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Points of Interest 12/12/2014

Lyme-Illiterate New York is about to change its medical misconduct law to protect quacks.

“Natural” does not mean safe: Child dead in Australia after consuming raw milk

Staff of controversial Florida alt med spa sues claiming illegal and unethical practice

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Points of Interest 12/06/2014

You can’t detox your body. It’s a myth. So how do you get healthy? There’s no such thing as ‘detoxing’. In medical terms, it’s a nonsense. Diet and exercise is the only way to get healthy. But which of the latest fad regimes can really make a difference? We look at the factsSpine J. 2014 Nov 14. pii: S1529-9430(14)01714-8. doi: 10.1016/j.spinee.2014.11.007. Three Cases of Hemiplegia after Cervical Paraspinal Muscle Needling.J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 2014 Nov 20. pii: S0161-4754(14)00218-8. doi: 10.1016/j.jmpt.2014.10.015. An Exploratory, Descriptive Study of Consumer Opinions and Behaviors Regarding Health Products Sales at 4 Chiropractic Practices in a Large, Western Canadian Urban Center.Leg Med (Tokyo). 2014 Nov 11. pii: S1344-6223(14)00165-5. doi: 10.1016/j.legalmed.2014.11.001. An autopsy case of vagus nerve stimulation following acupuncture.. "A male in his late forties died right after acupuncture treatment. A medico-legal autopsy disclosed severe haemorrhaging around the right vagus nerve in the neck. Other organs and laboratory data showed no significant findings. Thus, it was determined that the man could have died from severe vagal bradycardia and/or arrhythmia resulting from vagus nerve stimulation following acupuncture."Wrongly feeding U.S. anxieties over Ebola: Michael M. Lederman (opinion) -A lasting legacy of science (Part 2/2)The Measles Outbreak Coming Near You Parents who won’t vaccinate their children are reviving once-dead diseases. Will a vaccine mandate be needed?Why astrologers, homeopaths and economic forecasts can’t be trusted Charles Assissi on why the so-called science practised by astrologers, homeopaths and economic forecasts is fuzzy at best

Read more at: http://www.livemint.com/Opinion/nyUQSztYUie8v2oKuwkfXP/Why-astrologers-homeopaths-and-economic-forecasts-cant-be.html?utm_source=copy

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Points of Interest 12/02/2014

J Chiropr Med. 2014 Dec;13(4):282-286. Chiropractic Management of a 24-Year-Old Woman With Idiopathic, Intermittent Right-Sided Hemiparesthesia. "This patient's symptoms of idiopathic, intermittent right-sided hemi-paresthesia seemed to improve with a short course of chiropractic care using manipulation, vibration therapy and cold laser therapy."J Chiropr Med. 2014 Dec;13(4):221-229. The Ergogenic Effect of Elastic Therapeutic Tape on Stride and Step Length in Fatigued Runners.. Neither blinded nor placebo controlled. Why bother to do and publish garbage?PLoS One. 2014 Dec 1;9(12):e114057. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0114057. eCollection 2014. An updated meta-analysis of the efficacy and safety of acupuncture treatment for cerebral infarction. As always, data from lousy studies suggests efficacy. Garbage in, garbage out.Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2014;2014:506758. Epub 2014 Nov 10. Adverse Events of Auricular Therapy: A Systematic Review. -How to do a pre-party detox. They should tell how to detox from naturopathy.Don't Use My Autistic Son as a Reason Not to VaccinateA Lasting Legacy of ScienceExpert Shares the Shocking Truth Regarding Injections for Macular Degeneration. The video is a cornucopia of pseudo-medicine.
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Jesus on toast: chiropractic version

Chiropractors finding subluxations on x-ray films has some disturbing similarities to people finding religious images on pieces of toast.  At least, that is the take-away message I got from a fascinating article in Chiropractic & Manual Therapies with the provocative (and long) title,

Gimme that old time religion: the influence of the healthcare belief system of chiropractic's early leaders on the development of x-ray imaging in the profession. 

The author explains, as we who faithfully consult SFSBM for our information already know, chiropractic subluxations are rooted in a religious paradigm. Chiropractic mythology holds that minute misalignments of the spine cause interruption in the flow of "Innate Intelligence" or a "Universal Intelligence" which runs down from the brain to all organs of the body via the nervous system. It is a form of vitalism, the idea that there is some supernatural force which exerts an influence on bodily function.  According to chiropractic belief, correction of these putative misalignments removes this impediment and normal functioning is restored. 

