Points of Interest 12/12/2016

Are Chiropractors Backing The Anti-Vaccine Movement? . "Today Andrew Wakefield was a keynote speaker at the International Chiropractors Association's Annual Conference on Chiropractics and Pediatrics in Maui, Hawaii." Anti-vaccine bogans create a whooping cough 'hotbed' on Gold Coast . Bogan ? is a derogatory Australian and New Zealand slang word u...
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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 07/13/2015

Tennis champion pushes quacky diet test in Yahoo Health story Claire Harvey: Don't duck the law by sending kids to quacks . "Because — well, let's be honest. Naturopaths are quacks. So are chiropractors*, traditional Chinese herbalists, iridologists, palm-readers, homeopaths, Bowen therapists and reiki practitioners." The Anti-Vaccination Movement ...
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Points of Interest 06/17/2015

Faith healer claims he’s being persecuted because he really CAN heal people

Complementary And Alternative Medicine Is Neglected By Those With Lower Incomes

Statistics education, evidence-based data analysis practices needed to fight reproducibility crisis in science

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Points of Interest 06/15/2015

Should I go to naturopathic school? and The Morality of Practicing Medicine. More must reads from the Naturopathic Diaries.

Surgical treatment of cervical disc protrusion causing intracranial hypotension following chiropractic manipulation. We describe a woman with intracranial hypotension provoked by a combination of calcified disc protrusion and chiropractic manipulation who required surgical intervention for definitive treatment. Intracranial hypotension is a rare but increasingly well recognized cause of orthostatic headache that arises due to spinal cerebrospinal fluid leakage from meningeal diverticula or dural perforations.

Not-a-doctor Clement in Ireland pushing treatment that cures “every known disease”

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Points of Interest 04/28/2015


Women Birth. 2015 Apr 21. pii: S1871–5192(15)00043–8. doi: 10.1016/j.wombi.2015.03.007. Impact of acupressure on onset of labour and labour duration: A systematic review. As always, what is acupuncture: “Seven trials with data reporting on 748 women using different acupressure points and methods of administration were included in the review.”Acupunct Med. 2015 Apr 24. pii: acupmed–2014–010722. doi: 10.1136/acupmed–2014–010722. Single-blinded, randomised preliminary study evaluating the effects of 2 Hz electroacupuncture for postoperative pain in patients with total knee arthroplasty.. “In this small preliminary study, EA retarded the first demand for PCA in comparison with no EA. No effect was seen on the total dosage of PCA required and no point-specific effect was seen.”Global Health. 2015 Apr 25;11(1):17. The influence of social context on the treatment outcomes of complementary and alternative medicine: the case of acupuncture and herbal medicine in Japan and the U.S.

Zhongguo Zhen Jiu. 2015 Jan;35(1):94–7. Zhu Lian’s characteristics and experiences in clinical practice of acupuncture and moxibustion. Yet another acupuncture: ZHU Lian invented the slow insertion technique by rotating needle and the embedding needle technique, improved moxibustion technique with moxa roll and proposed the three keys on the treatment with acupuncture and moxibustion, as well as discovered new acupoints for treatment.

Bill Maher’s bizarre anti-vaccine rant: Stop calling these people “kooks and liars”How To Talk To Anti-Vaccine Advocates Without Your Head ExplodingDr. Oz is popular because the truth is boring. “Oz has done EBM a favor. By making alternative medicine sexy, he has unwittingly made EBM, its antithesis, sexy.”Why doctors and scientists are so anxious about the rise of pop science John Oliver’s glorious Dr. Oz takedown: “You are the worst person in scrubs who has ever been on television — including Katherine Heigl”Why the Food Babe Takedowns Are What Our Society NeedsHealth Food Stores Recommend Body-Shaping Supplements To Minors, Despite Being Illegal In 49 States
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Points of Interest 04/11/2015

