MAR
16

Points of Interest 03/15/2015

UCSD deepens ties with Deepak Chopra . "The UC San Diego School of Medicine has promoted Dr. Deepak Chopra from assistant professor to full professor to reflect his growing work with the campus to explore and explain how such things as meditation, yoga and diet affect a person's health." J Ethnopharmacol. 2015 Mar 13;162:47–54. Are meta-analyses of...
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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
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Points of Interest 03/12/2016

How Reiki Actually Works (The Science Part) . Except for the whole 'science' thing. Alberta toddler's meningitis death a warning to parents who spurn conventional treatments: ethicist Curr Sports Med Rep. 2016 Mar-Apr;15(2):111–5. doi: 10.1249/JSR.0000000000000240. Acupuncture for the Treatment of Sports Injuries in an Austere Environment . "There ...
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MAR
09

Points of Interest 03/08/2016

Alberta toddler died from meningitis because he was taken to a naturopath instead of a doctor, Crown says Evaluating the Use of Gas Discharge Visualization to Measure Massage Therapy Outcomes Health Mark Q. 2016 Jan-Mar;33(1):78–93. Perception of acupuncture among users and nonusers: A qualitative study. I think the nonusers have it right: "Among n...
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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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FEB
21

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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FEB
10

Guitar Hero

Sometime an article's title just makes me smile. As an example, I offer Implementation of evidence-based practice: A naturopath perspective. Given their education and practice, if naturopaths actually applied evidence-based principles they would all be unemployed. But evidence-based medicine despite its flaws is like   democracy , is...
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FEB
09

Points of Interest 02/08/2016

Maple Ridge naturopath fined by college . …" was reprimanded for having purchased and injected counterfeit products into patients without notifying them." Implementation of evidence-based practice: A naturopath perspective. ." Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapies often fare unfavourably under the scrutiny of EBP due to the lack of...
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JAN
09
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Points of Interest 01/08/2016

Naturopathic doctors in Maryland will join the ranks of other medical professionals when they become licensed in March . SfSBM gets mentioned. Family of suspected chiropractic malpractice victim now allowing autopsy to help with police investigation Satirical paper puts evidence-based medicine in the spotlight Vaccination myths busted: No credible ...
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JAN
08
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Points of Interest 01/07/2016

American expat engineer 'lived with the decomposing body of his son for a MONTH in his house in Spain after trying to cure him with alternative medicine when he fell ill' Confessions of a former naturopathic patient: I am not getting better and it is not my fault Five ways to mislead people with seemingly rigorous trials Why being against genetical...
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JAN
06
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Points of Interest 01/05/2016

Social Services Minister Christian Porter slaps down anti-vaccination campaigners Seth MacFarlane Tweet Triggers Heated Debate About Vaccinations Quack held for giving steroid jabs . "A quack was arrested on Sunday for injecting patients with steroids in the name of performing acupunture." I just love those Indian headlines. Authorities shift sport...
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DEC
20
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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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NOV
15
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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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NOV
08
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Points of Interest 11/05/2015

Naturopaths offer monthly subscriptions for care Modern Science Says Homeopathy Is Total Bunk — So Why Is It More Popular Than Ever? Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2015;2015:846851. doi: 10.1155/2015/846851. Epub 2015 Oct 12.  A Systematic and Narrative Review of Acupuncture Point Application Therapies in the Treatment of Allergic Rhiniti...
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OCT
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Points of Interest 10/26/2015

Acupuncture Day aims to increase awareness of alternative medicine 8 AM | Alternative Medicine With Alternative Financing . "We get the goods on their services and plans, including $100 a month for unlimited doctor visits in a single year." FDA Homeopathy Regulations: The Cruelty of False Hope . "The only ill will I really harbor toward this guy is...
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OCT
21
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Oregon Naturopaths as Primary Care Providers: What THEY do not want you to know.

I ran across A Win-Win for Oregon: Naturopathic Doctors as Primary Care Providers over on the Lund Report. Written by an ND, it is wrong from the opening paragraph. Naturopathic doctors who absolutely meet the standards of care as required by the state are an underutilized resource and diagnose and treat the entire gamut of conditions. Naturopaths ...
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OCT
17
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Oregon moves to restrict naturopath and direct-entry midwife childbirth attendance

​ Oregon Health Plan, the state's medicaid program, is moving to restrict its coverage of out-of-hospital births . And for good reason. When Oregon began collecting data on infant death certificates, they found the infant mortality rate twice as high as hospital births. Families who experienced poor outcomes after births at home or birth centers ha...
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Dr. Raymond G. Whitham
It's about time unqualified quacks take a back seat to qualified trained medical professionals.
Tuesday, 20 October 2015 02:27
Guest — Natalie Lake
This article gives a great deal of misinformation about the training and standards of Certified Professional Midwives. For accurat... Read More
Tuesday, 20 October 2015 04:06
Guest — Liz
"Extensive" is laughable.I trained to become a CPM and was enrolled in an accredited MEAC program (note, accredited, formal educat... Read More
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OCT
04
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Fritter and Waste: ND Practice

Ticking away the moments that make up a dull day You fritter and waste the hours in an offhand way. Kicking around on a piece of ground in your home town Waiting for someone or something to show you the way. Pink Floyd: Naturopathy. Sort of. Over at Respectful Insolence, a commenter Brad (#50) mentions , among other things, that naturopaths are …sp...
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SEP
29
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Nutrimatic Medicine

Medicine remains peculiar. Astronomers do not integrate with astrologers. Chemists do not integrate with alchemists. Physicist do not integrate with perpetual motion proponents. These are fields where they recognize pseudo-science and avoid it. Not medicine. Medicine integrates with any number of pseudo-sciences but never to the benefit of medicine...
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Points of Interest 09/28/2015

​ Dr. Anastasia Chopelas To Speak On Energy Healing at Integrative Medicine Summit . And sponsored by Quantum University. Selling homeopathy undermines pharmacists as evidence-based practitioners Column: UA college of public health irresponsibly tied to quackery . "UA's Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health announced a new partnership wit...
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