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Points of Interest 03/14/2016

Class-action lawsuit reveals company sat on 2004 study indicating Cold-FX does nothing to fight colds . Big Supplement, suppressing the truth THEY don't want you to know. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2016 Mar 3. Acupuncture for substance use disorders: A systematic review and meta-analysis . "Available evidence suggests no consistent differences between ac...
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MAR
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Points of Interest 03/12/2016

How Reiki Actually Works (The Science Part) . Except for the whole 'science' thing. Alberta toddler's meningitis death a warning to parents who spurn conventional treatments: ethicist Curr Sports Med Rep. 2016 Mar-Apr;15(2):111–5. doi: 10.1249/JSR.0000000000000240. Acupuncture for the Treatment of Sports Injuries in an Austere Environment . "There ...
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MAR
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Acupuncture Awareness Week or Infection Ignorance Week

It is Acupuncture Awareness Week in England and the British Acupuncture Council is pushing for the use of acupuncture for pain. They use as their spokesperson gold medal winner Olympian Rebecca Adlington who has chronic shoulder pain. There is a video showing Ms. Adlington receiving acupuncture . I would presume that the British Acupuncture Council...
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MAR
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Points of Interest 03/08/2016

Alberta toddler died from meningitis because he was taken to a naturopath instead of a doctor, Crown says Evaluating the Use of Gas Discharge Visualization to Measure Massage Therapy Outcomes Health Mark Q. 2016 Jan-Mar;33(1):78–93. Perception of acupuncture among users and nonusers: A qualitative study. I think the nonusers have it right: "Among n...
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MAR
05

Support Traditional Chinese Pseudo-Medicine. Kill a Bear.

I have discussed before the adverse effects of Traditional Chinese Pseudo-Medicine (TCPM) on the environment.  TCPM uses a variety of plants and animals in its pseudo-medical armamentarium and their use is helping send some species into extinction. Bears have it particularly bad. There is a belief, completely unfounded, that bear bil...
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Points of Interest 03/05/2016

An A-to-Z Guide to Bullshit Alternative Medicine on YouTube Bernie Sanders Isn't Pro-Science (and Neither Are Most Progressives) Does it hurt to call breastfeeding "natural"? Instant Blood Pressure App Deemed Inaccurate Just Like Many Others Coquitlam acupuncturist fined $22,400 for trafficking in bear parts . Yunhee (Sarah) Kim, 50, pleaded guilty...
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MAR
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Points of Interest 03/03/2016

ABANDONED HISTORY: Alternative medicine in Lockport Mississippi House votes to expand vaccination exemptions Tex Med. 2016 Mar 1;112(3):47-52. A Needling Controversy. PLoS One. 2016 Feb 29;11(2):e0147959. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0147959. eCollection 2016. Effects of Expanded Coverage for Chiropractic Services on Medicare Costs in a CMS Demonstrat...
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MAR
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Acupuncture Effects Depend on Expectations. Again.

Acupuncture is all in the mind Does acupuncture work? Of course, it depends on what you mean by work. Acupuncture alters no underlying physiologic process so it will not treat cancer, asthma, or pneumonia. As as been said many times on this blog, it does not alter any objective outcome. But it can change perception of a process like pain, and perce...
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Points of Interest 02/28/2016

J Pain. 2016 Feb 24. pii: S1526-5900(16)00524-1. doi: 10.1016/j.jpain.2016.01.477. Overlap and differences between patient and provider expectations for treatment outcomes: the case of acupuncture. CHOICE joins calls for action on dodgy chiro claims . Chiropractors Board of Australia fails to crack down on misleading claims putting patients at risk...
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Points of Interest 02/25/2016

The Dangerous Conspiracy Theories About the Zika Virus. Int J Clin Exp Med. 2015 Apr 15;8(4):5112-20. eCollection 2015. Meta-analysis of acupuncture therapy for the treatment of stable angina pectoris. "...indicating that acupuncture therapy was superior to conventional drugs." Still trying to kill cardiac patients. U.K. considers scrapping funds f...
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Acupuncture for Acute Heart Disease: Hubris, Ignorance, or Delusional

I have spent the last 35 years mostly in acute care medicine. Spending most of my day in the hospital gives one the bias that we are fragile creatures who can die unexpectedly and easily. Most of the time we pull patients through, but I have a great wariness for acute diseases. Over the years I have seen too many people wake up feeling go...
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Points of Interest 02/22/2016

Vaccine halves cancer-causing HPV infections in US teen girls . ADHD treatment news via lone anecdote more advertising than journalism . Curr Pain Headache Rep. 2016 Mar;20(4):22. doi: 10.1007/s11916-016-0552-1. The Role of Acupuncture in Pain Management. . "When compared to traditional methods of pain management, more studies are warranted in orde...
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Points of Interest 02/21/2016

Homeopathy effective for 0 out of 68 illnesses, study finds Treatment has 'no discernible convincing effects beyond placebo' Homeopathy use in US limited to common conditions: Study Form Of Alternative Medicine, Homeopathy, Accused Of Being 'Therapeutic Dead End' Am J Public Health. 2016 Feb 18:e1-e3. Homeopathy Use by US Adults: Results of a Natio...
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Points of Interest 02/15/2016

What's the point of acupuncture? A TCM practitioner wants out Panel Accepts 'Narrowly Drawn' Expert Medical Opinions 9 human health trends that have gone to the dogs (and cats) Anti-vaccination lobby stoops to a new low Medicine (Baltimore). 2016 Feb;95(6):e2695. Complementary and Alternative Medicine Treatment Options for Otitis Media: A Systemati...
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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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Points of Interest 02/11/2016

Complement Ther Med. 2016 Feb;24:108-10. doi: 10.1016/j.ctim.2015.12.002. Epub 2015 Dec 18. Cervical spinal epidural abscess following acupuncture and wet-cupping therapy: A case report. . "Acupuncture and wet-cupping therapy should be taken into consideration as a cause of spinal epidural abscesses in patients who present with neck pain and fever....
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JAN
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Points of Interest 01/28/2015

J Can Chiropr Assoc. 2015 Dec;59(4):332–48.  Self-reported attitudes, skills and use of evidence-based practice among Canadian doctors of chiropractic: a national survey. "While most Canadian chiropractors held positive attitudes towards EBP, believed EBP was useful, and were interested in improving their skills in EBP, many did not use resear...
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Will Kansas legalize acupuncture and Oriental medicine?

​ Acupuncturists and Oriental medicine practitioners are not licensed by the state of Kansas, although there is no shortage of practitioners there. (However, naturopaths can practice acupuncture .) For example, the " Elements " Chinese medicine clinic and herbal pharmacy in Kansas City offers primary care, gastroenterology, endocrinology and women'...
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The Uninsured See the Untrained

I see a lot of uninsured patients. Things are a bit better with some of the health care reforms, but at the turn of the century about 25% of my patient had no insurance. Many patients with insurance lacked coverage for home antibiotics and other therapies they needed. I have never had a patient not get the care they require, although it is no surpr...
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Points of Interest 01/20/2016

Regulating Homeopathic Products — A Century of Dilute Interest . From the NEJM. Why bad science won't ever die NATIONAL MEDICARE EQUALITY PETITION CALLS FOR PATIENT ACCESS TO CHIROPRACTIC . "The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) has launched a major grassroots campaign to enact federal legislation that would achieve full physician status for ...
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