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

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Points of Interest 3/27/2014

How Does Homeopathy Work? Get the facts about how homeopathy works.

Summary of evidence-based guideline: Complementary and alternative medicine in multiple sclerosis. If they really think magnet therapy does something, they have issues with reality.

Here’s What the Anti-Vaccine Movement Looks Like from Africa. "Mother Nature is not always kind, and an incredibly efficient killer. She does not care who she kills, how old they are, or who loves them. Looking into the face of a child dying from a naturally occurring, easily treatable disease will teach you that.

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Points of Interest 3/26/2014

Chiropractors claim that excessive texting lowers your life span. "...when we lean forward to text and tweet, our hunched stance is taking years off our lives. The bad posture, it's claimed, is preventing us from breathing properly, which could cause cardiovascular problems later in life. The study's conclusion is that everyone should get their spines checked out by their local chiropractor "

"This quack chiropractor thinks he can cure everything!". "Once the subluxation is removed, the body works well enough to heal itself. The problem is there is no way currently to predict how involved a subluxation is with a problem that you are experiencing."

Dr. Oz’s Rotting Credibility on Food. "Oz has gone from a vice-chair and professor of surgery at Columbia University to an “alternative medicine” shyster. His denial of the scientific consensus behind GIFs is only the latest in a long line of pseudoscientific views Oz has taken in recent years. It started by promoting Ayurvedic medicine, mystics, and Reiki (the Japanese art of harnessing energy fields)."

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Points of Interest: 3/25/2014

Experts Warn About Skin Cancer 'Treatments' Sold Online. "The vast majority of patients with skin cancer or moles who self-medicate with alternative "treatments" they find online are courting danger, new research contends."

When This Anti-Vaccine Image Went Viral, a Medical Expert Responded — and it Was Amazing.

Bruce Maiman: Opposed to vaccinations? Welcome to the new Dark Ages. "Let’s not mince words. The explosion of vaccine-preventable diseases in recent years is largely due to one thing: the misinformed paranoia of the anti-vaccination movement."

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Points of Interest: 3/24/2014

India beats the odds, beats polio. Rukhsar Khatoon is too young to fully grasp the significance of her life: that she is a last in a country of 1.2 billion people. She has become the greatest symbol of India's valiant -- and successful -- effort to rid itself of a crippling and potentially deadly disease. Rukhsar, 4, is the final documented case of polio in India...They had their other children vaccinated, but not Rukhsar. She was a sickly child, in and out of hospital with liver infections and diarrhea. They thought it safer not to subject her to more medication. India Proves Why Vaccines Work — Here's How That Country Solved a National Epidemic."The anti-vaccination movement has yet another inconvenient truth to explain: the near-complete eradication of the polio virus across an entire country thanks to a sweeping campaign by health authorities to vaccinate children." £20,000 bill for cancer claims man. A Harley Street health company boss who claimed "lifestyle changes and herbs" could cure cancer has been prosecuted and ordered to pay nearly £20,000. Petitioning Wikipedia : Jimmy Wales, Founder of Wikipedia: Create and enforce new policies that allow for true scientific discourse about holistic approaches to healing. Mr. Wales responds: "No, you have to be kidding me. Every single person who signed this petition needs to go back to check their premises and think harder about what it means to be honest, factual, truthful. Wikipedia's policies around this kind of thing are exactly spot-on and correct. If you can get your work published in respectable scientific journals - that is to say, if you can produce evidence through replicable scientific experiments, then Wikipedia will cover it appropriately. What we won't do is pretend that the work of lunatic charlatans is the equivalent of "true scientific discourse". It isn't." God has no place in the vaccine debate. "But just under the surface lurks a bizarre tendency to chuck it all away and revert to the cave so we can shiver in the dark and think magical thoughts. Take the anti-vaccine movement. Please."
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Points of Interest: 3/22/2014

Naturopathy versus Science: Seasonal Allergy Edition.

Homeopathic Product Recalled for Containing Real Medicine: Potential for Undeclared Penicillin

How the Anti-Vaccine Movement Created a Public Health Crisis.

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Points of Interest: 3.21.2014

Kristin Cavallari slams vaccines for causing autism, defends anti-vaccine stance. A practitioner of agnotology.

A Doctor’s Take On The Anti-Vaccine Movement. “And as a society, before we allow misinformation to threaten public health, we must recognize that vaccines today are safe and effective. Anything less is irresponsible. We owe it to our children and our communities to make vaccination universal.”

