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False Balance/False Equivalency

One of the issues that separates medical science from the rest the sciences is that pseudo-science is rarely given equal billing with science. The opinions of astrologers do not accompany the findings of astronomers. Advances in chemistry are not reported with commentary by alchemists. But so often pseudo-science and pseudo-medicine is reported alo...
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OCT
28

Points of Interest 10/28/2016

The British National Health Service still prescribes homeopathy — an 'alternative' to modern medicine that doesn't work Cranberry for Prevention of Urinary Tract Infection? . Time to Move On Support Care Cancer. 2016 Dec;24(12):4895–4899. Epub 2016 Aug 6. Acupuncture for treating hot flashes in breast cancer patients: an updated meta-analysis. . "T...
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OCT
23

​Naturopathic doctor registration bill before Pennsylvania Senate

The Pennsylvania House passed a naturopathic doctor (ND) licensing act ( House Bill 516 ) last year. On October 18, a Senate Committee radically altered HB 516 by striking it in its entirety and replacing it with a naturopathic registration bill, which is now before the Senate for "second consideration" on Monday, Oct. 24th. The bill...
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OCT
21

Points of Interest 10/20/2016

Am J Emerg Med. 2016 Oct 5. pii: S0735–6757(16)30690–8. doi: 10.1016/j.ajem.2016.10.001. Complementary therapies in addition to medication for patients with nonchronic, nonradicular low back pain: a systematic review. . "In conclusion, for patients with nonchronic, nonradicular LBP, available evidence does not support the use of spinal manipulation...
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OCT
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Points of Interest 10/13/2016

Higher cardiovascular risk seen with calcium supplements What's the Role of Homeopathy in Treating Epilepsy? A funeral? The economic burden of unvaccinated adults: $7.1 billion Naturopathic Medicine Week And The Problem Of Endemic Quackery, Like Ozone Therapy Why Words Matter (In And Out Of The Locker Room) . "But I'm pretty sure that Einstein's fa...
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OCT
09

Naturopathic Medicine Week: Much to celebrate (if you're not a naturopath)

Naturopathic Medicine Week starts tomorrow. This year's celebration will be minus a U.S. Senate Resolution declaring Naturopathic Medicine Week , a legally meaningless but much-touted event sponsored in 2013 and 2014 by Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Maryland), who is retiring  from the Senate at the end of this term. Similar resolutions w...
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OCT
07

Points of Interest 10/07/2016

J Altern Complement Med. 2016 Oct;22(10):761–764.  Polarization-Based Medicine: Protests Against the Mayo-NCCIH Pain Guidance Evoke the Bigotry of the Political Season .  A fine whine. BMJ Open. 2016 Jan 5;6(1):e008166. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen–2015–008166. Acupuncture point injection treatment of primary dysmenorrhoea: a randomised, double b...
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SEP
28

Points of Interest 09/27/2016

J Clin Nurs. 2016 Feb;25(3–4):332–9. doi: 10.1111/jocn.13053. Epub 2015 Nov 27. Effect of auricular acupressure for postpartum insomnia: an uncontrolled clinical trial. Uncontrolled. Why bother? Sci Rep. 2015 Nov 26;5:16776. doi: 10.1038/srep16776. Effectiveness of acupuncture and related therapies for palliative care of cancer: overview of systema...
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Points of Interest 09/26/2016

Explore (NY). 2016 Aug 18. pii: S1550–8307(16)30108–2. doi: 10.1016/j.explore.2016.08.003. Human Subject Effects on Torsion Pendulum Oscillations: Further Evidence of Mediation by Convection Currents. . "Our findings support and strengthen previous results that suggest the effects of human subjects on behavior of a torsion pendulum are mediated by ...
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SEP
23

Drunk Naturopath

Medicine is dangerous enough when it is based on reality. A wise and experienced practitioner is aware that everything done for a patient, no matter how trivial, has the potential to cause harm. I learned this lesson as an intern. I had a patient admitted witha cardiac arrest as an outpatient and came in with an iv placed during the resuscitat...
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Points of Interest 09/22/2016

Romania sees measles outbreak due to anti-vaccination campaign Drunk naturopath, 44, attacked police as her friend tried to grab a cop's gun from its holster Sydney naturopath pleads not guilty over alleged raw food diet that nearly killed baby The business behind Christ-centered energy healing In its drive to beat cancer, sometimes the medical est...
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Points of Interest 09/20/2016

Spot a chiropractic clinic? Report it because they're illegal, says official . "Jakarta Health Agency head Koesmedi Priharto said Monday there were no legal chiropractors operating in Jakarta following the closure of dozens of chiropractic clinics across the city in January because his office had issued no permits ever since." The Flu Shot – Should...
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Points of Interest 09/13/2017

Acupuncture 'helps women fall pregnant': the Sun has got this badly wrong Acupuncture And Electricity For Chronic Constipation: There Are Buts Donald Trump's medical record release is the reality TV hot mess America deserves Here are 6 times Dr. Oz made a mockery of medicine — and now he'll bring his skills to democracy Alternative Pain Management:...
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Points of Interest 09/10/2016

The DEA Is Rushing To Criminalize Another Herb, And Congress Is Silent Thorax. 2016 Sep 8. pii: thoraxjnl–2016–209266. doi: 10.1136/thoraxjnl–2016–209266. Numerous metallic foreign bodies in whole body after acupuncture . "Furthermore, the short needles were not restricted to the subcutaneous and intramuscular area, but were also found adjacent to ...
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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
31

Naturopath of the Year

The American Association of Naturopathic Doctors has a Physician of the Year . What goes into the practice of an ND to warrant such a designation? In choosing the recipients, they consider leadership that boosts or contributes to the profession and development of fellow physicians; ethical standards and how well they model the Oath of Naturopathic ...
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31

Points of Interest 08/30/2016

Homeopathic medicines can treat dengue, Chikungunya: Experts . LOL: "spread awareness among people about treatment of water-borne disease like dengue and chikungunya by homeopathic medicines." Billings woman named 2016 naturopathic physician of the year Is Cracking Your Back Safe ? Humor? "When you crack your joints, whether it be your neck, back, ...
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AUG
28

Points of Interest 08/28/2016

Nurses Are Key to Referrals to Inpatient Integrative Medicine Services German practitioner suspected of killing patients with experimental drug Patients have Unrealistic Expectations for Alternative Cancer Treatments: Doctors Portland Today contributor: Petra Caruso. "Meet some of the contributors to our new Portland Today show, which debuts Sept. ...
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AUG
28

Naturopathic Examiners Board admits deficiencies in pharmacology education

A recent announcement from the North American Board of Naturopathic Examiners (NABNE),* which administers the Naturopathic Physicians Licensing Examinations (NPLEX), confirms what we've long known: that education and training in pharmacology at naturopathic "medical" schools is insufficient to give naturopaths prescription drug authority in their s...
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Points of Interest 08/25/2016

J Altern Complement Med. 2016 Aug 24. Evaluation of Wet Cupping Therapy: Systematic Review of Randomized Clinical Trials . "Overall, 9 RCTs favored wet cupping over various control interventions in NSLBP (n = 2), hypertension (n = 1), brachialgia (n = 1), CTS (n = 1), chronic neck pain (n = 2), oxygen saturation in smokers with COPD (n = 1), and or...
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