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Points of Interest 10/27/2016

State risk discourse and the regulatory preservation of traditional medicine knowledge: The case of acupuncture in Ontario, Canada Clin J Sport Med. 2016 Nov;26(6):471–477.  No Effect of Acupuncture in the Relief of Delayed-Onset Muscle Soreness : Results of a Randomized Controlled Trial. "Participants were randomly allocated to needle, laser,...
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OCT
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Points of Interest 10/26/2016

Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2016;2016:5284234. Epub 2016 Sep 28.  Chinese Herbal Medicine for Postpartum Depression: A Systematic Review of Randomized Controlled Trials . Same as it ever was: "This review suggested that CHM was safe and effective in the treatment of PPD. However, this could not be proven conclusively. To ensure evidenc...
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OCT
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Nature: Measuring Rat Screams with Hierarchical Micro/Nano-Porous Acupuncture Needles

Harriet Hall invented the term " Tooth Fairy Science " doing research on a phenomenon before establishing that the phenomenon exists. Which describes the bulk of the research done on pseudo-medicines covered by this blog. But there is another process which I have discussed before that is not quite tooth fairy science. It is the application of moder...
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OCT
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Points of Interest 10/17/2016

Local Chiropractor Talks About Alternative Solutions In Preventing Flu . Demonstrating yet again they know knowing. All CAM providers should be named Jon Snow . Acupuncture ineffective as infertility treatment in women with polycystic ovary syndrome Pediatrician Explains Why Anti-Vaxxers' 'Big Pharma' Paranoia Makes Zero Sense Review: Plant-Based E...
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OCT
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Points of Interest 10/12/2016

A LOOK AT INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE IN FLORIDA . "Stan Welch, a regular patient at Dr. Monhollan's center, said he pays about $1,200 for a series of chelation treatments every couple of years. He believes in it, along with eating only whole foods and fasting now and then." Homeopathic Teething Products Might Have Killed 10 Kids Update Good Effects Of Ho...
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OCT
09

Points of Interest 10/08/2016

4 Reasons to Take Your Child to a Chiropractor . Just not 4 reasons a responsible patient would use. Hydrotherapy for dogs and acupuncture for cats: Cost of insurance shoots up 9% to cover posh pet therapies . Paying more to abuse your pets.
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OCT
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Points of Interest 10/07/2016

J Altern Complement Med. 2016 Oct;22(10):761–764.  Polarization-Based Medicine: Protests Against the Mayo-NCCIH Pain Guidance Evoke the Bigotry of the Political Season .  A fine whine. BMJ Open. 2016 Jan 5;6(1):e008166. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen–2015–008166. Acupuncture point injection treatment of primary dysmenorrhoea: a randomised, double b...
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OCT
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Points of Interest 10/05/2016

Interesting Facts You Never Knew About Homeopathy . Facts that are actually myths. Like "the fact is that homeopathy is a science-based medical form that is highly effective. Top Acupuncture Myths . Myths that are actually facts. "Acupuncture is a placebo" and "Acupuncture is outdated folk medicine." Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2016;2016:32...
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OCT
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60 Seconds of Uncritical Drivel from the Annals of Internal Medicine

I am an infectious disease specialist (ID) and as a result I have a background that allows me to have a better understanding the infectious disease literature compared to a non ID doctor. On the other hand, although I am an internist, when I see a paper on angina or stroke I have to take it face value. I have only a comparatively rudimentary unders...
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OCT
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Points of Interest 10/03/2016

Needling the penis back to life . That's not where the needles are placed. Acupuncture: Seven things you didn't know about this ancient technique . And all 7 are nonsense. Does homeopathy work? Nope.
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OCT
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Points of Interest 10/01/2016

FDA warns against the use of homeopathic teething tablets and gels . "Consumers should seek medical care immediately if their child experiences seizures, difficulty breathing, lethargy, excessive sleepiness, muscle weakness, skin flushing, constipation, difficulty urinating, or agitation after using homeopathic teething tablets or gels." Woman to g...
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Points of Interest 09/27/2016

J Clin Nurs. 2016 Feb;25(3–4):332–9. doi: 10.1111/jocn.13053. Epub 2015 Nov 27. Effect of auricular acupressure for postpartum insomnia: an uncontrolled clinical trial. Uncontrolled. Why bother? Sci Rep. 2015 Nov 26;5:16776. doi: 10.1038/srep16776. Effectiveness of acupuncture and related therapies for palliative care of cancer: overview of systema...
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Points of Interest 09/24/2016

Acupuncture And Herbs Gain International Recognition . Perpetuating the myth that Otzi had acupuncture . Being insensitive isn't a crime . "…former journalist Sidek Kamiso was arrested simply because he allegedly tweeted this, presumably over the death of faith healer and PAS spiritual adviser Datuk Dr Haron Din: "Someone who made his career out of...
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Arthritis Foundation and Pseudo-Medicine

The Arthritis Foundation is is the leading nonprofit organization dedicated to the prevention, control and cure of arthritis in the United States. Part of their mission is to to lead and fund cutting-edge scientific investigation to discover more about arthritis – what causes it, what affects it, what can stop it – and what can keep it from develop...
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Points of Interest 09/18/2016

JMIR Public Health Surveill. 2016 Sep 16;2(2):e153. doi: 10.2196/publichealth.5739.  Chiropractic and Spinal Manipulation Therapy on Twitter: Case Study Examining the Presence of Critiques and Debates. "In the abundance of tweets substantiating and promoting chiropractic and SMT as sound health practices and valuable business endeavors, the de...
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Acupuncture and Constipation: Ignoring Feynman's Adage

The first principle is that you must not fool yourself and you are the easiest person to fool. Well, you, journal editors and medical journalists.  Richard P. Feynman . Kind of. What can I say about acupuncture that I (and others) haven't said before? Because I am going to say again. Remember, our logo is Sisyphus. Acupuncture theory of qi and...
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Points of Interest 09/13/2017

Acupuncture 'helps women fall pregnant': the Sun has got this badly wrong Acupuncture And Electricity For Chronic Constipation: There Are Buts Donald Trump's medical record release is the reality TV hot mess America deserves Here are 6 times Dr. Oz made a mockery of medicine — and now he'll bring his skills to democracy Alternative Pain Management:...
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Points of Interest 09/10/2016

The DEA Is Rushing To Criminalize Another Herb, And Congress Is Silent Thorax. 2016 Sep 8. pii: thoraxjnl–2016–209266. doi: 10.1136/thoraxjnl–2016–209266. Numerous metallic foreign bodies in whole body after acupuncture . "Furthermore, the short needles were not restricted to the subcutaneous and intramuscular area, but were also found adjacent to ...
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Points of Interest 09/09/2016

Think Americans fear vaccines? Check out the French. The adventures of bad chiropractic websites ."One of the most important duties in every chiropractic practice is building a client base…If you want to hook the best fish, you need the proper bait." Cancer patients duped into useless treatments as HCCC launches investigation Famed Anti-Vaxx Doctor...
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Acupuncture, Dry Needling, and the AMA

There is an ongoing battle between physical therapists (PT) and acupuncturists over whether or not dry needling is within the scope of practice of PT or, as is asserted by the acupuncturists, a form of acupuncture and so falls under their regulatory purview. I have written about dry needling at Science-Based Medicine and there is a recent update on...
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