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Points of Interest 01/09/2017

TC and New York State charged the marketers of Prevagen with making deceptive memory and cognitive improvement claims. This action follows a complaint filed by ad watchdog group, ( about Prevagen's unsupported marketing claims.J Affect Disord. 2017 Jan 3;210:211-221. doi: 10.1016/j.jad.2016.12.048. Clinical use of Hyp...
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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 t...
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Is Acupuncture Pseudoscience? Well, Yeah.

The question, Is Acupuncture Pseudoscience?, was asked by an acupuncturist over at the BMJ. As an aside, the article disproves Betteridge's Law of Headlines, although I discovered that Betteridge's law is only true 25% of the time. 75% of the time the answer to the headline is yes.So, yeah, it's pseudoscience.As noted by Edzard Ernst...
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Legislative Alchemy 2016: A Review

Legislative Alchemy is the process by which state legislatures transform pseudoscience and quackery into licensed health care practices. By legislative fiat, chiropractors can detect and correct non-existent subluxations, naturopaths can diagnose (with bogus tests) and treat (with useless dietary supplements and homeopathy) fabricated diseases like...
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Points of Interest 12/30/2016

Traditional Medicine Won't Cure China's IllsSpine (Phila Pa 1976). 2016 Jan;41(2):116-33. doi: 10.1097/BRS.0000000000001310. Herbal Medicine for Low Back Pain: A Cochrane Review.. "Additional well-designed large trials are needed to test these herbal medicines against standard treatments. In general, the completeness of reporting in these trials wa...
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