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Trying to Prove a Fairy Tale

Many pseudo-medicinal interventions have an origin story. Ear acupuncture was discovered when it was noted that a patient had relief of back pain with a burn to the ear. Iridology was based on the changes in the iris noted in an owl with a broken wing. And there is being bitten by a radioactive spider or too much gamma radiation. Wait. Those last two are from comic books, not that you can tell from the content.

Perhaps the most famous origin story is that of DD Palmer and chiropractic

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Sigh...and there are faeries at the bottom of my garden as well. And the bible is true, it says so right in The Bible!
Wednesday, 26 November 2014 20:09
Guest — darwinslapdog
Sigh...and there are faeries at the bottom of my garden as well. And the bible is true, it says so right in The Bible!
Wednesday, 26 November 2014 20:09
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Points of Interest 11/24/2014

The Menace Of Quack DoctorsPolitical Hack, Medical Quack  J Am Geriatr Soc. 2014 Nov;62(11):2221-2. doi: 10.1111/jgs.13090.Acupuncture Causing Methicillin-Sensitive Staphylococcus aureus Spondylodiscitis Resulting in Bacteremia and Bacteriuria.. And they are so good at sterile technique.Integr Cancer Ther. 2014 Oct 28. pii: 1534735414555808. Complementary and Alternative Medicine Use by Breast Cancer Patients at Time of Surgery Which Increases the Potential for Excessive Bleeding. -HOW NIGERIA'S ANTI-POLIO STRATEGY HELPED IT WIPE OUT EBOLACholestatic hepatitis from prolonged kratom use: A case reportAn audiometric study of the effects of paraspinal stimulation on hearing acuity in human subjects – understanding the Harvey Lillard phenomenon.Papuan Anthill for Cancer Treatment "Cancer and Tumor which can be cured with the ants nest is breast cancer, brain cancer, liver cancer, nasal cancer, skin cancer, lung cancer, uterine cancer, colon cancer, prostate cancer and leukemia, except for cancers of oral cavity and the throat."
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Ms. America, Doctor of Chiropractic

The new Ms. America, crowned in August, is Stephanie Mills, a New Hampshire chiropractor.  Never heard of Ms. America?  Me either.  Miss America and Mrs. America, yes. But Ms. America is a new one. 

The Ms. America Pageant is a beauty contest for women 26 years old and above.  She can be married, divorced, widowed or single and must pay $1500 to enter, although if a potential contestant would like to take an advantage of the early bird special, entry is only $1199.  Competition is based on evening gown, interview, sportswear and on-stage question. Not having to appear in a swimsuit or have a talent is advertised by its promoters as a plus.

The winner gets "INSTANT CELEBRITY STATUS!" plus a crown, sash, scepter and a letter from the President of the United States.  One gets the impression from the website that the whole thing is rather second tier in the pageant world, although I admit I am no beauty contest expert. 

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TN

A while back I mentioned a study that wasn't a study by the British Chiropractor Association that suggested that texting could kill you.

Their completely unsubstantiated theory is that texting, by causing the head to lean forward, would lead to hyper-kyphosis, restrictive lung disease and death. This idea has no basis in the medical literature I can find.

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Placebo Nocebo

One of the interesting aspects of medicine is how interactions with patients, even if nothing is done, can have both good and bad effects. It is one of the characteristics of human behavior that makes it very difficult to know if an intervention works. I usually consider the patient-HCW interaction to be mostly positive and it is not unlike the salubrious effects that occur when one monkey grooms another. However, as a physician

in deference to a million years of evolution, I will not attempt to pick fleas off the patient.

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A Perfect Example of Why This Organization is Needed

It is still odd to my mind. As a rule, major Universities not have departments of Astrology or Bigfoot Studies or UFO studies or Economics. Except, perhaps, as part of the Sociology Department as part of the study of human superstitions.

They recognize that these disciplines have no basis in reality and are worthy as study as part of a reality based curriculum.

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Janet Camp
Thank you for your integrity.
Friday, 23 January 2015 01:54
Janet Camp
Thank you for your integrity.
Friday, 23 January 2015 01:54
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Scant hours spent do not a Doctor make

Training in Internal Medicine is 7 years (4 in Medical School, 3 in residency), about 19,000 hours. It takes another 5600 hours, an extra two years, to be an ID specialist, assuming an 8 hour day I do not think I ever worked in my life.

Not a single student is even remotely ready to take care of patients after 4 years of medical school much less after a year and a half. It is why we have residencies: so we can learn from our elders and (hopefully) betters how to care for the sick.

Even after residency and fellowship most doctors are competent, but it takes another 5 or 10 years to get good.

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