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Points of Interest 03/11/2017

Int J Nanomedicine. 2017 Feb 28;12:1663-1671. doi: 10.2147/IJN.S126968. eCollection 2017. Proteomic analysis of tears following acupuncture treatment for menopausal dry eye disease by two-dimensional nano-liquid chromatography coupled with tandem mass spectrometry. Such a study makes we want to cry.Gwyneth Paltrow drank only goat milk for a week (a...
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Points of Interest 02/24/2017

Acupuncture clinic fails to prove point before COA. "An employee at an Indiana acupuncture and yoga facility who was repeated screamed at by the owner had good cause for quitting and is thus entitled to unemployment benefits, the Indiana Court of Appeals affirmed Friday."Alt-Medicine Schools Challenge Their Failing Grades. "…challenging a Departmen...
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FEB
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Points of Interest 02/06/2017

Herbal medicines can have dangerous side effects, research reveals They can cause kidney or liver damage, and are sometimes adulterated with steroids, pesticides, antibiotics or harmful metals.How herbal medicines could actually make you sickerFuror in China After Wikipedia Calls Acupuncture "Pseudoscience"Altern Ther Health Med. 2017 Jan;23(1):46-...
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Points of Interest 02/02/2017

Is Red Yeast Rice A Safe Alternative To Prescription Cholesterol Medicine?Fake News Occurs In Politics And PoisonEur Respir Rev. 2017 Jan 31;26(143). pii: 160092. doi: 10.1183/16000617.0092-2016. Print 2017 Jan. A systematic review and meta-analysis of complementary and alternative medicine in asthma."…there was limited evidence on the effectivenes...
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OCT
16

Halloween Special: Talking to the dead with Scripps Health and Dr. Guarneri

Is the occult a new trend in so-called "integrative" medicine? I'm beginning to think so. On Thursday, my SBM post featured an expert witness for a board-certified integrative medicine MD who was hauled before the Florida Board of Medicine for malpractice. The expert witness, an integrative physician who testified on the standar...
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OCT
02

Bioenergy and Breast Cancer: More Tooth-Fairy Science Funded by NCCIH

If you can put aside for a moment the fact that innocent lab mice were killed for no good reason and that you, the taxpayer, paid for this travesty, Bioenergy and Breast Cancer: A Report on Tumor Growth and Metastasis offers the reader some real laughs. But before we get to the fun, let's get some technical details out of the way.The rese...
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SEP
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Points of Interest 09/22/2016

Romania sees measles outbreak due to anti-vaccination campaignDrunk naturopath, 44, attacked police as her friend tried to grab a cop's gun from its holsterSydney naturopath pleads not guilty over alleged raw food diet that nearly killed babyThe business behind Christ-centered energy healingIn its drive to beat cancer, sometimes the medical establi...
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Arthritis Foundation and Pseudo-Medicine

The Arthritis Foundation isis the leading nonprofit organization dedicated to the prevention, control and cure of arthritis in the United States.Part of their mission is toto lead and fund cutting-edge scientific investigation to discover more about arthritis – what causes it, what affects it, what can stop it – and what can keep it from developing...
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Points of Interest 09/13/2017

Acupuncture 'helps women fall pregnant': the Sun has got this badly wrongAcupuncture And Electricity For Chronic Constipation: There Are ButsDonald Trump's medical record release is the reality TV hot mess America deservesHere are 6 times Dr. Oz made a mockery of medicine — and now he'll bring his skills to democracyAlternative Pain Management: Not...
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JUN
08

Points of Interst 06/07/2016

Does Naturopathy work? The truth about 'natural' medicineDr Rob Willis opens Border Energetics to offer energetic medicine via NES therapy to people in Dean Street, Albury. "A NORTH East veterinarian who specialises in energetic medicine has branched out to treat patients of the human-kind in Albury."Is using alternative medicine to treat cancer be...
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FEB
12

Ethics be Damned, We have Curses to Remove

Sadly, money always triumphs truth and ethics. Well, almost always. I recognize that one person's ethics is another's opportunity to separate a patient from their money.A recent article, Alternative Medicine and the Ethics Of Commerce, concludesCentral cases of CAM can be shown to violate all three of the fundamental principles presented above. We ...
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Points of Interest 09/28/2015

​Dr. Anastasia Chopelas To Speak On Energy Healing at Integrative Medicine Summit. And sponsored by Quantum University.Selling homeopathy undermines pharmacists as evidence-based practitionersColumn: UA college of public health irresponsibly tied to quackery. "UA's Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health announced a new partnership with the...
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Points of Interest 09/21/2015

The Alternative Medicine Racket: How the Feds Fund QuacksButala Emporium, Inc. Recalls Eleven Ayurvedic Dietary Supplements Because of Elevated Levels of Lead and MercuryMenopause. 2015 Sep 17. Nonhormonal management of menopause-associated vasomotor symptoms: 2015 position statement of The North American Menopause Society.."There are negative, ins...
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JUL
14
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Losing Because of Pseudo-Medicine?

