4th of July Catch up

Anc Sci Life. 2015 Jan-Mar; 34(3): 179. Bacterial contamination in Thai Ayurveda products. "Overall, 101 Thai Ayurveda product samples were collected and studied and it was found that 57.4 % had bacterial contamination"

Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2015;2015:970327. doi: 10.1155/2015/970327. Epub 2015 Jun 2. A Good Policy for Guaranteed Safe Practice of Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Usage of Disposable Cupping Cups. Better late than never.

Int J Clin Exp Med. 2015 Apr 15;8(4):5112–20. eCollection 2015. Meta-analysis of acupuncture therapy for the treatment of stable angina pectoris. "Overall, our result showed that acupuncture significantly increased the clinical curative effects in the relief of angina symptoms (OR=2.89, 95% CI=1.87–4.47, P<0.00001) and improved the electrocardiography (OR=1.83, 95% CI=1.23–2.71, P=0.003), indicating that acupuncture therapy was superior to conventional drugs." Color me skeptical.

Chin J Integr Med. 2015 Jun 30. Can Ashi points stimulation have specific effects on shoulder pain? A systematic review of randomized controlled trials. "However, due to the low methodological quality of included studies, a firm conclusion could not be reached until further studies of high quality are available." As always.

Revisionist History. What Agent Orange and thalidomide tell us about anti-vaxxers.

The Christian Case for Vaccinating Children.

California, Camelot and Vaccines

Global scientists assess homeopathy-funded Séralini study claiming all GMO tests 'contaminated'

A Homeopath Answers To Skeptical Critics The head pharmacist at Boiron offers a nuanced view of the healing modality, understanding that while homeopathy can be powerfully effective, it also has its limits.

Miracle Mineral Solution 'cure' is dangerous - health authorities

Girl dead from rare circumstances and fear of toilets; family used alt treatments

J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 2015 Jun 30. pii: S0161–4754(15)00063–9. doi: 10.1016/j.jmpt.2015.06.001. The Effectiveness of Noninvasive Interventions for Musculoskeletal Thoracic Spine and Chest Wall Pain: A Systematic Review by the Ontario Protocol for Traffic Injury Management (OPTIMa) Collaboration.. "The current evidence suggests that compared to placebo, spinal manipulation is associated with a small and clinically nonimportant reduction in pain intensity and that acupuncture leads to similar outcomes as placebo."

Clin Exp Pharmacol Physiol. 2015 Jul;42(7):747–51. doi: 10.1111/1440–1681.12424. A comparison of patterns of spontaneous adverse drug reaction reporting with St. John's Wort and fluoxetine during the period 2000–2013.. "This result demonstrates that herbal preparations can result in ADRs similar to those of prescription medications."