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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SEP
29

Points of Interest 09/28/2016

Complement Ther Med. 2016 Oct;28:29–36. doi: 10.1016/j.ctim.2016.07.005. Epub 2016 Jul 29. Expected and perceived efficacy of complementary and alternative medicine: A comparison views of patients with cancer and oncologists . "Many patients reported that they did not experience the positive efficacy they had anticipated before use." A guide to the...
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SEP
28

Points of Interest 09/27/2016

J Clin Nurs. 2016 Feb;25(3–4):332–9. doi: 10.1111/jocn.13053. Epub 2015 Nov 27. Effect of auricular acupressure for postpartum insomnia: an uncontrolled clinical trial. Uncontrolled. Why bother? Sci Rep. 2015 Nov 26;5:16776. doi: 10.1038/srep16776. Effectiveness of acupuncture and related therapies for palliative care of cancer: overview of systema...
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SEP
24

Points of Interest 09/24/2016

Acupuncture And Herbs Gain International Recognition . Perpetuating the myth that Otzi had acupuncture . Being insensitive isn't a crime . "…former journalist Sidek Kamiso was arrested simply because he allegedly tweeted this, presumably over the death of faith healer and PAS spiritual adviser Datuk Dr Haron Din: "Someone who made his career out of...
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FEB
03

Points of Interest 02/02/2016

Urine is as effective as Dettol, says Lalu Prasad Yadav. "The Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) president, Lalu Prasad Yadav, has stated that urine used to be an effective anti-septic in an emergency situation in the past." Recycled PR release doesn't tell us anything new about garlic Evidence-Based Medicine: You May Want It, But You Might Not Be Getting ...
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JAN
26

Points of Interest 01/25/2016

Master Herbs, Inc. Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of All Lots of Licorice Coughing Liquid Due to the Presence of Morphine Probiotics come with bold health claims, but the science is shaky Diet Foods Are Tanking. So The Diet Industry Is Now Selling 'Health' Alternative medicines remain unproven Army to throw open doors to alternative medicine Ma...
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Points of Interest 08/18/2015

Experts worry that Donald Trump's opposition to common vaccinations might lead to outbreaks Imperfect Test Fuels Alternative Treatments for Lyme Disease The FDA and Homeopathy: Can the Agency Bring Medicine Out of the 1700s? Drug Maker's Operations Halted by Federal Judge How to Know Whether to Believe a Health Study Complement Ther Med. 2015 Aug;2...
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JUL
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Points of Interest 07/24/2015

California's new vaccination law serves as a national model for children's health, Stanford scholars say Laurel physician helps sort out 'art' and 'medicine' . Real holistic care: "Medicine," he began, "is both an art and science. While grounded in science, the physician learns to adjust his treatment and interpret his findings based on his interac...
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JUN
18
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Am I now a conspiracy nut?

At the recent AMA meeting medical students, led by Benjamin Mazer, submitted a proposal for guidelines on the ethics of physicians who use the media to disseminate questionable information.

The proposal, (here) which was a reaction to the questionable advice on the Dr. Oz Show and the Doctors, aims to

study existing and potential disciplinary pathways for physicians who violate ethical responsibilities through their communication on a media platform.

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Real Fake and Fake Real

I hope there is a special level of hell for those who make fake real medications. Fake real medicines kills people. Lots of people.

Each year, it’s estimated between 100,000 and 1 million people die from using counterfeit drugs.

It includes medications used to treat malaria, antibiotics and HIV medications and they are mostly sold in the third world:

According to a 2000 World Health Organization report, almost one-third of identified counterfeit drugs contained no active ingredient; and more than 20 percent either had incorrect quantities of active ingredients or contained the wrong ingredients. Other fraudulent practices included false packaging and high levels of impurities.

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MAR
18
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Lyme: Two Guidelines Compared and Contrasted

Unfortunately, in public discourse science and reality do not necessarily triumph over pseudo-science. Last year, New York passed a bill to allow

rogue doctors (to) be able to shill their non-evidence-based treatments without worrying about intervention.

the bill

prohibits the state Office of Professional Medical Conduct from investigating a licensed physician based solely upon the recommendation or provision of a treatment that is not universally accepted by the medical profession.

Those protections include, but are not limited to, treatments for Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses.

A similar bill is now before the Oregon Legislature, House Bill 916. A public hearing on the bill will be Monday, March 30th.

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JAN
31
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Julia Sweeney was wrong about Deepak Chopra

Boy was Julia Sweeney wrong. I didn’t know it before. But now? She was off by an order of magnitude.

I am, if you did not know, an Infectious Disease doctor. My career started with the HIV epidemic. It has been an amazing course, from the awful days before we knew the cause of AIDS or how best to treat the complications. So many deaths. The discovery of HIV and understanding its pathophysiology. The start of the ART era, initially a disappointment and now I rarely see an AIDS patient in the hospital.

We have converted a rapidly fatal illness into an often chronic illness by understanding the pathogen and how to interfere with it with its life cycle. It has been a triumph of medical science.

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Points of Interest 11/27/2014

Alternative medicine: Homeopathy courses being funded by Australian taxpayers. Meet the anti-Dr. Oz: Ben Goldacre
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JAN
31
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What Defines My Life

I like to say pus is my life, mostly as it bugs my children. My license plate says ‘pus’ and he hates it when I pick him up at school. In reality pus is a theoretical construct that others collect and analyze and I decide what to do with the results.

Fevers are probably a more important aspect of my professional life, although I did not want ‘fever’ as a license plate. Too much like hot. But almost all my patients have a fever at one time or the another. Understanding fevers is part of my professional expertise.

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