Top 10 US Hospitals. Marching Away from Science

This Saturday will be the March for Science. I hope to attend in Portland if I am not too busy with call.

I was curious how the premier medical institutions in the US are responding to the March and compare it their use of pseudo-science.

What follows are the top 10 US hospitals according to US News and World Reports. Are they supporting the March? Are actions louder than words? Is pseudo-science/pseudo-medicine offered in their institutions?

Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn. 

March for Science: no comment I can find.

 Pseudo-Medicine offered: meditation, massage therapy, acupuncture, reiki, healing touch, and herb and supplement consultation

Cleveland Clinic 

March for Science: Supporting

Pseudo-Medicine offered: Acupuncture, chiropractic, energy therapy, traditional chinese pseudo-medicine, reiki, reflexology, cranial sacral therapy.

Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston

March for Science: Involved. Pseudo-Medicine offered: Acupuncture, qigong, reflexology, reiki, therapeutic touch.

Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore

March for Science: no comment I can find. 

Pseudo-Medicine offered: acupuncture, reiki, reiki, reflexology, cranial sacral therapy.

UCLA Medical Center

March for Science: no comment I can find. 

Pseudo-Medicine offered: acupuncture, something called "Chinese nutrition.:

New York-Presbyterian University Hospital of Columbia and Cornell

March for Science: Involved

Pseudo-Medicine offered: acupuncture, acupressure, reflexology, reiki.

UCSF Medical Center, San Francisco

March for Science: not involved due to rules 

Pseudo-Medicine offered: acupuncture and integrative chinese medicine, acupressure, ayurveda, manual medicine & spinal manipulation, reflexology and craniosacral therapy. And

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Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago

March for Science: no comment I can find.

Pseudo-Medicine offered: naturopathic and functional nutrition consults, traditional Chinese medicine/acupuncture, reiki and healing touch, craniosacral therapy, dietary supplements, herbal therapy and homeopathy.

Hospitals of the University of Pennsylvania-Penn Presbyterian, Philadelphia

March for Science: no comment I can find. 

Pseudo-medicine offered: acupuncture, alexander technique​, ayurevda, chiropractic manipulative therapy, craniosacral therapy, naturopathic counseling, prolotherapy, reiki, reflexology.

NYU Langone Medical Center

March for Science: no comment I can find. 

Pseudo-Medicine offered: acupuncture, reiki, reflexology, therapeutic touch.

That's the top 10 hospitals.  It is no surprise to fans of science-based medicine that when it comes to pseudo-science/pseudo-medicine, the top medical institutions in the US are hear no pseudo-science, see no pseudo-science, speak no pseudo-science. But embrace pseudo-science.

At least 6 on the 10 are consistent by not supporting or sponsoring the March. Good on them. I can appreciate those who have the courage of their lack of science conviction. At least they are not public hypocrites.

The other 4? The Spirit of Captain Renault lives on.

The medical industrial complex has lost credibility about the importance of science in medicine, having long ago abandoned science in favor of the cash up front Integrative Medicine clinic.

Integrative Medical clinics are object lessons of what happens when science is ignored or abandoned: worthless interventions that rob people of time and money in exchange for false hope.

But I am glad there is some participation. Maybe it will result in looking inward at their own institutions.


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