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Top 10 US Hospitals. Marching Away from Science

This Saturday will be the March for Science. I hope to attend in Portland if I am not too busy with call. I was curious how the premier medical institutions in the US are responding to the March and compare it their use of pseudo-science. What follows are the top 10 US hospitals according to US News and World Reports . Are they supporting the March...
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Points of Interest 04/18/2017

Homeopathy. 2016 Aug;105(3):233-9. doi: 10.1016/j.homp.2016.02.005. Epub 2016 May 13. Survey on hand gestures relevance in patient practitioner communication: a homeopathic example . I got your hand gesture for homeopaths right here. CJEM. 2017 Apr 17:1-6. doi: 10.1017/cem.2017.19. Back pain in the emergency department: Pathological fracture follow...
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Points of Interest 04/17/2017

I watched Alex Jones give his viewers health advice. Here's what I learned. There's a "fungus epidemic." And Infowars' Jones has just the supplements to stop it. Advertising by some Manitoba chiropractors undermines public health, expert says CBC News found many chiropractor websites containing statements at odds with public health advice
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Points of Interest 04/16/2017

Colorado May Green-Light Naturopathic Doctors, Against Warning Inquiry ordered into anti-vax group's 'charity' fundraising
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Colorado naturopaths' talking points a perfect example of why they shouldn't get practice expansion

‚Äč On Monday, April 17, competing versions of the future of naturopathy in Colorado will duke it out in the state's Senate chambers. In one version of a bill, naturopaths are simply allowed to continue to practice in Colorado. In the other, they will be able to pump patients full of ineffective and potentially dangerous substances via IV. The health...
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Points of Interest 04/15/2017

Others profit from our medical lore . Boo hoo. Everyone co-opting TCPM. Eur J Intern Med. 2017 Apr 10. pii: S0953-6205(17)30130-9. doi: 10.1016/j.ejim.2017.03.026. Error, contradiction and reversal in science and medicine. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2017;2017:7498763. doi: 10.1155/2017/7498763. Epub 2017 Mar 20. Clinical Evaluation of Acup...
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Points of Interest 04/14/17

Homeopathy company launches nationwide recall of tablets blamed for infant seizures . Months later. This Dramatic Graph Shows How the Pro-Vaccine Movement Can Win In 'stealth move,' Michigan refines vaccine waivers, improves rate among kids Doctors have decades of experience fighting "fake news." Here's how they win . Pharmaceutical giant 'plotted ...
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Points of Interest 04/13/2017

Progress on health coverage for acupuncture in Vermont. Patients Who Need Treatment Beyond the Spine Many D.C.s coordinate their patients' overall healthcare and see patients with conditions not traditionally associated with chiropractic care. 9 ridiculous things Rocky anti-vaccers said in measles scare The Texas Department of State Health Services...
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Points of Interest 04/12/2017

Legal opinion could curb 'dry needling' practice by physical therapists . But they wear gloves. The Immunity Community A Community Engagement Strategy for Reducing Vaccine Hesitancy J Ethnopharmacol. 2016 Dec 24;194:774-780. doi: 10.1016/j.jep.2016.11.012. Epub 2016 Nov 10. Safety of essential bee venom pharmacopuncture as assessed in a randomized ...
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Points of Interest 04/11/2017

Homeopathy: Be Aware Of Its Three Insane Principles World Homeopathy Awareness Week: Try homeopathy for these 7 diseases that usually need surgery, suggests an expert . Evidently an expert in lunacy. Why debates with alternative health gurus so often turn ugly People Who Don't Vaccinate Their Kids Are Selfish Kaiser Permanente study tests new way t...
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Delphi and Acupuncture

The Delphi method is a way to develop a consensus when there is uncertainly as to the best option. A panel of experts is given a problem to which there is no clear answer. They respond, and those responses are sent back for review. Everyone considers the responses and reply again.  Rinse, lather, repeat until a consensus is reached. How t...
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Points of Interest 04/10/2017

eBay founder Pierre Omidyar commits $100m to fight 'fake news' and hate speech . I wonder if he is interested in SBM? Heart-conscious chiropractic: 'He works magic,' say patients of Grass Valley's John Mayfield . "Mayfield began attending seminars where he learned each organ is part of a person's total consciousness." Mike Adams Hits A New Low Comp...
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American Society of Clinical Oncologists opposes state "right-to-try" laws

The American Society of Clinical Oncologists (ASCO) released a statement this past week opposing state "right-to-try" (RTT) laws. While the ASCO remains committed to expanded access to investigational drugs and to improving current processes for obtaining those drugs, the organization thinks state RTT laws will be both ineffective in improving acce...
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Points of Interest 04/08/2017

J Korean Acad Nurs. 2016 Apr;46(2):249-59. doi: 10.4040/jkan.2016.46.2.249. Effects of Auricular Acupressure on Obesity in Women with Abdominal Obesity . Treatment vrs control. Always positive results. State acupuncturists celebrate new regulations Cooling kidney and spleen heat through acupuncture . In traditional Chinese medicine, obesity can be ...
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Points of Interest 04/07/2017

Lacking Tdap vaccine, 44% of Richmond sixth-graders missed class this school year Canadians are undervaccinated. And now we're paying for it . Should naturopaths be allowed to perform sports physicals?
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Alternative Electronic Medical Record (EMR)

I spend a lot of time in the EMR. EMR's certainly have their issues but overall for my practice it has been a net gain. As best I can tell, the only pseudo-medical module in my EMR is one for acupuncture. One of the handy features of the EMR is the ability to see labs and notes of my patients in other hospital systems that use the same EMR. In Port...
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Points of Interest 04/06/2017

Is adrenal fatigue real? Forget the label and treat the stress . Alternative & Integrative Medicine Revealed . From the SkepVet William Shatner's Tweets Are a Classic Case of Misinformation Spread Woman's animal ban after she used homeopathy on ill cat instead of taking it to the vet Acupuncturists sue Colorado's physical therapy board over the...
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Points of Interest 04/05/2017

Tory Shepherd: Doggie detox? Cat chiro? Give me a break
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Homeopathic Ethics

I mentioned over at Science-Based Medicine a pair of trials that looked at the efficacy of homeopathy for preventing and treating  influenza. Homeopathy is water. You know that, I know that. That studies are done on the efficacy of water, and that IRB's/ethics committees will approve such studies, demonstrates that reality based medicine doesn...
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Points of Interest 04/04/2017

As opioid crisis flares, naturopaths and chiropractors lobby for bigger roles in treating pain The Anti-Vaccine Movement Has Found A New, Alarming Way To Threaten Public Health Vaccinations significantly reduce flu death risk, CDC study finds . flu vaccination significantly reduced a child's risk of dying from influenza. Acta Reumatol Port. 2017 Ja...
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