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MAR
09

Acupuncture Awareness Week or Infection Ignorance Week

It is Acupuncture Awareness Week in England and the British Acupuncture Council is pushing for the use of acupuncture for pain. They use as their spokesperson gold medal winner Olympian Rebecca Adlington who has chronic shoulder pain. There is a video showing Ms. Adlington receiving acupuncture . I would presume that the British Acupuncture Council...
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MAR
06

Massachusetts Senate Bill 2148 legalizing naturopathic quackery moves forward

Massachusetts Senate Bill 2148 , (a re-do of House Bill 1992 and Senate Bill 1205, which it now supplants), allowing naturopaths to practice legally in Massachusetts, was voted favorably out of the Joint Committee on Public Health. This is unsurprising, as the Committee itself is the bill's sponsor. What is surprising, however, is that any legislat...
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MAR
05

Support Traditional Chinese Pseudo-Medicine. Kill a Bear.

I have discussed before the adverse effects of Traditional Chinese Pseudo-Medicine (TCPM) on the environment.  TCPM uses a variety of plants and animals in its pseudo-medical armamentarium and their use is helping send some species into extinction. Bears have it particularly bad. There is a belief, completely unfounded, that bear bil...
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MAR
04

One Pseudo-Science Objecting to Another

Acupuncture alters no physiologic process and only changes subjective endpoints. It is, at best, a theatrical placebo and at worst, a kind of curse removal, a form of fraud. The American Academy of Medical Acupuncture (AAMA) says it takes time and education to learn acupuncture. Thousands of hours. Acupuncture, like Western Medicine is a complex su...
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MAR
02

Acupuncture Effects Depend on Expectations. Again.

Acupuncture is all in the mind Does acupuncture work? Of course, it depends on what you mean by work. Acupuncture alters no underlying physiologic process so it will not treat cancer, asthma, or pneumonia. As as been said many times on this blog, it does not alter any objective outcome. But it can change perception of a process like pain, and perce...
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FEB
28

Kansas HB 2578 allows chiropractors to decide if student can return to play after a concussion

Under Kansas law, a school athlete who has been removed from play due to a suspected concussion must get written clearance from a medical doctor before returning to practice or competition. House Bill 2578 would allow chiropractors to provide these written clearances. The bill passed in the House, after an intense debate , and is now before the Sen...
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FEB
26

Zika is the Tacoma Narrows Bridge?

There was a poll on the Zika virus by the Annenberg Public Policy Center.   It is amazing how rapidly bad information spreads. Whoa. 2% think the US has had the most cases of Zika.  38% think Zika is very likely or somewhat likely to die of Zika 1 9% think it s very likely or somewhat likely you can get Zika from sitting next too someone....
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26

Points of Interest 02/25/2016

The Dangerous Conspiracy Theories About the Zika Virus. Int J Clin Exp Med. 2015 Apr 15;8(4):5112-20. eCollection 2015. Meta-analysis of acupuncture therapy for the treatment of stable angina pectoris. "...indicating that acupuncture therapy was superior to conventional drugs." Still trying to kill cardiac patients. U.K. considers scrapping funds f...
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FEB
24

Acupuncture for Acute Heart Disease: Hubris, Ignorance, or Delusional

I have spent the last 35 years mostly in acute care medicine. Spending most of my day in the hospital gives one the bias that we are fragile creatures who can die unexpectedly and easily. Most of the time we pull patients through, but I have a great wariness for acute diseases. Over the years I have seen too many people wake up feeling go...
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FEB
21

What will state insurance "non-discrimination" laws mean for chiropractors?

Section 2706 of the Affordable Care Act prevents "discrimination" by health insurers against all health care providers acting within their scope of practice. According to an American Association of Naturopathic Physicians spokesperson , Sec. 2706 "suggest[s] that if insurers cover a health condition, they must pay any providers that are licensed to...
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FEB
19

White Men Make Millions, African Americans Are Arrested

I spend too much time on Naturopathic and other pseudo-medicine websites. This would be a typical description of a pseudo-medical provider: Dr. Malachi A. Love-Robinson is a a (sic) well rounded professional that treats, and cares for patients, using a system of practice that bases treatment of physiological functions and abnormal conditions on nat...
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FEB
17

Unintended Benefits of Vaccines

I had a patient recently who was quite surprised that he could have serious illness for no discernible reason. The idea that health and disease came down to random bad luck was foreign to him. There had to be a reason, diet or a lack of a supplement, that led to his illness.  Nope. Badness happens. I wonder if that is one of the...
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FEB
12

Ethics be Damned, We have Curses to Remove

Sadly, money always triumphs truth and ethics. Well, almost always. I recognize that one person's ethics is another's opportunity to separate a patient from their money. A recent article, Alternative Medicine and the Ethics Of Commerce , concludes Central cases of CAM can be shown to violate all three of the fundamental principles presented above. ...
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FEB
10

Guitar Hero

Sometime an article's title just makes me smile. As an example, I offer Implementation of evidence-based practice: A naturopath perspective. Given their education and practice, if naturopaths actually applied evidence-based principles they would all be unemployed. But evidence-based medicine despite its flaws is like   democracy , is...
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FEB
08

Another young person dies following chiropractic neck manipulation

There is an association between neck manipulation and cervical artery dissection . Chiropractors and their professional organizations continue to deny it, but, so far, no one outside the chiropractic fraternity believes them. Their supposedly convincing studies convince only themselves . Responsible medical organizations have, in fact, reached...
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FEB
01

Points of Interest 01/31/2016

The shocking confessions of a naturopathic doctor Acupunct Med. 2016 Jan 29. pii: acupmed–2015–010929. doi: 10.1136/acupmed–2015–010929. An international survey on the current use of electroacupuncture . I wonder if they meant the pun. The Placebo Effect Is Strongest in the Land of Magical Thinking: America
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JAN
31

Practitioners who ignore research want more taxpayer-funded research

​ Government largesse has funded CAM research for the last twenty-plus years. This expensive effort has resulted in two important discoveries: (1) not a single CAM treatment (as opposed to one that has been purloined from medicine and rebranded "CAM") is proven safe and effective for anything, and (2) CAM practitioners, as a whole, haven't cha...
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JAN
29

Mosquitoes and Chikungunya and Zika. Oh My.

In 1989 there was no West Nile Virus in the US. Somehow the virus made to the US from Africa in within a decade it had spread across the US. In Gabon , they had the introduction of a new mosquito, Aedes albopictus , as well as Chikungunya virus and Dengue virus serotype 2. In three years both viruses spread across the county by the mosquito. A. alb...
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JAN
27

Cleveland Clinic ≠ Ethics

I was always amused by Dr. Weil's product line. Among the products he has branded is a rice cooker that is Equipped with Fuzzy Logic I assume that the writer was unaware that probably describes the entire Weil empire. But this sort of branding is sleezy. Years ago the AMA went into business with Sunbeam to endorse their products. The plan was to pu...
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JAN
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Will Kansas legalize acupuncture and Oriental medicine?

​ Acupuncturists and Oriental medicine practitioners are not licensed by the state of Kansas, although there is no shortage of practitioners there. (However, naturopaths can practice acupuncture .) For example, the " Elements " Chinese medicine clinic and herbal pharmacy in Kansas City offers primary care, gastroenterology, endocrinology and women'...
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