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Norwegian doctor loses her medical license, starts alt med practice . "So now after 25 years, and now with no medical license, she immediately started her own alternative treatment practice mostly to make a living she claims, even though she already has a new job at a local burger joint." FDA & FTC mull homeopathy's future More women choosing a...
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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 06/18/2016

GP Trounces Homeopathy-Supporting Rival In Election For Commons NHS Scrutiny Job

International police operation seize counterfeit medicines worth €430,000. Yet homeopathy is found on the shelves at the local pharmacy.

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Points of Interest 06/12/2015

MMS pushers holding another secret conference in UK; BBC exposes it

Health fears over ‘natural’ remedies for the menopause: Acupuncture, supplements or seeing a herbalist could cause problems if used alongside conventional treatments

Pakistan No. 1 in smuggling, using banned drugs “Homeopathy drugs worth Rs. 2 billion are smuggled in Pakistan” No amount of homeopathic drugs could be worth 2 billion.

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Points of Interest 06/08/2015

10 Bogus Health Trends That Waste Your Time

Manuka’s magic nothing but a sweet myth, children prove

ANTI-VAXXERS ARE USING TWITTER TO MANIPULATE A VACCINE BILL

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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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Points of Interest 06/04/2015

The Walk-In: An Acupuncture Story

More letters from Prince Charles show his devotion to alternative medicine

Dump homeopathy products, pharmacists told

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Points of Interest 05/29/2015

The Dysfunctional Medicine of Dr. Mark HymanHomeopathy Centre Exploited Superstition, Misled Consumers.Letter from a cow. News from an English farm on a rule that allows only homoeopathy to treat sick animalsCogn Behav Ther. 2011;40(2):137–46. doi:10.1080/16506073.2010.550632. Factors associated with critical thinking abilities in psychotherapists.Clin Infect Dis. 2014 Apr;58(7):e119–21. doi: 10.1093/cid/ciu023. Epub 2014 Jan 14. Giant tuberculin reaction associated with the homeopathic drug tuberculinum: a case report.
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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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Points of Interest 05/15/2015

FTC Challenges Marketers’ Baseless Claims That Their Supplements Prevent or Reverse Gray HairScience is often flawed. It’s time we embraced that.The quacking of homeopaths and other ‘alternative’ therapists is growing even louder. “The proponents of ‘alternative medicine’ often make claims that are testable and therefore falsifiable – and yet no amount of testing and falsifying convinces these sectarians that what they believe is nonsense.”

J Pharmacol Pharmacother. 2015 Apr-Jun;6(2):110–3. doi: 10.4103/0976–500X.155493. Adrenal suppression following herbal remedy for rheumatoid arthritis. “A patient suffering from rheumatoid arthritis who had extreme adrenal suppression as a result of chronic use of herbal medicines presented with complications of adrenal suppression such as muscle weakness. He also had psychiatric disturbances such as confusion and suicidal tendency. Steroids in the herbal medication were found and hence there exists a need for investigation into their safety and efficacy. “

PLoS One. 2015 May 14;10(5):e0121880. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0121880. Efficacy of Acupuncture for Bell’s Palsy: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials.”Acupuncture seems to be an effective therapy for Bell’s palsy, but there was insufficient evidence to support the efficacy and safety of acupuncture. However, the results should be interpreted cautiously, because of the poor quality and heterogeneity of the included studies.”Prince Charles lobbied the Prime Minister in support of ‘alternative medicines’, ‘black spider’ letters show.Ayurveda gets the nod from the Swiss governmentCalifornia Senate approves vaccination bill. “California would become third state with no religious or personal belief exemptionBMC finds adults do not report dietary supplement use to physicians
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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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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 05/05/2015

Countering a tide of anti-vaccine sentimentA horrifying reminder of what life without vaccines was really likeMünchausen by internet: the sickness bloggers who fake it onlineDoes This Cow Really Exist? “Homeopathy. Good lord. It just won’t go away. It has been studied to death. And the results are always the same: I don’t care.”Why alternative therapies are not harm-freeParents Can’t Handle the Tooth. Moms and dads blame teething for their infants’ sleeplessness, crying, fevers, and diarrhea. They’re missing the real cause.Oregon vaccine rate improves, but work remains
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Fam Pract. 2015 Apr 28.Homeopathy in France in 2011–2012 according to reimbursements in the French national health insurance database (SNIIRAM).. “ About 10% of the French population, particularly young children and women, received at least one homeopathic preparation during the year.”

Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2015;2015:908538. doi: 10.1155/2015/908538. Epub 2015 Apr 2. Acupuncture to Reduce HIV-Associated Inflammation.. “ CAIP-based acupuncture did not favorably modulate inflammatory or lipid parameters. Additional studies are warranted of CAIP-based protocols of different frequencies/durations.” It didn’t work. Why would it? So lets do more studies.

