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AUG
10

Harm Index 08/09/2016

I do not know why I have not thought of this before. Shruggies look at pseudo-medicine and say, with a gallic shrug , what's the harm? Pseudo-medicine may be worthless, but at least it causes no harm. Complications do occur, but are few and far apart and get lost. It would nice to keep a running summary. Medicine is about risk vrs benefit and if an...
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AUG
07

Latest version of California naturopathic prescribing bill removes physician supervision

In yet another iteration of this contentious legislation, a bill allowing naturopaths to prescribe drugs free of physician supervision has been revived, after having survived a near-death experience a year ago and a number of amendments that would retain the current physician supervision requirements. The latest version of Senate Bill 538 would req...
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AUG
05

Chronic Pain: A Pseudo-Medical Trojan Rabbit

There is no argument that Oregon, and the US, has a problem with opiate addiction and chronic pain. What to do about the problem is the question. I have noticed that the pseudo-medical industrial complex has been aggressively positioning themselves as the solution to the problem. In Oregon it is driven in part by the fact that we have the seco...
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AUG
03

Many Worlds Theory of Acupuncture

Back in October 2014 I tried to see how many forms of acupuncture I could find. At the time I found 32 different styles of acupuncture . So when someone says acupuncture is effective, you really have no idea what kind of acupuncture they are talking about unless you ask. It is one of the arguments used by science based medicine as to why acupu...
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JUL
31

Kratom: a powerful drug masquerading as a safe, "natural" remedy

Kratom ( mitragyna speciose ) is a tropical tree from Southeast Asia  whose leaves are traditionally chewed or prepared as a powder. Native populations chew the leaves to reduce fatigue when doing manual labor, such as working on rubber plantations. It is also used in cultural performances and consumed as a drink prepared from kratom powder. I...
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JUL
29

Consumer Reports and Chiropractic. More Shoddy Reporting

A few weeks back I looked at a particularly sloppy bit of consumer reporting on the topic of acupuncture that was about 99% wrong. This time CR asks Should You Visit a Chiropractor for Back Pain? . While not quite as awful as the acupuncture article, it is becoming clear that when it come to pseudo-science CR hasn't a clue. They star...
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JUL
27

Homeopathic Delusions Run Deep

I am, as many of you are aware, an Infectious Disease doctor. I spend my professional day diagnosing and treating infections. I have a lot of respect for infections and their ability to kill and maim. And I have a lot of respect for evolution, which has nicely increased bacterial resistance to antibiotics over the 30 plus years I have been in ...
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JUL
25

Health News Review: Wrong on Crislip and acupuncture

​ Health News Review, an organization devoted to deconstructing news reports on healthcare, just issued a critique of a story on dry needling published by USA Today . While the review was generally on the mark, two statements stuck out that beg for correction. As USA Today explained, acupuncturists say dry needling is really acupuncture by ano...
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JUL
22

Points of Interest 07/21/2016

Japanese Acupuncture offers relief . Nice technique. When will pharmacists stop selling bogus medicines? 20 Reasons Why Your Natural Remedy for Fibromyalgia Might Not Work Anti-vaccine doctors face penalties
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JUL
20

Another Worthless Acupuncture Study

If you put "Acupuncture Clinical Trial" into Pubmed there are 5562 returns dating back to 1970. 60 years of attempting to determine if acupunctures, in all its variations, works. In that time certain characteristics of a good clinical trial have been sorted out: it should be randomized, placebo/sham controlled and, if possible, double-blind. Y...
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JUL
17

Anti-vaccine propagandist Andrew Wakefield to speak at "chiropractic pediatrics" conference

There is so much wrong with the upcoming International Chiropractors Association Pediatrics Council annual conference it is hard to know where to begin, but we'll start with the fact that there is such a thing as a chiropractor who fancies himself (or herself) as a specialist who cares for pediatric patients and pregnant women. The Pediatrics Counc...
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JUL
15

Should You Try Acupuncture? Consumers Reports Gets it 99% wrong

I am truly expert in one area of medicine, that of Infectious Diseases. Day in and day out I see the work of other, less expert in infectious diseases and it is often lacking. But then, that is why they call me. They recognize they need help. I would be equally unhelpful with a heart attack or stroke and certainly I don't know nothing about birthin...
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JUL
15

Points of Interest 07/14/2016

Should You Try Acupuncture? Nope. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2016;2016:9874207. doi: 10.1155/2016/9874207. Epub 2016 Jun 14. Changes of Local Blood Flow in Response to Acupuncture Stimulation: A Systematic Review. "The current evidence regarding the local effects of acupuncture in terms of blood flow remains insufficient for reliable concl...
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JUL
13

When LECOM Uses 15% of Their Brain

I was half watching the Web.com gold tour when it switched to a commertial and I heard It is said we use less than 15% of our brain. Some call this unrealized potential. Even scientists speculate what the world be like if we could use more. I did a Scooby Doo double take. What? This is from a commercial from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicin...
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JUL
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Points of Interest 07/12/2016

Doctors Couldn't Cure My Psoriasis. Could a Naturopath? "We got down to the examination quickly. She pulled out two different medications and placed them on her desk. At her direction, I positioned one hand between the drugs, and she silently swung a silver pendulum over it. She watched the weight swing back and forth intently, then immediately gra...
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JUL
11

Tennessee repeals law protecting Christian Scientists from child abuse prosecution

Tennessee has a law on the books making aggravated child abuse a felony. Aggravated child abuse includes, among other things, abuse, neglect or endangerment that "results in serious bodily injury to the child" or is "especially heinous, atrocious or cruel" or involves torture of the child. However, if the child's serious injury or cruelty to the ch...
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JUL
06

The Onion Becomes Reality for UTI Prevention

There was a classic Onion article from 1999 entitled  Revolutionary New Insoles Combine Five Forms Of Pseudoscience . The magic of alternative medicine is what starts as parody on a humor website becomes reality in the medical literature. I give you Effectiveness of a Combination of Cranberries, Lactobacillus rhamnosus, and Vitamin C for the M...
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JUL
02

California naturopathic practice expansion bill moves forward; NY, NC and RI licensing bills fail

​ Last August, expansion of naturopathic prescribing privileges in California seemed dead when Senate Bill 538 failed to pass in the Assembly Committee on Appropriations. The Committee then turned around and revived the bill by granting it reconsideration.There the bill sat in limbo for almost a year. Now the bill is back in play , having been re-r...
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JUN
30

The Eternal Question: Does Acupuncture Work?

Nope. Time asked the question, Does Acupuncture Work ? It is a bad question, since work for what? And which of the to numerous to count forms of acupuncture are they referring. I just discovered a new, and in my opinion, the only true form of acupuncture, pestle needle acupuncture, a method characterised by a unique set of points, specialised ...
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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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