JUN
05

CAM and Children: "Unethical Prescriptions"

Survey of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) Services in Freestanding US Children's Hospitals  accepts the premise that CAM use in children is ethical.The authors of this recent journal article don't explicitly state it that way, but their discussion makes it as clear as if they'd said it out loud. "Offering CAM services reflect...
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MAY
16

SfSBM @ NECSS or "SBM is fun!"

​ The Society for Science-Based Medicine made its second appearance at the Northeast Conference on Science and Skepticism (NECSS) in New York City this past weekend. On Friday, May 13, or "SfSBM day,"  a full slate of talks on science-based medicine teed off the conference This year, SfSBM called on our fellow bloggers at S...
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NOV
14
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Points of Interest 11/13/2015

Ban homeopathy on the NHS because there is 'no evidence it works', ministers say When homeopathy is pure bunkum, why do people still believe it works? . "But if the facts are indisputable, why do millions still believe in homeopathy? The answer lies in how an industry can cleverly exploit flaws in human thinking." California vaccine refusers cluste...
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NOV
25
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Points of Interest 11/24/2014

The Menace Of Quack DoctorsPolitical Hack, Medical Quack  J Am Geriatr Soc. 2014 Nov;62(11):2221-2. doi: 10.1111/jgs.13090.Acupuncture Causing Methicillin-Sensitive Staphylococcus aureus Spondylodiscitis Resulting in Bacteremia and Bacteriuria.. And they are so good at sterile technique.Integr Cancer Ther. 2014 Oct 28. pii: 1534735414555808. Complementary and Alternative Medicine Use by Breast Cancer Patients at Time of Surgery Which Increases the Potential for Excessive Bleeding. -HOW NIGERIA'S ANTI-POLIO STRATEGY HELPED IT WIPE OUT EBOLACholestatic hepatitis from prolonged kratom use: A case reportAn audiometric study of the effects of paraspinal stimulation on hearing acuity in human subjects – understanding the Harvey Lillard phenomenon.Papuan Anthill for Cancer Treatment "Cancer and Tumor which can be cured with the ants nest is breast cancer, brain cancer, liver cancer, nasal cancer, skin cancer, lung cancer, uterine cancer, colon cancer, prostate cancer and leukemia, except for cancers of oral cavity and the throat."
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JAN
27
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Doctors Are Just These Guys, You Know?

Conflict of Interest Statement: I am a paid Infectious Disease blogger for Medscape.

There was a recent survey of 31, 399 Doctors by Medscape that was published as the Physician Lifestyle Report. The survey covers weight, vacation time, marriage status and other lifestyle issues including complementary and alternative pseudo-medicine use .

Several observations about the report.

Of course they had a picture of acupuncture on the cover and it was usual heebie jeebie inducing ungloved hands needling with bare fingers poking around the insertions. Even Medscape can’t find a photo with good infection control technique, probably because such photos are as rare those of Nessie.

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JAN
12
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Understood

Science-based medicine, obviously, does not have the answer to everything.  Maybe someday, but not now.

In my practice the medical problem with no good etiology or treatment is chronic fatigue syndrome.  As I have mentioned elsewhere, in some cases I suspect CFS is similar to post-infectious arthritis, a reaction to an infection that has come and gone.  But suspect is not know.

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