Ohio Competition

Ohio Competition

I used to think the Pacific NW is pseudo-medicine central, and while we have many pseudo-medical schools in Portland, the major medical institutions have been slow to embrace pseudo-medical practices. While the Providence system has two clinics with the pseudo-medical interventions of acupuncture, cupping, and homeopathy offered by Integrative Programs run by naturopaths, and the University has dabbled in acupuncture and chiropractic, relative to the rest of the county, Portland is a bastion of reality based medicine. We still have more apple pie than cow pie in Portland.


No one is likely to out do the Cleveland Clinic in the breadth and, well, not depth, of embracing pseudo-medicines. From herbal medicine clinics to functional medicine they offer it all,  Any medical institution that offers reik, like the Cleveland Clinic,  has separated from reality as I understand it and probably has goals other than patient care in mind, since they suggest that for acupuncture

is most effective with regular and frequent treatments.

I wonder most effective for what?

But while Oregon is lagging behind (not that it is a bad thing) in the race to offer pseudo-medicines, Ohio appears to be rushing to offer the most Quackademic medicine in the US. Not content to be second to Cleveland, The University of Cincinnati is also offering reflexology, acupressure, massage therapy and acupuncture.

Yes. A medical University is offering the wackaloon therapy that is reflexology. This is like NASA offering astrology or a chemistry department offering alchemy, turning base metals into gold. It flabbers my gaster that so many Universities offer medical interventions completely divorced from reality. What is it about US medical institutions? I have no idea.

And they offer not just any acupuncture, but National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA) auricular acupuncture, which uses

standardized auricular acupuncture protocol for behavioral health, including addictions, mental health, and disaster & emotional trauma.

By sticking needles in the ear for an hour. Really. So sad. Especially as, like most pseudo-medical interventions, there is no reality based reason NADA should work and clinical trials tend to show that it is ineffective.

Four studies used auricular acupuncture for the treatment of heroin addiction and 3 of these studies did not report any clinical gains from acupuncture for the treatment of heroin addiction...After 35 years of active research by both Asian and Western scientists, this review cannot be used to establish the efficacy of acupuncture in the treatment of opiate addiction because the majority of these studies were classified as having low quality

nor are various ear manipulations effective for smoking cessation. Not that data ever alters the practice of a pseudo-medicine.

As I have said before, Sisyphus had it easy although perhaps Prometheus would be a better metaphor.

Chiropractors' attitudes toward drug prescription ...
Points of Interest: 09/25/2014