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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 07/18/2015

Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2015 Jul 10;12(7):7804–7813.  Retrospective Investigation of a Lead Poisoning Outbreak from the Consumption of an Ayurvedic Medicine: Durban, South Africa . "The implicated lead capsules had a lead content of 125,235 µg/g." J Ayub Med Coll Abbottabad. 2015 Jan-Mar;27(1):183–6.  EVALUATION OF TOXIC HEAVY ME...
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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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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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Doesn't Answer the Question. Again. Chiropractic and Stroke.

Does chiropractic care cause a stroke? No. Because chiropractic care covers a lot of interventions, from the realigning nonexistent subluxations to advising against vaccinations to the uber-silliness that is applied kinesiology.

Does neck manipulation, the high velocity low amplitude (chiro speak for a quick neck snap) manipulation that most resembles a brief hanging lead to occasional stroke? Now that is the question.

Chiropractors love to point to the Cassidy study as evidence that neck manipulation does not cause stoke.

A careful reading, such I as did over at Science-Based Medicine, suggests that the Cassidy points to an increase risk for stroke following chiropractic manipulation, especially in the young. It was a flawed study, but if you are a chiropractor who doesn’t read carefully or beyond the abstract, you might think the paper supports the safety of chiropractic.

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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 06/15/2015

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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Chiropractors down 1-9 in bottom of the ninth

The 2015 legislative sessions have ended in many states and others are drawing to a close in June. (Some legislative sessions are longer and a legislatures meet year-round, but we're not concerned about those here.) Chiropractors, as is usual, had a number of practice expansion and other favorable bills introduced across the country. So far, nine didn't pass and one remains pending, but only by the skin of its teeth. One bill unfavorable to practice expansion didn't pass, giving chiropractors their sole victory for this season. 

First, the win: In a rare pushback against chiropractic scope expansion, a bill was introduced in Idaho repealing a rule of the state Board of Chiropractic Examiners allowing chiropractors to prescribe, sell and compound vitamins, minerals, herbal medicines, homeopathic remedies and glandulars. In case you aren't familiar with glandulars, they are made from animal organs sourced in slaughterhouses and are prescribed by naturopaths and chiropractors for fake diseases, such a "adrenal fatigue," and other uses. In addition to the gigantic "ickiness" factor, they are unsafe and pose a risk of contracting "mad cow" disease. Unfortunately, the bill didn't pass.

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Points of Interest 06/05/2015

Anti-vaxxer’s 6-year-old child in intensive care with first case of diphtheria in Spain since 1986

Parents of diphtheria-stricken boy feel “tricked” by anti-vaccination groups

“Homeopathy Helps Autistic Cat” Claims Dr. Marcie Fallek

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Harm Denial

Modern medicine can be dangerous. It is very complicated and sometimes I feel like Dr. McCoy looking at a dialysis patient. We know so much about the physiology and biochemistry of disease and so often the interventions seem so primitive in comparison.

I sometimes think that if we were more sophsiticated in our interventions we would have fewer complications from medicine. Still, we have to practice with the tools we are given.

In medicine we recognize the potential for morbidity and mortality from what we do. I have been on our Quality and Infection Control committees for almost 25 years. The steady decrease in complications from medical care in my hospitals has been impressive. It has been due to an enormous amount of work, work that has it roots in recognizing that not only is harm possible, it can be, by the application of science, preventable.

It is rare for pseudo-medical providers to recognize that their interventions can cause harm. You see this in the lack of hand hygiene and gloves in any of the videos or photographs of the pseudo-medicines.

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Points of Interest 05/28/2015

Senate Approves Vaccination Requirement for Day Care WorkersAnne Geddes offers portraits of meningococcal diseaseGreen Juice Will Not Cure Your CancerI Fooled Millions Into Thinking Chocolate Helps Weight Loss. Here’s How.Clinical Reasoning: Partial Horner syndrome and upper right limb symptoms following chiropractic manipulation. “Our patient experienced onset of Horner syndrome and ipsilateral upper limb symptoms shortly after chiropractic treatment, suggesting the cervico-thoracic manipulation as the cause of or at least worsening factor in the T1-T2 disc herniation.”
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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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Chiropractic Nose Balloons

There are so many pseudo-medicines, it is hard to keep track. New variations appear, new combinations occur, old pseudo-medicines wax and wane.

In my feeds I saw the announcement Anderson Chiropractic Announces Nasal Cranial Release Therapy. I had never heard of Nasal Cranial Release Therapy. It is a mutant combination chiropractic and craniosacral therapy and goes by a variety of other names including

Endonasal Technique, Nasal Cranial Release, Bilateral Nasal Specific Technique, Functional Cranial Release, and Neurocranial Release

Balloons are inserted in the nose and inflated to realign cranial bones. Really.  Watch the video. Judging from the patient it is not a pleasant experience.

