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Points of Interest 05/18/2016

Naturopaths, often derided as quacks, push to go mainstream — with help from vitamin companies Victoria cracks down on rogue chiros 'Maggot therapy' makes medical comeback, despite some squeamishness Why Won't the Andrew Wakefield Nightmare End? City Investigating Chicken Pox Outbreak In Hasidic Williamsburg Homeopathy fans are angry. Here is what ...
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Points of Interest 05/16/2016

How Therapists Use Dry Needling to Relieve Pain . No. Not acupuncture. Not here. Public Health Takes on Anti-Vaccine Propaganda: Damage done, Challenges Ahead Anti-Vaxxer Arguments Taken Down In Scorching Sex Party Letter '. Choosing not to vaccinate your children amounts to medical neglect'. Acupunct Med. 2016 May 13. pii: acupmed–2016–011056. doi...
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A Chiropractic First: It Doesn't Work. Further Trials Not Indicated.

Back in 2007 a paper was published, Atlas vertebra realignment and achievement of arterial pressure goal in hypertensive patients: a pilot study  suggesting that NUCCA manipulations of the neck can lower blood pressure. NUCCA was discussed at length at SBM and this particular study was evaluated in my 17th Quackcast and found to be wanting. &n...
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Points of Interest 05/10/2016

Message to naturopaths: Magic isn't medicine Lewisham shop 'conning' parents by claiming acupuncture and 'special powder' will cure autism Sometimes, Herbal Remedies Can Kill You Is It Really A Revolution? The Limits of Personalized Medicine J Cancer Res Clin Oncol. 2016 May 7. Exploring an herbal "wonder cure" for cancer: a multidisciplinary appro...
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Points of Interest 05/08/2016

Homeopathy trials can be positive — the reason why is bad news for homeopaths Prosecutors continue to examine toddler's death by cyanide poisoning Chiropractor who manipulated a tiny baby's spine to treat colic triggers a crackdown on operators who make 'rogue and unsubstantiated claims' Health Canada investigates Florida spa director's illegal sup...
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Points of Interest 05/04/2016

Science suggests acupuncture works, but no one is sure why Daith piercings: a new cure for migraines? Vaccine Scandal Rocks China UPDATE: Dodgy chiropractic health claims axed by Tim Robards' boss
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Two Pseudo-Medicines Simultaneously Inflicted on Helpless Children

One of the themes of science-based medicine is that techniques that are applicable to reality-based medicine do not function for pseudo-medicine. My favorite example is the Cochrane meta-analysis from 2012 on the efficacy of Oscillococcinum® for treatment of flu: There is insufficient good evidence to enable robust conclusions to be made about Osci...
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Points of Interest 04/27/2016

Is the end near for the chiropractic profession as we know it?   We can hope. Top Integrative Pain Researcher Urges End to Reductionist Dominance There's no such thing as 'alternative' medicine Teatox Party How laxative teas took over Instagram, one $250,000 celebrity endorsement at a time Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2016 Apr 22. pii: S1542–35...
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Points of Interest 04/20/2016

Why we need consumer guides for complementary and alternative medicine . I would suggest this site and Science-Based Medicine . Prince Charles's ideas about medicine may seriously harm your health . Chiropractic: What Is Chiropractic Manipulation? Does It Work? . Nope. Pakistan polio: Seven killed in anti-vaccination attack . "Islamist militants op...
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Points of Interest 04/17/2016

This Ex-Naturopath Turned Back To Science-Based Medicine, And Paid A Price For It Naturopathic pediatrics is not safe J Clin Epidemiol. 2016 Apr 11. pii: S0895–4356(16)30074–9. doi: 10.1016/j.jclinepi.2016.03.023. The design, analysis and meta-analysis of N-of–1 trials: A tapestry of heterogeneity. Chiropractor combines physical and emotional treat...
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A Little Chiropractic Physics: be wary when you F with the ma

A Newton , big N, is the measure of force. It is named after a famous fig cookie… not, sorry, a bit of misunderstanding. It is named after Issac Newton from the second law of motion. F = m*a. Force equal mass time acceleration. How much force does chiropractic generate with high-velocity-low-amplitude manipulations? They aim for about 400 to 600 Ne...
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Points of Interest 04/12/2016

Twitter Study Finds Facts Don't Matter to Anti-Vaxxers Grieving dad sues over 'cure cancer with vitamins' therapy Without A Doubt: Chiropractic Research Shows Adjusting The Subluxated Spine Changes Brain Function Complement Ther Med. 2016 Apr;25:178–87. doi: 10.1016/j.ctim.2016.02.015. Epub 2016 Mar 3. Is one yoga style better than another? A syste...
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Points of Interest 04/06/2016

Bryan Murray leads fundraising drive for alternative cancer centre . A million dollars for a quackfest . Acupuncture in the military for rapid pain relief on the battlefield Deregistered chiropractor who claims success in treating cancer exposed You Asked: Are Chiropractors Legitimate? Some Imported Dietary Supplements and Nonprescription Drug Prod...
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Points of Interest 03/26/2016

Patient blames estate of dead chiropractor for back problems . "…alleging the decedent failed to properly perform chiropractic treatment." There is a proper way to do pseudo-medicine? Immune thrombocytopenia after bee venom therapy: a case report Zhongguo Zhen Jiu. 2015 Dec;35(12):1275–9.  Effect of electroacupuncture at different acupoints on...
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Pain improved but function stays the same. Did anything happen?

Reposted after a 3/22/16 site crash. Why do we hurt? Pain exists in part so we do not cause further trauma. If you have tennis elbow or low back back after an injury, it hurts and that pain prevents you from causing more damage. At least partly. Pain is odd. There can be a strong psychological component to pain and how it is perceived. As I have me...
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Points of Interest 03/07/2016

Bernie Sanders' Long History With Alternative Medicine Keep Calm And Avoid Microbiome Mayhem Conspiracy theories run amok Chiropractors using 'unacceptable' false advertising, says board Doctors and academics had called for Chiropractic Board of Australia to be sacked because of its failure to take action "Low T" Tease: Rosy anecdotes and the reali...
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Kansas HB 2578 allows chiropractors to decide if student can return to play after a concussion

Under Kansas law, a school athlete who has been removed from play due to a suspected concussion must get written clearance from a medical doctor before returning to practice or competition. House Bill 2578 would allow chiropractors to provide these written clearances. The bill passed in the House, after an intense debate , and is now before the Sen...
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Points of Interest 02/23/2016

Still no evidence for homoeopathy: Scientist responds to review criticism Anti-vaccination campaigners blamed for measles outbreak in Melbourne suburb of Brunswick after 14 cases Against Doctors Orders: Kansas Moves to Allow Chiropractors to Clear Concussion Injuries in Sports
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What will state insurance "non-discrimination" laws mean for chiropractors?

Section 2706 of the Affordable Care Act prevents "discrimination" by health insurers against all health care providers acting within their scope of practice. According to an American Association of Naturopathic Physicians spokesperson , Sec. 2706 "suggest[s] that if insurers cover a health condition, they must pay any providers that are licensed to...
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Another young person dies following chiropractic neck manipulation

There is an association between neck manipulation and cervical artery dissection . Chiropractors and their professional organizations continue to deny it, but, so far, no one outside the chiropractic fraternity believes them. Their supposedly convincing studies convince only themselves . Responsible medical organizations have, in fact, reached...
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