OCT
06

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 "Acupuncture is a placebo" and "Acupuncture is outdated folk medicine."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
04

Points of Interest 10/03/2016

FDA Warns That Homeopathic Teething Products Are Dangerous Why did you get cancer? . An emotional plea for integrative medicine. Alternative Treatments Linked to Skipping Flu Shots NIH Will Spend $37 Million On Discredited Treatment That May Harm Patients Students choose to give flu vaccine the cold shoulder
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OCT
03

Points of Interest 10/03/2016

Needling the penis back to life . That's not where the needles are placed. Acupuncture: Seven things you didn't know about this ancient technique . And all 7 are nonsense. Does homeopathy work? Nope.
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OCT
02

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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SEP
30

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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Points of Interest 09/27/2016

J Clin Nurs. 2016 Feb;25(3–4):332–9. doi: 10.1111/jocn.13053. Epub 2015 Nov 27. Effect of auricular acupressure for postpartum insomnia: an uncontrolled clinical trial. Uncontrolled. Why bother? Sci Rep. 2015 Nov 26;5:16776. doi: 10.1038/srep16776. Effectiveness of acupuncture and related therapies for palliative care of cancer: overview of systema...
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SEP
27

Points of Interest 09/26/2016

Explore (NY). 2016 Aug 18. pii: S1550–8307(16)30108–2. doi: 10.1016/j.explore.2016.08.003. Human Subject Effects on Torsion Pendulum Oscillations: Further Evidence of Mediation by Convection Currents. . "Our findings support and strengthen previous results that suggest the effects of human subjects on behavior of a torsion pendulum are mediated by ...
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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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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 09/17/2016

Oregon Makes Goat Yoga Into A Thing Donald Trump Trusts Dr. Oz, But A Bunch Of Doctors Don't The Hidden Dangers of 'Herbal' Diet Pills BMC Complement Altern Med. 2016 Feb 19;16:68. doi: 10.1186/s12906–016–1038–8. Effectiveness and safety of ShenXiong glucose injection for acute ischemic stroke: a systematic review and GRADE approach . Same as it ev...
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SEP
16

Points of Interest 09/15/2016

Actress dies from cancer aged 26 after choosing acupuncture and cupping instead of chemotherapy The many controversies of 'The Dr. Oz Show' Sen. McCaskill calls Trump and Dr. Oz a "marriage made in heaven" That time Congress railed against Dr. Oz for his 'miracle' diet pills What's Worse: The Zika Virus or the Anti-Zika Spray ?  Use of naled, ...
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SEP
09

Points of Interest 09/08/2016

Homeopathy in Germany . Not a molecule of sense Acupuncturists say "dry needling" is acupuncture and requires specialized training. Physical therapists disagree. Pediatricians Are Increasingly Dismissing Anti-Vaxxer Patients Nurs Outlook. 2016 Sep-Oct;64(5):491–8. doi: 10.1016/j.outlook.2016.07.008. Epub 2016 Jul 20.  Battlefield acupunct...
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AUG
31

Points of Interest 08/30/2016

Homeopathic medicines can treat dengue, Chikungunya: Experts . LOL: "spread awareness among people about treatment of water-borne disease like dengue and chikungunya by homeopathic medicines." Billings woman named 2016 naturopathic physician of the year Is Cracking Your Back Safe ? Humor? "When you crack your joints, whether it be your neck, back, ...
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AUG
17

False Balance: With Pseudo-Medicine “Controversial” is used instead as “Nuts”

The Olympics has seen its share of useless pseudo-medicines. There was Michael Phelps with his cupping and Japanese sprinter Chisato Fukushima  who used skin patches to help draw out the natural healing ability of the body by placing them on the acupuncture points based on Oriental medicine. Perhaps she should have tried cupping as she fi...
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AUG
13

Points of Interest 08/12/2016

Fundamentals of naturopathy Acupunct Med. 2016 Aug 8. pii: acupmed–2016–011058. doi: 10.1136/acupmed–2016–011058. What predicts a positive response to acupuncture? A secondary analysis of three randomised controlled trials of insomnia. . "In the multivariate logistic regression analysis, only the number of years spent in full-time education remaine...
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AUG
10

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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AUG
05

Points of Interest 08/4/2015

Can Homeopathy Treat Cancer?   Yes. Just with zero efficacy State receives 600 complaints about chiropractic insurance cuts . "BCBST alerted chiropractors in late June of its plans to drastically cut reimbursements to just $60 per visit beginning on October 1." Qual Health Res. 2014 Sep;24(9):1242–52. doi: 10.1177/1049732314544969. Epub 2014 J...
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AUG
03

Points of Interest

Patients mount a desperate plea to save Glasgow homeopathic hospital from NHS cuts Hillary Clinton is now the only candidate not pandering to the anti-vaccine movement Unproven dietary supplements get a new champion: Olympic teams Is there any place for acupuncture in 21st century medical practice? Friends of Science in Medicine says "no." TOT BRAI...
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JUL
27

Homeopathic Delusions Run Deep

I am, as many of you are aware, an Infectious Disease doctor. I spend my professional day diagnosing and treating infections. I have a lot of respect for infections and their ability to kill and maim. And I have a lot of respect for evolution, which has nicely increased bacterial resistance to antibiotics over the 30 plus years I have been in ...
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