Curiosities and posts of interest across the internet concerning Science-Based Medicine.

DEC
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Points of Interest 12/06/2016

Traditional Chinese Medicine in China . Sisyphus had it easy: "Traditional Chinese medicine has been spread to 183 countries and regions around the world. According to the World Health Organization, 103 member states have given approval to the practice of acupuncture and moxibustion, 29 have enacted special statutes on traditional medicine, and 18 ...
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DEC
06

Points of Interest 12/05/2016

Telling People What They Want To Hear Alt-Med And Donald Trump When should you see an integrative medicine specialist? Might I suggest never? Texas Doc: Anti-Vaxxers Risk 'Measles Time Bombs' in 2018
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DEC
05

Points of Interest 12/03/2016

Complement Ther Med. 2016 Dec;29:219-228. doi: 10.1016/j.ctim.2016.10.010. Epub 2016 Oct 11. A randomized placebo-controlled trial of traditional Chinese medicine as an add-on therapy to oral montelukast in the treatment of mild persistent asthma in children . Improved the symptoms but not the actual lung function. Hmmmm. Complement Ther Med. 2016 ...
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DEC
04

Points of Interest 12/03/2016

Children's Mercy doctor uses acupuncture in addition to standard medicine to treat young headache patients ."She used to think that acupuncture simply harnessed the power of placebo, but not anymore. "As a physician, I actually don't have a great explanation for how it works, but I can't deny what I see," she said." Chiropractic and Spinal Manipula...
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DEC
02

Points of Interest 12/02/2016

The new UK NICE Guidelines on Low Back Pain: Bias against acupuncture increases risk to patients . "This decision reverses the one made by the 2009 committee, who included acupuncture on the basis of robust evidence." I would say the robust evidence says acupuncture does not work. Alternative medicine kept Ronnie Wood young? You could hav...
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DEC
02

Points of Interest

Acupuncture treatments after mastectomy help women cope with post-operative symptoms . Remember the wise words of Edzard Ernst concerning studies that compare an intervention to usual care. It is "a study-design which is virtually sure to generate nothing but positive results." Chiropractor responds to lawsuit . "A lawsuit alleges that a Twin Citie...
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DEC
01

Points of Interest 11/30/2016

The New National Institute for Health and Care Excellence Guidelines on Acupuncture: Wrong on Evidence, Wrong on Ethics . "The United Kingdom's National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recently published an update to its guidelines for the management and treatment of low back pain that removes acupuncture as a recommended treatment....
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NOV
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Points of Interest 11/29/2016

poi 11.29.16 Have A Migraine? Get A Back Rub - Skip The Chiropractor.  It is all placebo. Trump met with prominent anti-vaccine activists during campaign Stopping the Spread of Japan's Antivaccine Panic . "Japanese women's health is increasingly at risk as public-health policy is driven by conspiracy theories, misguided political interference ...
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NOV
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Points of Interest 11/28/2016

Chiropractic - is it all it's cracked up to be and do the benefits outweigh the risks? Mirror columnist Dr Miriam Stoppard discusses how she's learned to be sceptical about chiropractic 4 Posture Tips Every Chiropractic Patient Can Use . "Get Regular Chiropractic Treatment". I think that should be avoid Chiropractic Treatment. Find out if non-conve...
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NOV
28

Points of Interest 11/27/2016

Death from acupuncture . From poor technique leading to bloodstream infection. Spine J. 2016 Nov 22. pii: S1529-9430(16)31063-4. doi: 10.1016/j.spinee.2016.11.003. The quality of placebos used in randomized, controlled trials of lumbar and pelvic joint thrust manipulation - a systematic review. . "Imperfect placebos are ubiquitous in clinical trial...
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NOV
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Points of Interest Thanksgiving 2016

Chiropractic is back in the Medicare crosshairs again . "The OIG has started another round of audits to recapture money paid out inappropriately to chiropractors by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) system." ALL money paid to chiropracters is inappropriate. J Clin Anesth. 2016 Dec;35:96-98. doi: 10.1016/j.jclinane.2016.07.02...
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NOV
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Points of Interest 11/22/2016

How Katie May's unfortunate death impacts the chiropractic community Dry needling could all be a placebo — but you should still try it
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NOV
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Points of Interest 11/21/2016

Altern Ther Health Med. 2016 Oct;22(S3):14-22. Homeopathic Treatment of Overweight and Obesity in Pregnant Women With Mental Disorders: A Double-blind, Controlled Clinical Trial. . "Homeopathy does not appear to prevent excessive body mass gain in pregnant women who are overweight or obese and suspected of having a common mental disorder." Where is...
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NOV
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Points of Interest 11/20/2016

Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2016 Nov;25:155-163. doi: 10.1016/j.ctcp.2016.09.005. Epub 2016 Sep 30. Use of complementary and alternative medicine in pregnancy and its impact on obstetric outcome. " The most common type of herbs used was akar kayu bunga Fatimah (37.7%) and gamat (13.4%). In our study, usage of selusuh product and akar kayu bunga Fat...
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NOV
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Points of Interest 11/19/2016

Bunnies and penguins get arthritis too. How Seattle's zoo treats them . Poke the poor beasts with useless needles. So sad. 'Slapping therapy' death: don't say alternative medicine is harmless The US government is finally telling people that homeopathy is a sham Sci Rep. 2016 Nov 17;6:37316. doi: 10.1038/srep37316.  Efficacy of cupping therapy ...
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NOV
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Points of Interest 11/17/2016

Alternative medicine, supplement promoters selling pseudo-science 'genetic-based' treatments Why 'Naturopathic Medicine' Is An Oxymoron . "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 similarit...
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NOV
16

Points of Interest 11/15/2015

Chiropractic therapy is key to helping patients recover from addiction . By State Rep. Joshua Peters. " When misalignments, what are termed subluxations, occur in a patient's spine, the neurotransmitters' functions are interrupted and can inhibit a person's sense of well-being. In addition, releasing stress along the spine improves the functioning ...
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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
13

Points of Interest 11/12/2016

A massive nonprofit rejected a bunch of donated vaccines from Pfizer — and now the drug giant is offering them at a lower price Parents are insisting on doctors who insist on vaccinations Chiropractic Adjustment Video Is Getting Loads Of Attention, And We Can't Figure Out Why . I have noted that manipulation demonstrations are almost always done on...
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NOV
12

Points of Interest 11/11/2016

Pennsylvania Governor Signs Naturopathic Medicine Bill Homeopathic doctor said what? Medical board levels charges against "Be Well Associates" physician Measles: Thank WHO, Big Pharma For Saving 20 Million Lives Since 2000
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