Anti-vaccination parents are risking my toddler’s life, mother says. ‘We are just at their mercy,’ says woman whose young son had a heart transplant

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Points of Interest: 3.20.2014

One parent claims MSG causes autism. It makes the news.. Let’s Get Quackery Out of Cancer Care. Reiki and reflexology have no place in hospitals. "You might ask whether integrative care should be subjected to the same rigorous standards applied to cancer drugs. That’s a fair point. Reiki and reflexology carry very little in the way of risk. Like hospital therapy dogs, they may brighten the day of a very sick person. But volunteers who parade dogs through pediatric wards don’t brag about their deep wisdom or ancient roots. It’s just fun to pet a dog." New Magnetic Therapy Bracelet for Pain Announced Superior Magnetics."...documents the North Pole magnetic field to have the following effects: it normalizes acid and alkaline balance, provides oxygen to the cells and relieves, stops pain and other symptoms." And I thought they made the golf swing better. MEDICAL CONSPIRACY THEORIES BELIEVED BY HALF OF AMERICA: WHY ANTI-VACCINE CELEBRITIES ARE DANGEROUS. "acts just don’t seem to satisfy the anti-vaccination movement. And now, their conspiracy theories appear to be taking hold: A new survey finds that a whopping 69 percent of Americans have heard the conspiracy theory that doctors and the government continue to push vaccinations even though they cause autism and other disorders. And 20 percent believe it." Suspended Washington state naturopath defends use of ‘cancer vaccine’.
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Points of Interest 3.19.2014

Jenny McCarthy’s dangerous anti-vaccine crusade From McCarthy to Cavallari, How Much Harm Are Anti-Vaccine Celebs Doing? 3 Diseases That Have Suddenly Made a Comeback, Thanks to Anti-Vaccine Truthers
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Points of Interest 3.18.2014

You're Not Alone: Medical Conspiracies Believed By Many. "About half of American adults believe in at least one medical conspiracy theory, according to new survey results."

Will the public get 10 years safely isolated from Trudeau? YES! (Updated). 10 years in prison.

3Cs: Christian, chiropractor, cult. "A charismatic chiropractor is fronting a doomsday cult, say parents of college-aged girls now involved in his massage therapy practice."

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Points of Interest 3.17.2014

Vegas catch up: three days worth after a long weekend in Sin City.

Judge Says Chiropractors Must Face RICO Charges. “Chiropractors who allegedly perpetrated a $2.3 million insurance scam must face RICO charges in a federal court, a federal judge ruled. Geico Insurance Company filed a lawsuit against KJ Chiropractic Center LLC, Wellness Pain & Rehab Inc., its two founders and a slew of individuals, called ”runners,“ who acted to advance an alleged scam based on fake accidents and injuries to willing third-party participants.”

Forest bathing: Healing yourself through nature. I hate the way all simple pleasures get medicalized: “According to Li’s experiments into the practice of forest bathing, walking in forests may prevent the onset of chronic illnesses like cancers; may reduce blood pressure, heart rate and stress hormones, and may create calming psychological effects through changes observed in parasympathetic and sympathetic nerves.”

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Points of Interest 3/13/2015

Thanks, Anti-Vaxxers. You Just Brought Back Measles in NYC.  "Measles was considered eliminated at the turn of the millennium. Now it’s back, thanks to the loons to refuse to vaccinate their children." Jay Cutler And Wife Kristin Cavallari Come Out As Vaccine Truthers Who Won’t Vaccinate Their Kids. "In an interview on the Fox Business channel on Thursday, former reality TV show star Kristin Cavallari said that she and her husband, Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, won’t vaccinate their children over fears that vaccines may cause autism." Homeopathy, Panaceas, And Reason. "A public mass overdose of homeopathic remedies has forced the New Zealand Council of Homeopaths to admit openly that their products do not contain any "material substances". Does Holistic Medicine Work?. "Natural remedies do have their place in science. A diet consisting of nuts, fruits and vegetables can extend human longevity. In addition, medicine has its own term for finding a balance between the mind, body and soul. Doctors calls this “moderation.” In short: If one really wants to keep the doctor away, one would be best advised to listen to the health advice of an actual doctor."
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Points of Interest: 3/12/2014

AR vet gives owl acupuncture therapy to heal injured leg."With no progress, it seemed the only option left was euthanasia, until a veterinarian friend suggested acupuncture. "I said well it can’t hurt." Since when does sticking a wild animal with needles not hurt? I would have called an iridologist to see if the owl had a black stripe on the iris.

Weird how pseudo-medicines go viral: Oil Pulling Might Be The Next Big Thing -- Or Not and What is cupping? Lena Dunham the latest celeb to try the ancient Chinese remedy for pain relief. Pseudo-medicine as fashion.

Robyn Urback: Vaccines don’t cause autism or usurp the role of God. They prevent measles. "Prayer and nosodes won’t prevent another measles outbreak, and it’s unfortunate that children will have to suffer because of those who believe they will."

