DEC
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Franchising CAM

The Joint Chiropractic is a company that has been quite successful in doing with chiropractic what McDonalds did with food. They are a nationwide system of franchised clinics whose goal is to improve quality of life through routine and affordable chiropractic care. They have 350 Plus clinics, say they do over two million manipulations a year and ar...
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DEC
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Points of Interest 12/14/2016

Skepticism of Alternative Medicine Lingers . A lack of scientific evidence keeps some in the field wary."There are always going to be some physicians who are more open and flexible, and then there are going to be others who are more resistant." You mean open and flexible to science and medicine and resistant to fantasy? Somehow I think not. Consume...
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DEC
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Points of Interest 12/13/2016

Insufficient evidence to support use of homeopathy in livestock Kinesiology: Tapping into your body's energy flow More foreign health professionals are learning and practicing traditional Chinese medicine in China Apple cider vinegar use more anecdotal than Scientific Modern Acupuncture to open first store in Scottsdale in January, with 150 franchi...
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DEC
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Points of Interest 12/10/2016

New evidence gives supporters of chiropractic a headache Vanderbilt praises Spring Hill responders for quick recognition of stroke symptoms . "Ashley Johnson suffered the same type of stroke after a chiropractic neck manipulation that killed model and social media star Katie May earlier this year" Mother who treated son with holistic remedies is 'm...
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DEC
07

Points of Interest 12/06/2016

Traditional Chinese Medicine in China . Sisyphus had it easy: "Traditional Chinese medicine has been spread to 183 countries and regions around the world. According to the World Health Organization, 103 member states have given approval to the practice of acupuncture and moxibustion, 29 have enacted special statutes on traditional medicine, and 18 ...
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DEC
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Points of Interest 12/03/2016

Complement Ther Med. 2016 Dec;29:219-228. doi: 10.1016/j.ctim.2016.10.010. Epub 2016 Oct 11. A randomized placebo-controlled trial of traditional Chinese medicine as an add-on therapy to oral montelukast in the treatment of mild persistent asthma in children . Improved the symptoms but not the actual lung function. Hmmmm. Complement Ther Med. 2016 ...
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DEC
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Points of Interest 12/03/2016

Children's Mercy doctor uses acupuncture in addition to standard medicine to treat young headache patients ."She used to think that acupuncture simply harnessed the power of placebo, but not anymore. "As a physician, I actually don't have a great explanation for how it works, but I can't deny what I see," she said." Chiropractic and Spinal Manipula...
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DEC
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Points of Interest 12/02/2016

The new UK NICE Guidelines on Low Back Pain: Bias against acupuncture increases risk to patients . "This decision reverses the one made by the 2009 committee, who included acupuncture on the basis of robust evidence." I would say the robust evidence says acupuncture does not work. Alternative medicine kept Ronnie Wood young? You could hav...
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DEC
02

Acu-whatever and Nausea: It too is placebo

There are many acupuncture meta-analysis that say the same thing: poor quality studies, not compelling evidence of efficacy, better studies need to be done. It is the manta for the pseudo=medical meta-analysis. The one outlier is acu-whatever (acupuncture, electro-acupuncture, transcutaneous nerve stimulation, laser stimulation, capsicum plaster, a...
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DEC
02

Points of Interest

Acupuncture treatments after mastectomy help women cope with post-operative symptoms . Remember the wise words of Edzard Ernst concerning studies that compare an intervention to usual care. It is "a study-design which is virtually sure to generate nothing but positive results." Chiropractor responds to lawsuit . "A lawsuit alleges that a Twin Citie...
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DEC
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Points of Interest 11/30/2016

The New National Institute for Health and Care Excellence Guidelines on Acupuncture: Wrong on Evidence, Wrong on Ethics . "The United Kingdom's National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recently published an update to its guidelines for the management and treatment of low back pain that removes acupuncture as a recommended treatment....
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NOV
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Points of Interest 11/27/2016

Death from acupuncture . From poor technique leading to bloodstream infection. Spine J. 2016 Nov 22. pii: S1529-9430(16)31063-4. doi: 10.1016/j.spinee.2016.11.003. The quality of placebos used in randomized, controlled trials of lumbar and pelvic joint thrust manipulation - a systematic review. . "Imperfect placebos are ubiquitous in clinical trial...
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Points of Interest 11/22/2016

How Katie May's unfortunate death impacts the chiropractic community Dry needling could all be a placebo — but you should still try it
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Points of Interest 11/19/2016

Bunnies and penguins get arthritis too. How Seattle's zoo treats them . Poke the poor beasts with useless needles. So sad. 'Slapping therapy' death: don't say alternative medicine is harmless The US government is finally telling people that homeopathy is a sham Sci Rep. 2016 Nov 17;6:37316. doi: 10.1038/srep37316.  Efficacy of cupping therapy ...
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NOV
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Points of Interest 11/17/2016

Alternative medicine, supplement promoters selling pseudo-science 'genetic-based' treatments Why 'Naturopathic Medicine' Is An Oxymoron . "Comparing the education that physicians and naturopaths obtain in order to prepare for their professions reveals a large difference between the two. Although both schools have a four year program - the similarit...
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NOV
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Points of Interest 11/15/2015

Chiropractic therapy is key to helping patients recover from addiction . By State Rep. Joshua Peters. " When misalignments, what are termed subluxations, occur in a patient's spine, the neurotransmitters' functions are interrupted and can inhibit a person's sense of well-being. In addition, releasing stress along the spine improves the functioning ...
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NOV
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Points of Interest 11/12/2016

A massive nonprofit rejected a bunch of donated vaccines from Pfizer — and now the drug giant is offering them at a lower price Parents are insisting on doctors who insist on vaccinations Chiropractic Adjustment Video Is Getting Loads Of Attention, And We Can't Figure Out Why . I have noted that manipulation demonstrations are almost always done on...
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NOV
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Points of Interest 11/01/2016

The Chiro Kids: Some Moms Swear by It, but Is Chiropractic Care Safe for Babies? . Dr. Novella says " "The idea of a tiny baby needing to have their back realigned is just pure nonsense. This is just subjecting children to an unpleasant procedure without any evidence or benefit or even an assurance that it is reasonably safe. This is completely une...
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OCT
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Points of Interest 10/20/2016

Real doctors are 'holistic'. Alternative practitioners are anything but Kids and chiropractic care: does it work? . "Just remember that the benefits are specific to every care, and so each person may experience effectiveness in a slightly different manner." 'Embodiment of pseudoscience': Deepak Chopra bad choice for Edmonton autism conference says ...
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OCT
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Points of Interest 10/28/2016

The British National Health Service still prescribes homeopathy — an 'alternative' to modern medicine that doesn't work Cranberry for Prevention of Urinary Tract Infection? . Time to Move On Support Care Cancer. 2016 Dec;24(12):4895–4899. Epub 2016 Aug 6. Acupuncture for treating hot flashes in breast cancer patients: an updated meta-analysis. . "T...
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