it now supplants), allowing naturopaths to practice legally in Massachusetts.  This will be, by my count, the 11 th legislative session in which a naturopathic practice bill has been introduced. A bill actually passed one...
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JUN
12

Another survey shows naturopathic students are anti-vaccination, but "integrative medicine" wants NDs on your MD's "team" anyway

An Oral Abstract presented at the International Congress on Integrative Medicine and Health tells us, once again, that naturopathic students are anti-vaccination. (The Abstract is Number OA08.02, on page A13.) A cross-sectional survey of 1204 students at National College of Natural Medicine, Bastyr University, and the University of Bridgeport,...
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JUN
05

CAM and Children: "Unethical Prescriptions"

Survey of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) Services in Freestanding US Children's Hospitals  accepts the premise that CAM use in children is ethical.The authors of this recent journal article don't explicitly state it that way, but their discussion makes it as clear as if they'd said it out loud. "Offering CAM services reflect...
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MAY
30

Ohio House Bill 276: Another scheme to increase chiropractors' income and achieve PCP status

​ Ohio House Bill 276 specifically authorizes a chiropractor to administer, sell and provide advice regarding dietary supplements, homeopathic remedies and non-prescription drugs "to restore and maintain health."  Giving nutritional advice was already part of chiropractic scope of practice, but this bill makes it explicit that they can adminis...
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MAY
22

Change.org petition: "Naturopaths are not doctors: stop legitimizing pseudoscience"

Britt Hermes, a Bastyr graduate, renounced her practice as a naturopathic doctor when she could no longer tolerate the pseudoscience and patient harm that characterizes naturopathy. On Science-Based Medicine  and her own blog, Naturopathic Diaries , she has chronicled the insufficient education and training students receive before being going ...
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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 conference This year, SfSBM called on our fellow bloggers at S...
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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 homeopat...
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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 rejuvenat...
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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 "al...
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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 ...
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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 hu...
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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 ...
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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 legislat...
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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 Sen...
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