MAR
25

Iron Researcher. Whose Pseudo-Science Reigns Supreme

India has a tremendous amount of pseudo-medicine. They have a entire ministry devoted to pseudo-medicine, AYUSH, the Department of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy. They have national Institutes devoted to these pseudo-medicines. India has 207 homeopathic colleges and colleges for naturopathy and yoga . Ayuvedric pseudo...
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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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OCT
07

Does it work? Depends on whether the endpoint is subjective or objective.

Do pseudo-medicines work? It all depends on what 'work' means. Do they affect underlying physiologic processes lead to symptoms? Virtually never. Most of the pseudo-medicines discussed on this website are at best implausible verging on the impossible. There is no reason to suspect that acupuncture or chiropractic or reiki or homeopathy would have a...
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OCT
07

Points of Interest 10/06/2016

J Altern Complement Med. 2016 Oct 5.  Effectiveness of Ayurvedic Massage (Sahacharadi Taila) in Patients with Chronic Low Back Pain: A Randomized Controlled Trial . Pseudo-medicines improve subjective but not objective outcomes " While beneficial effects on pain-related bothersomeness and psychological well-being were also apparent, the Ayurve...
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AUG
10

Harm Index 08/09/2016

I do not know why I have not thought of this before. Shruggies look at pseudo-medicine and say, with a gallic shrug , what's the harm? Pseudo-medicine may be worthless, but at least it causes no harm. Complications do occur, but are few and far apart and get lost. It would nice to keep a running summary. Medicine is about risk vrs benefit and if an...
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JUL
20

Points of Interest 07/19/2016

Lead-poisoning case linked to Ayurvedic supplements renews concerns about herbal remedies Research Casts Doubt on the Value of Acupuncture Del Bigtree crosses the line: tells Vaxxed audience "Now's the time" for guns. A Skeptical View of Herbal Medicine
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JUN
07

Points of Interest 06/06/2016

Commission has failed in its duty to protect public, says group of doctors Fraud, Medical Errors and Other Media Links This Weekend Elsevier Selected to Publish Open Access Journal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine Foundation for Chiropractic Progress Publishes Landmark White Paper : Non-Pharmaceutical Pain Management is a Safer Strategy than Op...
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MAY
17

Points of Interest 05/16/2016

How Therapists Use Dry Needling to Relieve Pain . No. Not acupuncture. Not here. Public Health Takes on Anti-Vaccine Propaganda: Damage done, Challenges Ahead Anti-Vaxxer Arguments Taken Down In Scorching Sex Party Letter '. Choosing not to vaccinate your children amounts to medical neglect'. Acupunct Med. 2016 May 13. pii: acupmed–2016–011056. doi...
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MAR
16

Points of Interest 03/15/2015

UCSD deepens ties with Deepak Chopra . "The UC San Diego School of Medicine has promoted Dr. Deepak Chopra from assistant professor to full professor to reflect his growing work with the campus to explore and explain how such things as meditation, yoga and diet affect a person's health." J Ethnopharmacol. 2015 Mar 13;162:47–54. Are meta-analyses of...
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FEB
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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
19
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Who will that inconvenience?

There are a several of brouhaha's over pseudo-medicine in India  at present. One is the pronouncement by Nobel laureate Venkatraman Ramakrishnan (Chemistry 2009) who called astrology and homeopathy useless  harmful practices, and "bogus." That has not gone over well with the pseudo-medical community of India. The other concerns ...
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DEC
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Points of Interest 12/17/2015

Does acupuncture work for chronic pain in the neck? Concussion, Inc.: The big business of treating brain injuries Dry needling is acupuncture . You mean worthless? HIV Nosode: The Homeopathic Pathogenetic Trial. Why You've Never Heard of Korean Medicine Lawmakers offer alternative to cold medicine sales crackdown Barriers to the Entry of Biofield H...
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Points of Interest 09/21/2015