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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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Points of Interest 05/11/2015

Naturopaths are Homeopaths. More from the Naturopathic Diaries.What Products Dr. Oz Feels Bad About Praising On His Show.House votes to tighten religious exemptions on vaccinationsChiropr Man Therap. 2015 May 4;23:16. doi: 10.1186/s12998–015–0060–0. eCollection 2015. US chiropractors’ attitudes, skills and use of evidence-based practice: A cross-sectional national survey. “Almost 90% of the sample indicated that they were interested in improving their EBP skills.” Wouldn’t that lead to retirement?Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2015;2015:752160. doi: 10.1155/2015/752160. Epub 2015 Apr 8. The effectiveness of the feldenkrais method: a systematic review of the evidence. “ Risk of bias was high, thus tempering some results.”‘Harley Street’ clinics promoting leeches and acupuncture are subject of formal complaints “Science experts have complained to the Advertising Standards Authority about claims made by alternative medicine clinics which use leech therapy, herbal medicine and acupuncture.”A Maine teen has to ask: Is everyone in this room vaccinated?California vaccine exemptions: Lawmakers dilute legislation to ease passageDoctors urge label change for nosodes, sometimes called ‘homeopathic vaccines’

J Acupunct Meridian Stud. 2015 Apr;8(2):99–102. doi: 10.1016/j.jams.2014.11.007. Epub 2014 Nov 29 Empirical versus Etiological Approaches in Oriental Medical Research.” The absolute dependence on symptomatic presentation to establish acupuncture point selection goes against the grain of traditional Oriental methods, which emphasize pulse, tongue, and other diagnostic tools to determine the overall biological and psychological conditions of the patient.” In other words, they prefer fantasy to reality.

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ICA again says "no" to drugs in chiropractic practice

The International Chiropractors Association (ICA) lobbed another volley a few days ago in the ongoing war between the straight and mixer factions of chiropractic. Actually, "straight" and "mixer" hardly begins to describe the full spectrum of practices available from one or another chiropractor, from those who stick to the "detection and correction" of the mythical subluxation all the way through to those who fancy themselves as primary care physicians lacking only access to an expansive pharmaceutical formulary via the largesse of state legislators. It is this latter group, which seems to have taken over the leadership of the American Chiropractic Association (ACA), that most concerns the ICA. 

Only 3 months ago, in "Chiropractic drug wars heat up again," SFSBM chronicled the latest battle, brought on the pending establishment of a College of Chiropractic Pharmacology and Toxicology. (You will find links to a full history of this intrafraternal war in the post.) This is a key element in the ACA's newly announced plan to push for revision of the state chiropractic practice acts. (Part of the ACA's "Six Key Elements of A Modern Chiropractic Practice Act") These revisions would give the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE), their educational accrediting agency, the full authority to decide the chiropractic scope of practice, a function normally reserved to the states. Of course, the ACA doesn't come out and say this point blank. What they do say is that the revised practice acts should include:

Scope of Practice Determined by Doctoral and Post-Doctoral Education, Training and Experience Obtained Through Appropriately Accredited Institutions.

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Points of Interest 05/06/2015

Is Homeopathic Medicine Only for Suckers - or Only the Smart? The Gloves Are Off2 accused of death during alternative medicine procedure. “The woman’s daughter, Liy Liu, was referred to the two naturopathy doctors about a new but medically unapproved procedure that she believed would maintain health. The procedure involved an “Octozone” machine that Stoneking billed as a way to kill pathogens in the blood. Police said he tried to sell the machine for $4,400 but offered to give the women the treatment in Las Vegas for $100 per procedure…According to detectives, the two women visited the doctors at their east Las Vegas Valley apartment for the procedure, which was described as injecting a person with a syringe filled with oxygen taken from a small box machine… During the second treatment, Kim Liu was given the injection but then began seizing and going unconscious. She was later rushed to Sunrise Hospital for treatment, where she later died. Police noted the victim appeared healthy in the days before her death.”Womens Health Issues. 2015 Apr 29. pii: S1049–3867(15)00026–2. doi: 10.1016/j.whi.2015.03.001. Women’s Use and Self-Prescription of Herbal Medicine during Pregnancy: An Examination of 1,835 Pregnant WomenJ Manipulative Physiol Ther. 2014 Dec 5. pii: S0161–4754(14)00242–5. doi: 10.1016/j.jmpt.2014.11.001. Chiropractors’ Characteristics Associated With Physician Referrals: Results From a Survey of Canadian Doctors of Chiropractic. “The percentage of patients with somatovisceral conditions, using a particular chiropractic technique (hole in one and Thompson), taking his/her own radiographs, being the client of a chiropractic management service, and considering maintenance/wellness care as a main sector of activity were associated with fewer MD referrals.”Am J Ophthalmol. 2015 Apr 29. pii: S0002–9394(15)00236–6. doi: 10.1016/j.ajo.2015.04.033. Prospective Evaluation of Acupuncture as Treatment for Glaucoma.
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Points of Interest 04/20/2015

Intern Med. 2015;54(8):975–8. doi: 10.2169/internalmedicine.54.2238. Epub 2015 Apr 15. Guillain-barré syndrome following bee venom acupuncture. Probably true-true and unrelated.

