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Points of Interest 05/23/2016

Day in the Life of an Advanced- Practice DC (Pt. 2) A chronic illness reveals, for a 20-something, secrets about life, body and mind Don't take thyroid supplements : Sorry, there's nothing magical about breakfast Naturopaths have weaseled their way into the healthcare system, and they want more. Take a look at this doozy of an naturopathic exam que...
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Points of Interest 05/19/2016

Chiropractors allegedly caught sneaking into maternity wards to treat newborns Pretend medicine The quack-up . The appeal of unproven alternative treatments is undimmed Tai Chi no different from standard physiotherapy for arthritis The dangers of unnecessary "gluten free" diets and their negative impact on people with celiac disease. Our bodies mak...
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Points of Interest 05/16/2016

How Therapists Use Dry Needling to Relieve Pain . No. Not acupuncture. Not here. Public Health Takes on Anti-Vaccine Propaganda: Damage done, Challenges Ahead Anti-Vaxxer Arguments Taken Down In Scorching Sex Party Letter '. Choosing not to vaccinate your children amounts to medical neglect'. Acupunct Med. 2016 May 13. pii: acupmed–2016–011056. doi...
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Points of Interest 05/06/2016

Alleged Medical Expert Mike Adams Attacks Respected Cancer Doctor Obamacare boosts DTap vaccination rates. Emergency Room Patients are Choosing Acupuncture Instead of Painkillers at Minneapolis Hospital Seen At 11: Mothers Turning To Controversial Practice Of Giving Chiropractic Care For Newborns Belle Gibson faces legal action over 'deceptive' cla...
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Simplify to get complicated

One of the features of pseudo-medicines is they often evolve to simpler and simpler forms. Chiropractic, for example has a form that just works on the neck, NUCCA, named after the utterances of Curly. Acupuncture is even more prone to simplification. There is classic acupuncture with its innumerable points. But there are forms that simply, lik...
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Points of Interest 05/04/2016

Science suggests acupuncture works, but no one is sure why Daith piercings: a new cure for migraines? Vaccine Scandal Rocks China UPDATE: Dodgy chiropractic health claims axed by Tim Robards' boss
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Two Pseudo-Medicines Simultaneously Inflicted on Helpless Children

One of the themes of science-based medicine is that techniques that are applicable to reality-based medicine do not function for pseudo-medicine. My favorite example is the Cochrane meta-analysis from 2012 on the efficacy of Oscillococcinum® for treatment of flu: There is insufficient good evidence to enable robust conclusions to be made about Osci...
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Points of Interest 05/03/2016

Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2016 May 3;5:CD007689. Acupuncture for polycystic ovarian syndrome. . "At present, there is insufficient evidence to support the use of acupuncture for treatment of ovulation disorders in women with PCOS." What a surprise. J Altern Complement Med. 2016 May 2. Status and Impact of Acupuncture Research: A Bibliometric Anal...
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Genital Acupuncture

That title will generate some hits. I have noted in the past that while purported to be effective for virtually every process, acupuncture, and all pseudo-sciences, cannot be used for birth control. Acupuncture is alleged to help with conception (it doesn't), but not prevention. I have never run across an explanation for this, although I suppose th...
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Points of Interest 04/25/2016

Nick Xenophon stands by candidate who advocates genital acupuncture . "…has advocated acupuncture of the genitals as a treatment for infertile women." Vaccines 101: Everything You Need To Know About Our Greatest Medical Marvel Canadian physicians want naturopathic regulators to take action in wake of toddler's death . "Pastoral medicine" raises que...
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Points of Interest 04/20/2016

Why we need consumer guides for complementary and alternative medicine . I would suggest this site and Science-Based Medicine . Prince Charles's ideas about medicine may seriously harm your health . Chiropractic: What Is Chiropractic Manipulation? Does It Work? . Nope. Pakistan polio: Seven killed in anti-vaccination attack . "Islamist militants op...
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Points of Interest 04/17/2016

This Ex-Naturopath Turned Back To Science-Based Medicine, And Paid A Price For It Naturopathic pediatrics is not safe J Clin Epidemiol. 2016 Apr 11. pii: S0895–4356(16)30074–9. doi: 10.1016/j.jclinepi.2016.03.023. The design, analysis and meta-analysis of N-of–1 trials: A tapestry of heterogeneity. Chiropractor combines physical and emotional treat...
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Points of Interest 04/09/2016

JAAD Case Rep. 2015 Sep 29;1(6):345–7. doi: 10.1016/j.jdcr.2015.08.004. eCollection 2015. Prurigo nodularis after acupuncture. Chin Med. 2016 Apr 5;11:16. doi: 10.1186/s13020–016–0088–7. eCollection 2016. Acupuncture therapy for drug addiction . "Contradictory results, intergroup differences, variation in sample sizes, and acupuncture placebo effec...
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Points of Interest 04/06/2016

Bryan Murray leads fundraising drive for alternative cancer centre . A million dollars for a quackfest . Acupuncture in the military for rapid pain relief on the battlefield Deregistered chiropractor who claims success in treating cancer exposed You Asked: Are Chiropractors Legitimate? Some Imported Dietary Supplements and Nonprescription Drug Prod...
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Points of Interest 03/31/2016

Mark Lynas: Anti-GMO, anti-vaccine movements are linked Measles Case At California Charter School With Low Vaccination Rate Leads To Temporary Closing Tribeca Film Debate: Why the Anti-Vaxxers Just Won't Quit Mov Disord. 2016 Mar 29. doi: 10.1002/mds.26597. Randomized, Controlled Trial of Acupuncture for Fatigue in Parkinson's Disease. . "Acupunctu...
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Points of Interest 03/26/2016

Patient blames estate of dead chiropractor for back problems . "…alleging the decedent failed to properly perform chiropractic treatment." There is a proper way to do pseudo-medicine? Immune thrombocytopenia after bee venom therapy: a case report Zhongguo Zhen Jiu. 2015 Dec;35(12):1275–9.  Effect of electroacupuncture at different acupoints on...
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Medicine Changes. Will Pseudo-Medicine?

Medicine changes. It is part of what makes the profession so difficult. I have been in practice for over a quarter of a century and what I do today is a pale imitation of my practice last century. Medicine may be slow at times to change, but change it does.  Data comes in, studies accumulate, and approaches to diseases should change ...
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Points of Interest 03/24/2016

Midwife, and Homeopathy, Faulted in Home-Birth Death . "Demanuele instead tried a homeopathic "remedy" to relieve Lovell's anxiety. Only after Lovell fainted in a pool of her own blood and went into cardiac arrest was she taken to a hospital, where she died 12 hours later." Acupuncture for low back pain no longer recommended for NHS patients . "Do ...
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Pain improved but function stays the same. Did anything happen?

Reposted after a 3/22/16 site crash. Why do we hurt? Pain exists in part so we do not cause further trauma. If you have tennis elbow or low back back after an injury, it hurts and that pain prevents you from causing more damage. At least partly. Pain is odd. There can be a strong psychological component to pain and how it is perceived. As I have me...
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Points of Interest 03/17/2016

"Evidence-based medicine has been hijacked :" A confession from John Ioannidis  J Surg Case Rep. 2016 Mar 13;2016(3). pii: rjw035. doi: 10.1093/jscr/rjw035. Lumbar spine osteomyelitis and epidural abscess formation secondary to acupuncture . If only acupuncturists used good technique for their pseudo-science. Mom's kiss more effective than hom...
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