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NOV
15

Points of Interest 1114/2016

Meet Jun Mao, MSK's Chief of Integrative Medicine. Quackademia continues apace.Three arrested after grandmother dies during a Chinese 'slap therapy' course: Diabetes sufferer, 71, did not take her insulin because she 'had faith' in the alternative medicine. "'toxins' causing illness can be eradicated from the body by hard, repeated slapping and pai...
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NOV
14

Same tired anti-vaxer tropes successful before Virginia Commission studying repeal of religious exemption

Current Virginia law allows medical and religious exemptions to school immunization requirements. The Virginia General Assembly's Joint Commission on Health Care recommended making no changes to that law at its meeting this past Wednesday after hearing a good deal of misinformation about vaccines, including a presentation from the grande dame of th...
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NOV
06

Florida revokes medical license of "integrative" physician after patient dies of untreated cancer

​On November 3rd, The Florida Board of Medicine revoked the license of Kenneth Woliner, MD, an "integrative medicine" doctor whose misattribution of a college student's advancing cancer symptoms to allergies and other minor illnesses led to her death. Even though Woliner knew his patient, Stephanie Sofronsky, had been diagnosed with Stage 3 Hodgkin...
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NOV
02

False Balance/False Equivalency

One of the issues that separates medical science from the rest the sciences is that pseudo-science is rarely given equal billing with science.The opinions of astrologers do not accompany the findings of astronomers. Advances in chemistry are not reported with commentary by alchemists. But so often pseudo-science and pseudo-medicine is reported alon...
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OCT
30

Keep CAM out of Australian cancer care

​According to an article just published in the Asia-Pacific Journal of Oncology, only a few Australian hospitals integrate "complementary and alternative medicine" into their oncology treatment programs. Australians should consider themselves lucky. Here in the U.S., incorporation of pseudoscience into hospitals and academic medical centers appears...
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