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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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DEC
28

Report from the B Ark

As I mentioned before , I suspect that the Chinese are making a medical B ark . Into the A ship would go all the leaders, scientists and other high achievers. The C ship would contain all the people who made things and did things, and the B ark would hold everyone else, such as hairdressers, telephone sanitisers and CAM providers/researchers. ...
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DEC
18

New Study: Pediatric patients seeing naturopaths and chiropractors less likely to get flu vaccination

Despite the well-established safety and efficacy of vaccines, chiropractors and naturopaths (including naturopathic "doctors" and "physicians") are ideologically opposed to vaccination. This is why you find disgraced physician and anti-vaccination crank Andrew Wakefield giving the keynote address to a chiropractic "pediatrics" conference last weeke...
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DEC
16

Franchising CAM

The Joint Chiropractic is a company that has been quite successful in doing with chiropractic what McDonalds did with food. They are a nationwide system of franchised clinics whose goal is to improve quality of life through routine and affordable chiropractic care. They have 350 Plus clinics, say they do over two million manipulations a year and ar...
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DEC
14

Are the Chinese Building a B Ark?

There was an advertising feature a recent issue of Science called Achieving Leadership in China's Medical Research through a Convergence of Topnotch Talent . It is the usual nonsensical gibberish that somehow there are two different realities Western medicine is based on the application of medical science to practice, and is mainly used to cure dis...
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DEC
11

Chiropractic journal article: adjustment of vertebral subluxation should be chiropractic’s distinct identity

​ A few months ago, Mark Crislip wrote a post over on SBM titled The New Chiropractic. And I thought SBM had an uphill battle . The post focused on the efforts of an Australian chiropractor, Bruce Walker, to promote the "new chiropractic," an evidence-based spine specialty that would eschew "all the pseudo-scientific baggage." Said baggage inc...
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DEC
07

A Functional Medicine Case Report

Over at Respectful Insolence is an article entitled What "functional medicine" really is . Read it first. The come back. I'll wait. You back? One take home quote from Orac was They can always find ways to justify any form of treatment, be it science-based or quackery, simply by invoking the "biochemical individuality" of the human being whom they a...
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DEC
04

Disgraced former physician Andrew Wakefield is keynote speaker at upcoming chiropractic "pediatrics" conference

Disgraced former British physician and anti-vaccination crank Andrew Wakefield will be the keynote speaker at the upcoming International Chiropractors Association (ICA) Annual Conference on Chiropractic Pediatrics , December 9-11 (at the Ritz Carlton Kapalua, in Maui, no less), put on  by the ICA's Council on Chiropractic Pediatrics. The topic...
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DEC
02

Acu-whatever and Nausea: It too is placebo

There are many acupuncture meta-analysis that say the same thing: poor quality studies, not compelling evidence of efficacy, better studies need to be done. It is the manta for the pseudo=medical meta-analysis. The one outlier is acu-whatever (acupuncture, electro-acupuncture, transcutaneous nerve stimulation, laser stimulation, capsicum plaster, a...
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NOV
30

How can you tell if a Naturopath is promulgating gibberish?

The answer is similar to the old saw, how can you tell if 'x' is lying? Their lips are moving. In Oregon ND's can be primary care physicians. Given the ND education and training, this is little short of making the minimum requirement for patient care the possession of  a Doctor Play Set . Our ND Play Set is filled to the brim with al...
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NOV
27

Dubious lab tests get reprieve after FDA backs off regulatory plan

The FDA's recent announcement that it would halt efforts to effectively regulate laboratory-developed tests no doubt caused a sigh of relief among practitioners of pseudoscience, for whom such tests offer a gateway to fabricated diagnoses and quack treatments . Laboratory-developed tests (LDTs) are designed, manufactured, and performed by a single ...
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NOV
20

Kaiser Health News: Asking Del Bigtree's opinion on vaccination policy is not "good journalism"

​ What are Del Bigtree and his widely-discredited "documentary," VAXXED , doing lurking in a Kaiser Health News (KHN) report on public health worries about falling Texas immunization rates? (For more criticism of VAXXED, see here , here , here , here , and here .) Did the reporter want to point out the Bigtree's  misrepresentations about ...
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NOV
18

Patients Protected from Naturopaths from a Unexpected Source: Insurance Companies

As was noted today Comparing the education that physicians and naturopaths obtain in order to prepare for their professions reveals a large difference between the two. Although both schools have a four year program - the similarities end there. And that is education for a degree. Of course, as has been discussed at length at Science-Based Medicine ...
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NOV
16

What is good for the drake isn't good for the hen.

A physician in California, Dan Orville Harper, MD, has been charged with negligence, gross negligence, and unprofessional conduct by the Medical Board of California. For what? For practicing homeopathy, energy therapy, ozone therapy, and craniosacral therapy We call that Naturopathy and those pseudo-medicines are part of the basis of their edj...
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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 ...
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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 r ecommended 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 t...
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