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Points of Interest 09/23/2015

National Chiropractic Health Month 2015 Twitter Chat . Join in the conversation Tuesday, Sept. 29, at 2 pm ET. To Curb Pain Without Opioids, Oregon Looks To Alternative Treatments . The Dangerous Doctors of the G.O.P. Integrative Medicine Makes Inroads While Acceptance Increases Deeply religious Jimmy Carter embraces cutting edge science in cancer ...
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AMVETS snookered into supporting naturopaths at VA

AMVETS serves as a voice for veterans and their families. It advocates for increased benefits as well as defends benefits already earned.  One of the organization's obvious concerns is adequate health care for veterans. Unfortunately, this laudable goal was undermined recently when the American Association of Naturopathic P...
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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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Points of Interest 09/03/2015

Ordovician extinctions may have been caused by metals poisoning in oceans. To think ayurvedic medications are so ancient. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15598918 Why one naturopath quit after watching her peers treat cancer patients Prominent Vaccine Denier Site Applauds Trump For Saying Vaccines Cause Autism . "On Thursday, the anti-vaccine we...
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Points of Interest 08/03/2015

Simple intervention can moderate anti-vaccination beliefs, study finds Board: Acupuncturist negligent in giving bee sting therapy . Alternative menopause therapies deemed 'ineffective . "...he estimated 490,000 Australian women using alternative medicines for menopausal symptoms are wasting their money, say researchers. Nosode homeopathic labels mu...
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Points of Interest 08/01/2015

New Acupuncture Clinic closed by Ottawa Public Health. "the clinic failed to properly dispose of needles, had improper hand hygiene and used expired products, " I would have that that to be standard operating procedure. From acupuncture to shock wave therapy, now avians are getting benefit of modern treatments . Complete with a slide show of bird a...
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Points of Interest 06/29/2015

Homeopsychopaths Daniel Church retires after 10 years with Bastyr University . "…credited with helping to raise the legitimacy and visibility of natural, science-based medicine…" Except the science-based part since they still offer homeopathy. Texas Defends A Woman's Right To Take Her Placenta Home
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Points of Interest 05/16/2015

Health board charges naturopathic physician with unprofessional conduct | Doctor allegedly aided in sale of illegal hormone injections

6 Scientific Arguments Against Vaccines’ Links to Autism

Science Fails to See Benefits of Eating Placenta. Can a vegan eat placenta?. Is it gluten free?

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Points of Interest 06/15/2015

Should I go to naturopathic school? and The Morality of Practicing Medicine. More must reads from the Naturopathic Diaries.

Surgical treatment of cervical disc protrusion causing intracranial hypotension following chiropractic manipulation. We describe a woman with intracranial hypotension provoked by a combination of calcified disc protrusion and chiropractic manipulation who required surgical intervention for definitive treatment. Intracranial hypotension is a rare but increasingly well recognized cause of orthostatic headache that arises due to spinal cerebrospinal fluid leakage from meningeal diverticula or dural perforations.

Not-a-doctor Clement in Ireland pushing treatment that cures “every known disease”

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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 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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Points of Interest 05/06/2015

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 04/22/2015

 

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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Points of Interest 04/06/2015

Idaho Senate kills new plan for naturopathic licensing.Belief against blood transfusion blamed for death of baby and motherHolistic Medicine Gurus Can Find Diseases In Your Coffee Pot. “That sentence alone tells you reason and evidence are not welcome at the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine.”Vaccine exemption bill faces crucial testAlcoholics Anonymous and the Challenge of Evidence-Based Medicine.
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Naturopaths de-licensed in Idaho, practice expansion nixed in North Dakota

April 2 was a terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad day for naturopaths, only without the heart-warming ending.

First, not only did an expansive licensing bill fail to pass in Idaho, naturopaths were actually de-licensed by the Idaho Legislature.  I suppose the Governor could veto the de-licensing bill, but there are no indications that he will. After all, only 5 of the 100 Idaho naturopaths are actually licensed. 

Idaho first licensed naturopathic "doctors" in 2005.  Because of difficulties that aren't quite clear to me, the licensing statute was never fully implemented. The naturopaths tried to remedy that for several years but failed each time. This year, they came roaring back with an expansive licensing bill.  As always, licensing turned into a bone of contention between the traditional naturopaths and those who have degrees from naturopathic "medical" schools. 

