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AMA Wants Ban on DTC Advertising . The shills rise up against their masters. The Trouble With Double-Blind Placebo Studies Joe Mercola: Alternative health merchant promotes quack cures, funds organic, anti-GMO groups Trial starts for pH Miracle author .  Prosecutors say Robert Young practiced medicine, promising cancer cures at his Valley Cent...
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Points of Interest 11/17/2015

U.S. files criminal charges against sellers of Jack3d, other supplements . Natural health store 'misleads consumers over homeopathy' . "The Advertising Standards Authority has ruled that ads for homeopathy from New Zealand natural health store "HealthPost" were misleading." 17 natural therapies that the Australian government thinks 'ineffective' Re...
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Points of Interest 11/16/2015

Disseminated methicillin-sensitive Staphylococcus aureus infection resulting from a paracervical abscess after acupuncture . The UK Is Trying to Blacklist Homeopathy, and the US Isn't Far Behind Residents catch quacks who claimed to cure paralysis . "Residents in Vidyaranyapura caught two persons, who claimed to cure paralysis with herbal medicine,...
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Points of Interest 11/13/2015

Ban homeopathy on the NHS because there is 'no evidence it works', ministers say When homeopathy is pure bunkum, why do people still believe it works? . "But if the facts are indisputable, why do millions still believe in homeopathy? The answer lies in how an industry can cleverly exploit flaws in human thinking." California vaccine refusers cluste...
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Points of Interest 11/10/2015

"HOMEOPATHS WITHOUT BORDERS" ARE NOT HUMANITARIANS . 'Big needles, small bodies'—the absence of acupuncture treatment for infants in contemporary Shanghai: a qualitative study . " Needle acupuncture on broad indications in infants appears to be a Western practice, with little basis in Chinese TCM contemporary practice." Baby's illness turns mom aga...
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No Acupuncture on Infants and Children for China

If you have been a parent you probably remember just how vulnerable newborns and young children are. I remain amazed we survived as a species before the advent of civilization; crying babies at night must have been the signal for all you can eat for predators on the veldt. Acupuncture has long been popular in China but there are differences be...
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Points of Interest 11/08/2015

J Am Board Fam Med. 2015 11/12;28(6):697–705. Ear Acupuncture for Acute Sore Throat: A Randomized Controlled Trial. "We conducted an unblinded, pragmatic, randomized controlled trial. " aka we wasted everyones time and money to prove nothing. Deepak Chopra says humans are the master of their genes . Of course. I just bought a pair of Wranglers and ...
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Non-Falsifiable

It has often been noted that pseudo-medicines are immune to data. Practices are never abandoned or changed because of information that suggests lack of safety or efficacy. Pseudo-medicines, as a recent US News article suggests, does not really require data to support it, which is good for its proponents, since such data does not exist. They can be ...
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Points of Interest 11/05/2015

Naturopaths offer monthly subscriptions for care Modern Science Says Homeopathy Is Total Bunk — So Why Is It More Popular Than Ever? Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2015;2015:846851. doi: 10.1155/2015/846851. Epub 2015 Oct 12.  A Systematic and Narrative Review of Acupuncture Point Application Therapies in the Treatment of Allergic Rhiniti...
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Acupuncture is theatrical placebo. Specifically Peter Pan.

Acupuncture, as we have mentioned so many times, is a theatrical placebo . But what theatrical performance? I tend towards tragedy, mostly Macbeth It is a tale Told by an acupuncturist, full of sound and fury, Signifying nothing. But perhaps I should consider Peter Pan as a more apt metaphor. Remember when Tinker Bell had chronic wing pain and was ...
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Points of Interest 11/05/2015

Oregon health insurance tricky for alternative health European watchdog finds no link between HPV vaccine and abnormal symptoms PLoS One. 2015 Nov 4;10(11):e0140825. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0140825. eCollection 2015. Placebo Devices as Effective Control Methods in Acupuncture Clinical Trials: A Systematic Review. . Chin Med. 2015 Nov 2;10:31. doi...
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When IRBs Fail, Babies Suffer

I have been practicing medicine for 30 years. I spent most of my time in acute care hospitals, so I am well acquainted with the many ways people can suffer. Being 58 I have also had my share of medical problems that have caused a reasonable amount of pain and suffering. As a result I have a list of processes that I do not want to experience. At the...
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Points of Interest 11/03/2015

Extending the study of evidence-based medicine Homeopathy and the FDA: Holding Medicine and Mayo to the Same Standards. "…especially homeopaths, who questioned whether homeopathy was actually part of the steaming pile of quackery she threw at the wall in her desperation to live. It's my fault that I wasn't clear in that article. Homeopathy was just...
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Points of Interest 11/02/2015

The Point About Acupuncture: It Works . Nope. It doesn't. 1 in 5 pediatricians reject unvaccinated patients Pharmaceutical quantities of yohimbine found in dietary supplements in the USA . " Of the 49 yohimbine supplement brands sold at seven major retail chains in the USA, only 4.1% (2/49) provided consumers with both accurate information about th...
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Points of Interest 11/01/2015

Homeopathy Is a Bitter Sugar Pill . It won't cure what ails you, but it can get you drunk. The P-Value Is a Hoax, But Here's How to Fix It First Comes Vax Preferences Then Comes Baby Pediatrics. 2015 Oct 26. pii: peds.2015–0676. Laser Acupuncture for Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome: A Randomized Controlled Trial . Training dollars to ditch 'airy-fairy...
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110 Years Ago

Cross post from Medscape . Today I saw in a chart the diagnosis qi deficiency and blood stagnation as a reason for acupuncture. Don't get me started . It was so very dispiriting to see ancient nonsense in an EMR as if it were actually meaningful. I knew that it was really a problem with too much phlegm and the patient needed to be bled with leeches...
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Janet Camp
But they (the sCAMS) just make you FEEL better, doncha know? And those doctors are so damnned bossy and dismissive!
Saturday, 31 October 2015 15:49
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Points of Interest 10/26/2015

Acupuncture Day aims to increase awareness of alternative medicine 8 AM | Alternative Medicine With Alternative Financing . "We get the goods on their services and plans, including $100 a month for unlimited doctor visits in a single year." FDA Homeopathy Regulations: The Cruelty of False Hope . "The only ill will I really harbor toward this guy is...
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Points of Interest 10/22/2015

Desperate Ohio Now Exploring Homeopathic Execution Methods . Homeopathic stomach flu cure - because you'll buy anything Laryngoscope. 2015 Oct 20. doi: 10.1002/lary.25721.  Can perioperative acupuncture reduce the pain and vomiting experienced after tonsillectomy? A meta-analysis. . "Perioperative acupuncture may provide pain relief without si...
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Children and Mice Do Not Have a Chance

There are 385 hits searching the PubMed for 'acupuncture mice'. Assume 40 mice per study and I would wager that is a marked underestimate that does not include all the mice used in establishing models and failed studies. I am not a PETA person but that is 15,400 mice essentially being abused trying to prove TCPM (Traditional Chinese Pseudo-Medicine...
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Points of Interest 10/10/2015

Virtual homeopathy clinic Welcome Cure raises $6M . A nonexistent clinic for a nonexistent therapy. Whoa. Laser acupuncture before heel lancing for pain management in healthy term newborns: a randomised controlled trial . The Chiropractic Care of Infants With Breastfeeding Difficulties. The perils of P values, in Chalkdust magazine . Antioxidants c...
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