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Top 10 US Hospitals. Marching Away from Science

This Saturday will be the March for Science. I hope to attend in Portland if I am not too busy with call. I was curious how the premier medical institutions in the US are responding to the March and compare it their use of pseudo-science. What follows are the top 10 US hospitals according to US News and World Reports . Are they supporting the March...
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MAR
08

Points of Interest 03/07/2017

Medicine with a side of mysticism: Top hospitals promote unproven therapies Pain. 2016 Sep;157(9):1905-17. doi: 10.1097/j.pain.0000000000000591. Effectiveness of dry needling for chronic nonspecific neck pain: a randomized, single-blinded, clinical trial . No sham = useless study.
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FEB
25

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 Depart...
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Points of Interest 02/22/2017

Wichita chiropractor takes flak for 'lip-stick' menstrual product UA Center for Integrative Medicine receives $1M gift Congressional Leaders Just Took a Stand Against Anti-Vaxxers Gwyneth Paltrow And GOOP Give Dangerous Info On Iodine. Their Expert Gets His Info From A Ghost. Majority of pharmacists stock cms including homeopathic items Man Ther. 2...
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FEB
10

Debasing the concept of Hero

I was in the Physicians lounge (it sounds impressive. It isn't. A couch & two chairs that predate me, a TV and a pair of computers) checking my schedule for the day and while I waited for the EMR to boot (the new sign of infinity is the Windows hourglass, supplanting the old 8 on its side) I looked up at the Physicians Weekly on the wall. The P...
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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. Spon...
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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, b...
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JAN
12

Points of Interest 01/11/2017

Cleveland Clinic reevaluating alternative medicine offerings amid uproar over vaccine rant Donald Trump and a major medical clinic have moved vaccine anti-science back into the mainstream Dear Dr. Neides, You Are Not Alone . The anti-vaccine love Dr. Neides. Chiropr Man Therap. 2017 Jan 4;25:1. doi: 10.1186/s12998-016-0133-8. eCollection 2017. A sy...
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JAN
11

Cleveland Clinic Needs to Give Dr. Neides a Bonus

There has been a brouhaha over the blog entry of Dr. Daniel Neides. It has been suggested that because of his dangerous and unfounded anti-vaccine rant that he should be fired and the Cleveland Clinic has suggested they are considering "appropriate disciplinary action". His job at the the Cleveland Clinic? Medical Director and Chief Operating Offic...
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JAN
04

Points of Interest 01/03/2017

Fake Medical Journals Are Spreading, And They Are Filled With Bad Science Doctors issue new year detox health warning Cold Therapy? Maybe Better Save Your Money Will California's New 'Right to Try' Law Empower or Exploit Patients?
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DEC
14

Are the Chinese Building a B Ark?

There was an advertising feature a recent issue of Science called Achieving Leadership in China's Medical Research through a Convergence of Topnotch Talent . It is the usual nonsensical gibberish that somehow there are two different realities Western medicine is based on the application of medical science to practice, and is mainly used to cure dis...
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DEC
11

Chiropractic journal article: adjustment of vertebral subluxation should be chiropractic’s distinct identity

​ A few months ago, Mark Crislip wrote a post over on SBM titled The New Chiropractic. And I thought SBM had an uphill battle . The post focused on the efforts of an Australian chiropractor, Bruce Walker, to promote the "new chiropractic," an evidence-based spine specialty that would eschew "all the pseudo-scientific baggage." Said baggage inc...
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NOV
30

Points of Interest 11/29/2016

poi 11.29.16 Have A Migraine? Get A Back Rub - Skip The Chiropractor.  It is all placebo. Trump met with prominent anti-vaccine activists during campaign Stopping the Spread of Japan's Antivaccine Panic . "Japanese women's health is increasingly at risk as public-health policy is driven by conspiracy theories, misguided political interference ...
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NOV
16

What is good for the drake isn't good for the hen.

A physician in California, Dan Orville Harper, MD, has been charged with negligence, gross negligence, and unprofessional conduct by the Medical Board of California. For what? For practicing homeopathy, energy therapy, ozone therapy, and craniosacral therapy We call that Naturopathy and those pseudo-medicines are part of the basis of their edj...
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NOV
15

Points of Interest 1114/2016

Meet Jun Mao, MSK's Chief of Integrative Medicine . Quackademia continues apace. Three arrested after grandmother dies during a Chinese 'slap therapy' course : Diabetes sufferer, 71, did not take her insulin because she 'had faith' in the alternative medicine. "'toxins' causing illness can be eradicated from the body by hard, repeated slapping and ...
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NOV
08

Points of Interest 11/08/2016

Forsch Komplementmed. 2016;23(5):290–300. Epub 2016 Sep 28.   Genus Epidemicus: Are Notions of Entanglement Relevant to the Homeopathic Understanding of Epidemic Disease? . The time cube of homeopathy. Bilateral Thalamic Infarction After Traumatic Vertebral Artery Dissection . Chiropractic in action. Quantifying needle motion during acupunctur...
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OCT
19

Nature: Measuring Rat Screams with Hierarchical Micro/Nano-Porous Acupuncture Needles

Harriet Hall invented the term " Tooth Fairy Science " doing research on a phenomenon before establishing that the phenomenon exists. Which describes the bulk of the research done on pseudo-medicines covered by this blog. But there is another process which I have discussed before that is not quite tooth fairy science. It is the application of moder...
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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
07

Points of Interest 10/07/2016

J Altern Complement Med. 2016 Oct;22(10):761–764.  Polarization-Based Medicine: Protests Against the Mayo-NCCIH Pain Guidance Evoke the Bigotry of the Political Season .  A fine whine. BMJ Open. 2016 Jan 5;6(1):e008166. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen–2015–008166. Acupuncture point injection treatment of primary dysmenorrhoea: a randomised, double b...
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SEP
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Points of Interest 09/26/2016

Explore (NY). 2016 Aug 18. pii: S1550–8307(16)30108–2. doi: 10.1016/j.explore.2016.08.003. Human Subject Effects on Torsion Pendulum Oscillations: Further Evidence of Mediation by Convection Currents. . "Our findings support and strengthen previous results that suggest the effects of human subjects on behavior of a torsion pendulum are mediated by ...
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