Two weeks of travel and vacation, mostly ignoring the blog. Who wants to write when you could be eating deep dish in Chicago or golfing in Bend? Not me. There are actually a few things more enjoyable than blogging. Abusing animals is not on that list.I feel sorry for animals. At least adult humans can choose to participate in pseudo-medicines. Anim...
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Guest — James C Meyer
As an equine veterinarian it is quite evident that the treatment of performance horses is rife with pseudomedicine. It is not howe... Read More
Tuesday, 14 July 2015 20:16
DevoutCatalyst
For any equine lovers I hate to bring this up, please don't show this to your horse !Acupuncture Therapy: Dr. Marvin Cain, whom I ... Read More
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Points of Interest 06/28/2015

Anti-vax doctor dead of apparent suicide; conspiracists fired up Electromagn Biol Med. 2015 Jun;34(2):113–22. doi: 10.3109/15368378.2015.1036079. Illuminating water and life: Emilio Del Giudice. "The quantum electrodynamics theory of water put forward by Del Giudice and colleagues provides a useful foundation for a new science of water fo...
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Points of Interest 05/20/2015

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Points of Interest 04/20/2015

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09
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Proud of Reiki?

I am always a bit amazed when I fly. I am over Minnesota on my way to NECSS in New York for a day of science-based medicine and a weekend of science and skepticism. And the Book of Mormon.

In 5 hours I can travel a distance that used to take a year and while miles in the air I can be on the internet, although I feel a bit churlish noting that it is slow. I am going 500 miles an hour several miles in the air and I winge about 3G speeds.

My first essay for Science-Based Medicine in 2008 was entitled Alternative Flight. Aviation, engineering, physics and chemistry are all based in or a core part, of science. There is not alternative aviation or integrative engineering, or complementary physics. Medicine is unique in its ongoing and accelerating integration of pseudo-scientific magic into its practice.

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Brian Buchbinder
Much has been made in legends of prophets and kings healing with the "laying on of hands". Reiki is more "the laying off of hands... Read More
Thursday, 09 April 2015 02:36
Nicholas Cummings
Large, prosperous treatment centers for serious illness advertise the use of Naturopathy, etc. Is it possible to be in practice w... Read More
Thursday, 09 April 2015 16:05
Guest — Nancy F
I was asked to write an order...on a Medicaid patient no less...for an "alternative medicine" consult. The patient In question wa... Read More
Saturday, 11 April 2015 01:40
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Points of Interest 04/08/2015

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Points of Interest 04/04/2015

  • Phytomedicine. 2015 Mar 15;22(3):394–9. doi: 10.1016/j.phymed.2015.01.010. Epub 2015 Feb 23. Rhodiola rosea versus sertraline for major depressive disorder: A randomized placebo-controlled trial.. “Although R. rosea produced less antidepressant effect versus sertraline, it also resulted in significantly fewer adverse events and was better tolerated. These findings suggest that R. rosea, although less effective than sertraline, may possess a more favorable risk to benefit ratio for individuals with mild to moderate depression.” Bias much?
  • Health Policy. 2015 Mar 21. pii: S0168–8510(15)00090–1. doi: 10.1016/j.healthpol.2015.03.007. [Epub ahead of print][The paradox of non-evidence based, publicly funded complementary alternative medicine in the English National Health Service: An explanation.](http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25837235)
  • Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2015 Apr 3;4:CD006833. Reiki for depression and anxiety.. “There is insufficient evidence to say whether or not Reiki is useful for people over 16 years of age with anxiety or depression or both.” But there is sufficient evidence to suggest that reiki is totally divorced from reality.
  • Semin Thromb Hemost. 2015 Apr 3. The Influence of Herbal Medicine on Platelet Function and Coagulation: A Narrative Review.
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