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NOV
06

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

​ On November 3 rd , 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 Hodg...
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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 alo...
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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 appea...
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OCT
26

Points of Interest 10/26/2016

Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2016;2016:5284234. Epub 2016 Sep 28.  Chinese Herbal Medicine for Postpartum Depression: A Systematic Review of Randomized Controlled Trials . Same as it ever was: "This review suggested that CHM was safe and effective in the treatment of PPD. However, this could not be proven conclusively. To ensure evidenc...
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OCT
23

​Naturopathic doctor registration bill before Pennsylvania Senate

The Pennsylvania House passed a naturopathic doctor (ND) licensing act ( House Bill 516 ) last year. On October 18, a Senate Committee radically altered HB 516 by striking it in its entirety and replacing it with a naturopathic registration bill, which is now before the Senate for "second consideration" on Monday, Oct. 24th. The bill...
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OCT
22

Points of Interest 10/22/2016

J Mol Sci. 2016 Jan 15;17(1). pii: E114. doi: 10.3390/ijms17010114. Herb-Induced Liver Injury in the Berlin Case-Control Surveillance Study. Cranio. 2016 Oct 20:1–7. Relationship between craniocervical orientation and center of force of occlusion in adults . Chiropractors do the weirdest tooth fairy science: "This case controlled study discerned if...
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OCT
21

Homeopaths and Chiropractors really don't care if they kill you.

The last several weeks have been hard on pseudo-medical providers. First, a homeopathic teething product that was not so dilute that it could have contained deadly nightshade was removed from the market by the FDA. It may have killed 10 children and harmed 400 more. One would think pulling the product would be a good thing. In real medicine we tend...
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OCT
19

Points of Interest 10/18/2016

Homeopathy Lost This One To Science . "we have chosen to discontinue the distribution of our Hyland's teething medicines in the United States." How herbalism is regulated . In Ireland   Herbal medicines are licensed on the basis that the remedy has been in 'longstanding use' World first porous acupuncture needles enhance therapeutic properties...
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OCT
19

Nature: Measuring Rat Screams with Hierarchical Micro/Nano-Porous Acupuncture Needles

Harriet Hall invented the term " Tooth Fairy Science " doing research on a phenomenon before establishing that the phenomenon exists. Which describes the bulk of the research done on pseudo-medicines covered by this blog. But there is another process which I have discussed before that is not quite tooth fairy science. It is the application of moder...
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OCT
16

Halloween Special: Talking to the dead with Scripps Health and Dr. Guarneri

Is the occult a new trend in so-called "integrative" medicine? I'm beginning to think so. On Thursday, my SBM post featured an expert witness for a board-certified integrative medicine MD who was hauled before the Florida Board of Medicine for malpractice. The expert witness, an integrative physician who testified on the standar...
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OCT
14

Homeopathy: Killing People Now or Killing People Later

Homeopathy occasionally kills people. Usually it is death by omission. The patient has a disease that requires real medicines like a streptococcal infection and instead gets homeopathy. The result is death The family of a Calgary woman facing criminal charges in connection with the death of her seven-year-old son say they're in shock over the alleg...
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OCT
12

Applying Science to Fiction: Hyperspectral Imaging and Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy of Moxibustion.

I think the Chinese have too much time and money on their hands. I keep seeing these articles where modern technology is applied to Traditional Chinese Pseudo-Medicine. There is computer analysis of tongue diagnosis and fMRI for acupuncture. It is weird, the most high tech of tooth fairy science , and the weirdest example yet is Analysis of the Spe...
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OCT
09

Naturopathic Medicine Week: Much to celebrate (if you're not a naturopath)

Naturopathic Medicine Week starts tomorrow. This year's celebration will be minus a U.S. Senate Resolution declaring Naturopathic Medicine Week , a legally meaningless but much-touted event sponsored in 2013 and 2014 by Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Maryland), who is retiring  from the Senate at the end of this term. Similar resolutions w...
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OCT
07

Does it work? Depends on whether the endpoint is subjective or objective.

Do pseudo-medicines work? It all depends on what 'work' means. Do they affect underlying physiologic processes lead to symptoms? Virtually never. Most of the pseudo-medicines discussed on this website are at best implausible verging on the impossible. There is no reason to suspect that acupuncture or chiropractic or reiki or homeopathy would have a...
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OCT
05

Points of Interest 10/04/2016

Eur J Neurol. 2016 Oct 2. doi: 10.1111/ene.13166. Chiropractic spinal manipulative therapy for migraine: a three-armed, single-blinded, placebo, randomized controlled trial. . "It is possible to conduct a manual-therapy RCT with concealed placebo. The effect of CSMT observed in our study is probably due to a placebo response." Pharmacists defend se...
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OCT
05

60 Seconds of Uncritical Drivel from the Annals of Internal Medicine

I am an infectious disease specialist (ID) and as a result I have a background that allows me to have a better understanding the infectious disease literature compared to a non ID doctor. On the other hand, although I am an internist, when I see a paper on angina or stroke I have to take it face value. I have only a comparatively rudimentary unders...
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OCT
02

Bioenergy and Breast Cancer: More Tooth-Fairy Science Funded by NCCIH

If you can put aside for a moment the fact that innocent lab mice were killed for no good reason and that you, the taxpayer, paid for this travesty , Bioenergy and Breast Cancer: A Report on Tumor Growth and Metastasis offers the reader some real laughs. But before we get to the fun, let's get some technical details out of the way. The re...
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SEP
30

Nature, Yes Nature, Publishes Tooth Fairy Science.

" Tooth Fairy science " is an expression coined by Harriet Hall, M.D. to refer to doing research on a phenomenon before establishing that the phenomenon exists. You could measure how much money the Tooth Fairy leaves under the pillow, whether she leaves more cash for the first or last tooth, whether the payoff is greater if you leave the tooth in a...
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SEP
28

A Proposal for a Now Completed Worthless Chiropractic Study.

Chiropractic, like much of pseudo-medicine, is fundamentally based on a delusion. There is no subluxation complex that can be fixed with spinal manipulation improve spinal function, nerve conduction or improve spinal health, whatever that might be. So it is of no surprise that chiropractic manipulation as shown no benefit for any condition in caref...
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SEP
25

Why chiropractors should not treat concussions: A case report

Chiropractors claim that they can effectively treat concussions and that they are competent to return concussed athletes to play. Lacking evidence that this is actually the case, they have turned to the state legislatures to elbow their way onto the list of health care practitioners who are permitted by law to sign off on returning student athletes...
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