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


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

Tax dollars in action (or inaction) with two pieces of nonsense at once when a military MD "uses a sensor to locate an acupuncture point." No point in having reality as part of the cirriculum in India: Allopathy Subjects will not include in Homeopathy. The efficacy of pseudo-medicine: "Almost 25% of patients with gout reported using complementary and alternative medicines, but their disease activity did not differ from patients avoiding such treatments after 1 year".  But at least the CAM was more expensive.


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Points of Interest: 1/7/2014

Humans are not the only animals that have useless pseudo-medicine inflicted upon them. “*Veterinary interests also might be served if the AVMA stays out of an ongoing debate about the scientific and medical merits of homeopathy — at least that’s what the Executive Board believes.*” . But they agree upon jerky. We probably need a veterinary wing of the Society. Pseudo-medicine kills breast cancer patient with a cesium overdose: “Cesium chloride is an alternative treatment that “supposedly increases the pH level of cancer cells to kill them, while not altering the pH of healthy cells,” ” Neither quality or quantity. "According to the American Chiropractic Association, the course of study to become a chiropractor includes 4,200 hours of classroom, laboratory and clinical experience in “orthopedics, neurology, physiology, human anatomy, clinical diagnosis including laboratory procedures, diagnostic imaging, exercise, nutrition rehabilitation and more.” And all of applied to the pseudo-medicine of subluxations. To get training in Internal Medicine is 19,000 hours and 25,000 to be an ID specialist, assuming an 8 hour day I do not think I ever worked in my life.
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Points of Interest: 1/5/2014

The Ethical Case Against Homeopathy.  I have wondered if all of complementary and alternative pseudo-medicine is unethical since they are not based on realtiy and efficacy, such as it is, requires deception. 
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Points of Interest: 1/3/2014

What we have to look forward to if unvaccinated:

"As healthy as my lifestyle seemed, I contracted measles, mumps, rubella, a type of viral meningitis, scarlatina, whooping cough, yearly tonsillitis, and chickenpox, some of which are vaccine preventable. In my twenties I got precancerous HPV..."

Read the entire article about Growing up without Vaccines. 

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Points of Interest: 1/2/2014

If you are not supported by reality: Abusing the Algorithm: Using Facebook Reporting to Censor Debate. How anti-vaxers are using Facebook rules to shut down criticism.   The toptic was is also discussed on Science-Based Medicine: Facebook’s reporting algorithm abused by antivaccinationists to silence pro-science advocates. The Australian Vaccination Network, an anti-vaccination group, had to change their name because it was misleading.  They tried for  Australian Vaccination – Sceptics Network and  Australian Vaccination Skeptics.  Both were denied.  I liked Misinformation For All.
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