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Wisconsin bills allowing chiropractors to perform sports physicals puts student athletes at risk

​ Across the U.S., chiropractors are seeking to expand their scope of practice well beyond "spine care," up to and including promoting themselves as primary care physicians. Getting bills passed in state legislatures allowing them to perform sports physicals for student athletes is part and parcel of this effort. Two bills ( Assembly Bill 260 and S...
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JUN
04

California bill kills traditional naturopathic practice but creates snafu for naturopathic "medical" schools

California has the opportunity to remove the scourge of naturopathic practice from the state this year. Instead, the state legislature has chosen to kill off only traditional naturopaths, leaving naturopathic "doctors" with degrees from naturopathic "medical schools" eligible to practice their ersatz form of primary care. On January 2, 2018, t...
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Points of Interest 05/30/2017

Homeopathy boy died of encephalitis We are in a crisis of crap health news — this week's reporting shows why Homeopathy. 2017 May;106(2):69-78. doi: 10.1016/j.homp.2017.03.002. Epub 2017 Apr 7. Prevalence of homeopathy use by the general population worldwide: a systematic review.
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Points of Interest 05/29/2017

  J Med Internet Res. 2017 May 21;19(5):e179. doi: 10.2196/jmir.7290. Digital Support Interventions for the Self-Management of Low Back Pain: A Systematic Review. . "The literature is extremely heterogeneous, making it difficult to understand what might work best, for whom, and in what circumstances…The evidence base for interactive digital in...
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State legislators promote ineffective NADA auricular acupuncture protocol for substance abuse

Auricular acupuncture is both highly implausible and has no good evidence of effectiveness as a treatment for substance abuse. Yet, state legislators continue to introduce bills pretending this is not the case. When these bills become law , scare resources and efficacious treatments are pushed aside in favor of magical thinking. Auricular acupunctu...
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Points of Interest 05/27/2017

New German Law To Impose Hefty Fines On Anti-Vaxxer Parents Who Refuse To Get Their Kids Vaccinated Minnesota's measles outbreak about to exceed total 2016 U.S. cases. Here's what community leaders are doing about it Int J Yoga. 2017 May-Aug;10(2):88-94. doi: 10.4103/0973-6131.205511. Effect of Lotus Posture on Acupuncture Meridian Energies: A Cont...
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Points of Interest 05/26/2017

Alternative Medicine Is Not the Answer to the Opioid Epidemic Florida man, 20, accused of practicing medicine and naturopathy without a license . And that makes a difference how? The harms of alternative medicine: what we see is just the tip of the iceberg
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Points of Interest 05/24/2017

Doctor leaps on stage at anti-vaccination movie and blasts those gathered Anti-vaccination moms judged harshly, UBC study finds Pain Physician. 2017 May;20(4):229-243. The Effectiveness of Manual Therapy for Relieving Pain, Stiffness, and Dysfunction in Knee Osteoarthritis: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. . "The preliminary evidence from our...
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Points of Interest 05/23/2017

Future of Alternative Medicine May Lie in Microdosing of Hallucinogens, Advocates Say Anti-vaxxers spread fear with help of history Is dry needling a safe acupuncture replacement, or a shortcut around years of essential training? Trick question? Both are nonsense.
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Points of Interest 05/22/2017

Reimbursement for integrative health care suggests violation of non-discrimination law . The problem is not that pseudo-medical providers are denied payment but that real doctors are being paid to do magic. Neurofeedback Could Fight Depression–or Just Empty Your Wallet People love probiotics, but do they really help?
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Points of Interest 05/21/2017

VITAMIN SHOPPE CLASS ACTION SAYS 'WEIGHT LOSS' PILLS DON'T WORK Supplements are more dangerous than other processed foods, according to a Harvard doctor Neurol Sci. 2017 May;38(Suppl 1):117-120. doi: 10.1007/s10072-017-2901-1. Usefulness of nutraceuticals in migraine prophylaxis . "There is a growing body of research on nutraceutical use for migrai...
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FDA and ASAT warn consumers about ineffective autism treatments

The FDA recently warned consumers about products and services claiming to treat or cure autism. There is no cure for autism at present, so "products or treatments claiming to 'cure' autism do not work as claimed. The same is true of many products claiming to treat' autism or autism-related symptoms. Some may carry significant health risks...
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Points of Interest 05/20/2017

World J Gastroenterol. 2017 Apr 28;23(16):2928-2939. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v23.i16.2928. Comparison of the analgesic effects between electro-acupuncture and moxibustion with visceral hypersensitivity rats in irritable bowel syndrome. Int J Rheum Dis. 2017 May 19. doi: 10.1111/1756-185X.13091. Use of complementary and alternative medicines is associated ...
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Points of Interest 05/19/2017

  The Anti-Vaccine And Anti-GMO Movements Are Inextricably Linked And Cause Preventable Suffering Shakopee Hospital Among First to Offer Acupuncture in ER Anti-vaccine activists are playing with fire in Minnesota What's Kept the Society Against Quackery Going for 137 Years The Charity Commission's Consultation on CAM Charities. My Submission .
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Points of Interest 05/17/2017

'First Ever' Study Comparing Vaccinated and Unvaccinated Children Shows Harm from Vaccines? This study, with its suspect statistics and devil-may-care attitude toward methodological design, has now had the honor of being "unpublished" by not one, but two journals. Here's How the Anti-Vaccination Movement Hurts Autistic People An overview of systema...
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Points of Interest 05/16/2017

The finer points of acupuncture This ancient practice can be used alone or with conventional therapy to help ease your pain . Complete garbage from Harvard. Naturopaths looking forward to licensing in Mass . An autopsy case of fatal acute peritonitis complicated by illegal acupuncture therapy . Why is WHO guilty of WOO?
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FDA shouldn't recommend "chiropracty" for pain

The FDA recently issued draft revisions to its Blueprint for Prescriber Education for Extended-Release and Long-Acting Opioids . The proposed revisions say that nonpharmacologic therapies can include physical rehabilitative approaches, like physical therapy, and "complementary therapies" like "chiropracty." What the FDA apparently doesn't realize i...
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Points of Interest 05/14/2017

The effectiveness of long-needle acupuncture at acupoints BL30 and BL35 for CP/CPPS: a randomized controlled pilot study.  The needles are pushed in 75–90 mm and electricity applied. "Placebo effect is probably what we refer to as patient healing power": A qualitative pilot study examining how Norwegian complementary therapists reflect on thei...
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Points of Interest 07/07/2017

Effects of homoeopathic ultrahigh dilutions of Aconitum napellus on Baker's yeast-induced fever in rabbits. " Rectal temperature was measured with digital thermometer hourly." Poor bunnies J Integr Med. 2017 May;15(3):165-171. doi: 10.1016/S2095-4964(17)60338-8. Can a science-based definition of acupuncture improve clinical outcomes? . No. Texas Ho...
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Points of Interest 05/12/2017

Should complementary and alternative medicine charities lose their charitable status? Dutch boy can refuse chemotherapy, says Court Anti-Vaccine Site Mocks 'Muslim Measles'
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