JAN
06

Massachusetts Legislature passes naturopathic licensing bill; now under Governor's consideration

The Massachusetts Legislature (formally known as the "General Court") passed a licensing bill for naturopaths on January 3, 2017. ( Orac covered the bill's passing as well .) The bill is now on the Governor's desk for consideration. We'll get to the legislative machinations behind the bill in a minute, but first let's look at some key provisions of...
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OCT
30

Keep CAM out of Australian cancer care

​ According to an article just published in the Asia-Pacific Journal of Oncology , only a few Australian hospitals integrate "complementary and alternative medicine" into their oncology treatment programs. Australians should consider themselves lucky. Here in the U.S., incorporation of pseudoscience into hospitals and academic medical centers appea...
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SEP
04

Naturopathic practice expansion fails in California; opportunity to end practice approaches

​ Senate Bill 538 failed in the California Assembly on the last day of the legislative session, leaving naturopaths under physician supervision when prescribing drugs and without the greatly expanded scope of practice they sought. As originally drafted , "naturopathic doctors" would be able to order and interpret diagnostic studies, such as X-rays ...
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JUN
25

Cancer quack Brian Clement's Scandinavian tour goes south

Brian Clement is off on one of his international self-promotional speaking tours again. Fortunately, his reputation as a liar and cancer quack preceded him, leading to his event being cancelled in Sweden.  Clement had presented talks in Sweden before, although not without protest from a scientific organization.  This is not the first...
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NOV
30
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FDA issues consumer update on dietary supplements marketed for erectile dysfunction

​Prescription erectile dysfunction (ED) drugs are big business. In 2013, of the top nine prescriptions drugs for which the most money was spent on direct-to-consumer (DTC) advertising , leading the league was Cialis, with Viagra coming in third. Lilly spent $210 million on Cialis DTC ads, while Pfizer spent just over $150 million on Viagra.&nb...
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NOV
08
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FDA lists companies fraudulently marketing products for serious diseases

​ The FDA recently began alerting consumers "to companies fraudulently marketing products for the treatment or prevention of serious disease." Each of these companies sells products regulated by the FDA and each has a received a warning letter that their products are illegally being marketed "to treat, cure, mitigate, or prevent diseases."If, after...
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The number of serious diseases carried by humans and for the prevention of those diseases treatment is necessary and the number of... Read More
Tuesday, 02 August 2016 06:14
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OCT
27
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SfSBM @ NECSS 2016

​ In April, SfSBM made its debut at the Northeast Conference on Science and Skepticism (NECSS) in New York City. We're happy to announce we've been invited back for another day of presentations on science-based medicine. Last year, Drs. Crislip, Gorski, Novella, Hall and I gave talks on Science-Based Medicine, Chiropractic: Not all it's cracked up ...
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OCT
11
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Michigan PTs oppose chiropractors prescribing physical therapy

​Michigan chiropractors support a bill ( House Bill 4712 ; more information here ) allowing them to prescribe physical therapy for their patients. Physical therapists oppose the bill , along with medical doctors, as well as business and insurance interests, who are concerned about costs. Current law allows medical and osteopathic physicians, dentis...
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OCT
01
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NCCIH sanitizes naturopathy

​ Back when the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health was called the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, there was a refreshingly honest entry on naturopathy on the Center's website. It included these warnings to the public (emphasis added): "Although some of the individual therapies used in naturopathy ha...
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SEP
27
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VA, TRICARE and HPSAs don't need chiropractors

Chiropractors are again trying to muscle their way further into the American health care system, not by dint of their being a demand for their services, but rather through the political process. Two bills now before Congress would force the VA and TRICARE , the military's health benefit system, to offer chiropractic services. Another would give chi...
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20
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AMVETS snookered into supporting naturopaths at VA

AMVETS serves as a voice for veterans and their families. It advocates for increased benefits as well as defends benefits already earned.  One of the organization's obvious concerns is adequate health care for veterans. Unfortunately, this laudable goal was undermined recently when the American Association of Naturopathic P...
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Thursday, 20 October 2016 20:59
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SEP
13
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Gallup Poll: Patients choose MDs over chiropractors for back and neck pain

​An MD is the first choice of 54% of American adults when choosing a health care provider for back or neck pain, according to a recent Gallup poll . Only 29% would choose a chiropractor. Then why does a graphic touting the poll's results on the Palmer College of Chiropractic website say that 57% of adults are likely to see a chiropractor for t...
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I have scoliosis. I was 22 and didn't know I had scoliosis. I could barely walk, couldn't carry my backpack, and was in constant e... Read More
Wednesday, 11 May 2016 23:44
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SEP
05
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Kaiser Health News: Quoting Barbara Lowe Fisher is not "good journalism"

