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

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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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Points of Interest: 2/27/2014

Why Do Liberals Tolerate Pseudoscience at Whole Foods? “But there’s also a dark side to Whole Foods, at least as described in an article by Michael Schulson in The Daily Beast: “Whole Foods: America’s temple of pseudoscience.” The accusation is that the store sells homeopathic remedies and other foods and “drugs” that make medically unsubstantiated claims. ” Hold the Mayo. They recommend acupuncture for back pain “Scientific studies have indicated that sham acupuncture works just as well as real acupuncture for back pain. A key point, though, is that both sham acupuncture and real acupuncture relieved low back pain better than having no treatment at all. So if other treatments haven’t helped your low back pain, it may be worth trying acupuncture.” I wonder if they would suggest internal mammary artery ligation for angina and arthroscopic partial meniscectomy for degenerative medial meniscus tear and no knee osteoarthritis. Both are also as good as sham treatments. Naturopathic Doctor, career and scope. I particular laughed that this differentiation of nonsense: “Traditional Medicine: Homeopathy, Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine. Modern Approach:, Bio-Resonance, Ozone-Therapy, Colon Hydrotherapy” Complementary medicine industry resists change. “SOUTH Africa’s R8bn complementary medicines industry is blatantly resisting the government’s attempts at regulation, ignoring a February 15 deadline to put disclaimers on its products, and continuing to sell many goods the regulator says are now illegal.” California can’t afford to cater to the anti-vaccination crowd. "…there’s no question that the anti-vaccination movement is contributing to new outbreaks of preventable diseases by disseminating unfounded scare stories based on discredited research Dowsing for hepatitis NOW cures AIDS too!. “The fake bomb detector/drug detector/dowsing devices are now claimed to cure AIDS and hepatitis C. ”
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Points of Interest: 2/26/2014

Jonathan Kay: Ontario shouldn’t be legitimizing naturopathic “medicine” ““Pioneering Ontario clinic hopes to make naturopathy mainstream” is the headline that the Globe & Mail newspaper put on a Wednesday article, detailing the Brampton Naturopathic Teaching Clinic, described as “the first naturopathic clinic inside a hospital in Canada.” Given the pseudoscientific nature of naturopathic medicine, the term “pioneering” is an odd one here — unless the author was wryly referencing the primitive level of medical knowledge available to the 17th-century pioneers who explored the territory on which the Brampton Naturopathic Teaching Clinic eventually would be built.” Pioneering Ontario clinic hopes to make naturopathy mainstream “Ontario is poised this spring to grant naturopaths permission to prescribe some drugs and order lab tests, a proposition that has prompted a fierce backlash from the province’s doctors’ association and their regulatory college, both of which warn the changes could compromise patient safety.” See more at SBM. When This Anti-Vaccine Image Went Viral, an Immunologist Responded — and it Was Amazing. “I am going to sound derogatory, but if you don’t have formal education in at least biology, you have no role to talk about the way vaccines should be done. You have no idea of the actual function and mechanism in which they work, and you have is a vague knowledge that mercury used to make people mad, formaldehyde is used in embalming and that ammonium sulfate and aluminium phosphate sound scary.”
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Points of Interest: 2/25/2014

Anti-vaccine conspiracy theories may have ‘detrimental consequences’ for children’s health. “It was found that stronger belief in anti-vaccine conspiracy theories was associated with lower intention to vaccinate.” How can you tell the difference? Alleged Homeopathic Doctors Caught Practicing Without A License. I have heard similar diagnosis from pateints who saw ‘real’ homoepaths: “Harkins allegedly placed two fingers on the investigators arm, asked him questions, then diagnosed him with ”Worms, fluxes, bacteria in his body, and 26 kinds of tape worms." Harkins then allegedly sent the undercover agent home with $259 in supplements. Grounding up to your Neck Sand therapy finds takers. “As a part of the therapy, the patient is buried up to his/her neck in the sand for about half-an-hour. Practitioners claim many diseases, even chronic ones, can be cured. Dr Raju says the therapy is thousands of years old, but has been neglected. He also practises several other forms of alternative medicines. He asks his patients to hug trees. Different trees are hugged for different diseases” Suspended by state, was popular naturopath ‘cutting edge’ or cutting corners?. “To do that, he said, he was creating individualized “autologous peptide and cytokine-based vaccines” from patients’ own blood, body tissues and fluids — ” A Burznnski clone?
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Points of Interest: 2/24/2014

There is Acupuncture Awareness Week and naturopathy week, but, sadly, no Science-Based Medicine awareness week. Anti-vax and psychic claims lead to worst story you will read in a while. Homeopathy: How it exploits the masses.. “So today I thought I’d have a look at some of the reasons was to why homeopathy continues to be a multi-billion dollar industry despite being nothing more than magic water.”
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Points of Interest: 2/21/2014

Why Some Rich, Educated Parents Avoid Vaccines. "And in a worrisome trend, it's the college-educated residents of affluent areas who are skipping vaccinations. "It's that whole natural, BPA-free, hybrid-car community that says, 'We're not going to put chemicals in our children,""

Is acupuncture an effective treatment for erectile dysfunction?. The Harvard Doctor replies " if you’d like to give it a try, go ahead. Be sure to seek out an experienced acupuncturist. And remember that it can be time-consuming and expensive. But in experienced hands, it is safe." See the blog for more analysis.

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Points of Interest: 2/20/2014

Anti-vaccine movement a danger to everyone. "Today, however, it is just as likely that the person who won’t let the doctor’s needle soil their children’s otherwise clean blood vessels labors under the belief that immunizations are a violation of some kind of natural order of things. They are not just people who believe that Pi is Satan’s number, these are affluent, putatively educated people who ought to know better. They are absolutely correct, of course. Immunizations several decades ago upset the natural order of thousands of children contracting horrible diseases every year and hundreds of them dying or suffering lifelong effects from the infection. It used to be assumed that in this case, breaking the natural order of things was actually a good idea." If you integrate fantasy with reality, you do not instantiate reality. If you mix cow pie with apple pie, it does not make the cow pie taste better; it makes the apple pie worse. Student group to explore integrative medicine.  
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