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MAR
26

Oregon naturopaths want to dumb down insurer credentialing requirements

​Oregon, of the 18 states that allow naturopaths to legally practice at all, is the only state that grants naturopaths the same scope of practice as a primary care physician MD or DO. The state also mandates that naturopaths be credentialed as PCPs by insurers. (Again, it is the only state to do so.) Obviously concerned about the inadequate educati...
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MAR
20

Minnesota legislators invent new way to do a worthless acupuncture study. Taxpayers to pick up tab.

A Minnesota legislator, a chiropractor by trade, is bypassing the usual ways of doing a worthless acupuncture study by inventing his own methodology. Acupuncture studies are famous for their sloppiness: no placebo controls, comparing Treatment X to Treatment X plus acupuncture, lack of blinding, spinning negative results. All of this generates resu...
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MAR
13

Hey, Republicans, you missed something in "repeal and replace"

After years of promising to "repeal and replace" the Affordable Care Act ("ACA" or, "Obamacare"), the Republicans finally came up with a scheme to amend a few provisions. Called the "American Health Care Act," ("AHCA," but not "Trumpcare," apparently), it has been widely criticized by both the right and left, and just about everyone else, for that ...
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MAR
06

CAM PR effective in getting parents to use unproven treatments on children

​Parents of children with pain are more likely to use "complementary and alternative medicine" ("CAM") to treat their children than parents whose children who do not suffer from pain conditions according to analysis of data from the 2012 National Health Interview Survey. About a quarter of children had pain conditions in a one-year period and, of t...
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FEB
25

Supplement retailers pushing creatine and testosterone boosters to teen athletes

Researchers posing as 15-year-old high school football players wanting to increase their muscle strength phoned 244 chain and local health food stores in the U.S. and asked sales clerks what supplements they would recommend. If the sales clerk didn't mention creatine or testosterone boosters, the "student" specifically asked the clerk about them.As...
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FEB
21

Docs vs. Glocks: Court of Appeals Sides with Docs

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, sitting en banc, has struck down a Florida law that forbade physicians from inquiring into gun ownership as part of routine medical assessment. In doing so, it overruled a 3-judge panel of the same court which had previously ruled in Florida's favor and upheld the law.In 2011, the Florida Legislature ...
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FEB
13

Tennessee bills allow chiropractic "physicians" expanded scope; provide "direct primary care" to patients

​The American Chiropractic Association is pushing to refashion chiropractors as primary care physicians. Four bills pending in Tennessee help the ACA toward its goal.A couple of years ago, the ACA announced "Six Key Elements of a Chiropractic Practice Act," a template for amending state laws governing chiropractic practice that would give chiroprac...
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FEB
05

Naturopathic "doctors" selling Mississippi a pig in a poke

Not even Sen. Josh Hawkins, the author of a bill licensing naturopathic "physicians" for the first time in Mississippi, could tell his colleagues what sort of education and training naturopaths have. (Previous naturopathic licensing attempts in the state have failed.) His colleague, Sen. Hob Bryan, admitted he didn't know what naturopathy is. ...
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JAN
29

The enchanted primary care practitioner

​New Mexico is truly the "Land of Enchantment," just not in the way the state's promoters intended when they adopted that tagline. They wanted to conjure a feeling of pleasure or delight, one definition of the word "enchantment." But enchantment's other meaning – witchcraft, sorcery, magic – comes closer to the true spirit of the place when you con...
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JAN
23

Naturopathic licensing and practice expansion bills filed in state legislatures

​Via the magic of Legislative Alchemy, the new year brings a flurry of naturopathic licensing and practice expansion legislation to the halls of state legislatures. The goal of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians is full primary care scope of practice for naturopaths in all 50 states. Their efforts, fueled by lobbying funds from die...
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JAN
15

