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Losing Because of Pseudo-Medicine?

Two weeks of travel and vacation, mostly ignoring the blog. Who wants to write when you could be eating deep dish in Chicago or golfing in Bend? Not me. There are actually a few things more enjoyable than blogging. Abusing animals is not on that list. I feel sorry for animals. At least adult humans can choose to participate in pseudo-medicines. Ani...
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As an equine veterinarian it is quite evident that the treatment of performance horses is rife with pseudomedicine. It is not howe... Read More
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For any equine lovers I hate to bring this up, please don't show this to your horse !Acupuncture Therapy: Dr. Marvin Cain, whom I ... Read More
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Points of Interest 07/13/2015

Tennis champion pushes quacky diet test in Yahoo Health story Claire Harvey: Don't duck the law by sending kids to quacks . "Because — well, let's be honest. Naturopaths are quacks. So are chiropractors*, traditional Chinese herbalists, iridologists, palm-readers, homeopaths, Bowen therapists and reiki practitioners." The Anti-Vaccination Movement ...
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Points of Interest 07/11/2015

Sydney Nurse Arrested After 'Almost Killing' 8-Month-Old Baby With Naturopathy 5 Ways Dr. Oz Is Even Crazier Than You Realize Self-Diagnosing Online? Study Finds Sites Are Only Accurate About Half Of The Time Most medical schools offer courses in alternative medicine. Here's how to avoid quackery. Ital J Pediatr. 2015 Jul 7;41(1):48. doi: 10.1186/s...
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Points of Interest 07/08/2015

Why Science Is Winning the Vaccine Wars . "A new survey shows that common sense is trouncing fear-mongering." Anti-vaccine trend has parents shunning newborns' vitamin shot . Acupuncture can 'cure' you of being gay, claims homeopath . Homeopathic medicine: What's the potential harm? . Sci Rep. 2015 Jul 6;5:11774. doi: 10.1038/srep11774. Validation ...
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Points of Interest 07/05/2015

4th of July Catch up Anc Sci Life. 2015 Jan-Mar; 34(3): 179. Bacterial contamination in Thai Ayurveda products . "Overall, 101 Thai Ayurveda product samples were collected and studied and it was found that 57.4 % had bacterial contamination" Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2015;2015:970327. doi: 10.1155/2015/970327. Epub 2015 Jun 2.  A Goo...
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Safe Needles

The problem is seeing into the future. You never know in advance what infectious disease a patient may have. Chronic hepatitis C, hepatitis B, or HIV. When I was a medical student, back in the more cavalier days, the head of Dermatology wanted us to use all our senses when evaluating a rash. Well, almost all. Taste was out. Bad idea. Is that a drug...
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Dear Mark, In fact, the CDC HICPAC recommends that every time any of us use a needle on a patient for any reason, including in and... Read More
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nice
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Guest — Julian
thanks for sharing.
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Points of Interest 06/28/2015

Anti-vax doctor dead of apparent suicide; conspiracists fired up   Electromagn Biol Med. 2015 Jun;34(2):113–22. doi: 10.3109/15368378.2015.1036079.  Illuminating water and life: Emilio Del Giudice . "The quantum electrodynamics theory of water put forward by Del Giudice and colleagues provides a useful foundation for a new science of wate...
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Norwegian doctor loses her medical license, starts alt med practice . "So now after 25 years, and now with no medical license, she immediately started her own alternative treatment practice mostly to make a living she claims, even though she already has a new job at a local burger joint." FDA & FTC mull homeopathy's future More women choosing a...
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Points of Interest 06/20/2015

Chiropractic care and the risk of vertebrobasilar stroke

All NHS trusts should stop funding homeopathic treatments

Homeopathy Kills Again

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Points of Interest 06/17/2015

Faith healer claims he’s being persecuted because he really CAN heal people

Complementary And Alternative Medicine Is Neglected By Those With Lower Incomes

Statistics education, evidence-based data analysis practices needed to fight reproducibility crisis in science

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Points of Interest 05/16/2015

Health board charges naturopathic physician with unprofessional conduct | Doctor allegedly aided in sale of illegal hormone injections

6 Scientific Arguments Against Vaccines’ Links to Autism

Science Fails to See Benefits of Eating Placenta. Can a vegan eat placenta?. Is it gluten free?

