Points of Interest 01/31/2017

Saudi Arabia bans training on Reiki therapy Vaccine advocates scramble to mobilize against threats to public health Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2017;2017:5869315. doi: 10.1155/2017/5869315. Epub 2017 Jan 4. The Effectiveness of Aromatherapy for Depressive Symptoms: A Systematic Review . "The quality of half of the studies included is low, a...
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Points of Interest 01/26/2017

HPV vaccine fall off blamed on 'fake news' A guide to DIY homeopathy might seem amusing. Actually it's terrifying A Japanese Medical Centre Is Testing Laughter As A Cancer Treatment What The Medical Intuitive To The World's Elite Can Teach Any Entrepreneur Feeling Stuck . How to fool people with utter nonsense?
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ND's licensed in Massachusetts. Medical Schools Beat Them to Pseudo-Science.

Last week the Governor of Massachusetts signed into law bill 2335 establishing a Naturopathy Board. As noted by the American Council on Science and Health , Massachusetts is now the 20th state where the legislature has legalized Naturopathic pseudo-scientific harm. As someone who has spent more of my life in Massachusetts than in any other state, b...
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Points of Interest 09/22/2016

Romania sees measles outbreak due to anti-vaccination campaign Drunk naturopath, 44, attacked police as her friend tried to grab a cop's gun from its holster Sydney naturopath pleads not guilty over alleged raw food diet that nearly killed baby The business behind Christ-centered energy healing In its drive to beat cancer, sometimes the medical est...
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Ethics be Damned, We have Curses to Remove

Sadly, money always triumphs truth and ethics. Well, almost always. I recognize that one person's ethics is another's opportunity to separate a patient from their money. A recent article, Alternative Medicine and the Ethics Of Commerce , concludes Central cases of CAM can be shown to violate all three of the fundamental principles presented above. ...
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Reiki for Pigs

There is a new show on the cable channel NatGeo Wild called "We Move Animals." In one episode, the animal-movers are asked to take 2 pot-bellied pigs from a New York apartment for a visit to a pig spa in Pennsylvania and bring them back home afterwards. The pigs are treated to reiki, essential oils, massage, and a bath. It shows the spa lady waving her hands over a pig and explaining that she is transmitting beneficial energies to them. I don't know which bothered me more: the waste of money to treat pigs to a spa experience, or the pseudoscientific treatments. The only appropriate comment is "Hogwash."

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