Society for Science-Based Medicine

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Points of Interest: 1/13/2014

"I’ve come to feel that mind-body practices, whether it’s massage therapy, chiropractic for a bad back, or meditative relaxation techniques should be part of chronic pain management."

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"As a patient, I wouldn’t want to go to someone who gave me a placebo."

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Points of Interest: 1/12/2014

 

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Points of Interest: 1/11/2014

A unique form of stem cell therapy by an alternative practitioner: "In five cases, Welker pulled fat from patients' bodies, processed it in some way, then injected the solution back into the patients' bodies."

Of course you don't know what the dead did: "The majority of cancer survivors are those with positive mindsets and continuously prayed for internal strength to fight the disease."

On occasion reality triumphs: "The White House released an official statement confirming denial of all Medicare reimbursements for acupuncture services by licensed acupuncturists." 

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Points of Interest: 1/10/2014

  • Every year Portland Magazine lists its Top Doctors. This year they have the tops in Acupuncture, Chiropractic, and Naturopathic Medicine. I suspect their selection process is flawed if they have a way of differentiating one pseudo-medical practitioner from another.
  • When the head of AETNA, a major health insurance company, supports pseudo-medicine I know that Sisyphus had it easy: "The CEO says he has dropped 48 pounds since changing his diet and no longer consuming eggs and dairy products, after blood tests revealed he has a sensitivity to them. He is also an advocate of naturopathy and integrative nutrition. Many conventional doctors dismiss the effect of nutrition on immune health, he says. “I look at my allopathic doctor and say, ‘You’re 30 pounds overweight. How’s your nutritional therapy working for you?’”
  • I always say West Coast, Best Coast, but maybe not for vaccines: Idaho ranks second-to-last in the nation for vaccination levels among its kindergarteners, behind Oregon. Less than 60 percent of Idaho’s 2-year-olds are vaccinated, reports the Annie E. Casey Foundation, 11 percentage points below the national average. It’s a cultural epidemic in the American West — Alaska, Washington state, Colorado and Arizona also top the list. It’s a trend founded not in science but in fear.
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Points of Interest: 1/9/2014

 

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