​Kaiser Health News ran an article recently discussing the effect of tightening up vaccination exemptions on the rate of childhood vaccination. The article, States Looking for More Effective Ways to Encourage Vaccinations , summarized current legislative efforts to reduce the available reasons for exemption, such as California's new law eliminating...
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I'm for vaccines they have done wonders in disease prevention and eliminnation. I WILL NOT support any law, mandate, etc....that f... Read More
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That is fine, Mr. McKee. Don't vaccinate yourself.Now if you have children and wish to send them to a public school, that is anot... Read More
Tuesday, 08 September 2015 03:17
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AUG
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"Integrative Medicine" has no place in Australian universities

​The plague of "integrative medicine" is spreading down under, infecting respectable Australian universities with lectures and courses presenting an uncritical view of so-called "complementary medicine."  Fortunately,  Friends of Science in Medicine (FSM), an Australian organization, is calling them out on it. Like SFSBM, one of FSM'...
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Registered Dietitians get continuing education credit for questionable courses on "toxins"

​Just this past Thursday, I wrote a post about medical doctors getting Continuing Medical Education credit for courses that taught quackery.  The courses were presented by organizations and medical schools accredited by the American Association for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), a non-profit group that accredits over 2000 such...
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I also got CEU (8 credits) for an online closures on Ayurvedic nutrition. once I was really into this, but then I woke up. I hoped... Read More
Thursday, 27 August 2015 20:50
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This is just the tip of the iceberg. Check out the Dietetics Practice Group, Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine: ht... Read More
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A coordinated program would be you’re the fasted process to becoming an RD. Upon graduation, you automatically qualify to sit for ... Read More
Monday, 03 October 2016 13:05
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Federal court won't hear homeopathic drug suit, citing FDA's "extensive regulatory scheme"

​There are plenty of reasons the FDA should begin regulating homeopathic drugs, a task Congress gave the FDA back in 1938.That's when Congress passed the Food, Drug & Cosmetic Act, which defines homeopathic remedies as drugs. In theory, at least, this meant the FDA should regulate homeopathic products just like any other prescription ...
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AUG
09
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Caught on tape! Homeopaths selling anti-vaccination myths

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation went undercover last year to find out what kind of advice homeopaths would give parents about childhood vaccinations. Two moms went, babies in tow, to office visits with 5 homeopaths. Unbeknownst to the homeopaths, the whole thing was filmed.   Scott Gavura wrote about this episode...
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AUG
01
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Congressional bill facilitates state "Right to Try" laws

A growing number of states are enacting "Right to Try" laws, which attempt to bypass the FDA's new drug approval process by allowing terminally ill patients access to drugs that have successfully completed only a Phase I Clinical Trial. A major stumbling block to access, however, is the fact that states can't trump the FDA's regulatory authority ov...
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I looked the bill up and it was assigned to two committees-judiciary and energy and commerce, both on the 29th. Does it have to be... Read More
Monday, 03 August 2015 06:04
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and 21st century cures passed the House 344 to 77 with 12 not voting. I do hope that is a clue that the right to try bill will fai... Read More
Monday, 03 August 2015 06:09
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JUL
05
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"Chronic" Lyme disease bill becomes law in Maine

" An Act to Improve Access to Treatments for Lyme Disease ," recently passed by the Maine Legislature, sounds innocent enough, but wait until you read the text. What this bill actually does is allow so-called "Lyme literate" physicians to escape censure from the authorities and bamboozle patients into spending their hard-earned money on unprov...
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Educated agree alludes to a trade between a specialist and a patient, for this situation as a composed contract, in which the spec... Read More
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Similarly as with other restorative issues, for example, inoculation, that have been politicized by a little however vociferous pa... Read More
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JUN
27
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California bill eliminating religious and personal belief exemptions passes in Assembly

​California Senate Bill 277, which eliminates religious and personal belief exemptions from vaccination for school children, passed in the Assembly on June 25.  It is now back before the Senate for consideration of Assembly amendments to the bill. Assuming the Senate concurs in the amendments, which appears likely, the bill heads to Gov. Jerry Brown for his consideration.

If signed by Gov. Brown, California will become the third state, along with Mississippi and West Virginia, to eliminate all but medical exemptions. Students will non-medical exemptions on file as of January 1, 2016, will be allowed to enter school and retain those exemptions, in some cases through several grades.  But after July 1 of next year, no student, no matter what his or her exemption status, will be allowed to enter the seventh grade without being fully vaccinated. 

Coverage of this historic event was mostly limited to California media, likely due, at least in part, to the Supreme Court's making health care history of its own in King v. Burwell, upholding the Affordable Care Act. This decision dominated coverage by the health care media, leaving the Assembly's vote little noticed outside California. Actually, the two events have some relevance to each other: the ACA requires that childhood vaccinations be a covered health insurance benefit with no co-pay.

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