The Alternative Medicine Racket: How the Feds Fund Quacks Butala Emporium, Inc. Recalls Eleven Ayurvedic Dietary Supplements Because of Elevated Levels of Lead and Mercury Menopause. 2015 Sep 17. Nonhormonal management of menopause-associated vasomotor symptoms: 2015 position statement of The North American Menopause Society. ."There are negative, ...
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Points of Interest 09/14/2015

'Behcet's disease can now be treated with homeopathy' . Yes, just not successfully. Federal Trade Commission considers cracking down on homeopathy ads Is UTSU giving your money to quacks? Evidence-based medicine lacks solid supporting evidence "Evidence-Based Medicine" Compared with Prussian "Enlightened Absolutism" in Journal of American Physician...
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SEP
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Points of Interest 09/03/2015

Ordovician extinctions may have been caused by metals poisoning in oceans. To think ayurvedic medications are so ancient. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15598918 Why one naturopath quit after watching her peers treat cancer patients Prominent Vaccine Denier Site Applauds Trump For Saying Vaccines Cause Autism . "On Thursday, the anti-vaccine we...
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Points of Interest 08/30/2015

10 Most Mind Numbingly Stupid Alternative Medicines . Homeopathy is #1. As it should be. Edinburgh grandmother loses bid to force NHS to fund homeopathy Mohammad Ali Taheri, Iranian author and researcher sentenced to death on fraudulent charges . "The Iranian government has sentenced him to death on the fraudulent charge of "spreading corruption on...
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JUL
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Points of Interest 07/18/2015

Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2015 Jul 10;12(7):7804–7813.  Retrospective Investigation of a Lead Poisoning Outbreak from the Consumption of an Ayurvedic Medicine: Durban, South Africa . "The implicated lead capsules had a lead content of 125,235 µg/g." J Ayub Med Coll Abbottabad. 2015 Jan-Mar;27(1):183–6.  EVALUATION OF TOXIC HEAVY ME...
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21
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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
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Points of Interest 03/27/2015

J Family Med Prim Care. 2015 Jan-Mar;4(1):137–8. Acute toxic neuropathy mimicking guillain barre syndrome.

A 30 year old male presented with numbness of palms and soles followed by weakness of upper limbs and lower limbs of 5 days duration, which was ascending and progressive. Three months back he was treated for oral and genital ulcers with oral steroids. His ulcers improved and shifted to indigenous medication. His clinical examination showed polyneuropathy. CSF study did not show albuminocytological dissociation. Nerve conduction study showed demyelinating polyneuropathy. His blood samples and the ayurvedic drug samples were sent for toxicological analysis.

INFERENCE: Acute toxic neuropathy - Arsenic.

Forget Dr Google - University of Sydney Professor Andrew McLachlan busts six medication mythsBad Alternatives. When it comes to cancer treatment, do as Angelina Jolie does, not as she says.. “But she also writes that she’s consulted with naturopaths, and she describes a vague but disturbing prevention strategy: relying on “alternative medicines combined with frequent checks.””
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MAR
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Points of Interest 03/15/2015

Friday Feedback: Docs Too Skeptical, or Rationally Cautious?Why clinicians are reluctant to change — and why that may be a good thing.

Taking On the Food Industry, One Blog Post at a Time.”Vani Hari, who writes the Food Babe blog, has a strategy to deal with her critics, of which there are many, saying she will be like Taylor Swift and “just kind of shake it off.””We Know Homeopathy Is Bogus, But How Do We Convince Believers?Court Says Walgrens Can Fire Pharmacist Over Anti-Vaccine StanceThe vaccine debate: Why we fight about scienceWakefield, Quebec: A community divided on vaccination.Ayurveda known to have cured HIV, TB: President MukherjeeMark Murphy: Science vs. pseudoscience: Understanding quackery in the 21st centuryWhat We Mean When We Say ‘Conspiracy Theory’
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