Points of Interest: 1/28/2014

"Acupuncture has gradually increased its acceptability over the last 20 years [because] it has good, double-blind, scientific proof that it is of assistance for pain and other disorders."  As long as you think placebo is effective and ethical.  And look at the picture.  Again with the bare hands.

Regulating Homeopathy "In July 1951, news spread that certain manufacturers of homeopathic remedies in the Stockholm area had skipped part of the potentization process and had sold pure sugar pills under the false claim that they were homeopathic medicines."  As if it made a difference.  An interesting review of some Swedish history.

Chiropractic spinal manipulation warning: "Professor Wand and colleagues concluded: “The potential for catastrophic events and the clear absence of unique benefit lead to the inevitable conclusion that manipulation of the cervical spine should be abandoned as part of conservative care for neck pain."

Alternative cold remedies don’t do much good, study suggests. "the only evidence-based treatments for the common cold include rest, liquids, analgesics for pain or fever and a spoonful of honey for coughs."  Except the the honey part.

It is sobering how well pseudo-medicne is organized. ABIHM expands to become the Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine.  "Leaders from the American Holistic Medical Association (AHMA), the Integrative Medicine Consortium (IMC), the Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine (CAHCIM), the Integrative Healthcare Policy Consortium (IHPC), the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP), the Academic Consortium for Complementary and Alternative Health Care (ACCAHC), Foundations of Naturopathic Medicine (FNM), the American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA), Healing Beyond Borders (HBB), and the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine (ABIHM), had a meaningful discussion about the future academy, which will be a strong voice for integrative health and medicine professionals."

Points of Interest: 1/29/2014
Acupuncture Beer Goggles