BMC Complement Altern Med. 2015 Mar 31;15(1):98. doi: 10.1186/s12906–015–0633–4. Tragic result of traditional Chinese medicine manipulation: an unusual case report of bilateral anterior shoulder dislocations.

BMC Complement Altern Med. 2015 Mar 28;15(1):90. Effectiveness of acupuncture for angina pectoris: a systematic review of randomized controlled trials. “The findings showed very low evidence to support the use of acupuncture for improving angina symptoms and ECG of angina patients. However, the quality of the trials included in this study was low”J Bronchology Interv Pulmonol. 2015 Apr;22(2):162–4. Delayed recognition of an uncommon cause of iatrogenic pneumothorax. . The images enclosed from our case report show the subtle radiographic findings on the plain film, less subtle findings on computed tomographic scan, and what we believe is the first to be reported 3-dimensional reconstructed image of an acupuncture needle remaining in the chest after treatment. The case highlights the importance of looking for subtle abnormalities on imaging and the importance of history taking to finally establish a cause. We consider this an instructive case for internists and respirologists who should ask about this potential iatrogenic form of penetrating chest trauma when evaluating a patient for pneumothorax.BMC Complement Altern Med. 2015 Apr 2;15(1):103. Auricular acupuncture with seed or pellet attachments for primary insomnia: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Same as it ever was: “Nonetheless, considering the poor methodological quality, insufficient sample size and possible publication bias, current evidence is not yet adequate to provide a strong support for the use of auricular acupuncture in the treatment of primary insomnia. More strictly designed clinical studies will be needed to obtain a more explicit conclusion.”Evidence based medicine: a movement in crisis or just one with a long way to go?FDA to revisit its policies on homeopathic productsFalsified medicines taint global supplyAnti-Vaccine Beliefs Raced Around The World While Science Was Putting On Its Shoes.No room for science and facts with the anti-vaccination mob who are putting young lives at riskGot money to burn? Earthing wants youNew WikiLeaks documents reveal the inner workings of the Dr. Oz Show
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Chiropractors managing herpes?

The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) periodically conducts a survey of chiropractors to see what they do in their practices. The NBCE's Practice Analysis of Chiropractic 2015 is out now and provides an intriguing inside look at this insular group of health care practitioners. The survey certainly deserves more than one look, but I provide some initial observations here.

First, the Analysis is not good news for the group of chiropractors trying to rebrand themselves as primary care physicians.  In actual practice, they hardly ever see the diseases and conditions the average MD or DO PCP would diagnose and refer or treat. For example, asthma, COPD, respiratory infections, colitis, ulcers, UTIs, angina, thyroid disorders, anemia, menopausal issues, and ENT disorders were seen once or twice a year, and in some cases not even that frequently.

Yet, with a hubris that far exceeds their actual experience with these problems, they reported in many cases that they "co-managed" these issues with other health care professionals. Chiropractors virtually never saw a case of appendicitis, yet reported that they co-managed 21% of these cases and managed 5.1% by themselves. (Surely that is a statistical anomaly and a chiropractor didn't actually manage a case of appendicitis!) They saw less than 1 case per year of herpes simplex or herpes zoster, but co-managed almost half of the cases.

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Chiropractic, Sex and Exorcisms

I have numerous Google alerts covering a variety of topics so I can have content pushed to me every day rather than having to search for it. The 'Chiropractic' alert rarely has any content of interest. It is mostly advertisements for chiropractic services or infomercials. Unlike the other pseudo-medicine alerts, there is little science in the feeds.

And unlike the other pseudo-medicine alerts, there are occasionally reports of various disciplinary actions against chiropractors. I do not report these in the Points of Interest, as I figure that there are dirt balls who will take advantage of patients, both financially or otherwise, in all fields.

But this one caught my eye: Iowa chiropractor admits exorcisms and bartering sex for treatment of patients. It wasn't the sex I found odd, but exorcisms.

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I follow and appreciate this blog regularly, but would be more apt to share it with others if you used more care in proofreading y... Read More
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