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Points of Interest 09/08/2016

Homeopathy in Germany . Not a molecule of sense Acupuncturists say "dry needling" is acupuncture and requires specialized training. Physical therapists disagree. Pediatricians Are Increasingly Dismissing Anti-Vaxxer Patients Nurs Outlook. 2016 Sep-Oct;64(5):491–8. doi: 10.1016/j.outlook.2016.07.008. Epub 2016 Jul 20.  Battlefield acupunct...
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Points of Interest 09/07/2016

Women Birth. 2016 Feb;29(1):62–71. doi: 10.1016/j.wombi.2015.08.006. Epub 2015 Sep 5. Mindfulness and perinatal mental health: A systematic review . "There is insufficient evidence from high quality research on which to base recommendations about the effectiveness of mindfulness to promote perinatal mental health. The limited positive findings supp...
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An Acupuncturist's Plea: Let Us Keep Fooling Ourselves

I first ran across Betteridge's law of headlines earlier this week, which states "Any headline that ends in a question mark can be answered by the word no." Then I ran across the article Complementary and alternative medical treatments: can they really be evaluated by randomised controlled trials ? The authors answer is, not unsurprisingly, no: How...
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Points of Interest 09/03/2015

Chiropractors see diabetes as a chance for new patients — and profit Pain Manag. 2016 Aug 31. Insomnia: can acupuncture help? . "So, as the safety profile of acupuncture is excellent, it seems reasonable to utilize acupuncture in a nonpharmacological approach to combating insomnia, despite lack of formal evidence." Eye roll. Alternative medicine fo...
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Points of Interest 08/28/2016

Nurses Are Key to Referrals to Inpatient Integrative Medicine Services German practitioner suspected of killing patients with experimental drug Patients have Unrealistic Expectations for Alternative Cancer Treatments: Doctors Portland Today contributor: Petra Caruso. "Meet some of the contributors to our new Portland Today show, which debuts Sept. ...
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Points of Interest 08/24/2016

Authorities investigating 70 deaths linked with German clinic Should Naturopathic Doctors Be Allowed To Write Prescriptions? Eur J Psychol. 2016 Aug 19;12(3):473–88. doi: 10.5964/ejop.v12i3.1107. eCollection 2016.  Clowning in Health Care Settings: The Point of View of Adults . "clown doctors are also well-perceived by relatives" No, they are ...
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Points of Interest: 08/19/2016

Rev Lat Am Enfermagem. 2016 Aug 15;24:e2762. doi: 10.1590/1518–8345.0647.2762. Effectiveness of Traditional Chinese Acupuncture versus Sham Acupuncture: a Systematic Review. "…the evidence gathered was not sufficient to affirm the effectiveness of traditional acupuncture compared with sham acupuncture." Integr Cancer Ther. 2016 Aug 16. pii: 1534735...
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False Balance: With Pseudo-Medicine “Controversial” is used instead as “Nuts”

The Olympics has seen its share of useless pseudo-medicines. There was Michael Phelps with his cupping and Japanese sprinter Chisato Fukushima  who used skin patches to help draw out the natural healing ability of the body by placing them on the acupuncture points based on Oriental medicine. Perhaps she should have tried cupping as she fi...
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Points of Interest 08/17/2016

Music Electroacupuncture Outperforms Antidepressant Drug For Depression Are California Lawmakers Gullible Enough To Allow Naturopaths To Prescribe Drugs? "…recommending a specific amount of daily water intake for all is illogical…" Am J Case Rep. 2016 Aug 15;17:580–583. A Case Report of Poisoning Caused by Incorrect Use of Salvia. Eur J Obstet Gyne...
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Cupping in Portland

There has been a lot of electrons spilt on the subject of cupping this week, thanks to Michael Phelps. I have written about cupping in the context of use by the Portland Trailblazers and a review of the topic over at Science-Based Medicine . I did not have anything to add over the posts by Orac and Dr. Novella . Then I saw, Why Portland docs think ...
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Points of Interest 08/12/2016

Fundamentals of naturopathy Acupunct Med. 2016 Aug 8. pii: acupmed–2016–011058. doi: 10.1136/acupmed–2016–011058. What predicts a positive response to acupuncture? A secondary analysis of three randomised controlled trials of insomnia. . "In the multivariate logistic regression analysis, only the number of years spent in full-time education remaine...
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Harm Index 08/09/2016

I do not know why I have not thought of this before. Shruggies look at pseudo-medicine and say, with a gallic shrug , what's the harm? Pseudo-medicine may be worthless, but at least it causes no harm. Complications do occur, but are few and far apart and get lost. It would nice to keep a running summary. Medicine is about risk vrs benefit and if an...
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Points of Interest 08/4/2015

Can Homeopathy Treat Cancer?   Yes. Just with zero efficacy State receives 600 complaints about chiropractic insurance cuts . "BCBST alerted chiropractors in late June of its plans to drastically cut reimbursements to just $60 per visit beginning on October 1." Qual Health Res. 2014 Sep;24(9):1242–52. doi: 10.1177/1049732314544969. Epub 2014 J...
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Many Worlds Theory of Acupuncture

Back in October 2014 I tried to see how many forms of acupuncture I could find. At the time I found 32 different styles of acupuncture . So when someone says acupuncture is effective, you really have no idea what kind of acupuncture they are talking about unless you ask. It is one of the arguments used by science based medicine as to why acupu...
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Points of Interest

Patients mount a desperate plea to save Glasgow homeopathic hospital from NHS cuts Hillary Clinton is now the only candidate not pandering to the anti-vaccine movement Unproven dietary supplements get a new champion: Olympic teams Is there any place for acupuncture in 21st century medical practice? Friends of Science in Medicine says "no." TOT BRAI...
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Points of Interest 07/28/2016

Should You Visit a Chiropractor for Back Pain? . No. CMS: people-oriented health care, or undermining integrity? I Regret Hiring an Anti-Vaccine Zealot to Care for My Sick Son J Cancer Res Ther. 2016 Apr-Jun;12(2):535–42. doi: 10.4103/0973–1482.172716. Acupuncture for hot flashes in women with breast cancer: A systematic review . What a conclusion....
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Points of Interest 07/26/2016

THE NATURAL WAY: Fewer patients, longer visits a big part of naturopathic doctor's approach . Combined with a total disconnect from reality. Physicians Sign Open Letter Calling for New Tactics in Response to Dangerous Rise in Antibiotic Resistance Va. man claimed he had cure for cancer, charged $1,200 per bottle. Cops say it's bogus, bust him. "… t...
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Another Worthless Acupuncture Study

If you put "Acupuncture Clinical Trial" into Pubmed there are 5562 returns dating back to 1970. 60 years of attempting to determine if acupunctures, in all its variations, works. In that time certain characteristics of a good clinical trial have been sorted out: it should be randomized, placebo/sham controlled and, if possible, double-blind. Y...
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Points of Interest 07/19/2016

Lead-poisoning case linked to Ayurvedic supplements renews concerns about herbal remedies Research Casts Doubt on the Value of Acupuncture Del Bigtree crosses the line: tells Vaxxed audience "Now's the time" for guns. A Skeptical View of Herbal Medicine
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Points of Interst 07/17/2016

Jill Stein Promotes Homeopathy, Panders On Vaccines BMC Complement Altern Med. 2016 Jul 13;16(1):216. doi: 10.1186/s12906-016-1175-0. Evidence-based practice, research utilization, and knowledge translation in chiropractic: a scoping review. From the land of understatement: "However, much remains to be done for chiropractors to routinely apply evid...
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