Covering topics related to the Society and Science-Based Medicine.

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Delphi and Acupuncture

The Delphi method is a way to develop a consensus when there is uncertainly as to the best option. A panel of experts is given a problem to which there is no clear answer. They respond, and those responses are sent back for review. Everyone considers the responses and reply again.  Rinse, lather, repeat until a consensus is reached. How t...
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Points of Interest 04/10/2017

eBay founder Pierre Omidyar commits $100m to fight 'fake news' and hate speech . I wonder if he is interested in SBM? Heart-conscious chiropractic: 'He works magic,' say patients of Grass Valley's John Mayfield . "Mayfield began attending seminars where he learned each organ is part of a person's total consciousness." Mike Adams Hits A New Low Comp...
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American Society of Clinical Oncologists opposes state "right-to-try" laws

The American Society of Clinical Oncologists (ASCO) released a statement this past week opposing state "right-to-try" (RTT) laws. While the ASCO remains committed to expanded access to investigational drugs and to improving current processes for obtaining those drugs, the organization thinks state RTT laws will be both ineffective in improving acce...
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APR
07

Alternative Electronic Medical Record (EMR)

I spend a lot of time in the EMR. EMR's certainly have their issues but overall for my practice it has been a net gain. As best I can tell, the only pseudo-medical module in my EMR is one for acupuncture. One of the handy features of the EMR is the ability to see labs and notes of my patients in other hospital systems that use the same EMR. In Port...
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APR
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Homeopathic Ethics

I mentioned over at Science-Based Medicine a pair of trials that looked at the efficacy of homeopathy for preventing and treating  influenza. Homeopathy is water. You know that, I know that. That studies are done on the efficacy of water, and that IRB's/ethics committees will approve such studies, demonstrates that reality based medicine doesn...
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Points of Interest 04/03/2017

Sorry Paleo Pete, but I'll take medical qualifications over your 'common sense' any day Together with Marcus Blackmore Gift $10 Million to National Institute of Complementary Medicine for Research
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Idaho legislature says chiropractors can cash in on vitamin infusion craze

Idaho chiropractors can cash in on the latest health craze, vitamin and mineral infusions , according to a bill passed by the legislature and signed into law by the governor this past week. Chiropractors certified in "clinical nutrition" will be able to administer vitamins A and C and all B vitamins, plus minerals such as calcium, copper, magnesium...
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APR
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It is April Fools and My Imagination is Lacking

My imagination fails very April Fools Days. I think I should be able to come up with a form of pseudo-medicine that is both ridiculous yet sounds like a 'reasonable' pseudo-medical treatment. And I can't do it. How to compete with homeopathy or reiki or Tong Ren ? There really are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in my p...
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MAR
26

Oregon naturopaths want to dumb down insurer credentialing requirements

​ Oregon, of the 18 states that allow naturopaths to legally practice at all, is the only state that grants naturopaths the same scope of practice as a primary care physician  (PCP) MD or DO. The state also mandates that naturopaths be credentialed as PCPs by insurers. (Again, it is the only state to do so.) Obviously concerned about the inade...
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MAR
25

Iron Researcher. Whose Pseudo-Science Reigns Supreme

India has a tremendous amount of pseudo-medicine. They have a entire ministry devoted to pseudo-medicine, AYUSH, the Department of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy. They have national Institutes devoted to these pseudo-medicines. India has 207 homeopathic colleges and colleges for naturopathy and yoga . Ayuvedric pseudo...
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MAR
20

Minnesota legislators invent new way to do a worthless acupuncture study. Taxpayers to pick up tab.

A Minnesota legislator, a chiropractor by trade, is bypassing the usual ways of doing a worthless acupuncture study by inventing his own methodology. Acupuncture studies are famous for their sloppiness: no placebo controls, comparing Treatment X to Treatment X plus acupuncture , lack of blinding, spinning negative results. All of this generates res...
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MAR
13

Hey, Republicans, you missed something in "repeal and replace"

After years of promising to "repeal and replace" the Affordable Care Act ("ACA" or, "Obamacare"), the Republicans finally came up with a scheme to amend a few provisions. Called the " American Health Care Act ," ("AHCA," but not "Trumpcare," apparently ), it has been widely criticized by both the right and left , and just about everyone else , for ...
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MAR
06

CAM PR effective in getting parents to use unproven treatments on children

​ Parents of children with pain are more likely to use "complementary and alternative medicine" ("CAM") to treat their children than parents whose children who do not suffer from pain conditions according to analysis of data from the 2012 National Health Interview Survey . About a quarter of children had pain conditions in a one-year period and, of...
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FEB
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Supplement retailers pushing creatine and testosterone boosters to teen athletes

Researchers posing as 15-year-old high school football players wanting to increase their muscle strength phoned 244 chain and local health food stores in the U.S. and asked sales clerks what supplements they would recommend. If the sales clerk didn't mention creatine or testosterone boosters, the "student" specifically asked the clerk about them. A...
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FEB
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Docs vs. Glocks: Court of Appeals Sides with Docs

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, sitting en banc , has struck down a Florida law that forbade physicians from inquiring into gun ownership as part of routine medical assessment. In doing so, it overruled a 3-judge panel of the same court which had previously ruled in Florida's favor and upheld the law. In 2011, the Florida Legislatur...
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Tennessee bills allow chiropractic "physicians" expanded scope; provide "direct primary care" to patients

​ The American Chiropractic Association is pushing to refashion chiropractors as primary care physicians. Four bills pending in Tennessee help the ACA toward its goal. A couple of years ago, the ACA announced "Six Key Elements of a Chiropractic Practice Act," a template for amending state laws governing chiropractic practice that would give chiropr...
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FEB
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Debasing the concept of Hero

I was in the Physicians lounge (it sounds impressive. It isn't. A couch & two chairs that predate me, a TV and a pair of computers) checking my schedule for the day and while I waited for the EMR to boot (the new sign of infinity is the Windows hourglass, supplanting the old 8 on its side) I looked up at the Physicians Weekly on the wall. The P...
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FEB
08

What does DC, ND and ABIHM have in common?

You might remember a few weeks back the brouhaha over the antivaccine screed by the Cleveland Clinic's Daniel Neides, M.D., medical director and chief operating officer of the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute. Dr Neides is part of the staff the Cleveland Clinic Center for Integrative & Lifestyle Medicine staff, purveyors of a wide variety of...
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FEB
05

Naturopathic "doctors" selling Mississippi a pig in a poke

Not even Sen. Josh Hawkins, the author of a bill licensing naturopathic "physicians" for the first time in Mississippi, could tell his colleagues what sort of education and training naturopaths have . ( Previous naturopathic licensing attempts in the state have failed. ) His colleague, Sen. Hob Bryan, admitted he didn't know what naturopathy i...
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JAN
29

The enchanted primary care practitioner

​ New Mexico is truly the " Land of Enchantment ," just not in the way the state's promoters intended when they adopted that tagline. They wanted to conjure a feeling of pleasure or delight, one definition of the word "enchantment." But enchantment's other meaning – witchcraft, sorcery, magic – comes closer to the true spirit of the place when you ...
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