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JAN
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The Uninsured See the Untrained

I see a lot of uninsured patients. Things are a bit better with some of the health care reforms, but at the turn of the century about 25% of my patient had no insurance. Many patients with insurance lacked coverage for home antibiotics and other therapies they needed. I have never had a patient not get the care they require, although it is no surpr...
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JAN
19
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Who will that inconvenience?

There are a several of brouhaha's over pseudo-medicine in India  at present. One is the pronouncement by Nobel laureate Venkatraman Ramakrishnan (Chemistry 2009) who called astrology and homeopathy useless  harmful practices, and "bogus." That has not gone over well with the pseudo-medical community of India. The other concerns ...
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JAN
17
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Let The Infections Continue

The results are in from the hearing to adopt a rule in Oregon that would require Oregon licensees practicing acupuncture to follow clean needle technique and require the use of only disposable, single-use acupuncture needles. It was decided not to adopt the rule. Instead of making best practice a rule, the OMB determined it would be most appropriat...
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Guest — Mike
The people that regulate plasma donation realize this problem with acupuncture. One of the questions is if you've had major surger... Read More
Sunday, 17 January 2016 23:24
Guest — Sandra
Yeah, remember when obstetricians didn't wash their hands between patients? (You are not that old, but it still happens once in a ... Read More
Tuesday, 19 January 2016 14:57
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JAN
13
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The Mind Boggles

Charlie Sheen was on the Dr. Oz show to talk about his HIV. Among the revelations is that he went to Mexico for alternative treatment and for a short period of time quit taking his meds. It was not successful. Off of his highly active anti-retroviral therapy his viral load jumped up and he resumed his medications. No surprise there. Stop HIV medica...
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JAN
09
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Plus c'est la même, plus c'est la même

There was an fascinating Huffington Post article called " 27 Crazy Images Of Medical Treatments Through History. " The pictures were not so much crazy as primitive. Photos of old X-ray examinations, ambulances and equipment. I have been in medicine long enough, 36 years, that I have stories about how things used to be. I remember a time before CT's...
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Guest — Steve Bornfeld, DDS
Don't know how the "safer" x-ray machine from 1929 was actually safer--perhaps the beam was better collimated. Perhaps they were ... Read More
Saturday, 09 January 2016 19:06
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JAN
06
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Getting Worse. A Good Thing !?!

As I have mentioned before, my day job is as an infectious disease consultant in acute care hospitals. Often, early in the patients course, we may be uncertain as to the diagnosis and proper treatment and the patient worsens. And even after the cultures return and we have a diagnosis and appropriate therapy, sometimes the patient does not...
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JAN
03
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Massachusetts bill would shield quacks from consumer protection laws

Practitioners of "complementary and alternative health services" are subject to civil and criminal liability if they violate Massachusetts consumer protection laws or engage in the practice of medicine or other licensed health care profession. A bill introduced in the Massachusetts legislature would strip consumers of these important protections. I...
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JAN
02
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Phlegm Misting Orifice

No, Phlegm Misting Orifice is not from a random word generator or the name of a thrash metal band, although it would be a good one. Back Story. One of the benefits of the electronic medical record (EMR) is that you can see see the medical records of patients in other medical systems.  Once the patient signs a release, you can see labs, x-...
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Friday, 15 January 2016 09:59
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DEC
29
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The Difference Between Reporting and Realty.

At one time I thought that the B students when into journalism. Now? I sometimes think they didn't even graduate college. For example, take the reporting on The Use of Acupuncture for Pain Management in Pediatric Patients: A Single-Arm Feasibility Study . A preliminary study on 55 children who received 8 acupuncture sessions for chronic pain. No sh...
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Guest — ScienceMonkey
From the abstract (emphasis added) - "Acupuncture on broad indications in infants appears to be a WESTERN PRACTICE with little bas... Read More
Tuesday, 29 December 2015 15:47
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DEC
27
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​New report recommends that FDA make food health claims a priority

Some discomfiting news a mere 48 hours after most Americans have consumed what is probably their most fattening meal of the year. I know it was for me: beef tenderloin, potato casserole with cheese, tiny butter-laden biscuits, two desserts. We even managed to make the brussel sprouts unhealthy by putting bacon in them. In my defense, this is n...
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Guest — loopyewe
It’s good to hear that the FDA is (ever-so-ponderously) moving toward challenging any part of the DSHEA. Happily, we had only turk... Read More
Wednesday, 30 December 2015 19:44
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DEC
27
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Clever Hans Redux. Sort of.

