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MAR
26

Oregon naturopaths want to dumb down insurer credentialing requirements

​Oregon, of the 18 states that allow naturopaths to legally practice at all, is the only state that grants naturopaths the same scope of practice as a primary care physician (PCP) MD or DO. The state also mandates that naturopaths be credentialed as PCPs by insurers. (Again, it is the only state to do so.) Obviously concerned about the inadequ...
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MAR
25

Points of Interest 03/24/2017

Swiss trainee vets to give cows acupuncture in new classesAcupuncture becomes popular as battlefield pain treatmentA Naturopath's Human Experiment Ends In DeathVaccination debate flares on NSW north coast after 7yo contracts tetanusGarfield Therapist Specializes In Mankind's Oldest Medicine: LeechesJ Altern Complement Med. 2017 Feb 22. doi: 10.1089...
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MAR
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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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MAR
04

Reports of Interest 03/03/2017

Resisting the Suppression of ScienceWill an American-Led Anti-Vaccine Movement Subvert Global Health? We've made great gains in fighting infectious diseases in the last 50 years—but those gains are fragile.EVANGELICAL ALTERNATIVE MEDICINEOxford University college accused of 'lending credibility to quackery' by hosting homeopathy conference Good Thi...
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FEB
20

Points of Interest 02/19/2017

Holistic healers to get state approvalBMC Complement Altern Med. 2017 Feb 17;17(1):116. doi: 10.1186/s12906-017-1613-7. An interpretive review of consensus statements on clinical guideline development and their application in the field of traditional and complementary medicine. "Despite … an emerging scientific evidence-base for traditional and com...
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FEB
16

Points of Interest 02/15/2016

Sydney chiropractor Hance Limboro fined $27,500 for cancer cure advertisementsSpinal Manipulation for Back and Neck Pain: Does It Work?Robert De Niro and RFK Jr. have joined forces to push vaccine nonsense350 medical and patient groups write to Trump: 'Vaccines are safe'I was skeptical that the anti-vaccine movement was gaining traction. Not anymor...
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FEB
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Points of Interest 02/11/2017

Consumers are wasting hundreds of millions of dollars on vitamins that may be harmfulThe Cochrane Library Acupuncture for acute hordeolum. "The certainty of the evidence was low to very low mainly due to small sample sizes, inadequate allocation concealment, lack of masking of the outcome assessors, inadequate or unclear randomization method, and a...
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FEB
09

Points of Interest 02/08/2017

A NEW DOC IN TOWN. "Dr. Pais is a Naturopathic Doctor – which means he has gone through an equally rigorous medical training as a regular MD, or Medical Doctor."  Um, no.

Sorry, alternative health people: feeling better after a therapy is no proof it works

How the Anti-Vaxxers Are Winning

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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
22

Points of Interest 01/22/2017

The World's Top Hospitals Have Been Enabling Quack Medicine From the Cleveland Clinic to top university hospitals such as Harvard, an eagerness to cash in on the alternative medicine bonanza has encouraged the rejection of real science.The healing power of Tong Ren. THE goofiest form on acupuncture when you hit a doll with a magnetic hammer. Sponso...
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JAN
21

Points of Interest 01/21/2017

Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2016;2016:6520475. doi: 10.1155/2016/6520475. Epub 2016 Dec 26. Potential Health Benefits of Deep Sea Water: A Review.. " It is usually associated with the following characteristics: low temperature, high purity, and being rich with nutrients, namely, beneficial elements, which include magnesium, calcium, potassi...
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JAN
18

ND's licensed in Massachusetts. Medical Schools Beat Them to Pseudo-Science.

Last week the Governor of Massachusetts signed into law bill 2335 establishing a Naturopathy Board. As noted by the American Council on Science and Health, Massachusetts is now the 20th state where the legislature has legalized Naturopathic pseudo-scientific harm. As someone who has spent more of my life in Massachusetts than in any other state, be...
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JAN
14

Points of Interest 01/14/2017

Be Aware of Seven Questionable Clinics. From the SBM crew.The evidence shows that chiropractors do more harm than goodPhysicians group unhappy over new alternative medicine lawAcupuncture sessions offered in wake of airport shootingA Brief History of Vaccine Conspiracy TheoriesJefferson wants to make a bigger push into integrative medicine5-Star Fr...
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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
08

Points of Interest 01/07/2017

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JAN
06

Points of Interest 01/05/2017x

Why infants need chiropractic care.Unproven, potentially dangerous — and possibly licensed under a new bill. Naturopaths at it again.It's not just politics: 2016 was an epidemic year for fake news in science, tooEvid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2016;2016:6190285. doi: 10.1155/2016/6190285. Epub 2016 Dec 5. Clinical Trial Research on Mongolian Me...
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JAN
05

Points of Interest 01/04/2017

9 Powerful Healing Stones, and What They Can Do For YouThe Naturopathic Approach to Fertility: Dr. Julissa Hernandez. A "master in the field as a classical herbalist and holistic iridologist"Minn. parents let son, 7, suffer wounds, inflamed pancreas with no medical attention before he died, police say. "The parents had "issues with going to doctors...
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DEC
23

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 ConspiraciesAdv 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 tr...
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DEC
19

Points of Interest 12/18/2016

ACUPUNCHER Anthony Joshua acupuncture: Bover reveals he had 950 needles in his body before taking on Eric MolinaAMA, Other Leading Medical Organizations Urge Insurance for Non-Pharma/Integrative Pain Care. "Many insurers don't adequately cover or reimburse for non-pharmacologic therapies such as acupuncture, biofeedback, relaxation, and other inter...
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