A Society for a community of like-minded individuals, both in and out of health care, who support Science-Based Medicine.
People should not suffer, die and lose hope, time and money due to pseudo-medicine.
The mission of the Society for Science-Based Medicine includes, but is not limited to,
Educating consumers, professionals, business people, legislators, law enforcement personnel, organizations and agencies about Science-Based Medicine.
Providing resources and information for information concerning all aspects of Science-Based Medicine. Providing a central resource for communication between individuals and organizations concerned about Science-Based Medicine.
Supporting sound consumer health laws for the practice of Science-Based Medicine and opposing legislation that undermines Science-Based Medicine.
Encouraging and aiding legal actions in support of the practice of Science-Based Medicine.
Science-Based Medicine needs organization, people and funding.
To see what organization and funding can provide, visit the Bravewell Collaborative. Many major medical institutions in the United States have Departments of Integrative Medicine in part due to funding and organization provided by the Bravewell Collaborative.
Naturopaths, chiropractors, acupuncturists are organized, funded and increasingly licensed by the State.
The anti-vaccine groups have the organization and funding to put up billboards across the United States.
For Science-Based Medicine we have virtually nothing. Those who are proponents of Science-Based Medicine are few in numbers, poorly funded and lack organization. It could be argued that we have breadth and depth of the medical-industrial complex behind us, and at some level we do.
From the perspective of reality based medicine, the fact that so many kinds of acupuncture are legitimate strongly suggests that none of the are. There is Chinese and Japanese and Ear and Foot and Tongue and German and Electro and Acupressure. Raking a child with a small piece of metal is ‘acupuncture’. There is even voodoo acupuncture where a acupoints on a voodoo doll are hit with a metal hammer to alter the qi. Really.
And that does not include all the alternative ways to alter qi such as cupping and moxibustion.
There are so many potential ways to alter qi, I always wonder why they even bother to make a map. Every point on the body can be a potential acupuncture point. Except, of course, the genitalia. No acupoints there. It is why I smirk whenever I see a paper that suggests an anatomical basis of meridians for one form of acupuncture. If true, would it not invalidate all the other forms of acupuncture? Of course no pseudo-medicine is ever altered by data. So I suspect all form of acupuncture are safe from contrary data.
There is also trigger acupuncture. Rather than needling the mythical acupuncture points, they needle trigger points. And by and large trigger acupuncture is no different than ‘real’ acupuncture for the treatment of pain, more evidence that the acupuncture points just do not matter. But it not the classical acupuncture points that are important with trigger points
However, this study found a probable correspondence of trigger points to a different class of acupuncture points, the a shi points…
Acupuncture points are mainly (but not always) found at specified locations along the meridians. There also is a number of acupuncture points with specified locations outside of the meridians; these are called extraordinary points and are credited to treat certain diseases. A third category of acupuncture points called “A-shi” points have no fixed location but represent tender or reflexive points appearing in the course of pain syndromes.
Given the numerous styles of acupuncture and the different acupoints, any place on the body, it appears, is amenable to acupuncture so the underlying conceptual framework of acupunctures is, well, pointless.
I know. Picky picky. Western reality will never explain the mystery that is acupuncture. At least until the concept of beer goggles becomes accepted.
Autism and the Agitator. “What do you call someone who sows misinformation, stokes fear, abets behavior that endangers people’s health, extracts enormous visibility from doing so and then says the equivalent of “Who? Me?”I’m not aware of any common noun for a bad actor of this sort. But there’s a proper noun: Jenny McCarthy.”
A Close-up Look at Acupuncture for Pain. ABC gets it so wrong: “Research studies consistently show that acupuncture can be an effective form of pain management, with some studies finding it even more effective than pain-relieving drugs or surgery.”