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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.
I sit on the Quality Councils at my hospitals and have been the Chair of the Infection Control programs since 1990. So I am well aware of the complications that can occur in medicine, but I am also aware of the work over the last 2 decades to prevent those complications. Medicine, at least in my hospitals, is remarkably safer than it was when I started.
One of the issues that separates the world of pseudo-medicines from real medicine is a recognition of the side effects of interventions and the willingness to alter practice to avoid them. Pseudo-medical providers ignore complications and, as the chiropractic response to the risk of stroke after neck manipulation demonstrates, work hard at denying that complications can occur. In real medicine we always try and side with patient safety. Not chiropractors.