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Points of Interest 07/14/2016

Should You Try Acupuncture? Nope. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2016;2016:9874207. doi: 10.1155/2016/9874207. Epub 2016 Jun 14. Changes of Local Blood Flow in Response to Acupuncture Stimulation: A Systematic Review. "The current evidence regarding the local effects of acupuncture in terms of blood flow remains insufficient for reliable concl...
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Points of Interest 07/09/2016

ACCC investigates chiropractic clinic. "The ACCC has been asked to investigate after a man died while using a hyberbaric chamber run by a deregistered Melbourne chiropractor. - See more at: http://www.skynews.com.au/news/national/vic/2016/07/09/accc-investigates-chiropractic-clinic-after-death.html#sthash.q2xxnqtZ.dpuf" Cochrane Database Syst Rev. ...
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Points of Interest 07/05/2016

New law lets physical therapists 'needle' clients . They use gloves!!! Private chiropractic college granted degree powers . Get a degree in pseudo-medicine. Urine therapy is a piss-poor Chinese medicine . "I've never tasted my own urine, so I was a bit shocked to read that there are over 100,000 devout followers of urine therapy in China. Every mor...
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Points of Interest 07/03/2016

A Randomized Exploratory Study to Evaluate Two Acupuncture Methods for the Treatment of Headaches Associated with Traumatic Brain Injury California's vaccine law: Opponents moving, home schooling to avoid controversial mandate Chiropr Man Therap. 2016; 24: 26. Published online 2016 Jun 30. doi: 10.1186/s12998–016–0108–9 PMCID: PMC4928313 The new ch...
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The Eternal Question: Does Acupuncture Work?

Nope. Time asked the question, Does Acupuncture Work ? It is a bad question, since work for what? And which of the to numerous to count forms of acupuncture are they referring. I just discovered a new, and in my opinion, the only true form of acupuncture, pestle needle acupuncture, a method characterised by a unique set of points, specialised ...
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Points of Interest 06/29/2016

From Drumming To Acupuncture, Integrative Therapies Have Gone Mainstream "…but it's impossible to quantify what percentage of people is helped through integrative medicine because there are too many variables." The disturbing truth behind the political party parents could be tricked into voting for: Mia Freedman outs 'bogus' Health Australia Party ...
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Points of Interest 06/28/2016

Online petition opens debate over scientific base of homoeopathy After rejecting alternative medicine, CHOP gives acupuncture a shot Introducing Debunked: Dr. Yasmin separates fact from fiction about science and medicine Portland's National College of Natural Medicine becomes university After pins-and-needles wait, acupuncture finally will be regul...
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Points of Interest 06/25/2016

Naturopaths: rubbish at healthcare, excellent at character-assassination Popular treatment known as 'cupping therapy' leaves man with seven holes in his back Research finds significant increase in use of chiropractic services among veterans Jane Hansen: There's a whole lot of quackery going on in the Health Australia Party The Role Of Acupuncture I...
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Points of Interest 06/23/2016

Stop vets offering homeopathy – placebo doesn't work for pets 7 Ways Alternative Medicine Tricks You Into Thinking It Works "We couldn't get into Medical School, so now we make it up as we go along" Americans Spend Over $30 Billion On Alternative Medicine Each Year The Homeopathic Anti-Vaxx Parents Who Killed Their Son Are Still Blaming Everyone bu...
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Points of Interest 06/19/2006

Sydney naturopath appears in court over baby who almost starved to death BMJ. 2016 Jun 16;353:i3380. doi: 10.1136/bmj.i3380. Liverpool residents vote to stop homeopathy funding by CCG . Anti-Vax Activists Are Trying to Dox a 12-Year-Old Budding Scientist They Think Is a 'Hoax' Journal Homeopathy delisted by Thompson Reuters PETITION LAUNCHED TO STO...
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Points of Interest 06/15/2016

Vulnerable children undergo alternative medicine treaments, but CYF refuses to give details. "Convicted sex offender Frank Russell Walmsley was given permission to be alone in a room with a girl he allegedly abused to perform a form of alternative medicine known as Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)." Australian anti-vaccination 'Jedi Doctor' to fro...
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Points of Interest 06/12/2016

Acupunct Med. 2016 Jun 10. pii: acupmed–2015–011024. doi: 10.1136/acupmed–2015–011024. Acupuncture for the treatment of hiccups following stroke: a systematic review and meta-analysis. . " However, due to the limited number of RCTs and poor methodology quality, we cannot reach a definitive conclusion, hence further large, rigorously designed trials...
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Points of Interest 06/06/2016

Commission has failed in its duty to protect public, says group of doctors Fraud, Medical Errors and Other Media Links This Weekend Elsevier Selected to Publish Open Access Journal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine Foundation for Chiropractic Progress Publishes Landmark White Paper : Non-Pharmaceutical Pain Management is a Safer Strategy than Op...
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Death by Acupuncturist

Insulin dependent diabetes (IDDM) used to be a fatal disease in children. With the discovery and isolation of insulin diabetes has been changed into a chronic illness. I would think that even the barest of understanding of IDDM would suggest that stopping insulin would be a very bad idea. Evidently some acupuncturists do not have even the barest of...
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Points of Interest 06/04/2016

Spoon-bending workshop, widely ridiculed online, pulled by university A Medical Invention That Sounds Too Good to Be True Often Is Acupunct Med. 2016 Jun 2. pii: acupmed–2016–011074. doi: 10.1136/acupmed–2016–011074. Treatment of insulin resistance by acupuncture: a review of human and animal studies. Why do unscientific claims by some chiropractor...
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Alternative Hepatitis C Outbreak

My day job is as an infectious disease doctor, taking care of people with infections as well as infection control for my hospitals. I spend a fair amount of time worrying about the spread of infection. Most of the time it is hard to infect people. Most organisms are not that contagious and most patients are healthy. But occasionally there are perfe...
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Points of Interest 06/02/2016

Notes from the Field: Investigation of Hepatitis C Virus Transmission Associated with Injection Therapy for Chronic Pain — California, 2015 Does Acupuncture Cause Adultery? From homeopathy to anti-vaccination: why people believe 'quack science' Tennessee Doctor Says His Clinic Won't Administer Vaccines Anymore Because "They Can Cause Autism" Zika C...
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Points of Interest 05/31/2016

Why Is Big Naturopathy Afraid Of This Lone Whistleblower? Wellington osteopath admits performing acupuncture without qualifications GroundUp Op-Ed: Complementary medicine companies are destroying consumer protection 12-Year-Old Scientist Trolls Anti-Vaxxers in Hilarious Viral Video Appeals Court affirms 45-year sentence for cancer doctor 7 things a...
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Points of Interest 05/30/2016

TN: 17-year-old diabetic boy dies after stopping insulin injections on advice of therapist Naturopathy: A Pre-holiday Rant Alternative reality: Patients who spurn chemo for natural remedies When Should My Baby See a Chiropractic Physician? Never? Does your dog need acupuncture? No. And does that dog look happy? The cost of alternative medicine Inte...
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Points of Interest 05/26/2016

Indian J Ophthalmol. 2016 Apr;64(4):326–7. doi: 10.4103/0301–4738.182952. A case of perforating injury of eyeball and traumatic cataract caused by acupuncture. Oh My God. Am J Chin Med. 2016 May 24:1–27. Traditional Chinese Medications for Knee Osteoarthritis Pain: A Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials .
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