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Points of Interest 10/14/2016

BMJ Open. 2016 Jan 4;6(1):e008973. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen–2015–008973.   Evidence of Chinese herbal medicine Duhuo Jisheng decoction for knee osteoarthritis: a systematic review of randomised clinical trials . Same as it ever was: "However, the effectiveness and safety of DJD is uncertain because of the limited number of trials and low meth...
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Points of Interest 10/11/2015

Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2016;2016:1057878. Epub 2016 Sep 19. Analysis of the Spectral Characteristics of Pure Moxa Stick Burning by Hyperspectral Imaging and Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy . State: 'Integrative Medicine' Doc Left Woman's Cancer Untreated Lynnwood chiropractor placed on 3 years probation . "However, chiropractor...
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OCT
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Points of Interest 10/09/2016

Chiropr Man Therap. 2016 Oct 5;24:39. eCollection 2016. Awareness of radiographic guidelines for low back pain: a survey of Australian chiropractors. . "Only 50 % of Australian chiropractors report awareness of current radiographic guidelines for low back pain." In the Pink: Combining traditional, alternative medicine to treat breast cancer . Helpi...
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OCT
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Points of Interest 10/08/2016

4 Reasons to Take Your Child to a Chiropractor . Just not 4 reasons a responsible patient would use. Hydrotherapy for dogs and acupuncture for cats: Cost of insurance shoots up 9% to cover posh pet therapies . Paying more to abuse your pets.
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OCT
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Does it work? Depends on whether the endpoint is subjective or objective.

Do pseudo-medicines work? It all depends on what 'work' means. Do they affect underlying physiologic processes lead to symptoms? Virtually never. Most of the pseudo-medicines discussed on this website are at best implausible verging on the impossible. There is no reason to suspect that acupuncture or chiropractic or reiki or homeopathy would have a...
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OCT
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Points of Interest 10/05/2016

Interesting Facts You Never Knew About Homeopathy . Facts that are actually myths. Like "the fact is that homeopathy is a science-based medical form that is highly effective. Top Acupuncture Myths . Myths that are actually facts. "Acupuncture is a placebo" and "Acupuncture is outdated folk medicine." Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2016;2016:32...
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OCT
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Points of Interest 10/01/2016

FDA warns against the use of homeopathic teething tablets and gels . "Consumers should seek medical care immediately if their child experiences seizures, difficulty breathing, lethargy, excessive sleepiness, muscle weakness, skin flushing, constipation, difficulty urinating, or agitation after using homeopathic teething tablets or gels." Woman to g...
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Points of Interest 09/29/16

What will you do for national chiropractic health month?  Weep? Should homeopathy be funded by the National Health Service? . Nope. Bad science is everywhere and people are buying it Appetite for Infection: Should a Cold Be Starved and a Fever Be Fed? The New Chiropractic . An interview with the author. Can Homeopathy Treat Epilepsy ? Yes. Jus...
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Points of Interest 09/28/2016

Complement Ther Med. 2016 Oct;28:29–36. doi: 10.1016/j.ctim.2016.07.005. Epub 2016 Jul 29. Expected and perceived efficacy of complementary and alternative medicine: A comparison views of patients with cancer and oncologists . "Many patients reported that they did not experience the positive efficacy they had anticipated before use." A guide to the...
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A Proposal for a Now Completed Worthless Chiropractic Study.

Chiropractic, like much of pseudo-medicine, is fundamentally based on a delusion. There is no subluxation complex that can be fixed with spinal manipulation improve spinal function, nerve conduction or improve spinal health, whatever that might be. So it is of no surprise that chiropractic manipulation as shown no benefit for any condition in caref...
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Why chiropractors should not treat concussions: A case report

Chiropractors claim that they can effectively treat concussions and that they are competent to return concussed athletes to play. Lacking evidence that this is actually the case, they have turned to the state legislatures to elbow their way onto the list of health care practitioners who are permitted by law to sign off on returning student athletes...
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Points of Interest 09/24/2016

Acupuncture And Herbs Gain International Recognition . Perpetuating the myth that Otzi had acupuncture . Being insensitive isn't a crime . "…former journalist Sidek Kamiso was arrested simply because he allegedly tweeted this, presumably over the death of faith healer and PAS spiritual adviser Datuk Dr Haron Din: "Someone who made his career out of...
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Arthritis Foundation and Pseudo-Medicine

The Arthritis Foundation is is the leading nonprofit organization dedicated to the prevention, control and cure of arthritis in the United States. Part of their mission is to to lead and fund cutting-edge scientific investigation to discover more about arthritis – what causes it, what affects it, what can stop it – and what can keep it from develop...
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Points of Interest 09/20/2016

Spot a chiropractic clinic? Report it because they're illegal, says official . "Jakarta Health Agency head Koesmedi Priharto said Monday there were no legal chiropractors operating in Jakarta following the closure of dozens of chiropractic clinics across the city in January because his office had issued no permits ever since." The Flu Shot – Should...
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Points of Interest 09/18/2016

JMIR Public Health Surveill. 2016 Sep 16;2(2):e153. doi: 10.2196/publichealth.5739.  Chiropractic and Spinal Manipulation Therapy on Twitter: Case Study Examining the Presence of Critiques and Debates. "In the abundance of tweets substantiating and promoting chiropractic and SMT as sound health practices and valuable business endeavors, the de...
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Points of Interest 09/09/2016

Think Americans fear vaccines? Check out the French. The adventures of bad chiropractic websites ."One of the most important duties in every chiropractic practice is building a client base…If you want to hook the best fish, you need the proper bait." Cancer patients duped into useless treatments as HCCC launches investigation Famed Anti-Vaxx Doctor...
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Points of Interest 09/03/2015

Chiropractors see diabetes as a chance for new patients — and profit Pain Manag. 2016 Aug 31. Insomnia: can acupuncture help? . "So, as the safety profile of acupuncture is excellent, it seems reasonable to utilize acupuncture in a nonpharmacological approach to combating insomnia, despite lack of formal evidence." Eye roll. Alternative medicine fo...
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Invasion of the Chiropractors

Evidently Portland will soon have a problem to rival that of the homeless along the Springwater corridor: an expansion of Chiropractic clinics . The Portland-area market is especially lucrative because of the city's health-focused outdoor culture, such as the biking, hiking and boating communities. And the influx of what are generally health-consci...
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Points of Interest 08/24/2016

Authorities investigating 70 deaths linked with German clinic Should Naturopathic Doctors Be Allowed To Write Prescriptions? Eur J Psychol. 2016 Aug 19;12(3):473–88. doi: 10.5964/ejop.v12i3.1107. eCollection 2016.  Clowning in Health Care Settings: The Point of View of Adults . "clown doctors are also well-perceived by relatives" No, they are ...
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Harm Index 08/09/2016

I do not know why I have not thought of this before. Shruggies look at pseudo-medicine and say, with a gallic shrug , what's the harm? Pseudo-medicine may be worthless, but at least it causes no harm. Complications do occur, but are few and far apart and get lost. It would nice to keep a running summary. Medicine is about risk vrs benefit and if an...
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