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Points of Interest 09/14/2016

Burzynski's lawyer to represent "Dr. Bob" Sears in medical disciplinary case How California's effort to pull a doctor's license sparked a new debate over child vaccinations . Dr. Oz and Donald Trump are a perfect match . The only one who loses is the American public.
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SEP
09

Acupuncture, Dry Needling, and the AMA

There is an ongoing battle between physical therapists (PT) and acupuncturists over whether or not dry needling is within the scope of practice of PT or, as is asserted by the acupuncturists, a form of acupuncture and so falls under their regulatory purview. I have written about dry needling at Science-Based Medicine and there is a recent update on...
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SEP
04

Naturopathic practice expansion fails in California; opportunity to end practice approaches

​ Senate Bill 538 failed in the California Assembly on the last day of the legislative session, leaving naturopaths under physician supervision when prescribing drugs and without the greatly expanded scope of practice they sought. As originally drafted , "naturopathic doctors" would be able to order and interpret diagnostic studies, such as X-rays ...
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AUG
21

Some physician supervision restored in eighth version of California naturopathic prescribing bill

​ California Senate Bill 538 , which would liberalize naturopathic prescribing privileges, is now in its eighth version, having been amended — once again — in the Assembly just this past week. Since introduction last year, SB 538 has seesawed between substantial expansion of naturopathic scope of practice and near-defeat, indicative of the con...
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AUG
17

Points of Interest 08/17/2016

Music Electroacupuncture Outperforms Antidepressant Drug For Depression Are California Lawmakers Gullible Enough To Allow Naturopaths To Prescribe Drugs? "…recommending a specific amount of daily water intake for all is illogical…" Am J Case Rep. 2016 Aug 15;17:580–583. A Case Report of Poisoning Caused by Incorrect Use of Salvia. Eur J Obstet Gyne...
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AUG
14

Who's supporting the lawsuit attacking California's new vaccination exemption law? The usual suspects.

​ At least three lawsuits have been filed challenging California's new vaccine exemption law, which eliminated "personal belief" exemptions. In one, Whitlow v. California Department of Education   (" Whitlow "), the court heard arguments on the plaintiffs' Motion for a Temporary Injunction on August 12 th . (The suit seeks only injunctive...
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JUL
11

Tennessee repeals law protecting Christian Scientists from child abuse prosecution

Tennessee has a law on the books making aggravated child abuse a felony. Aggravated child abuse includes, among other things, abuse, neglect or endangerment that "results in serious bodily injury to the child" or is "especially heinous, atrocious or cruel" or involves torture of the child. However, if the child's serious injury or cruelty to the ch...
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JUL
02

California naturopathic practice expansion bill moves forward; NY, NC and RI licensing bills fail

​ Last August, expansion of naturopathic prescribing privileges in California seemed dead when Senate Bill 538 failed to pass in the Assembly Committee on Appropriations. The Committee then turned around and revived the bill by granting it reconsideration.There the bill sat in limbo for almost a year. Now the bill is back in play , having been re-r...
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JUN
30

Points of Interest 06/29/2016

From Drumming To Acupuncture, Integrative Therapies Have Gone Mainstream "…but it's impossible to quantify what percentage of people is helped through integrative medicine because there are too many variables." The disturbing truth behind the political party parents could be tricked into voting for: Mia Freedman outs 'bogus' Health Australia Party ...
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JUN
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Points of Interest 06/25/2016

Naturopaths: rubbish at healthcare, excellent at character-assassination Popular treatment known as 'cupping therapy' leaves man with seven holes in his back Research finds significant increase in use of chiropractic services among veterans Jane Hansen: There's a whole lot of quackery going on in the Health Australia Party The Role Of Acupuncture I...
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JUN
19

Massachusetts Senate passes naturopathic practice act

​This past week, t he Massachusetts Senate passed S. 2335 (a re-do of House Bill 1992 and Senate Bills 1205 and 2148, which it now supplants), allowing naturopaths to practice legally in Massachusetts.  This will be, by my count, the 11 th legislative session in which a naturopathic practice bill has been introduced. A bill actually passed one...
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JUN
17

The Blob can be stopped

I advocated for Sisyphus to be the logo for SfSBM for two reasons. One, we had no other options. Two, I appreciate the sense of both repetition and futility experienced by  Sisyphus. Finally, I like the fatalistic humor it invokes. And yes, I know that is three. As quackademia and pseudo-medicine slowly invades medicine with a B...
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JUN
01

Points of Interest 05/31/2016

Why Is Big Naturopathy Afraid Of This Lone Whistleblower? Wellington osteopath admits performing acupuncture without qualifications GroundUp Op-Ed: Complementary medicine companies are destroying consumer protection 12-Year-Old Scientist Trolls Anti-Vaxxers in Hilarious Viral Video Appeals Court affirms 45-year sentence for cancer doctor 7 things a...
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MAY
30

Ohio House Bill 276: Another scheme to increase chiropractors' income and achieve PCP status

​ Ohio House Bill 276 specifically authorizes a chiropractor to administer, sell and provide advice regarding dietary supplements, homeopathic remedies and non-prescription drugs "to restore and maintain health."  Giving nutritional advice was already part of chiropractic scope of practice, but this bill makes it explicit that they can adminis...
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MAY
08

Dietary supplement company funds Michigan naturopaths' licensing bill

​ Emerson Ecologics is a naturopath's dream.  From its website, it sells many products naturopaths use in their daily practices, such as tests to diagnose the fake diseases naturopaths have invented, like " adrenal fatigue " and " chronic yeast overgrowth ." It also sells dietary supplements, homeopathic remedies (including injectable homeopat...
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MAR
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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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MAR
16

Rat-Bastards

Rat-Bastards. Yes, I know the term is vulgar, but it is a great word. "A thoroughly despised or wretched person." It nicely sums up the opinion towards Big Pharma often held by fans of pseudo-medicine. And it is not that Big Pharma doesn't often deserve the designation. They do. Big Pharma has been found to participate in all number of nefarious an...
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MAR
15

Points of Interest 03/14/2016

Class-action lawsuit reveals company sat on 2004 study indicating Cold-FX does nothing to fight colds . Big Supplement, suppressing the truth THEY don't want you to know. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2016 Mar 3. Acupuncture for substance use disorders: A systematic review and meta-analysis . "Available evidence suggests no consistent differences between ac...
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MAR
12

Oregon: From Physician Assisted Suicide to Death by Naturopath

The case of Ezekiel Stephan has been well described at Another child dead from quackery and Ezekiel Stephan: Another Pediatric Death by World View . The child, unvaccinated, first developed pneumonia, then empyema (an infection between the lung and chest wall) and then meningitis (an infection of the brain). As an Infectious Disease doctor I t...
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MAR
06

Massachusetts Senate Bill 2148 legalizing naturopathic quackery moves forward

Massachusetts Senate Bill 2148 , (a re-do of House Bill 1992 and Senate Bill 1205, which it now supplants), allowing naturopaths to practice legally in Massachusetts, was voted favorably out of the Joint Committee on Public Health. This is unsurprising, as the Committee itself is the bill's sponsor. What is surprising, however, is that any legislat...
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