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People should not suffer, die and lose hope, time and money due to pseudo-medicine.
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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.
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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.
After 10 years of litigation over misleading claims made by dietary supplement manufacturer Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals, two of its executives were recently ordered to jail for contempt. Jared Wheat and Stephen Smith surrendered to federal marshals on September 5, per the court's September 2 order, and are presumably cooling their heels as guests of the U.S. government until they can bring themselves into compliance with the court's previous orders.
The whole sordid saga is an excellent case study demonstrating why the current laissez-faireregulation of dietary supplements is inadequate to protect consumers.
In 2004, the Federal Trade Commission filed suit against Hi-Tech, Wheat and Smith (among others) for marketing dietary supplements with unsubstantiated claims. It was not until 2008 that the court issued a permanent injunction against the defendants, ordering them to quit making these claims unless they were backed by "competent and reliable scientific evidence." According to the FTC, the court held Hi-Tech, Wheat and Smith, as well as other parties
liable for more than $15.8 million in deceptive sales of Thermalean, Lipodrene, and Spontane-ES. Thermalean and Lipodrene are purported weight loss treatments. According to the defendants’ advertisements, they were clinically proven to cause substantial weight loss, including a 19 percent loss in total body weight. Spontane-ES is a purported treatment for erectile dysfunction. According to the defendants’ advertisements, it was clinically proven to safely and effectively treat 90 percent of men with erectile dysfunction. The court permanently barred the defendants (except now-dissolved National Institute for Clinical Weight Loss) from engaging in deceptive conduct in the future and also ordered Terrill Mark Wright, M.D., to pay $15,454 for his deceptive endorsement of Thermalean.
Curr Opin Anaesthesiol. 2013 Dec;26(6):661–8. doi: 10.1097/ACO.0000000000000017. Acupuncture and related techniques in ambulatory anesthesia.. It doesn’t work but it may make money, so lets use it: “Trials exploring the effects of acustimulation may produce ambiguous results and sometimes be difficult to evaluate. Controversies still remain as to the clinical relevance. Recent trials suggest that acustimulation may prevent postoperative pain, nausea and vomiting. There are also promising results for the use of the techniques in reducing preoperative anxiety, postoperative shivering and emergence delirium. SUMMARY: Pharmacological drug treatment may be only partially effective and produce an adverse event. Research suggests that acustimulation may alleviate postoperative morbidities, although the body of evidence of the effect is equivocal. The treatments are easy to perform, and adverse events and costs are minimal. It may be profitable to implement this beneficial treatment to asmbulatory (sic) patients.”