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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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Points of Interest 04/13/2016

There's science and there's homeopathy . Opinion split on effectiveness of alternative medicines . Robert De Niro Promotes All Kinds of Anti-Vaccination Nonsense in Wild Today Interview Vaccination and custody issues – child's best interest Yet another synthetic drug found in dietary supplements:
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Celebrate Magic All Week

I have been quite ill with a viral syndrome since Tuesday. At least I thought it was a viral syndrome. As I was interminably  whinging about my symptoms to my resident, she noted what I really had was a man cold, something her husband suffers from. I had never heard of a man cold before, but a quick google revealed the truth behind the diagnos...
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Points of Interest 04/09/2016

JAAD Case Rep. 2015 Sep 29;1(6):345–7. doi: 10.1016/j.jdcr.2015.08.004. eCollection 2015. Prurigo nodularis after acupuncture. Chin Med. 2016 Apr 5;11:16. doi: 10.1186/s13020–016–0088–7. eCollection 2016. Acupuncture therapy for drug addiction . "Contradictory results, intergroup differences, variation in sample sizes, and acupuncture placebo effec...
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Points of Interest 03/30/2016

Acupuncture As an Integrative Approach for the Treatment of Hot Flashes in Women With Breast Cancer: A Prospective Multicenter Randomized Controlled Trial (AcCliMaT). . " …participants, 105 were randomly assigned to enhanced self-care and 85 to acupuncture plus enhanced self-care. Acupuncture plus enhanced self-care was associated with a significan...
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Points of Interest 03/24/2016

Midwife, and Homeopathy, Faulted in Home-Birth Death . "Demanuele instead tried a homeopathic "remedy" to relieve Lovell's anxiety. Only after Lovell fainted in a pool of her own blood and went into cardiac arrest was she taken to a hospital, where she died 12 hours later." Acupuncture for low back pain no longer recommended for NHS patients . "Do ...
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My Metaphor Was Lacking

Like any writer and educator, I like metaphors. A good metaphor can help clarify a topic and a great metaphor will be memorable. I have the arrogance to think that the information I have to share, both as an infectious disease doctor and as a blogger/podcaster, is actually important. I want my medical residents to remember what I have to say, as th...
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American Journal of Public Health publishes irresponsible article touting "potential public health benefits" of homeopathy

Just as homeopathy is approaching death's door in the United States , Australia and the U.K. , up pops this last-ditch effort at resuscitation in none other than the highly respected American Journal of Public Health : "Because of potential public health benefits associated with the use of homeopathy, further research on this modality and targeted ...
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Points of Interest 03/10/2016

YOUR ONE STOP SHOP FOR THE ANTI-VACCINE HATE DEBATE Science Isn't Broken . It's just a hell of a lot harder than we give it credit for. This church's cancer-curing elixir is really bleach, federal authorities say Toronto mom's pro-vaccine rant goes viral on Facebook "You have stood on the shoulders of our collective protection for too long. From th...
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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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Points of Interest 03/01/2016

Homeopaths and skeptics battle new Health Canada labelling policy Homeopath who claims her treatments are better than vaccines calls for people to donate money to 'alternative' medical organisations rather than cancer charities FDA questions marketing of unapproved cancer screening test When Zika Turns Deadlier: How Anti-Vaccination Misinformation ...
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Points of Interest 02/25/2016

The Dangerous Conspiracy Theories About the Zika Virus. Int J Clin Exp Med. 2015 Apr 15;8(4):5112-20. eCollection 2015. Meta-analysis of acupuncture therapy for the treatment of stable angina pectoris. "...indicating that acupuncture therapy was superior to conventional drugs." Still trying to kill cardiac patients. U.K. considers scrapping funds f...
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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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Points of Interest 02/21/2016

Homeopathy effective for 0 out of 68 illnesses, study finds Treatment has 'no discernible convincing effects beyond placebo' Homeopathy use in US limited to common conditions: Study Form Of Alternative Medicine, Homeopathy, Accused Of Being 'Therapeutic Dead End' Am J Public Health. 2016 Feb 18:e1-e3. Homeopathy Use by US Adults: Results of a Natio...
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Points of Interest 02/10/2016

Is Homeopathy Legit? 300 held in a crackdown against quackery, unregistered practice Woman claims she 'cured' skin cancer by BURNING a huge hole in her chest using a controversial 'black salve' natural ointment . The 63-year-old from New Zealand did not have a biopsy to test melanoma Whooping cough cases quadruple in NSW
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Points of Interest 02/02/2016

Urine is as effective as Dettol, says Lalu Prasad Yadav. "The Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) president, Lalu Prasad Yadav, has stated that urine used to be an effective anti-septic in an emergency situation in the past." Recycled PR release doesn't tell us anything new about garlic Evidence-Based Medicine: You May Want It, But You Might Not Be Getting ...
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Points of Interest 01/20/2016

Regulating Homeopathic Products — A Century of Dilute Interest . From the NEJM. Why bad science won't ever die NATIONAL MEDICARE EQUALITY PETITION CALLS FOR PATIENT ACCESS TO CHIROPRACTIC . "The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) has launched a major grassroots campaign to enact federal legislation that would achieve full physician status for ...
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Who will that inconvenience?

There are a several of brouhaha's over pseudo-medicine in India  at present. One is the pronouncement by Nobel laureate Venkatraman Ramakrishnan (Chemistry 2009) who called astrology and homeopathy useless  harmful practices, and "bogus." That has not gone over well with the pseudo-medical community of India. The other concerns ...
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Points 01/17/2016

Sao Paulo Med J. 2015 Dec;133(6):540. doi: 10.1590/1516–3180.20151336T1. Acupuncture for migraine prophylaxis. . When an intervention is not better than placebo, it is not effective. Except acupuncture: " There is no evidence for an effect of 'true' acupuncture over sham interventions, though this is difficult to interpret, as exact point location ...
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Points of Interest 01/12/2016

Author sees mind-body medicine becoming a routine part of healing Charlie Sheen Temporarily Went Off HIV Medications to Seek Alternative Treatment in Mexico: 'So What? I Was Born Dead' The homeopathy controversy The scientific community despises homeopathy, so why do millions swear by it? Mark Zuckerberg gets his baby vaccinated. Anti-vaxxers go nu...
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