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Points of Interest 02/26/2015

Florida naturopath facing charges after treating girl’s fatal leukemia with vitamins and vegan diet

Why You Trust the Internet More Than Your Doctor.  Doctors were once the most trusted members of the community, but now it’s the opposite. Why are we so desperate for our doctors to be wrong?

Folmsbee: We shouldn’t call it alternative medicine

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Naturopaths put the moves on Mississippi

Fresh from the legislative losses in 2014, naturopaths are busy filing new licensing bills. Perhaps in search of a state where their licensing hasn't been rejected over and over, they somehow persuaded Rep. Rita Martinson to introduce a whopper of a bill in Mississippi. (House Bill 725) Best I can tell, no naturopathic licensing bill has ever been introduced in the Mississippi legislature.  

Naturopaths are already practicing in Mississippi, they simply aren't licensed to do so. Let's look at a couple of their websites, to see what kinds of treatments naturopaths are already offering.  Here's "Sarita" Elizabeth Cox, who is also an acupuncturist. As a graduate of the Council on Naturopathic Medical Education-accredited National College of Natural Medicine, Cox would be eligible for naturopathic licensing should this bill become law.  According to her website, she offers "amethyst biomat treatments and rentals":

Offering far infrared heat waves and negative ionization, the amethyst biomat can be used for balancing and maintaining health as well as detoxification. It is paired with select meditative and brain wave altering headset audio to help change habit patterns, achieve relaxation and optimize health. As this quantum energetic is cumulative, three and six session packages are available. Amethyst can be added on to any treatment. Both the mini mat and full length professional mat are available for rental.

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Guess who pioneered chemoprevention through diet?

Naturopaths and "functional medicine" practitioners would have the public believe that they are the true experts on nutrition and health.  Even though their nutritional advice contains a large serving of hooey and a big helping of dietary supplements, which they are happy to sell to patients.  

So it was with great interest that I read the obituary of Dr. Lee Wattenberg Saturday in the New York Times

. . . Dr. Wattenberg published a landmark paper in the journal Cancer Research that reviewed 36 years of animal studies on the effects that certain compounds had on the development of cancer. The paper laid the framework for understanding how these compounds work. . . .

He showed that cabbage, brussels sprouts, cauliflower and broccoli inhibit the development of carcinogens. He isolated a compound in garlic that decreased “by a factor of three” the chances that animals injected with cancer agents would develop that cancer. He found two chemicals in coffee that neutralize free radicals, which are harmful chemicals commonly implicated in the onset of cancer.

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"Was he a naturopath? A functional medicine practitioner?"Does it matter who pioneered what? The important question should be why ... Read More
Friday, 26 December 2014 02:54
Guest — EQ
"Was he a naturopath? A functional medicine practitioner?"Does it matter who pioneered what? The important question should be why ... Read More
Friday, 26 December 2014 02:54
Guest — Zach
Medicine today isn't exactly what it was in the 50s. What Dr. Wattenberg did would be a lot harder to do in today's medical envir... Read More
Friday, 26 December 2014 16:43
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Points of Interest 12/12/2014

Lyme-Illiterate New York is about to change its medical misconduct law to protect quacks.

“Natural” does not mean safe: Child dead in Australia after consuming raw milk

Staff of controversial Florida alt med spa sues claiming illegal and unethical practice

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SFSBM pleased to report that its Report displeases Maryland naturopaths

The Science-Based Medicine blog has done a terrific job of educating the public about pseudo-medicines such as chiropractic, acupuncture and naturopathy.  As well, SBM has exposed the the tools of their trades -- homeopathy, the detection and correction of subluxations, colonic irrigation, moxibustion, cranial sacral therapy (the list could go on and on) -- for what they are, which is quackery.  But we who blog for SBM and some of its readers came to realize something more was needed to stem the tide of bamboozlement that befuddles the public daily.  Thus, the Society for Science-Based Medicine was formed as a separate organization where we who oppose this quackery and deceit could join together and do something about it.

We also realized that education alone was not enough.  The "root cause" of much of the pseudo-medicine unleashed on the public is the government itself, mostly the state legislatures. These legislatures, full of scientifically clueless legislators, pass state practice acts giving licenses to practice a health care profession to those imminently unqualified to diagnose and treat patients.  This gives practitioners what is tantamount to a license to steal from patients by using fake diagnoses such as spinal misalignments, adrenal fatigue and unbalanced qi. Insult is followed by the injury of fake treatments like subluxation correction, glandulars (dissected animal glands) and acupuncture. 

What to do? One thing we decided to do is to keep tabs on state bills which either give licenses to practitioners of pseudo-medicine or seek to alter their scope of practice, usually for the worse by expanding it. Even if SFSBM didn't have the resources to hire lobbyists to fight these bills, our readers can contact their legislators and give them a good dose of scientific reality.  

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as the sponsor of the resolution that created National Naturopathy Week, I'd recommend forwarding this to US Senator Mikulski (D-M... Read More
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Nick J
as the sponsor of the resolution that created National Naturopathy Week, I'd recommend forwarding this to US Senator Mikulski (D-M... Read More
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Riley Williams II
Glad to see my tax-deductible dollars at work.I cannot wait for the naturopathic response on Thursday.
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Points of Interest 12/02/2014

J Chiropr Med. 2014 Dec;13(4):282-286. Chiropractic Management of a 24-Year-Old Woman With Idiopathic, Intermittent Right-Sided Hemiparesthesia. "This patient's symptoms of idiopathic, intermittent right-sided hemi-paresthesia seemed to improve with a short course of chiropractic care using manipulation, vibration therapy and cold laser therapy."J Chiropr Med. 2014 Dec;13(4):221-229. The Ergogenic Effect of Elastic Therapeutic Tape on Stride and Step Length in Fatigued Runners.. Neither blinded nor placebo controlled. Why bother to do and publish garbage?PLoS One. 2014 Dec 1;9(12):e114057. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0114057. eCollection 2014. An updated meta-analysis of the efficacy and safety of acupuncture treatment for cerebral infarction. As always, data from lousy studies suggests efficacy. Garbage in, garbage out.Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2014;2014:506758. Epub 2014 Nov 10. Adverse Events of Auricular Therapy: A Systematic Review. -How to do a pre-party detox. They should tell how to detox from naturopathy.Don't Use My Autistic Son as a Reason Not to VaccinateA Lasting Legacy of ScienceExpert Shares the Shocking Truth Regarding Injections for Macular Degeneration. The video is a cornucopia of pseudo-medicine.
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A bit of disinfectant sunshine for Hawaiian naturopaths

A couple of weeks ago, we lauded Hawaii State Senator Josh Green, MD, who introduced a bill (Senate Bill 2577) requiring naturopaths to have the same education and training as MDs and DOs in order to prescribe drugs.  Drugs require a prescription for good reason. You can sicken, even kill, a patient if you don't know what you're doing. 

I did a bit of Googling and was shocked to find just how little exposure to prescribing drugs naturopathic students have in their clinical training.  In fact, they don't have much clinical training at all, in anything. The Council on Naturopathic Medical Education, the accrediting agency for naturopathic "medical" schools, requires the equivalent of what would amount to about 20 days worth of an MD or DO seeing patients in an average family practice clinic.  That's all the clinical training naturopaths need to graduate.  And they don't even do residencies, unlike MD and DO family practice doctors, who must complete a three additional years before going into practice.  

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"...unlike MD and DO family practice doctors, who must complete a three additional years before going into practice." However, you... Read More
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