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...
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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...
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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 cha...
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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'...
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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. I...
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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 an...
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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...
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NOV
22
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FDA: what (if anything) does "natural" mean?

To date, the FDA has refused to wade into the murky waters of trying to determine just what "natural" means. Now, however, consumers, the food industry and the courts are asking the FDA to define "natural" and the FDA wants your help . It's a tough question. If you wander through the supermarket aisles , you'll see chips, cookies, ice cream, enchil...
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NOV
15
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Will Massachusetts legitimize naturopathic pseudoscience this year?

Will the 11 th time be the charm for naturopathic licensing in Massachusetts ?There will be a public hearing on Tuesday, November 17, on a pair ( S1205 , H1992 ) of naturopathic licensing bills before the Joint Committee on Public Health .(Technically, the bills permit naturopathic registration, not licensing, but that is of little practical d...
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NOV
01
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Chiropractic education: the battle continues

​ ​For the past 5 years, SBM has been documenting the internecine wars among various factions of chiropractors over the Council on Chiropractic Education's (CCE) accreditation standards. This long-simmering controversy is bubbling up again as the CCE continues to draft, and redraft, its educational standards for chiropractic schools.  The DC a...
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OCT
17
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Oregon moves to restrict naturopath and direct-entry midwife childbirth attendance

​ Oregon Health Plan, the state's medicaid program, is moving to restrict its coverage of out-of-hospital births . And for good reason. When Oregon began collecting data on infant death certificates, they found the infant mortality rate twice as high as hospital births. Families who experienced poor outcomes after births at home or birth centers ha...
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