Mark Crislip aka sbmsdictator.  The 'nym is an attempt at ironic humor. Not everyone sees it as such.


OCT
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Points of Interest 10/08/2016

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OCT
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Points of Interest 10/07/2016

J Altern Complement Med. 2016 Oct;22(10):761–764. Polarization-Based Medicine: Protests Against the Mayo-NCCIH Pain Guidance Evoke the Bigotry of the Political Season.  A fine whine.BMJ Open. 2016 Jan 5;6(1):e008166. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen–2015–008166. Acupuncture point injection treatment of primary dysmenorrhoea: a randomised, double blin...
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OCT
07

Does it work? Depends on whether the endpoint is subjective or objective.

Do pseudo-medicines work? It all depends on what 'work' means.Do they affect underlying physiologic processes lead to symptoms? Virtually never. Most of the pseudo-medicines discussed on this website are at best implausible verging on the impossible. There is no reason to suspect that acupuncture or chiropractic or reiki or homeopathy would have an...
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OCT
07

Points of Interest 10/06/2016

J Altern Complement Med. 2016 Oct 5. Effectiveness of Ayurvedic Massage (Sahacharadi Taila) in Patients with Chronic Low Back Pain: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Pseudo-medicines improve subjective but not objective outcomes " While beneficial effects on pain-related bothersomeness and psychological well-being were also apparent, the Ayurvedi...
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OCT
06

Points of Interest 10/05/2016

Interesting Facts You Never Knew About Homeopathy. Facts that are actually myths. Like "the fact is that homeopathy is a science-based medical form that is highly effective.Top Acupuncture Myths. Myths that are actually facts. "Acupuncture is a placebo" and "Acupuncture is outdated folk medicine."Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2016;2016:321831...
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OCT
05

Points of Interest 10/04/2016

Eur J Neurol. 2016 Oct 2. doi: 10.1111/ene.13166. Chiropractic spinal manipulative therapy for migraine: a three-armed, single-blinded, placebo, randomized controlled trial.. "It is possible to conduct a manual-therapy RCT with concealed placebo. The effect of CSMT observed in our study is probably due to a placebo response."Pharmacists defend sell...
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OCT
05

60 Seconds of Uncritical Drivel from the Annals of Internal Medicine

I am an infectious disease specialist (ID) and as a result I have a background that allows me to have a better understanding the infectious disease literature compared to a non ID doctor. On the other hand, although I am an internist, when I see a paper on angina or stroke I have to take it face value. I have only a comparatively rudimentary unders...
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OCT
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Points of Interest 10/03/2016

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OCT
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Points of Interest 10/03/2016

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OCT
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Points of Interest 10/01/2016

FDA warns against the use of homeopathic teething tablets and gels. "Consumers should seek medical care immediately if their child experiences seizures, difficulty breathing, lethargy, excessive sleepiness, muscle weakness, skin flushing, constipation, difficulty urinating, or agitation after using homeopathic teething tablets or gels."Woman to get...
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Nature, Yes Nature, Publishes Tooth Fairy Science.

"Tooth Fairy science" is an expression coined by Harriet Hall, M.D. to refer to doing research on a phenomenon before establishing that the phenomenon exists.You could measure how much money the Tooth Fairy leaves under the pillow, whether she leaves more cash for the first or last tooth, whether the payoff is greater if you leave the tooth in a pl...
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Points of Interest 09/29/16

What will you do for national chiropractic health month? Weep?Should homeopathy be funded by the National Health Service?. Nope.Bad science is everywhere and people are buying itAppetite for Infection: Should a Cold Be Starved and a Fever Be Fed?The New Chiropractic. An interview with the author.Can Homeopathy Treat Epilepsy? Yes. Just not eff...
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Points of Interest 09/28/2016

Complement Ther Med. 2016 Oct;28:29–36. doi: 10.1016/j.ctim.2016.07.005. Epub 2016 Jul 29. Expected and perceived efficacy of complementary and alternative medicine: A comparison views of patients with cancer and oncologists. "Many patients reported that they did not experience the positive efficacy they had anticipated before use."A guide to the c...
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A Proposal for a Now Completed Worthless Chiropractic Study.

Chiropractic, like much of pseudo-medicine, is fundamentally based on a delusion. There is no subluxation complex that can be fixed with spinal manipulation improve spinal function, nerve conduction or improve spinal health, whatever that might be.So it is of no surprise that chiropractic manipulation as shown no benefit for any condition in carefu...
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Points of Interest 09/27/2016

J Clin Nurs. 2016 Feb;25(3–4):332–9. doi: 10.1111/jocn.13053. Epub 2015 Nov 27. Effect of auricular acupressure for postpartum insomnia: an uncontrolled clinical trial. Uncontrolled. Why bother?Sci Rep. 2015 Nov 26;5:16776. doi: 10.1038/srep16776. Effectiveness of acupuncture and related therapies for palliative care of cancer: overview of systemat...
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Points of Interest 09/26/2016

Explore (NY). 2016 Aug 18. pii: S1550–8307(16)30108–2. doi: 10.1016/j.explore.2016.08.003. Human Subject Effects on Torsion Pendulum Oscillations: Further Evidence of Mediation by Convection Currents.. "Our findings support and strengthen previous results that suggest the effects of human subjects on behavior of a torsion pendulum are mediated by b...
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Points of Interest 09/24/2016

Acupuncture And Herbs Gain International Recognition. Perpetuating the myth that Otzi had acupuncture.Being insensitive isn't a crime. "…former journalist Sidek Kamiso was arrested simply because he allegedly tweeted this, presumably over the death of faith healer and PAS spiritual adviser Datuk Dr Haron Din: "Someone who made his career out of sel...
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Drunk Naturopath

Medicine is dangerous enough when it is based on reality. A wise and experienced practitioner is aware that everything done for a patient, no matter how trivial, has the potential to cause harm.I learned this lesson as an intern. I had a patient admitted witha cardiac arrest as an outpatient and came in with an iv placed during the resuscitati...
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Points of Interest 09/22/2016

Romania sees measles outbreak due to anti-vaccination campaignDrunk naturopath, 44, attacked police as her friend tried to grab a cop's gun from its holsterSydney naturopath pleads not guilty over alleged raw food diet that nearly killed babyThe business behind Christ-centered energy healingIn its drive to beat cancer, sometimes the medical establi...
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Arthritis Foundation and Pseudo-Medicine

The Arthritis Foundation isis the leading nonprofit organization dedicated to the prevention, control and cure of arthritis in the United States.Part of their mission is toto lead and fund cutting-edge scientific investigation to discover more about arthritis – what causes it, what affects it, what can stop it – and what can keep it from developing...
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