PLoS One. 2015 Apr 28;10(4):e0125240. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0125240. eCollection 2015. Acupuncture therapy for sudden sensorineural hearing loss: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. “There was not sufficient evidence showing that acupuncture therapy alone was beneficial for treating SSHL. However, interventions combining acupuncture with WMCT had more efficacious results in the treatment of SSHL than WMCT alone. Electroacupuncture alone might be a viable alternative treatment besides WMCT for SSHL. However, given that there were fewer eligible RCTs and limitations in the included trials, such as methodological drawbacks and small sample sizes, large-scale RCTs are required to confirm the current findings regarding acupuncture therapy for SSHL.”J Altern Complement Med. 2015 Apr 27. Acupuncture for Treating Aromatase Inhibitor-Related Arthralgia in Breast Cancer: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis.”Acupuncture has been reported as a safe and promising treatment for AIMSS, but the present analysis indicated that the effects were not statistically significant.”Seven year old boy dead after bizarre alternative treatment for diabetesCouncil officers warn about bleach-like solution being offered as miracle cure at Brighton alternative medicine eventYet another illegal stimulant in dietary supplementsAn Alternative-Medicine Believer’s Journey Back to ScienceWriter comments on pseudo-facts, half-truths and misleading informationChinese medicine experts say slap therapy a fraud. And what part of Chinese medicine isn’t?Prospective Evaluation of Acupuncture as Treatment for Glaucoma. “Acupuncture has no overall effect on diurnal IOP or BCVA, but may temporally increase the IOP immediately after a treatment session.” But why would it? Another failure of the IRB.
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Women Birth. 2015 Apr 21. pii: S1871–5192(15)00043–8. doi: 10.1016/j.wombi.2015.03.007. Impact of acupressure on onset of labour and labour duration: A systematic review. As always, what is acupuncture: “Seven trials with data reporting on 748 women using different acupressure points and methods of administration were included in the review.”Acupunct Med. 2015 Apr 24. pii: acupmed–2014–010722. doi: 10.1136/acupmed–2014–010722. Single-blinded, randomised preliminary study evaluating the effects of 2 Hz electroacupuncture for postoperative pain in patients with total knee arthroplasty.. “In this small preliminary study, EA retarded the first demand for PCA in comparison with no EA. No effect was seen on the total dosage of PCA required and no point-specific effect was seen.”Global Health. 2015 Apr 25;11(1):17. The influence of social context on the treatment outcomes of complementary and alternative medicine: the case of acupuncture and herbal medicine in Japan and the U.S.

Zhongguo Zhen Jiu. 2015 Jan;35(1):94–7. Zhu Lian’s characteristics and experiences in clinical practice of acupuncture and moxibustion. Yet another acupuncture: ZHU Lian invented the slow insertion technique by rotating needle and the embedding needle technique, improved moxibustion technique with moxa roll and proposed the three keys on the treatment with acupuncture and moxibustion, as well as discovered new acupoints for treatment.

Bill Maher’s bizarre anti-vaccine rant: Stop calling these people “kooks and liars”How To Talk To Anti-Vaccine Advocates Without Your Head ExplodingDr. Oz is popular because the truth is boring. “Oz has done EBM a favor. By making alternative medicine sexy, he has unwittingly made EBM, its antithesis, sexy.”Why doctors and scientists are so anxious about the rise of pop science John Oliver’s glorious Dr. Oz takedown: “You are the worst person in scrubs who has ever been on television — including Katherine Heigl”Why the Food Babe Takedowns Are What Our Society NeedsHealth Food Stores Recommend Body-Shaping Supplements To Minors, Despite Being Illegal In 49 States
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Points of Interest 04/24/2015

Am J Hypertens. 2014 Sep;27(9):1146–51. doi: 10.1093/ajh/hpu078. Epub 2014 May 2. A systematic review and meta-analysis of yoga for hypertension. “Larger studies are required to confirm the emerging but low-quality evidence that yoga may be a useful adjunct intervention in the management of hypertension.” Same as it ever was.

Acupunct Med. 2015 Apr 21. pii: acupmed–2014–010633. doi: 10.1136/acupmed–2014–010633. Acupuncture for melasma in women: a systematic review of randomised controlled trials. “MA appeared to be beneficial and safe for women with melasma, but insufficient evidence was found to reach conclusions. The encircling needling method, the quick needling method, intensive needle manipulations and individualised points’ selection were widely used. Well-designed trials are required.” Same as it ever was.

EU orders Britain’s organic farmers to treat sick animals with homeopathy British organic farmers must treat their animals with unscientific homeopathic remedies under new rules from Brussels.