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Points of Interest 06/15/2015

Should I go to naturopathic school? and The Morality of Practicing Medicine. More must reads from the Naturopathic Diaries.

Surgical treatment of cervical disc protrusion causing intracranial hypotension following chiropractic manipulation. We describe a woman with intracranial hypotension provoked by a combination of calcified disc protrusion and chiropractic manipulation who required surgical intervention for definitive treatment. Intracranial hypotension is a rare but increasingly well recognized cause of orthostatic headache that arises due to spinal cerebrospinal fluid leakage from meningeal diverticula or dural perforations.

Not-a-doctor Clement in Ireland pushing treatment that cures “every known disease”

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Points of Interest 06/12/2015

MMS pushers holding another secret conference in UK; BBC exposes it

Health fears over ‘natural’ remedies for the menopause: Acupuncture, supplements or seeing a herbalist could cause problems if used alongside conventional treatments

Pakistan No. 1 in smuggling, using banned drugs “Homeopathy drugs worth Rs. 2 billion are smuggled in Pakistan” No amount of homeopathic drugs could be worth 2 billion.

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Points of Interest 06/08/2015

10 Bogus Health Trends That Waste Your Time

Manuka’s magic nothing but a sweet myth, children prove

ANTI-VAXXERS ARE USING TWITTER TO MANIPULATE A VACCINE BILL

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Points of Interest 06/04/2015

The Walk-In: An Acupuncture Story

More letters from Prince Charles show his devotion to alternative medicine

Dump homeopathy products, pharmacists told

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Points of Interest 05/26/2015

Arm Weakness in a Child Following Chiropractor Manipulation of the Neck

BMC Complement Altern Med. 2015 May 22;15(1):153. Real world research: a complementary method to establish the effectiveness of acupuncture.. Since acupuncture doesn’t work in rigorous trials, lets do less rigorous evaluations to show it works.

PLoS One. 2015 May 21;10(5):e0126971. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0126971. Eur Heart J. 2015 May 20. pii: ehv171. Cardiac perforation as a rare complication of acupuncture.

Risk Associated with Bee Venom Therapy: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. “Adverse events related to bee venom therapy are frequent; therefore, practitioners of bee venom therapy should be cautious when applying it in daily clinical practice, and the practitioner’s education and qualifications regarding the use of bee venom therapy should be ensured.”BMC Complement Altern Med. 2014 Jan 13;14:16. doi: 10.1186/1472–6882–14–16. A path analysis of the effects of the doctor-patient encounter and expectancy in an open-label randomized trial of spinal manipulation for the care of low back pain.Things anti-vaxers sayWhy do British universities still give ‘scientific’ credibility to homeopathy? Prince Charles is not the only one giving support to alternative medicine’s quackery - and it isn’t always harmlessUVa’s integrative medicine clinic seeks ‘holistic approach’ to healthcare. The application of magic keeps growing.How low can you go: Potentially dangerous cancer cures promoted in “secret” presentationThis is why you shouldn’t believe that exciting new medical studyCan New Research Break The Anti-Vaccine Fever? Probably Not
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Points of Interest 05/20/2015

WiFi Won’t Make You Ill, but Thinking that It Will Really CanSupport free speech in the public interest: Anti-SLAPP act proposedAnti-vaxx scientist whines about being ‘discredited’ as he pushes vaccine fears on Orange County momsWhy Do Some Doctors Reject Evolution?A swallowed needle in a cat treated for feline hyperaesthesia syndrome
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Points of Interest 05/18/2015

 

Pain Med. 2015 May 13. doi: 10.1111/pme.12761. What is the Acupoint? A preliminary review of Acupoints.”However, due to insufficience in evidence and in current methodologies, research into mechanisms of acupuncture is still incomplete.” I could argue that.BMJ Case Rep. 2014 Aug 6;2014. pii: bcr2013200958. doi: 10.1136/bcr–2013–200958. A rare case of acute hepatitis induced by use of Babchi seeds as an Ayurvedic remedy for vitiligo.