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Points of Interest: 3/11/2014

Let's Restore Integrity to Health Care – Starting With Us. "I am writing out of concern for our profession, of which I have been a part for 35 years of practice...I am amazed that most people, after being cheated by a chiropractor, have enough faith to try again. And I hear horror stories on a regular basis of people who, even after another chiropractor helped them physically, were hurt by the dishonesty of the doctor."

Lundberg advocates for the rights of hippie parents. "Sen. Kevin Lundberg’s bill to allow parents to decide if their infants get treatment from alternative providers such as naturopaths got a first approval from the Senate today...I was offended last year and am still offended this year that we think a naturopath is unskilled to treat things such as teething,” she said." I guess the truth offends.

CAM with Cancer Treatment: More Harm Than Good?

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Points of Interest: 3/10/2014

Man moves HC against homeopath over wife’s death. "...due to the wrong injection given in the right side of the waist of his wife, it got converted into “gas gangrene” and as an effect of that, the petitioner’s wife expired.”"

Well-educated Dutch women most likely to use alternative medicine.

Anti-vaccine group forced to change name"Anti-immunisation group The Australian Vaccination Network has been forced to insert the word "skeptics" in its name to better reflect its position. The group's new name, Australian Vaccination-Skeptics Network (AVSN), came into effect last week following an order by the Administrative Decisions Tribunal."

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Points of Interest: 3/07/2014

Nonsense in the military. Battlefield acupuncture fights pain, skepticism. “Battlefield acupuncture, widely considered pain-free, is an oracular therapy specific to the surface of the ear and consists of five small needles, which remain in place for two to four days before they are removed or fall out on their own; though performed in minutes, results of the procedure are often felt within seconds.”

Call for chiros to report adverse events. But they don’t have adverse reactions: “ Chiropractors Association of Australia (CAA) said there had not been a single serious adverse event involving a qualified chiropractor treating a child since 1992 — either in Australia or worldwide.”

Right result but wrong reason. Healing Arts Network disbands. “An association that helped to raise awareness in McLean County for what once was called alternative therapies is disbanding, believing there is no longer a large gap between traditional Western medicine and integrative health.”

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Points of Interest: 3/06/2014

Heather Boon: Shining a light on alternative medicines.“ The problem is that many people assume that because these are “natural” products, that effect on the body can only positive. Sadly, this is not the case. Just because something is natural does not mean it is completely safe.” Chinese herbal therapy debuts at Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals. The Quackademia increases. And look at the picture. If that is a photo from the Clinic, their infection control program has some work to do. It looks like a bare finger right next to the needle insertion. AVN anti-vaxxer vandals
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Points of Interest: 3/5/2014

Can Acupuncture Reverse Killer Inflammation? Nope. Sciencetific American is as clueless as Harvard about acupuncture. Antivaccination Parents Dig In Heels Even after Receiving Medical Info. “We shouldn’t put too much weight on the idea that there’s some magic message out there that will change people minds,” he said."
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Points of Interest: 3/2/2014

Don’t ask, don’t tell: Chiropractors should report problems, says surgeon"orthopaedic spinal surgeon John Cunningham said chiropractors were not reporting problems following their treatments that could include dissection of arteries in the neck - a serious injury that could cause stroke.‘‘Adverse event reporting systems are crucial for maintaining quality and safety in health care,’’ the letter said. Such systems ensured ‘‘professional accountability and [improved] patient care’’. Sweden Gets a Homeopathic ER.“Millions of people have seen the “That Mitchell and Webb Look” video where comedians enact the absurdities of what it would be like at a homeopathic ER. A man with suspected internal injuries is rolled into accidents and emergency department and given extremely diluted substance. However, did you know that Sweden got its first homeopathic ER just a couple of months ago?” Using a dowser/golf ball finder to diagnose and cure AIDS. Egypt, as my son would say, has been put on blast. Disc herniation after chiropractic. “ Disc herniations after chiropractic have been reported regularly and since many years. It is not often that I hear chiropractors admit that their spinal manipulations carry serious risks.” Embedded pearls cause serious health condition.
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Points of Interest: 3/1/2014

The worrying rise of the anti-vaccination movement “With vaccination rates falling, diseases that once were nearly eradicated are making a comeback…The Anti-Vaccine Body Count website, which is based on federal statistics, says that since 2007, 128,000 Americans have come down with preventable illnesses due to lack of vaccination, with 1,336 deaths.” Bastyr Center for Natural Health expands integrative oncology services.“… has partnered with Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the University of Washington on groundbreaking cancer studies.” Sigh. The ongoing progression of quackademia. Polio workers’ vans hit with roadside bombs in Pakistan. Seventh Day Adventist parents jailed for child’s death.
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Points of Interest: 2/28/2014

The Dangerous History of Anti-Vaccine Conspiracies.  From the Weather Channel ?!? Wellness guru and author Deepak Chopra acquires health-centric Delos apartment for $14.5 million. I am in the wrong field.
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