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Points of Interest 02/28/2016

J Pain. 2016 Feb 24. pii: S1526-5900(16)00524-1. doi: 10.1016/j.jpain.2016.01.477. Overlap and differences between patient and provider expectations for treatment outcomes: the case of acupuncture. CHOICE joins calls for action on dodgy chiro claims . Chiropractors Board of Australia fails to crack down on misleading claims putting patients at risk...
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Kansas HB 2578 allows chiropractors to decide if student can return to play after a concussion

Under Kansas law, a school athlete who has been removed from play due to a suspected concussion must get written clearance from a medical doctor before returning to practice or competition. House Bill 2578 would allow chiropractors to provide these written clearances. The bill passed in the House, after an intense debate , and is now before the Sen...
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FEB
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What will state insurance "non-discrimination" laws mean for chiropractors?

Section 2706 of the Affordable Care Act prevents "discrimination" by health insurers against all health care providers acting within their scope of practice. According to an American Association of Naturopathic Physicians spokesperson , Sec. 2706 "suggest[s] that if insurers cover a health condition, they must pay any providers that are licensed to...
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19

White Men Make Millions, African Americans Are Arrested

I spend too much time on Naturopathic and other pseudo-medicine websites. This would be a typical description of a pseudo-medical provider: Dr. Malachi A. Love-Robinson is a a (sic) well rounded professional that treats, and cares for patients, using a system of practice that bases treatment of physiological functions and abnormal conditions on nat...
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Points of Interest 02/11/2016

Complement Ther Med. 2016 Feb;24:108-10. doi: 10.1016/j.ctim.2015.12.002. Epub 2015 Dec 18. Cervical spinal epidural abscess following acupuncture and wet-cupping therapy: A case report. . "Acupuncture and wet-cupping therapy should be taken into consideration as a cause of spinal epidural abscesses in patients who present with neck pain and fever....
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JAN
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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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JAN
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Let The Infections Continue

The results are in from the hearing to adopt a rule in Oregon that would require Oregon licensees practicing acupuncture to follow clean needle technique and require the use of only disposable, single-use acupuncture needles. It was decided not to adopt the rule. Instead of making best practice a rule, the OMB determined it would be most appropriat...
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The people that regulate plasma donation realize this problem with acupuncture. One of the questions is if you've had major surger... Read More
Sunday, 17 January 2016 23:24
Guest — Sandra
Yeah, remember when obstetricians didn't wash their hands between patients? (You are not that old, but it still happens once in a ... Read More
Tuesday, 19 January 2016 14:57
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JAN
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Massachusetts bill would shield quacks from consumer protection laws

Practitioners of "complementary and alternative health services" are subject to civil and criminal liability if they violate Massachusetts consumer protection laws or engage in the practice of medicine or other licensed health care profession. A bill introduced in the Massachusetts legislature would strip consumers of these important protections. I...
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DEC
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Washington bill would expand naturopathic prescription authority

A bill has been filed in Washington State ( House Bill 2034 ) to substantially expand the prescriptive authority of naturopathic doctors (or "physicians," as they like to call themselves). If the bill passes, naturopaths will be very close to having the same authority to prescribe as MDs and DOs. Under current law, naturopaths can prescribe an...
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DEC
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California puts aloe vera extract and goldenseal on list of known carcinogens

California recently added aloe vera ("non-decolorized whole leaf extract") and goldenseal root powder to the list of "chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer." Under California law, businesses have 12 months to either reformulate their products or provide a "clear and reasonable" warning before knowingly and intentionally exposin...
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DEC
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Public Hearing On Acupuncture Needles

The Oregon Medical Board Newsletter arrived today and in it was the announcement of a public hearing on proposed rules for acupuncture. The hearing is tomorrow at noon and they will accept written comments until noon tomorrow (12/5/15) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. A modified version of what follows was submitted to the OMB. OAR 847–070–0021 ...
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NOV
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FDA issues consumer update on dietary supplements marketed for erectile dysfunction

​Prescription erectile dysfunction (ED) drugs are big business. In 2013, of the top nine prescriptions drugs for which the most money was spent on direct-to-consumer (DTC) advertising , leading the league was Cialis, with Viagra coming in third. Lilly spent $210 million on Cialis DTC ads, while Pfizer spent just over $150 million on Viagra.&nb...
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Points of Interest 11/25/2105

Alternative therapies common among kids, study finds Proposed legislation integrates chiropractic physicians into public health service . "A newly proposed bill, H.R. 2851, in the U.S. House of Representatives calls for more incorporation of doctors of chiropractic into the United States official delivery and research networks, according to a press...
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NOV
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FDA: what (if anything) does "natural" mean?

To date, the FDA has refused to wade into the murky waters of trying to determine just what "natural" means. Now, however, consumers, the food industry and the courts are asking the FDA to define "natural" and the FDA wants your help . It's a tough question. If you wander through the supermarket aisles , you'll see chips, cookies, ice cream, enchil...
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Points of Interest 11.20.2015

Complementary medicines review calls for stricter labelling in Australia Landmark report recommends that the Therapeutic Goods Administration step up its random testing of products amid high levels of non-compliance Woman Poisoned By Her Own Herbal Chinese Remedy, Suffers Severe Heart Problem . Top doctor blames anti-vaccination activists for Perth...
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Points of Interest 11/19/2015

AMA Wants Ban on DTC Advertising . The shills rise up against their masters. The Trouble With Double-Blind Placebo Studies Joe Mercola: Alternative health merchant promotes quack cures, funds organic, anti-GMO groups Trial starts for pH Miracle author .  Prosecutors say Robert Young practiced medicine, promising cancer cures at his Valley Cent...
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NOV
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Will Massachusetts legitimize naturopathic pseudoscience this year?

Will the 11 th time be the charm for naturopathic licensing in Massachusetts ?There will be a public hearing on Tuesday, November 17, on a pair ( S1205 , H1992 ) of naturopathic licensing bills before the Joint Committee on Public Health .(Technically, the bills permit naturopathic registration, not licensing, but that is of little practical d...
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OCT
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Michigan PTs oppose chiropractors prescribing physical therapy

​Michigan chiropractors support a bill ( House Bill 4712 ; more information here ) allowing them to prescribe physical therapy for their patients. Physical therapists oppose the bill , along with medical doctors, as well as business and insurance interests, who are concerned about costs. Current law allows medical and osteopathic physicians, dentis...
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Embracing Anecdote

The awful NPR report on the use of pseudo-medicines to treat pain in Oregon was nicely discussed over at Science-Based Medicine by Dr. Novella. The NPR article was reproduced without comment on the Lund Report , which calls itself "Oregon's most vital source of health news." In the comment section of SBM Windriven used the term embracing anecdote, ...
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"one anecdote is more powerful than a dozen randomized placebo controlled double blind studies" Thanks for the chuckle.
Thursday, 24 September 2015 11:09
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Spit Take

This was on the Oregonian website: Naturopathic clinic designated as top tier primary care facility . Good thing I was not drinking when I read the headline. The article has, by the way, my favorite picture of acupuncture technique, because not only are there no gloves on the hands of the acupuncturist as her fingers are next to the needle, there i...
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