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. ”
Blind men and the Elephant in the Room