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Points of Interest 02/07/2015

Handb Exp Pharmacol. 2014;225:37–69. doi: 10.1007/978–3–662–44519–8_3. A meta-analysis of brain mechanisms of placebo analgesia: consistent findings and unanswered questions.

BMC Complement Altern Med. 2015 Feb 5;15(1):12. A qualitative study of changes in expectations over time among patients with chronic low back pain seeking four CAM therapies. “Pre-treatment expectations consisted of conjecture about whether or not the CAM therapy could relieve pain and improve participation in meaningful activities. Expectations tended to shift over the course of treatment to be more inclusive of broader lifestyle factors, the need for long-term pain management strategies and attention to long-term quality of life and wellness.”

Homeopathic burn remedy effective: allopaths stunned

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More Tooth Fairy Science: Ayurgenomics

Over at Respectful Insolence there is a nice entry entitled Tooth Fairy science about traditional Chinese medicine, promoted in the Wall Street Journal.

It concerns the efforts to find reality in the diagnostic and therapeutic fantasies that is Traditional Chinese Pseudo-Medicine (TCPM). To sum up

It’s all utter nonsense, of course. It’s as perfect example of what Harriet Hall likes to refer to as Tooth Fairy science as I’ve ever seen. Basically, Tooth Fairy science involves applying the scientific method to phenomena that don’t exist.

There are many other systems of pseudo-medicine. In India there is Ayurveda, a system based on prakriti or body types, of which there are three: windy, bilious and phlegmatic. Why this would be legitimate as well as the hot and cold patterns of TCPM or the humours of medieval Europe is never discussed.  Can they all be valid?

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Janet Camp
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