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FEB
21

Docs vs. Glocks: Court of Appeals Sides with Docs

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, sitting en banc, has struck down a Florida law that forbade physicians from inquiring into gun ownership as part of routine medical assessment. In doing so, it overruled a 3-judge panel of the same court which had previously ruled in Florida's favor and upheld the law.In 2011, the Florida Legislature ...
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FEB
17

Points of Interest 02/16/2017

5 things people believe despite compelling evidence to the contraryDisgraced anti‑MMR vaccine doctor Andrew Wakefield gets invitation to university in LondonBurzynski ruling is in: Stan saddled with a overseerWest J Nurs Res. 2015 Dec;37(12):1517-30. doi: 10.1177/0193945914548707. Epub 2014 Sep 1. Acupoint Stimulation on Weight Reduction for Obesit...
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FEB
05

Naturopathic "doctors" selling Mississippi a pig in a poke

Not even Sen. Josh Hawkins, the author of a bill licensing naturopathic "physicians" for the first time in Mississippi, could tell his colleagues what sort of education and training naturopaths have. (Previous naturopathic licensing attempts in the state have failed.) His colleague, Sen. Hob Bryan, admitted he didn't know what naturopathy is. ...
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JAN
13

Points of Interest 01/12/2017

Naturopaths get their own licensing board in Mass.  They are as relentless as climate change.Convicted for using natural remedies to treat dying son, father back promoting alternative medicineColorado Health Department warns of possible measles exposure in Denver metro area An unvaccinated adult contracted the diseases overseas and brought it ...
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JAN
09

Points of Interest 01/08/2017

​Dodgy claims for complementary medicines? Here's how the drug watchdog could have more biteNaturopathic medicine is good for Massachusetts. "It is time for Massachusetts consumers who seek out complementary therapies to be protected from unscrupulous practitioners, who can now falsely present themselves as naturopathic doctors."Cleveland Clinic Do...
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JAN
04

Points of Interest 01/03/2017

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NOV
30

How can you tell if a Naturopath is promulgating gibberish?

The answer is similar to the old saw, how can you tell if 'x' is lying? Their lips are moving.In Oregon ND's can be primary care physicians. Given the ND education and training, this is little short of making the minimum requirement for patient care the possession of  a Doctor Play Set. Our ND Play Set is filled to the brim with all ...
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NOV
27

Dubious lab tests get reprieve after FDA backs off regulatory plan

The FDA's recent announcement that it would halt efforts to effectively regulate laboratory-developed tests no doubt caused a sigh of relief among practitioners of pseudoscience, for whom such tests offer a gateway to fabricated diagnoses and quack treatments.Laboratory-developed tests (LDTs) are designed, manufactured, and performed by a single CL...
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NOV
18

Points of Interest 11/17/2016

Alternative medicine, supplement promoters selling pseudo-science 'genetic-based' treatmentsWhy 'Naturopathic Medicine' Is An Oxymoron. "Comparing the education that physicians and naturopaths obtain in order to prepare for their professions reveals a large difference between the two. Although both schools have a four year program - the similaritie...
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NOV
16

What is good for the drake isn't good for the hen.

A physician in California, Dan Orville Harper, MD, has been charged with negligence, gross negligence, and unprofessional conduct by the Medical Board of California.For what?For practicing homeopathy, energy therapy, ozone therapy, and craniosacral therapyWe call that Naturopathy and those pseudo-medicines are part of the basis of their edjuma...
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OCT
23

​Naturopathic doctor registration bill before Pennsylvania Senate

The Pennsylvania House passed a naturopathic doctor (ND) licensing act (House Bill 516) last year. On October 18, a Senate Committee radically altered HB 516 by striking it in its entirety and replacing it with a naturopathic registration bill, which is now before the Senate for "second consideration" on Monday, Oct. 24th. The bill p...
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OCT
21

Points of Interest 10/20/2016

Am J Emerg Med. 2016 Oct 5. pii: S0735–6757(16)30690–8. doi: 10.1016/j.ajem.2016.10.001. Complementary therapies in addition to medication for patients with nonchronic, nonradicular low back pain: a systematic review.. "In conclusion, for patients with nonchronic, nonradicular LBP, available evidence does not support the use of spinal manipulation ...
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SEP
18

Massachusetts "Quack Full Employment Act" fails

​Massachusetts Senate Bill 1136, "An Act providing for consumer access to and disclosure of complementary and alternative health services," died at the end of July, when the formal legislative session of the 189th General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, as it is officially known, ended. SB 1136 is a so-called "health freedom" bill, vers...
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SEP
15

Points of Interest 09/14/2016

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SEP
09

Acupuncture, Dry Needling, and the AMA

There is an ongoing battle between physical therapists (PT) and acupuncturists over whether or not dry needling is within the scope of practice of PT or, as is asserted by the acupuncturists, a form of acupuncture and so falls under their regulatory purview.I have written about dry needling at Science-Based Medicine and there is a recent update on ...
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SEP
04

Naturopathic practice expansion fails in California; opportunity to end practice approaches

​Senate Bill 538 failed in the California Assembly on the last day of the legislative session, leaving naturopaths under physician supervision when prescribing drugs and without the greatly expanded scope of practice they sought. As originally drafted, "naturopathic doctors" would be able to order and interpret diagnostic studies, such as X-rays an...
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AUG
21

Some physician supervision restored in eighth version of California naturopathic prescribing bill

​California Senate Bill 538, which would liberalize naturopathic prescribing privileges, is now in its eighth version, having been amended — once again — in the Assembly just this past week. Since introduction last year, SB 538 has seesawed between substantial expansion of naturopathic scope of practice and near-defeat, indicative of the contr...
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AUG
17

Points of Interest 08/17/2016

Music Electroacupuncture Outperforms Antidepressant Drug For DepressionAre California Lawmakers Gullible Enough To Allow Naturopaths To Prescribe Drugs? "…recommending a specific amount of daily water intake for all is illogical…"Am J Case Rep. 2016 Aug 15;17:580–583. A Case Report of Poisoning Caused by Incorrect Use of Salvia.Eur J Obstet Gynecol...
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AUG
14

Who's supporting the lawsuit attacking California's new vaccination exemption law? The usual suspects.

​At least three lawsuits have been filed challenging California's new vaccine exemption law, which eliminated "personal belief" exemptions. In one, Whitlow v. California Department of Education ("Whitlow"), the court heard arguments on the plaintiffs' Motion for a Temporary Injunction on August 12th. (The suit seeks only injunctive relief...
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JUL
11

Tennessee repeals law protecting Christian Scientists from child abuse prosecution

Tennessee has a law on the books making aggravated child abuse a felony. Aggravated child abuse includes, among other things, abuse, neglect or endangerment that "results in serious bodily injury to the child" or is "especially heinous, atrocious or cruel" or involves torture of the child. However, if the child's serious injury or cruelty to the ch...
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