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Points of Interest 04/28/2017

  Wellness, Womanhood, and the West: How Goop Profits From Endless Illness Ridgecrest Herbals to Phase out Homeopathics in Their Formulas, Beginning with ClearLungs Extra Strength PLoS One. 2017 Apr 27;12(4):e0176394. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0176394. eCollection 2017. Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) use and delays in presentatio...
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Points of Interest 03/20/2017

VERIFY: Does chiropractic care help treat nervous system disorders? . KREM irresponsible reporting. Swisse pushes Coalition to reduce role of Therapeutic Goods Administration Multivitamins company wants Malcolm Turnbull's government to allow the industry to self-regulate. Yes, THAT will work out well. The face of chiropractic: evidence-based? . Old...
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False Balance/False Equivalency

One of the issues that separates medical science from the rest the sciences is that pseudo-science is rarely given equal billing with science. The opinions of astrologers do not accompany the findings of astronomers. Advances in chemistry are not reported with commentary by alchemists. But so often pseudo-science and pseudo-medicine is reported alo...
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Points of Interest 09/17/2016

Oregon Makes Goat Yoga Into A Thing Donald Trump Trusts Dr. Oz, But A Bunch Of Doctors Don't The Hidden Dangers of 'Herbal' Diet Pills BMC Complement Altern Med. 2016 Feb 19;16:68. doi: 10.1186/s12906–016–1038–8. Effectiveness and safety of ShenXiong glucose injection for acute ischemic stroke: a systematic review and GRADE approach . Same as it ev...
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Points of Interest 09/14/2016

Burzynski's lawyer to represent "Dr. Bob" Sears in medical disciplinary case How California's effort to pull a doctor's license sparked a new debate over child vaccinations . Dr. Oz and Donald Trump are a perfect match . The only one who loses is the American public.
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Points of Interest 09/10/2016

The DEA Is Rushing To Criminalize Another Herb, And Congress Is Silent Thorax. 2016 Sep 8. pii: thoraxjnl–2016–209266. doi: 10.1136/thoraxjnl–2016–209266. Numerous metallic foreign bodies in whole body after acupuncture . "Furthermore, the short needles were not restricted to the subcutaneous and intramuscular area, but were also found adjacent to ...
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AUG
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Cupping in Portland

There has been a lot of electrons spilt on the subject of cupping this week, thanks to Michael Phelps. I have written about cupping in the context of use by the Portland Trailblazers and a review of the topic over at Science-Based Medicine . I did not have anything to add over the posts by Orac and Dr. Novella . Then I saw, Why Portland docs think ...
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Points of Interest 06/21/2016

How A Former Naturopath Can Help Unravel The Trickery of Alternative Medicine Naturopaths (Unfortunately) Just Took A Small Step Toward Legitimacy Anti-vaxxers still pushing "parental rights issue" despite dangerous results Vaxxed Filmmakers Support Parents Convicted of Letting Their Toddler Die of Meningitis Health journalism has a serious evidenc...
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Points 01/17/2016

Sao Paulo Med J. 2015 Dec;133(6):540. doi: 10.1590/1516–3180.20151336T1. Acupuncture for migraine prophylaxis. . When an intervention is not better than placebo, it is not effective. Except acupuncture: " There is no evidence for an effect of 'true' acupuncture over sham interventions, though this is difficult to interpret, as exact point location ...
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The Difference Between Reporting and Realty.

At one time I thought that the B students when into journalism. Now? I sometimes think they didn't even graduate college. For example, take the reporting on The Use of Acupuncture for Pain Management in Pediatric Patients: A Single-Arm Feasibility Study . A preliminary study on 55 children who received 8 acupuncture sessions for chronic pain. No sh...
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From the abstract (emphasis added) - "Acupuncture on broad indications in infants appears to be a WESTERN PRACTICE with little bas... Read More
Tuesday, 29 December 2015 15:47
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The Peoples Anecdotes

I used to read almost exclusively history, and when I hear the term "Peoples" I think of ideologically driven organizations whose purpose is to enforce a status quo that is divorced from reality. Like Peoples Courts of the last century. Peoples in that context has as much meaning as 'democratic' and 'republic' in the title of totalitarian governmen...
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Number one reason I won't support Wisconsin public radio is The People's Pharmacy show they air. Really shoddy programming choice.
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It is more blurring of the lines between medicine and pseudomedicine. It seems that education and training of the future physician... Read More
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Points of Interest 08/25/2015

Therese Kerr thinks hand sanitiser contributes to obesity and fluoride causes autism . "Next up, and here's the real doozy: hand sanitisers contain "obesogens" that will make you fat. Welcome To Australia, Huffington Post! Please Leave That Pseudoscience Nonsense At The Door "…greatest concern to me is the Huffington Post's uncritical promotion of ...
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Points of Interest 07/30/2015