A favorite historical example of how humans can fool themselves and, as a result others, is Clever Hans. Clever Hans was a horse that could do mathematical calculations. Well, not really. It was his owner that did the calculation and the horse was responding to his owners involuntary cues to get the correct answer. It is a classic example of the ob...
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DEC
24
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Curses

Occasionally there is an article about the arrest of a fortune teller. The fortune teller has convinced someone that they or their material goods are cursed and the curse is the source of problems or discontent in the household. In modern times the curse is sometimes referred to as negative energy. The fortune teller then helps lift the curse....
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DEC
23
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Better?

One of the consistent findings in the evaluations of pseudo-medicines is that it is only  the subjective components of an illness that are improved, not the objective components. It is a bit odd to say that patients only think they are better, when in fact they are not. That apparent contradiction is still best demonstrated in Active Albuterol...
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DEC
20
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Washington bill would expand naturopathic prescription authority

A bill has been filed in Washington State ( House Bill 2034 ) to substantially expand the prescriptive authority of naturopathic doctors (or "physicians," as they like to call themselves). If the bill passes, naturopaths will be very close to having the same authority to prescribe as MDs and DOs. Under current law, naturopaths can prescribe an...
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DEC
13
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California puts aloe vera extract and goldenseal on list of known carcinogens

California recently added aloe vera ("non-decolorized whole leaf extract") and goldenseal root powder to the list of "chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer." Under California law, businesses have 12 months to either reformulate their products or provide a "clear and reasonable" warning before knowingly and intentionally exposin...
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DEC
06
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California Naturopathic Doctors Association states concern about ozone therapy

​ The California Naturopathic Doctors Association (CNDA) sent out an email recently to its members stating its concern about a complaint filed against a Vermont naturopathic doctor for practicing ozone therapy and auto-hemotherapy. Ozone is a powerful oxidizing agent used as an alternative medicine treatment to increase the amount of...
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Guest — Naturocrit Podcast and Blog
SFSBM:Well, to be honest, last month I did submit, coincidentally, a letter of complaint and inquiry to the FDA regarding some of ... Read More
Monday, 07 December 2015 13:04
Yokomondo
The trick would be to notify the FDA of companies that are selling these non-approved devices to naturopaths who intent to use the... Read More
Monday, 07 December 2015 16:26
Guest — Naturocrit
TH:I actually had CC'd the FDA letter to CT's AGO, Consumer Affairs, and Dept. of Health at the time I sent it to FDA.For what it'... Read More
Tuesday, 08 December 2015 22:06
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DEC
04
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Public Hearing On Acupuncture Needles

The Oregon Medical Board Newsletter arrived today and in it was the announcement of a public hearing on proposed rules for acupuncture. The hearing is tomorrow at noon and they will accept written comments until noon tomorrow (12/5/15) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. A modified version of what follows was submitted to the OMB. OAR 847–070–0021 ...
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DEC
02
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Money: Well Spent and Wasted

My career in medicine and infectious diseases started at the same time as the AIDS epidemic.  Remember, association is not always causation. The first report  of what would be AIDS was June 5, 1981 when I was a second year medical student. The next 20 years would be spent taking care of young men with a mysterious disease t...
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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
28
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Asthma and Acupuncture. Why Even Bother?

"If I have seen further than other men it's because I have stood on the shoulders of giants." Newton said that, but being a bit of snot it has been suggested that he was also poking fun at Robert Hooke, who was on short side. For the most part science and medicine build upon prior work and over time the mistakes and issues of prior studies are weed...
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