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Franchising CAM

The Joint Chiropractic is a company that has been quite successful in doing with chiropractic what McDonalds did with food. They are a nationwide system of franchised clinics whose goal is to improve quality of life through routine and affordable chiropractic care. They have 350 Plus clinics, say they do over two million manipulations a year and ar...
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Points of Interest 12/14/2016

Skepticism of Alternative Medicine Lingers . A lack of scientific evidence keeps some in the field wary."There are always going to be some physicians who are more open and flexible, and then there are going to be others who are more resistant." You mean open and flexible to science and medicine and resistant to fantasy? Somehow I think not. Consume...
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Points of Interest 12/13/2016

Insufficient evidence to support use of homeopathy in livestock Kinesiology: Tapping into your body's energy flow More foreign health professionals are learning and practicing traditional Chinese medicine in China Apple cider vinegar use more anecdotal than Scientific Modern Acupuncture to open first store in Scottsdale in January, with 150 franchi...
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Are the Chinese Building a B Ark?

There was an advertising feature a recent issue of Science called Achieving Leadership in China's Medical Research through a Convergence of Topnotch Talent . It is the usual nonsensical gibberish that somehow there are two different realities Western medicine is based on the application of medical science to practice, and is mainly used to cure dis...
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DEC
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Points of Interest 12/12/2016

Are Chiropractors Backing The Anti-Vaccine Movement? . "Today Andrew Wakefield was a keynote speaker at the International Chiropractors Association's Annual Conference on Chiropractics and Pediatrics in Maui, Hawaii." Anti-vaccine bogans create a whooping cough 'hotbed' on Gold Coast . Bogan ? is a derogatory Australian and New Zealand slang word u...
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DEC
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Chiropractic journal article: adjustment of vertebral subluxation should be chiropractic’s distinct identity

​ A few months ago, Mark Crislip wrote a post over on SBM titled The New Chiropractic. And I thought SBM had an uphill battle . The post focused on the efforts of an Australian chiropractor, Bruce Walker, to promote the "new chiropractic," an evidence-based spine specialty that would eschew "all the pseudo-scientific baggage." Said baggage inc...
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Points of Interest 12/10/2016

New evidence gives supporters of chiropractic a headache Vanderbilt praises Spring Hill responders for quick recognition of stroke symptoms . "Ashley Johnson suffered the same type of stroke after a chiropractic neck manipulation that killed model and social media star Katie May earlier this year" Mother who treated son with holistic remedies is 'm...
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Points of Interest 12/09/2016

Health Experts: Don't Treat Child's First Sign of Fever . I hate agreeing with ND's. It feels unnatural. Chiropractic Care Now Covered By Most Insurance Plans . Opportunity knocks: Ocean County chiropractor accused of insurance fraud This will definitely make you wince! Doctor drills into a woman's back with a spike in excruciating . "The treatment...
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DEC
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Points of Interest 12/08/2016

Mr. Trump: Don't become the first anti-vaccine president Tory MP: Traditional Chinese medicine can treat cancer and HIV . Just not successfully.
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Points of Interest 12/07/2016

An outbreak of mumps? Blame the anti-vaxxers J Chiropr Humanit. 2016 Jul 20;23(1):35-45. eCollection 2016. Chiropractic Identity: A Neurological, Professional, and Political Assessment. . " have shown increasing commitments to research." J Chiropr Humanit. 2016 Sep 3;23(1):68-76. eCollection 2016. Toxins, Toxicity, and Endotoxemia : A Historical an...
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DEC
07

A Functional Medicine Case Report

Over at Respectful Insolence is an article entitled What "functional medicine" really is . Read it first. The come back. I'll wait. You back? One take home quote from Orac was They can always find ways to justify any form of treatment, be it science-based or quackery, simply by invoking the "biochemical individuality" of the human being whom they a...
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Points of Interest 12/06/2016

Traditional Chinese Medicine in China . Sisyphus had it easy: "Traditional Chinese medicine has been spread to 183 countries and regions around the world. According to the World Health Organization, 103 member states have given approval to the practice of acupuncture and moxibustion, 29 have enacted special statutes on traditional medicine, and 18 ...
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Points of Interest 12/05/2016

Telling People What They Want To Hear Alt-Med And Donald Trump When should you see an integrative medicine specialist? Might I suggest never? Texas Doc: Anti-Vaxxers Risk 'Measles Time Bombs' in 2018
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DEC
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Points of Interest 12/03/2016

Complement Ther Med. 2016 Dec;29:219-228. doi: 10.1016/j.ctim.2016.10.010. Epub 2016 Oct 11. A randomized placebo-controlled trial of traditional Chinese medicine as an add-on therapy to oral montelukast in the treatment of mild persistent asthma in children . Improved the symptoms but not the actual lung function. Hmmmm. Complement Ther Med. 2016 ...
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DEC
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Disgraced former physician Andrew Wakefield is keynote speaker at upcoming chiropractic "pediatrics" conference

Disgraced former British physician and anti-vaccination crank Andrew Wakefield will be the keynote speaker at the upcoming International Chiropractors Association (ICA) Annual Conference on Chiropractic Pediatrics , December 9-11 (at the Ritz Carlton Kapalua, in Maui, no less), put on  by the ICA's Council on Chiropractic Pediatrics. The topic...
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Points of Interest 12/03/2016

Children's Mercy doctor uses acupuncture in addition to standard medicine to treat young headache patients ."She used to think that acupuncture simply harnessed the power of placebo, but not anymore. "As a physician, I actually don't have a great explanation for how it works, but I can't deny what I see," she said." Chiropractic and Spinal Manipula...
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Points of Interest 12/02/2016

The new UK NICE Guidelines on Low Back Pain: Bias against acupuncture increases risk to patients . "This decision reverses the one made by the 2009 committee, who included acupuncture on the basis of robust evidence." I would say the robust evidence says acupuncture does not work. Alternative medicine kept Ronnie Wood young? You could hav...
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Acu-whatever and Nausea: It too is placebo

There are many acupuncture meta-analysis that say the same thing: poor quality studies, not compelling evidence of efficacy, better studies need to be done. It is the manta for the pseudo=medical meta-analysis. The one outlier is acu-whatever (acupuncture, electro-acupuncture, transcutaneous nerve stimulation, laser stimulation, capsicum plaster, a...
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DEC
02

Points of Interest

Acupuncture treatments after mastectomy help women cope with post-operative symptoms . Remember the wise words of Edzard Ernst concerning studies that compare an intervention to usual care. It is "a study-design which is virtually sure to generate nothing but positive results." Chiropractor responds to lawsuit . "A lawsuit alleges that a Twin Citie...
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Points of Interest 11/30/2016

The New National Institute for Health and Care Excellence Guidelines on Acupuncture: Wrong on Evidence, Wrong on Ethics . "The United Kingdom's National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recently published an update to its guidelines for the management and treatment of low back pain that removes acupuncture as a recommended treatment....
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