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

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Points of Interest: 1/16/2014

Faith Is No Excuse for Avoiding Vaccinations: "It is healthy to question sanctions from on high. Justifying not getting vaccinated based on feelings or faith is not healthy, however. Allowing children to become infected with preventable diseases based on bunk science or, worse, believing a deity knows more about medicine than your doctor, is simply, and tragically, ignorant." Variations in pseudo-medicine coming our way. Not my idea of a good import: "To do so, he set the globalization of traditional Korean medicine as his association’s top agenda for this year, highlighting the sector’s growth potential in overseas markets." I thought sticking needles in defenceless animals was abuse. "American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) House of Delegates (HOD) voted to admit the American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture (AAVA) into the HOD as a constituent allied veterinary organization." Idaho to address faith healing exemption. "Treatment by prayer or spiritual means alone is not illegal but “whenever a child’s medical condition may cause death or permanent disability,” this can not serve as an excuse. “Medical treatment for physical harm to a child should supersede every other consideration,” Gannon said. Obviously."

 

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Points of Interest: 1/15/2014

 

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Points of Interest: 1/14/2014

Chiropractic’s legacy: "I suffered carotid artery dissection and stroke after a chiropractic neck manipulation. I was 36 years old at the time, in excellent health and physical condition with no predisposing factors or conditions."  How safe are the vigorous neck manipulations done by chiropractors? Not safe enough for no benefit Acupuncture = sham acupuncture = no efficacy. "Puncturing and nonpuncturing acupuncture needles were equally effective along with exercise-based physical therapy as treatment for patients with knee osteoarthritis, according to study results...​ there was an association between a positive expectation from acupuncture and reported improvement ." "A man in Switzerland developed severe lead poisoning after undergoing an alternative medicine treatment — he took pills that he thought contained the hair of a dead Bhutanese priest, but the pills were actually replete with the toxic metal lead." FTC orders weight-loss companies to pay $34 million to consumers

On January 7, 2014, the Federal Trade Commission announced a law enforcement initiative stopping national marketers that used deceptive advertising claims to peddle fad weight- loss products, from food additives and skin cream to dietary supplements. The marketers of Sensa, who exhorted consumers to “sprinkle, eat, and lose weight” – will pay $26.5 million to settle FTC charges that they deceived consumers with unfounded weight-loss claims and misleading endorsements. L’Occitane, which claimed that its skin cream would slim users’ bodies but had no science to back up that claim, will pay $450,000. LeanSpa, LLC, an operation that allegedly deceptively promoted acai berry and “colon cleanse” weight-loss supplements through fake news websites, will surrender assets totalling an estimated $7.3 million. HCG Diet Direct, marketed an unproven human hormone that has been touted for more than half a century as a weight-loss treatment. The Arizona-based company and its director Clint Ethington, marketed liquid homeopathic hCG drops by falsely promising they would cause consumers to rapidly lose substantial weight, but a $3 million plus judgment imposed was suspended because of inability to pay. All marketers must cease and desist from making their false claims.

http://www.ftc.gov/news-events/press-releases/2014/01/sensa-three-other-marketers-fad-weight-loss-products-settle-ftc

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JAN
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Points of Interest: 1/13/2014

This explains the NCCAM Dr. Josephine Briggs:

"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."

followed by

"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

Taken all at once they could result in spontaneous human combustion: Dr. Oz Has Featured No Less Than 16 Weight Loss Miracles. Why Is There Still an Obesity Epidemic? This is a quite the discussion in India, the opposite of what is occurring in the US: Prescribing real drugs may dilute the reputation of homeopaths in India.  Like I have said before, combining cow pie with apple pie does not make the cow pie better, it makes the apple pie worse. Politicians, Muslim scholars join vaccination effort as violence hinders Pakistan polio drive. Sad that anyone would let children get polio. Or let children die of cancer. Inquest opened into death of child removed from cancer treatment in 2009.

 

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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

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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JAN
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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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