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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 .
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Points of Interest 09/26/2015

Staunchly defending the basic human right to harm children Moms Across America consults a mystic J Altern Complement Med. 2015 Sep 24.] Evaluation of the Effect of Reflexology on Pain Control and Analgesic Consumption After Appendectomy. J Intercult Ethnopharmacol. 2015 Jan-Mar;4(1):74-7. doi: 10.5455/jice.20140929114417. Epub 2014 Nov 28.  Ho...
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Embracing Anecdote

The awful NPR report on the use of pseudo-medicines to treat pain in Oregon was nicely discussed over at Science-Based Medicine by Dr. Novella. The NPR article was reproduced without comment on the Lund Report , which calls itself "Oregon's most vital source of health news." In the comment section of SBM Windriven used the term embracing anecdote, ...
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"one anecdote is more powerful than a dozen randomized placebo controlled double blind studies" Thanks for the chuckle.
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Anesthesia Blocks Acupuncture

I still like the description of acupuncture as a theatrical placebo . It describes the process and the results of acupuncture quite nicely. There are any number of ways patients can be fooled into thinking they are getting acupuncture and have an effect. My favorite being that you can induce an acupuncture effect in a rubber hand . It demonstrates ...
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Points of Interest 09/15/2015

Jeremy Corbyn's Labour could support making HOMEOPATHY available on NHS U.S. Vaccination Rates Are Higher Than We Thought — But It's Not All Great News Complement Ther Med. 2015 Oct;23(5):685-92. doi: 10.1016/j.ctim.2015.07.008. Epub 2015 Jul 31. A randomised, controlled, single-blinded study on the impact of a single rhythmical massage (anthroposo...
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Points of Interest 09/13/2015

J Med Case Rep. 2015 Sep 11;9:193. doi: 10.1186/s13256-015-0676-7. Acupuncture and postpartum pyogenic sacroiliitis: a case report ."A 33-year-old white woman received several sessions of acupuncture treatment during her gestation at the site of her sacroiliac joint for sciatica; she developed biopsy-confirmed sacroiliitis with methicillin-sensitiv...
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Points of Interest 09/08/2015

Majority in U.S. Say Chiropractic Works for Neck, Back Pain Homeopathy or a horse on the NHS? Only one is rational Health authorities horrified that woman wants to open an anti-vaccination child care center in Australia Adverse events associated with acupuncture: a clinicopathologic review. " The most common adverse event was infectious skin diseas...
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Points of Interest 09/05/2015

From the Cleveland Clinic:  3 Things You Should Know About Chiropractors . "Chiropractors focus on prevention." The Alternative Medicine Racket: How the Feds Fund Quacks .  The NIH has spent $5.5 billion on bringing quackery—from faith healing to homeopathy—right into the heart of the American medical establishment. The Dark Side of Alter...
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Isn't it ironic?

The Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center blog had an article called The Truth behind Three Natural Cancer "Cures" . When cures is in quotes, you know they will not have a high opinion of the interventions. They characterize cannabis oil, laetrile and manipulating pH levels through diet as unproven, unlikely to work, potentially dangerous and goin...
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Points of Interest 08/24/2015

Setting Up A Profesional And Comprehensive Chinese Medical System Necessary - Mah . "There is a need to set up a professional and comprehensive Chinese medical system in the country to prevent bogus medicine." Dr Ciara Kelly: Alternative treatments for autism are a form of abuse Mitch Clarke Pulled From UFC Saskatoon Due To Acupuncture . "While rec...
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Points in Interest 08/20/2015

Systematic review of acupuncture to control hot flashes in cancer patients. Can you predict the conclusion? Same as it ever was. "In conclusion, the current level of evidence is insufficient to either support or refute the benefits of acupuncture for the management of HFs in cancer patients. Future studies should provide within-group and between-gr...
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Points of Interest 08/11/2015

Inside story: Alternative medicines, quackery or not ? "The natural products industry contributes an estimated $1.4b to New Zealand's economy annually." Catholic Bishops In Kenya Call For A Boycott Of Polio Vaccines How Social Media Backfired for the 'Anti-Vax' Community PSEUDOSCIENCE AND SCIENCE – ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE IS BULLSHIT First Reported Ca...
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Points of Interest 08/08/2015

Homeopathy is a joke, says this Canadian educator . And not a funny one Spinal Manipulative Therapy for Chronic Lower Back Pain in Older Veterans A Prospective, Randomized, Placebo-Controlled Trial "The SMT did not result in greater improvement in pain when compared to our sham intervention; however, SMT did demonstrate a slightly greater improveme...
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Points of Interest 08/06/2015

Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2015;2015:641704. Sympathetic Arousal during a Touch-Based Healing Ritual Predicts Increased Well-Being . When apes groom each other they relax. J Headache Pain. 2014 Oct 2;15:67. doi: 10.1186/1129–2377–15–67.  Manual therapies for primary chronic headaches: a systematic review of randomized controlled trial...
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Points of Interest 08/03/2015

Simple intervention can moderate anti-vaccination beliefs, study finds Board: Acupuncturist negligent in giving bee sting therapy . Alternative menopause therapies deemed 'ineffective . "...he estimated 490,000 Australian women using alternative medicines for menopausal symptoms are wasting their money, say researchers. Nosode homeopathic labels mu...
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More Metastasis of Pseudo-Medicine

Oregon has a problem with prescription pain pills .  Oregon leads the nation in the abuse of such drugs, federal statistics show, with the state's rate of prescription drug abuse 39 percent higher than the national average. Why that is, I do not know. As an Infectious Disease doctor I prescribe a narcotic about once a year. There are a real pr...
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Points of Interest 07/30/2015

Taking St. John's Wort for Depression Carries Risks : Study  Herbal remedy isn't regulated, and can have side effects and serious drug interactions GP practice with 4,000 patients closes after 67 years because NHS chiefs couldn't find enough doctors to run it ."As well as day-to-day healthcare, the clinic specialises in anthroposophy - an alte...
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Points of Interest 07/27/2015

HOMEOPATHY HAS NO PLACE IN PHARMACY: CANADIAN PHARMACIST . "A Canadian pharmacist has slammed the sale of homeopathic remedies in community pharmacy, stating that homeopathy and science are mutually exclusive." More chiropractors sanctioned for sneaking into hospitals to treat babies . Naturopath Marilyn Bodnar pleads not guilty over advice that ne...
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Points of Interest 07/26/2015

Hmm, wonder why chiropractor would have to "sneak into" a hospital . "The board director and president-elect of the Chiropractors Association of Australia resigns over an unauthorised hospital visit to treat a baby." PLoS One. 2015 Jul 24;10(7):e0127019. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0127019. Is Acupuncture Effective for Hypertension? A Systematic Revi...
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Points of Interest 07/17/2015

Medical students protest the University of Toronto's anti-vaccine course Chickenpox cases plunge in Ontario following public vaccine program: study The Joint Corp. Surpasses Two Million Chiropractic Adjustments Per Year . I do not know whether to be impressed or horrified. Belief in homeopathy is a moral test . "So when people say that it works, th...
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