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Points of Interest 2/16/2014

  • Left hand unaware of right hand department. How effective is the Homeopathy available from the NHS?. “There has been extensive investigation of the effectiveness of homeopathy. There is no good-quality evidence that homeopathy is effective as a treatment for any health condition.” But, if you are lucky enough to live in Tayside, science doesn’t apply to your bit of the NHS. You can go to the Royal Victoria Hospital Homeopathy Clinic in Dundee where their Homeopathy leaflet proudly announces: “Studies of the outcome of treatment in the Homeopathy clinic show that about 70% of patients experience at least some improvement in their symptoms. About 40% of patients have a moderate to good improvement”
  • Something to watch: NHMRC to judge alternative meds. “National Health and Medical Research Council chief executive Warwick Anderson said panels of experts will review the global research on the efficacy of various alternative treatments. He said the aim is to release reports on individual treatments throughout the year in which the NHMRC will draw conclusions on how effective they are and whether they match claims made about them, including homoeopathy.”
  • The start of something bad? Health officials warn California commuters, students of measles exposure. “A college student may have exposed thousands of San Francisco Bay Area commuters as well as other students at the University of California, Berkeley to the measles after he took public transportation and went to class while infected, public health officials warned.” A crowded Bart train and a disease with secondary attack rates are >90% in susceptible household and institutional contacts. Great.
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Points of Interest: 2/14/2014

  • The influence of social norms on the dynamics of vaccinating behavior for paediatric infectious disease. “Social norms can strongly suppress vaccine uptake despite frequent outbreaks, as observed in some small communities. Significant portions of the parameter space also exhibit bistability, meaning long-term outcomes depend on the initial conditions. Depending on the context, social norms can either support or hinder immunization goals.”
  • The acupuncturists won in Oregon, now they move on to Texas: Lawsuit claims getting acupuncture at a chiropractor is a public health threat. “Acupuncturists licensed by the Acupuncture Board must complete at least 1,800 instructional hours and complete at least two terms of a resident course from a reputable school to become licensed, according to the petition. They must study relevant subjects, including bacteriology, meridian and point locations, hygiene and public health.In contrast, the chiropractic board requires chiropractors to complete only 100 hours of acupuncture training to practice the procedure, the petition stated.”
  • Are there health benefits to magnet therapy or is it all hype? Hype. How does magnet therapy work? It doesn’t. As you say “though there appears to be little benefit to magnet therapy ” Are there reasons to avoid magnet therapy? It’s worthless.
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Points of Interest: 2/13/2014

  • Quality of acupuncture needles is less than perfect and must improve “surface irregularities and bent tips have not been completely eliminated, say the researchers…An estimated 1.4 billion acupuncture needles are used each year worldwide, with China, Japan, and Korea the main suppliers. China provides up to 90% of the world’s needles.” Thats a lot of needles. To bad it is impossible to improve the quality of acupuncture.
  • New - Acupuncture Dragon & Tiger Relieves Menstrual Cramps & Pain. “The dragon and tiger fighting method involves alternately rotating the needle to the left nine times and rotating the acupuncture needle to the right six times. The dragon, Zi, is Yang and the tiger, Wu, is Yin. The dragon stands for the strengthening techniques of rotating to the left and the number 9, a Yang number. The tiger stands for the reducing method of rotating the needle to the right and the number 6, a Yin number. The motion of rotation is generated by rotating the needle by moving the thumb forward for the dragon technique and moving the thumb backwards for the tiger technique. Fighting stands for the alternation of rotating from one direction to the other.” Sounds like every Kung-Fu movie I ever saw, but I it is probably true, but nor the reasons they offer. See: Acupuncture applied as a sensory discrimination training tool decreases movement- in patients with chronic low back pain more than acupuncture alone: a randomised cross-over experiment.
  • Acupuncturists win ‘dry needling’ case at Oregon appeals court. “The Oregon Court of Appeals ruled “dry needling” is acupuncture and not within the scope of practice of chiropractic medicine, the Oregon Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine said in a news release.” Next I hope they decide that acupuncture and not within the scope of practice of acupuncture medicine and chiropractic and not within the scope of practice of chiropractic medicine.
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Points of Interest 2/12/2014

  • Leaving the Anti-Vaccine Movement. An interesting look into a person who left the dark side.
  • Battle of the pseudo-medicines. Acupuncturists Needle Chiropractic Board in Court “Acupuncturists sued the Texas chiropractic board, claiming it creates a ”significant threat“ to public safety by allow chiropractors to do acupuncture.” I would suspect it is also a “significant threat” to public safety by allow chiropractors to do chiropractic and acupuncturists to do acupuncture.
  • Here’s why we should research alternative therapies. Mostly an argument we should have a better understanding as to why people use pseudo-medicines.
  • Juan Bi Tang. Qualifiers galore: “While Juan Bi Tang has a long history of use in traditional Chinese medicine, clinical trials testing this formula’s health effects are currently lacking. Still, a number of scientific studies indicate that certain herbs found in Juan Bi Tang may be beneficial in relieving pain and improving the health of joints and muscles….It should also be noted that, due to dietary supplements being largely unregulated, the content of some herbal products may differ from what is specified on the product label. While consumers face such risk with any dietary supplement, they may be greater when purchasing Juan Bi Tang and other products with a variety of herbs in varying doses.” And that is from a proponent. I think I would pass.
  • What Does Being Healthy Really Mean? 5 Difference Between Chinese and Western Medicine: “Ancient Chinese physicians went one better. Like the comic book Superman, a number of the famous ones had supernormal X-ray vision. and ”Western medicine considers microbes most important. Finding microbes, isolating microbes, and preventing their spread is key in winning the fight against illnesses." I am skeptical of the former and embrace the latter.
  • There is a War on Integrative Medicine.. It is odd as I see the progressive use of worthless pseudo-medicines. Ah, different perspectives.
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Points of Interest: 2/07/2014

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