State data show dangerous levels of unvaccinated students

An analysis of school-by-school opt-out rates finds regional pockets of resistance, subverting ‘herd immunity’ and increasing the threat of an infectious outbreak.Anderson Chiropractic Announces Nasal Cranial Release Therapy. Nasal Cranial Release is a chiropractic adjustment technique that may be beneficial for treating concussions and other head trauma. The release technique is designed to relieve forces that can adversely affect the skull and trigger health problems including vertigo, low energy, insomnia, difficulties concentrating and anxiety… adjusts the skull bones by using a small finger cot affixed to an inflatable device that is inserted into the nasal passageways.”Food Babe vs. the Science Babe. “Vani Hari’s blog, The Food Babe, is a sublimely fact-free blight on the Internet. Buoyed by appearances on the Dr. Oz Show (of course) and a bestselling book, she misinforms an army of followers who exert significant power in the marketplace.”Stem cell ‘Wild West’ takes root amid lack of US regulation
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Another IRB Failure: Acupuncture for Appendicitis

The purpose of Institutional Review Boards, IRB, is to protect patients, especially vulnerable patients such as children. To quote the FDA

the clinical investigation may proceed only if:

The IRB finds and documents that the clinical investigation presents a reasonable opportunity to further the understanding, prevention, or alleviation of a serious problem affecting the health or welfare of children…

When it comes to pseudo-medicine they fail. All the time. I can see no way that acupuncture could ever meet that criteria. Especially for post-operative pain.

As I discussed over at Science-Based Medicine, you can get the same effect as real acupuncture from sham acupuncture, toothpicks, phantom acupuncture, and acupuncture on a rubber hand. The bulk of the information from well done clinical trials suggests that acupuncture is a theatrical placebo.

I cannot understand how any IRB could approve acupuncture in children. First was tonsillectomy. And now?

Effects of Acupuncture on Pain and Inflammation in Pediatric Emergency Department Patients with Acute Appendicitis: A Pilot Study .

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Points of Interest 05/15/2015

FTC Challenges Marketers’ Baseless Claims That Their Supplements Prevent or Reverse Gray HairScience is often flawed. It’s time we embraced that.The quacking of homeopaths and other ‘alternative’ therapists is growing even louder. “The proponents of ‘alternative medicine’ often make claims that are testable and therefore falsifiable – and yet no amount of testing and falsifying convinces these sectarians that what they believe is nonsense.”

J Pharmacol Pharmacother. 2015 Apr-Jun;6(2):110–3. doi: 10.4103/0976–500X.155493. Adrenal suppression following herbal remedy for rheumatoid arthritis. “A patient suffering from rheumatoid arthritis who had extreme adrenal suppression as a result of chronic use of herbal medicines presented with complications of adrenal suppression such as muscle weakness. He also had psychiatric disturbances such as confusion and suicidal tendency. Steroids in the herbal medication were found and hence there exists a need for investigation into their safety and efficacy. “

PLoS One. 2015 May 14;10(5):e0121880. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0121880. Efficacy of Acupuncture for Bell’s Palsy: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials.”Acupuncture seems to be an effective therapy for Bell’s palsy, but there was insufficient evidence to support the efficacy and safety of acupuncture. However, the results should be interpreted cautiously, because of the poor quality and heterogeneity of the included studies.”Prince Charles lobbied the Prime Minister in support of ‘alternative medicines’, ‘black spider’ letters show.Ayurveda gets the nod from the Swiss governmentCalifornia Senate approves vaccination bill. “California would become third state with no religious or personal belief exemptionBMC finds adults do not report dietary supplement use to physicians
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