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Another study finds no link between MMR vaccine and autismRobert Kennedy Jr.’s strange remarks on autism. “Ari Ne’eman, president of the Autistic Self-Advocacy Network, wrote, “Robert Kennedy Jr, who has engaged with autism only to spread lies, misinformation and dehumanizing rhetoric, has never meaningfully engaged in efforts to improve the lives of autistic Americans. While his father, uncle and many others in the Kennedy-Shriver family championed the rights of people with disabilities, he has instead cast his lot with those who use pseudo-science to question our humanity.FDA: Safety problems prompted review of homeopathic remediesFukuoka Igaku Zasshi. 2014 Dec;105(12):234–40. Medical neglect death due to acute lymphoblastic leukaemia: an autopsy case report. We report the case of 2-year-old girl who died of precursor B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL), the most common cancer in children. She had no remarkable medical history. She was transferred to a hospital because of respiratory distress and died 4 hours after arrival. Two weeks before death, she had a fever of 39 degrees C, which subsided after the administration of a naturopathic herbal remedy. She developed jaundice 1 week before death, and her condition worsened on the day of death. Laboratory test results on admission showed a markedly elevated white blood cell count. Accordingly, the cause of death was suspected to be acute leukaemia. Forensic autopsy revealed the cause of death to be precursor B-cell ALL. With advancements in medical technology, the 5-year survival rate of children with ALL is nearly 90%. However, in this case, the deceased’s parents preferred complementary and alternative medicine (i.e., naturopathy) to evidence-based medicine and had not taken her to a hospital for a medical check-up or immunisation since she was an infant. Thus, if she had received routine medical care, she would have a more than 60% chance of being alive 5 years after diagnosis. Therefore, we conclude that the parents should be accused of medical neglect regardless of their motives.Int J Endocrinol Metab. 2015 Apr 20;13(2):e19678. doi: 10.5812/ijem.19678. eCollection 2015. Complementary and alternative medicine for the treatment of obesity: a critical review. “The evidence supporting the effectiveness and safety of these methods is either lacking or point to a negligible clinical benefit, barely surpassing that of the placebo. Furthermore, several limitations are observed in the available scientific literature. These shortcomings include, without being limited to, uncontrolled trial designs, non-random allocation of subjects to treatment arms, small number of patients enrolled, short durations of follow-up, and ambiguous clinical and laboratory endpoints.”Support Care Cancer. 2015 Apr 19. External application of traditional Chinese medicine in the treatment of bone cancer pain: a meta-analysis.. Same result as always: “This systematic review showed positive but weak evidence of EA-TCM for bone cancer pain because of the poor methodological quality and the small quantity of the included trials. Future rigorously designed RCTs are required.”Korean J Gastroenterol. 2015 Apr 25;65(4):236–40. doi: 10.4166/kjg.2015.65.4.236. A case of abdominal wall actinomycosis.”Herein, we report an unusual case of abdominal wall actinomycosis which developed in a patient after acupuncture and presented as abdominal wall mass that was first mistaken for abdominal wall invasion of diverticulum perforation.”‘None of it’s true’: Disgraced wellness guru Belle Gibson comes clean on cancer hoax.Pharma Critic Skewers Homeopathy At FDA HearingMagic placebo more effective than ordinary placeboAnti-Vaccine Group Compares Vaccinations to Rape
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Real Fake and Fake Real

I hope there is a special level of hell for those who make fake real medications. Fake real medicines kills people. Lots of people.

Each year, it’s estimated between 100,000 and 1 million people die from using counterfeit drugs.

It includes medications used to treat malaria, antibiotics and HIV medications and they are mostly sold in the third world:

According to a 2000 World Health Organization report, almost one-third of identified counterfeit drugs contained no active ingredient; and more than 20 percent either had incorrect quantities of active ingredients or contained the wrong ingredients. Other fraudulent practices included false packaging and high levels of impurities.

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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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Complement Ther Med. 2014 Jun;22(3):541–8. doi: 10.1016/j.ctim.2014.03.008. Epub 2014 Apr 1. Chinese massage (Tuina) for the treatment of essential hypertension: a systematic review and meta-analysis.. “The findings from our review suggest that Tuina might be a beneficial adjuvant for patients with EH, although the results are of limited value due to the clinical heterogeneity and low methodological quality of the included studies.”

Complement Ther Med. 2014 Aug;22(4):826–33. doi: 10.1016/j.ctim.2014.06.004. Epub 2014 Jun 30. Traditional Chinese medicine for chronic fatigue syndrome: a systematic review of randomized clinical trials.. TCM appears to be effective to alleviate the fatigue symptom for people with CFS. However, due to the high risk of bias of the included studies, larger, well-designed studies are needed to confirm the potential benefit in the future.

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Doctor Chronicles Cases of Vaccine-Preventable Illnesses.
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