Explore (NY). 2014 Jul-Aug;10(4):256–9. doi: 10.1016/j.explore.2014.04.001. Epub 2014 Apr 18. Treating the root cause: acupuncture for the treatment of migraine, menopausal vasomotor symptoms, and chronic insomnia. “The patient’s medical problems had been treated for years with a multitude of medications, which led to adverse effects and little symptomatic improvement. Providers of complementary, alternative, and integrative medicine and providers practicing allopathic medicine should seek treatment options for their patients that promise to be helpful for various symptoms or diseases, that is, treating the root cause rather than using polypharmacy for various symptoms.”Complement Ther Med. 2015 Apr;23(2):185–199. doi: 10.1016/j.ctim.2015.01.007. Epub 2015 Jan 14. Measuring expectations of benefit from treatment in acupuncture trials: A systematic review..Clin Infect Dis. 2015 Apr 6. pii: civ186. Unorthodox Alternative Therapies Marketed to Treat Lyme Disease.Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2015;2015:413173. Epub 2015 Mar 11. Differences between Male and Female Consumers of Complementary and Alternative Medicine in a National US Population: A Secondary Analysis of 2012 NIHS Data.Aussie organisation linked to anti-vaccination campaigner Sherri Tenpenny has charity status revokedBelle Gibson’s cookbook still for sale, despite doubts about cancer survival claimsTara Hills’s anti-vaccination switch gains social media supportIn California Hippies, Religious Right Find Common Enemy in Vaccine ScienceMore evidence that near death experiences are related to brain activity, not the supernaturalHomeopathy is for suckers: What the medicine industry doesn’t want you to know A new study out of Australia confirms what many doctors and skeptics have long suspectedRobert Kennedy Jr., not your garden-variety anti-vaxxerHomeopathic medicine from snake venom can arrest spread of HIV, claim researchers.Jane Hansen: Anti-vax trolls attack baby Riley’s grieving parentsNow desperate Yolanda Foster heads to Mexico to try ‘ancient medicine’ in bid to cure Lyme disease
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Points of Interest 04/06/2015

Idaho Senate kills new plan for naturopathic licensing.Belief against blood transfusion blamed for death of baby and motherHolistic Medicine Gurus Can Find Diseases In Your Coffee Pot. “That sentence alone tells you reason and evidence are not welcome at the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine.”Vaccine exemption bill faces crucial testAlcoholics Anonymous and the Challenge of Evidence-Based Medicine.
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Points of Interest 03/26/2015

Adv Health Sci Educ Theory Pract. 2015 Mar 25. The development of vaccination perspectives among chiropractic, naturopathic and medical students: a case study of professional enculturation..MOST PUBLISHED MEDICAL RESEARCH IS A FAILURE – IT’S NOT WHAT YOU THINK. “Now by failure I mean that more often than not, claims that are supported by one or two published articles, rarely lead to a marketed product.”Innate Intelligence and Public Education. Comparing public education to chiropractic. Worst. Metaphor. Ever.Proponents of Raw Milk Are No Better Than Anti-Vaccine AdvocatesPesty cane toads as cancer treatment? Not so fast…
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Points of Interest 03/23/2015

A New Skeptic’s Bibliography.Stop sharing this insane warning about vaccines and drug use!Acupunct Med. 2015 Mar 20. pii: acupmed–2014–010717. doi: 10.1136/acupmed–2014–010717. Unusual case of pyogenic spondylodiscitis, vertebral osteomyelitis and bilateral psoas abscesses after acupuncture: diagnosis and treatment with interventional management.Paleo isn’t a fad diet, it’s an ideology that selectively denies the modern world.Advice on how to fight misleading stories on Facebook. Step one: Your Snopes link isn’t going to help your cause.Standing up for the truth about homeopathy and Nazi medicine.Crazy Joe Mercola Is Behind The “Times”. “The terms “Mercola” and “bad idea” go together like Abbott and Costello. Or Cheech and Chong. And if you want to read about a whole bunch of them, I suggest checking out what Dr. David Gorski has to say. His site, Science-Based Medicine, makes me sound kind. OK, maybe not.”
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Points of Interest 03/20/2015

Health (London). 2015 Mar 18. pii: 1363459315574116. Integration of acupuncture into conventional medicine from health professionals’ perspective: A thematic synthesis of qualitative studies.. “In general, acupuncture has been adapted to the biomedical model (often practised in an unsystematic and individual manner), and it is conceived as a supplement of Western medicine. ‘Working together’ and overcoming the biomedical model are recognised by the participants as key conditions for successful integration of acupuncture.”PRACTICAL SKEPTICISM VALUE AND USES OF A SKEPTICAL PROCESS IN EVERYDAY LIFEAutopsy to be held on woman who died after receiving acupunctureShould Alternative Remedies Carry a Health Warning?.Autism-Busting Paleo Book for Babies Pulled Because It Will Kill Them
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