House Bill 181, pretentiously titled "The Naturopathic Medical Physicians Practicing Act," offered an entirely new iteration of the naturopath.  Gone was the usual statutory language defining naturopathy in terms of the "body's self-healing ability," i.e., vitalism.  "Naturopathic medicine" was defined as "a distinct and comprehensive system of primary health care practiced by naturopathic physicians" and "natural health care services" as a "broad domain" including "diagnosis and treatment," but left the content of naturopathic practice largely up to a Board of Naturopathic "Physicians" using the vague standard that the practices permitted by the new law must be "consistent with naturopathic education and training."

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Florida retracts cease and desist order and fine against Brian Clement

In February, the State of Florida issued an order telling Brian Clement to cease and desist from the unlicensed practice of medicine. It ordered him to pay a fine as well. In March, the State said "never mind!" In an e-mail to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, the Department of Health said:

"After further review of the investigative materials, it was determined that there is insufficient evidence to pursue further legal action in this matter."

It's hard to imagine what the Department might consider sufficient evidence, considering the sorry legacy of Mr. Clement and his visits to Canada, where he lured the families of two Canadian girls suffering from cancer to his West Palm Beach clinic, the Hippocrates Health Institute. Both families withdrew the girls from chemotherapy and conventional medical treatment in favor of traditional aboriginal medicine and the quackery offered at Hippocrates. One of the girls later died. The other, according to the CBC, remains on a Clement-prescribed raw foods diet

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Points of Interest 03/23/2015

A New Skeptic’s Bibliography.Stop sharing this insane warning about vaccines and drug use!Acupunct Med. 2015 Mar 20. pii: acupmed–2014–010717. doi: 10.1136/acupmed–2014–010717. Unusual case of pyogenic spondylodiscitis, vertebral osteomyelitis and bilateral psoas abscesses after acupuncture: diagnosis and treatment with interventional management.Paleo isn’t a fad diet, it’s an ideology that selectively denies the modern world.Advice on how to fight misleading stories on Facebook. Step one: Your Snopes link isn’t going to help your cause.Standing up for the truth about homeopathy and Nazi medicine.Crazy Joe Mercola Is Behind The “Times”. “The terms “Mercola” and “bad idea” go together like Abbott and Costello. Or Cheech and Chong. And if you want to read about a whole bunch of them, I suggest checking out what Dr. David Gorski has to say. His site, Science-Based Medicine, makes me sound kind. OK, maybe not.”
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Points of Interest 03/17/2015

THE RESULTS ARE IN – HOMEOPATHY IS WATER, OVERPRICED WATER.Prince of Pseudoscience. Charles is coming to visit the United States. Don’t listen to a single foolish word he says.Idaho Senate votes 5–4 to back new naturopathic licensing bill
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A Curiosity: Bastyr announces Masters of Public Health Degree

Bastyr University offers degrees in naturopathy, acupuncture and Oriental medicine and Ayurvedic "sciences."  Among the subjects taught in these programs are homeopathy, lectures and labs in "meridians and points," and massage.

Here, for example, is a description of Ayurvedic Body Systems 2, from the Ayurvedic Sciences degree program:

This course presents additional concepts of ayurvedic anatomy, including a deeper understanding of Doshas within the areas of organs, systems and nadis, srotas (channels). It also explores the depth of the three attributes (Satva, Rajas and Tamas) in addition to how each governs the mind and emotions. Also addressed are Agni (Fire) — its types, its function, its importance in health and disease — and Ojas (Natural vitality, vigor, immunity) — its function and signs of increase or decrease.

And here is a description of the qi gong course, from the Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine degree program:

Qi gong refers to the building, harnessing and proper directing of qi (energy.) Through proper exercise and instruction, students experience qi gong as a valuable resource for self healing and building energy.

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ND as Primary Care. Talking Points.

The are two bills before the Oregon Legislature concerning naturopaths.

House Bill 2523 that

Requires managed care organization to allow chiropractic and naturopathic physicians to serve as attending physician for injured workers for life of claim.

HB 3301 that says (bold is the new language)

“Naturopathic medicine” means the discipline that includes physiotherapy, natural healing processes, [and] minor surgery and primary care and has as its objective the maintaining of the body in, or of restoring it to, a state of normal health.

Both bills are in committee. Both bills should remain there to die.

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