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Points of Interest 12/22/2016

Salt Shams Salt lamps cure everything -- if by "everything" you mean a lack of cozy mood lighting. 21 Charged in Minnesota Chiropractic Fraud Conspiracies Adv Neonatal Care. 2016 Dec 20. doi: 10.1097/ANC.0000000000000371. Nonopioid Management of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome . "Strong evidence does not exist to recommend acupuncture as a routine NAS...
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JUL
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Points of Interest 07/26/2016

THE NATURAL WAY: Fewer patients, longer visits a big part of naturopathic doctor's approach . Combined with a total disconnect from reality. Physicians Sign Open Letter Calling for New Tactics in Response to Dangerous Rise in Antibiotic Resistance Va. man claimed he had cure for cancer, charged $1,200 per bottle. Cops say it's bogus, bust him. "… t...
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JAN
27

Cleveland Clinic ≠ Ethics

I was always amused by Dr. Weil's product line. Among the products he has branded is a rice cooker that is Equipped with Fuzzy Logic I assume that the writer was unaware that probably describes the entire Weil empire. But this sort of branding is sleezy. Years ago the AMA went into business with Sunbeam to endorse their products. The plan was to pu...
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JAN
27

Points of Interest 01/26/2016

Mark Davis: Do you have the right not to vaccinate? Certainly, but that doesn't exempt you from the rules . Special Issue: 'Complementary & Alternative Medicine' (CAM): Ethical and Policy Issues More sports teams embrace cryotherapy, freezing players to improve play
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JAN
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Do we need Science-Based Ethics?

Steve Novella started the science-based medicine movement, if movement it is, in part because evidence-based medicine was inadequate to analyze the claims of pseudo-medicines.

The positive results of most pseudo-medicines are a result of bias and poor methodology, not a real effect. But evidence-based medicine was not equipped to counter the false results of pseudo-medical studies with zero prior plausibility.

This is most evident in the Cochrane reviews, which apply their meta-analytical methodologies to the fantastical interventions of acupuncture, homeopathy as if they had meaning.

Science-based medicine is a needed antidote to the subversion of evidence-based medicine. Given the growth of integrative medicine programs in the US, I suspect the antidote is not popular.

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JAN
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Filthy Lucre

We all like money. I certainly do. It makes life easier and we all enjoy the benefits that money brings.

What would you do for money? At what point could you be unable to look yourself in the mirror? Where would you draw the line? It is probably different for everyone. Johnny Rocco is not my role model; I tend towards the other extreme. I have taken one thing from a drug representative in the last 23 years. The Pfizer rep sent me a Fleets enema with a Unasyn sticker on it, I suspect, as a sign of disrespect. I keep it on my desk.

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