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FEB
13

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
10

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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JAN
27

Not Even Wrong: Chiropractic and Bedwetting

The Joint Chiropractic has an article called Childhood Bed-wetting: Could Chiropractic Be the Answer ? Betteridge's law rules again: "Any headline that ends in a question mark can be answered by the word no." The understanding by chiropractic as to the pathophysiology of bedwetting? There's a bit of an explanation for why it happens, so bear w...
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JAN
25

Alternative Facts are so yesterday. We need Integrative Facts

I thought I had a solution to all the hassles of medicine. Don't want to go with standard treatments as they are too expensive or inconvenient? Use alternative facts. Here is some oral PCN VK for your MRSA endocarditis. Infection rates up and we have to report it to the feds? Use alternative facts and say the rates are zero. Don't know the right an...
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JAN
23

Naturopathic licensing and practice expansion bills filed in state legislatures

​ Via the magic of Legislative Alchemy, the new year brings a flurry of naturopathic licensing and practice expansion legislation to the halls of state legislatures. The goal of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians is full primary care scope of practice for naturopaths in all 50 states. Their efforts, fueled by lobbying funds from di...
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JAN
18

ND's licensed in Massachusetts. Medical Schools Beat Them to Pseudo-Science.

Last week the Governor of Massachusetts signed into law bill 2335 establishing a Naturopathy Board. As noted by the American Council on Science and Health , Massachusetts is now the 20th state where the legislature has legalized Naturopathic pseudo-scientific harm. As someone who has spent more of my life in Massachusetts than in any other state, b...
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JAN
15

Bill moves Indiana chiropractors closer to goal of primary care physician status

In 2015, the American Chiropractic Association announced " Six Elements of a Modern Chiropractic Practice Act ," its ideal version of what chiropractors should be allowed to do under state law. ​ "Chiropractic Physician" and "Chiropractic Medicine" as the Regulatory Terms of Licensure. Scope of Practice Determined by Doctoral and Post-Doctoral Educ...
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JAN
14

Traditional Chinese Pseudo-Medicine: The Lies of Lying Liars

It has long been noted that there is a discrepancy in outcomes of Traditional Chinese Pseudo-Medicine (TCMP) between those studies that have been done in China and those done in the US and Europe. 99% of acupunctures studies in China for acupuncture are postive and No trial published in China or Russia/USSR found a test treatment to be ineffective....
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JAN
12

Points of Interest 01/11/2017

Cleveland Clinic reevaluating alternative medicine offerings amid uproar over vaccine rant Donald Trump and a major medical clinic have moved vaccine anti-science back into the mainstream Dear Dr. Neides, You Are Not Alone . The anti-vaccine love Dr. Neides. Chiropr Man Therap. 2017 Jan 4;25:1. doi: 10.1186/s12998-016-0133-8. eCollection 2017. A sy...
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JAN
11

Cleveland Clinic Needs to Give Dr. Neides a Bonus

There has been a brouhaha over the blog entry of Dr. Daniel Neides. It has been suggested that because of his dangerous and unfounded anti-vaccine rant that he should be fired and the Cleveland Clinic has suggested they are considering "appropriate disciplinary action". His job at the the Cleveland Clinic? Medical Director and Chief Operating Offic...
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JAN
10

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, truthinadvertisng.org (TINA.org) 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 Hy...
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JAN
06

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...
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JAN
04

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 Er...
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JAN
01

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 ...
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DEC
31

Points of Interest 12/30/2016

Traditional Medicine Won't Cure China's Ills Spine (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 ...
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DEC
30

Points of Interest 12/29/2016

Pharmacist Accredited Naturopath . I would think the combination would cause the head to explode. Do Alternative Medicine Cancer Treatments Work? The Truth Is In Their Price Tag From cow urine to a North Korean wonder drug: the weirdest alternative health stories of 2016 Auricular Acupuncture for Exam Anxiety in Medical Students—A Randomized C...
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DEC
30

Acupunctures for alcohol withdrawal? No. Not really

The meta-analysis is Acupuncture as an intervention to reduce alcohol dependency: a systematic review and meta-analysis . They aimed to ascertain the effectiveness of acupuncture for reducing alcohol dependence as assessed by changes in either craving or withdrawal symptoms. and after reviewing 15 RCT's, came to the conclusion that acupuncture was ...
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