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


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Lives, Time, Money, Health, and Hope Lost to Nonsense: Damn Right I'm Angry

Occasionally we get emails from people who think that one our articles represents a pro-pseudo-science stance.I suspect they not doing due diligence and actually reading the article. A selective lack of attention to detail  is a characteristic of the pseudo-medical field. For example I received the following:Hello Dr. Crislip,I came across you...
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Points of Interest 09/15/2016

Actress dies from cancer aged 26 after choosing acupuncture and cupping instead of chemotherapyThe many controversies of 'The Dr. Oz Show'Sen. McCaskill calls Trump and Dr. Oz a "marriage made in heaven"That time Congress railed against Dr. Oz for his 'miracle' diet pillsWhat's Worse: The Zika Virus or the Anti-Zika Spray? Use of naled, a cont...
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Points of Interest 09/14/2016

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Acupuncture and Constipation: Ignoring Feynman's Adage

The first principle is that you must not fool yourself and you are the easiest person to fool. Well, you, journal editors and medical journalists. Richard P. Feynman. Kind of.What can I say about acupuncture that I (and others) haven't said before? Because I am going to say again. Remember, our logo is Sisyphus.Acupuncture theory of qi and mer...
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Points of Interest 09/13/2017

Acupuncture 'helps women fall pregnant': the Sun has got this badly wrongAcupuncture And Electricity For Chronic Constipation: There Are ButsDonald Trump's medical record release is the reality TV hot mess America deservesHere are 6 times Dr. Oz made a mockery of medicine — and now he'll bring his skills to democracyAlternative Pain Management: Not...
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Points of Interest 09/10/2016

The DEA Is Rushing To Criminalize Another Herb, And Congress Is SilentThorax. 2016 Sep 8. pii: thoraxjnl–2016–209266. doi: 10.1136/thoraxjnl–2016–209266. Numerous metallic foreign bodies in whole body after acupuncture. "Furthermore, the short needles were not restricted to the subcutaneous and intramuscular area, but were also found adjacent to th...
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Points of Interest 09/09/2016

Think Americans fear vaccines? Check out the French.The adventures of bad chiropractic websites."One of the most important duties in every chiropractic practice is building a client base…If you want to hook the best fish, you need the proper bait."Cancer patients duped into useless treatments as HCCC launches investigationFamed Anti-Vaxx Doctor Acc...
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Acupuncture, Dry Needling, and the AMA

There is an ongoing battle between physical therapists (PT) and acupuncturists over whether or not dry needling is within the scope of practice of PT or, as is asserted by the acupuncturists, a form of acupuncture and so falls under their regulatory purview.I have written about dry needling at Science-Based Medicine and there is a recent update on ...
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Points of Interest 09/08/2016

Homeopathy in Germany. Not a molecule of senseAcupuncturists say "dry needling" is acupuncture and requires specialized training. Physical therapists disagree.Pediatricians Are Increasingly Dismissing Anti-Vaxxer PatientsNurs Outlook. 2016 Sep-Oct;64(5):491–8. doi: 10.1016/j.outlook.2016.07.008. Epub 2016 Jul 20. Battlefield acupuncture: ...
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Points of Interest 09/07/2016

Women Birth. 2016 Feb;29(1):62–71. doi: 10.1016/j.wombi.2015.08.006. Epub 2015 Sep 5. Mindfulness and perinatal mental health: A systematic review. "There is insufficient evidence from high quality research on which to base recommendations about the effectiveness of mindfulness to promote perinatal mental health. The limited positive findings suppo...
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Points of Interest 09/06/2016

Why that study about alternative therapies relieving pain is worthless.Please can we give up on complementary, alternative and 'integrative therapies' now?Also covered by SBM: "Non-pharmacological treatments for pain" ≠ CAM, no matter how much NCCIH wishes it soWhy Does Acupuncture Make Me Cry? ""There's a belief that when you have an emotional or ...
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Points of Interest 09/05/2016

World Neurosurg. 2016 Aug 30. pii: S1878–8750(16)30773–2. doi: 10.1016/j.wneu.2016.08.090. An Acute Cervical Subdural Hematoma as the Complication of Acupuncture; Case Report and Literature Review.In traditional Chinese medicine, diabetic retinopathy is caused by a deficiency of yin. And they would be completely wrongSyst Rev. 2016 Sep 2;5(1):...
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An Acupuncturist's Plea: Let Us Keep Fooling Ourselves

I first ran across Betteridge's law of headlines earlier this week, which states"Any headline that ends in a question mark can be answered by the word no."Then I ran across the articleComplementary and alternative medical treatments: can they really be evaluated by randomised controlled trials?The authors answer is, not unsurprisingly, no:However, ...
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Points of Interest 09/03/2015

Chiropractors see diabetes as a chance for new patients — and profitPain Manag. 2016 Aug 31. Insomnia: can acupuncture help?. "So, as the safety profile of acupuncture is excellent, it seems reasonable to utilize acupuncture in a nonpharmacological approach to combating insomnia, despite lack of formal evidence." Eye roll.Alternative medicine for d...
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Naturopath of the Year

The American Association of Naturopathic Doctors has a Physician of the Year.What goes into the practice of an ND to warrant such a designation?In choosing the recipients, they consider leadership that boosts or contributes to the profession and development of fellow physicians; ethical standards and how well they model the Oath of Naturopathic Med...
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Points of Interest 08/30/2016

Homeopathic medicines can treat dengue, Chikungunya: Experts. LOL: "spread awareness among people about treatment of water-borne disease like dengue and chikungunya by homeopathic medicines."Billings woman named 2016 naturopathic physician of the yearIs Cracking Your Back Safe? Humor? "When you crack your joints, whether it be your neck, back, or k...
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Points of Interest 08/28/2016

Nurses Are Key to Referrals to Inpatient Integrative Medicine ServicesGerman practitioner suspected of killing patients with experimental drugPatients have Unrealistic Expectations for Alternative Cancer Treatments: DoctorsPortland Today contributor: Petra Caruso. "Meet some of the contributors to our new Portland Today show, which debuts Sept. 6 o...
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Invasion of the Chiropractors

Evidently Portland will soon have a problem to rival that of the homeless along the Springwater corridor: an expansion of Chiropractic clinics.The Portland-area market is especially lucrative because of the city's health-focused outdoor culture, such as the biking, hiking and boating communities. And the influx of what are generally health-consciou...
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Points of Interest 08/25/2016

J Altern Complement Med. 2016 Aug 24. Evaluation of Wet Cupping Therapy: Systematic Review of Randomized Clinical Trials. "Overall, 9 RCTs favored wet cupping over various control interventions in NSLBP (n = 2), hypertension (n = 1), brachialgia (n = 1), CTS (n = 1), chronic neck pain (n = 2), oxygen saturation in smokers with COPD (n = 1), and ora...
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Points of Interest 08/24/2016

Authorities investigating 70 deaths linked with German clinicShould Naturopathic Doctors Be Allowed To Write Prescriptions?Eur J Psychol. 2016 Aug 19;12(3):473–88. doi: 10.5964/ejop.v12i3.1107. eCollection 2016. Clowning in Health Care Settings: The Point of View of Adults. "clown doctors are also well-perceived by relatives" No, they are not ...
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