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.
A comment from Science-Based Medicine: Every single time - bar none - I have had a conversation with someone about CAM and its modalities, they are absolutely astonished when I explain to them what the modality really is. One story I love telling comes from my friend in the year behind me. His parents are professional chemists and he came home one day and saw his mother had a bottle of homeopathic medicine. He asked why and she gave the typical non-committal response of "well, I thought it may help and I saw it on the shelf at the pharmacy." He explained what homeopathy actually is and they were absolutely dumbfounded. They are well aware of Avogadro's number, after all. People generally don't study what the CAM in question actually is - merely the fluff PR garbage that gets touted around and without direct and clear demonstration of harm, give it a pass as a result. After all, the business of real medicine is time consuming and difficult enough.
The gaps people have in their knowledge can be striking. Filling those gaps is an ongoing issue I have with newspapers and magazines. I have two areas where I have extensive knowledge. Infectious Diseases and pseudo-medicine, and only in infectious diseases am I truly expert. When I read the paper about a topic where I do know something I am annoyed at how often they get important details wrong. If they are wrong in about an area where I know something, how can I trust the veracity of the information on topics where I lack knowledge? Who do I trust to help fill the breadth and depth of my ignorance?
Let's Restore Integrity to Health Care – Starting With Us. "I am writing out of concern for our profession, of which I have been a part for 35 years of practice...I am amazed that most people, after being cheated by a chiropractor, have enough faith to try again. And I hear horror stories on a regular basis of people who, even after another chiropractor helped them physically, were hurt by the dishonesty of the doctor."
Lundberg advocates for the rights of hippie parents. "Sen. Kevin Lundberg’s bill to allow parents to decide if their infants get treatment from alternative providers such as naturopaths got a first approval from the Senate today...I was offended last year and am still offended this year that we think a naturopath is unskilled to treat things such as teething,” she said." I guess the truth offends.