Taking St. John's Wort for Depression Carries Risks : Study  Herbal remedy isn't regulated, and can have side effects and serious drug interactions GP practice with 4,000 patients closes after 67 years because NHS chiefs couldn't find enough doctors to run it ."As well as day-to-day healthcare, the clinic specialises in anthroposophy - an alte...
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Points of Interest 07/11/2015

Sydney Nurse Arrested After 'Almost Killing' 8-Month-Old Baby With Naturopathy 5 Ways Dr. Oz Is Even Crazier Than You Realize Self-Diagnosing Online? Study Finds Sites Are Only Accurate About Half Of The Time Most medical schools offer courses in alternative medicine. Here's how to avoid quackery. Ital J Pediatr. 2015 Jul 7;41(1):48. doi: 10.1186/s...
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JUN
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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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Points of Interest 05/18/2015

 

Pain Med. 2015 May 13. doi: 10.1111/pme.12761. What is the Acupoint? A preliminary review of Acupoints.”However, due to insufficience in evidence and in current methodologies, research into mechanisms of acupuncture is still incomplete.” I could argue that.BMJ Case Rep. 2014 Aug 6;2014. pii: bcr2013200958. doi: 10.1136/bcr–2013–200958. A rare case of acute hepatitis induced by use of Babchi seeds as an Ayurvedic remedy for vitiligo.

State data show dangerous levels of unvaccinated students

An analysis of school-by-school opt-out rates finds regional pockets of resistance, subverting ‘herd immunity’ and increasing the threat of an infectious outbreak.Anderson Chiropractic Announces Nasal Cranial Release Therapy. Nasal Cranial Release is a chiropractic adjustment technique that may be beneficial for treating concussions and other head trauma. The release technique is designed to relieve forces that can adversely affect the skull and trigger health problems including vertigo, low energy, insomnia, difficulties concentrating and anxiety… adjusts the skull bones by using a small finger cot affixed to an inflatable device that is inserted into the nasal passageways.”Food Babe vs. the Science Babe. “Vani Hari’s blog, The Food Babe, is a sublimely fact-free blight on the Internet. Buoyed by appearances on the Dr. Oz Show (of course) and a bestselling book, she misinforms an army of followers who exert significant power in the marketplace.”Stem cell ‘Wild West’ takes root amid lack of US regulation
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Vell, Oz’s just zis guy, you know?

It is hard to admit error. Except for the happily married. For Doctors it is particularly hard. There are medical-legal issues and self-esteem issues. I suspect it is also because it is difficult to admit that you may have harmed someone. I have noticed, in a pop psychology kind of way, that surgeons are particularly prone to denying having made a mistake.Some may call it arrogance or hubris, I have always thought it was self-defense. I wonder if it is to protect themselves from having to admit they harmed another. Few doctors have the potential to directly arm quite like a surgeon.  

Dr. Oz continues that tradition,  giving the most lame admission of error on Fox and Friends this week:

“I wish I’d never used the laudatory terms I used for weight loss supplements,” Oz said. “That was the big mistake I think we all acknowledge. I stopped doing that a long time ago, over a year ago.”

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The old Dr. Oz logo had Dr. stacked on top of Oz and both were the same size.Dr. Oz
Tuesday, 12 May 2015 19:59
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Weasel Words

There was an article in the Mountain Xpress out of Asheville North Carolina entitled Stone medicine offers the healing power of the earth

It is about using stones. For healing. Not, I suspect, the stoned thinking suggested by Andrew Weil.

No. It is using stones, rocks, externally and internally for healing. Because

Stones show you your essence and get you in touch with your own preciousness.

So tape stones to the outside or take rocks orally, using

stone elixirs as energetic medicines, similar to that of a flower essence – only you are working with the essence of a stone rather than the essence of a flower. “Stones are stable, deep, dense, and are made up of a very highly ordered atomic structure.”

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Points of Interest 02/18/2015

Bad Science Debunked. A lot of Food Babe deconstructions.

Defending Science-Based Medicine: 44 Doctor-Bashing Arguments …and Their Rebuttals. For those who to do receive SI.

With More Americans Turning To Alternative Medicine, Time To Assess Its Effectiveness.

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Supplements have no 'active' ingredient. Just like every CAM.

A brouhaha the last few weeks has been the realization that there is a disconnect between the label on a supplement bottle and the actual ingredients. Often the supplements contain no ‘active’ ingredients, and I put active in quotes as these substances really do nothing. Supplements producers were substituting one inert substance for others.

When evaluated, they often found there was no there there.

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There is a decent chance all of those come from the same or similar manufacturers. The stores just pay to have their own labels an... Read More
Monday, 16 February 2015 22:02
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There is a decent chance all of those come from the same or similar manufacturers. The stores just pay to have their own labels an... Read More
Monday, 16 February 2015 22:02
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