Bill moves Indiana chiropractors closer to goal of primary care physician status

In 2015, the American Chiropractic Association announced "Six Elements of a Modern Chiropractic Practice Act," its ideal version of what chiropractors should be allowed to do under state law.​"Chiropractic Physician" and "Chiropractic Medicine" as the Regulatory Terms of Licensure.Scope of Practice Determined by Doctoral and Post-Doctoral Education...
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JAN
01

Legislative Alchemy 2016: A Review

Legislative Alchemy is the process by which state legislatures transform pseudoscience and quackery into licensed health care practices. By legislative fiat, chiropractors can detect and correct non-existent subluxations, naturopaths can diagnose (with bogus tests) and treat (with useless dietary supplements and homeopathy) fabricated diseases like...
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DEC
18

New Study: Pediatric patients seeing naturopaths and chiropractors less likely to get flu vaccination

Despite the well-established safety and efficacy of vaccines, chiropractors and naturopaths (including naturopathic "doctors" and "physicians") are ideologically opposed to vaccination. This is why you find disgraced physician and anti-vaccination crank Andrew Wakefield giving the keynote address to a chiropractic "pediatrics" conference last weeke...
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DEC
11

Chiropractic journal article: adjustment of vertebral subluxation should be chiropractic’s distinct identity

​A few months ago, Mark Crislip wrote a post over on SBM titled The New Chiropractic. And I thought SBM had an uphill battle. The post focused on the efforts of an Australian chiropractor, Bruce Walker, to promote the "new chiropractic," an evidence-based spine specialty that would eschew "all the pseudo-scientific baggage." Said baggage inclu...
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DEC
04

Disgraced former physician Andrew Wakefield is keynote speaker at upcoming chiropractic "pediatrics" conference

Disgraced former British physician and anti-vaccination crank Andrew Wakefield will be the keynote speaker at the upcoming International Chiropractors Association (ICA) Annual Conference on Chiropractic Pediatrics, December 9-11 (at the Ritz Carlton Kapalua, in Maui, no less), put on by the ICA's Council on Chiropractic Pediatrics. The topic o...
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NOV
27

Dubious lab tests get reprieve after FDA backs off regulatory plan

The FDA's recent announcement that it would halt efforts to effectively regulate laboratory-developed tests no doubt caused a sigh of relief among practitioners of pseudoscience, for whom such tests offer a gateway to fabricated diagnoses and quack treatments.Laboratory-developed tests (LDTs) are designed, manufactured, and performed by a single CL...
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NOV
20

Kaiser Health News: Asking Del Bigtree's opinion on vaccination policy is not "good journalism"

​What are Del Bigtree and his widely-discredited "documentary," VAXXED, doing lurking in a Kaiser Health News (KHN) report on public health worries about falling Texas immunization rates? (For more criticism of VAXXED, see here, here, here, here, and here.) Did the reporter want to point out the Bigtree's misrepresentations about vaccinat...
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NOV
14

Same tired anti-vaxer tropes successful before Virginia Commission studying repeal of religious exemption

Current Virginia law allows medical and religious exemptions to school immunization requirements. The Virginia General Assembly's Joint Commission on Health Care recommended making no changes to that law at its meeting this past Wednesday after hearing a good deal of misinformation about vaccines, including a presentation from the grande dame of th...
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NOV
06

Florida revokes medical license of "integrative" physician after patient dies of untreated cancer

​On November 3rd, The Florida Board of Medicine revoked the license of Kenneth Woliner, MD, an "integrative medicine" doctor whose misattribution of a college student's advancing cancer symptoms to allergies and other minor illnesses led to her death. Even though Woliner knew his patient, Stephanie Sofronsky, had been diagnosed with Stage 3 Hodgkin...
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OCT
23

​Naturopathic doctor registration bill before Pennsylvania Senate

The Pennsylvania House passed a naturopathic doctor (ND) licensing act (House Bill 516) last year. On October 18, a Senate Committee radically altered HB 516 by striking it in its entirety and replacing it with a naturopathic registration bill, which is now before the Senate for "second consideration" on Monday, Oct. 24th. The bill p...
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