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Points of Interest 02/25/2016

The Dangerous Conspiracy Theories About the Zika Virus. Int J Clin Exp Med. 2015 Apr 15;8(4):5112-20. eCollection 2015. Meta-analysis of acupuncture therapy for the treatment of stable angina pectoris. "...indicating that acupuncture therapy was superior to conventional drugs." Still trying to kill cardiac patients. U.K. considers scrapping funds f...
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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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Points of Interest 01/28/2015

J Can Chiropr Assoc. 2015 Dec;59(4):332–48.  Self-reported attitudes, skills and use of evidence-based practice among Canadian doctors of chiropractic: a national survey. "While most Canadian chiropractors held positive attitudes towards EBP, believed EBP was useful, and were interested in improving their skills in EBP, many did not use resear...
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Points of Interest 01/25/2016

Master Herbs, Inc. Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of All Lots of Licorice Coughing Liquid Due to the Presence of Morphine Probiotics come with bold health claims, but the science is shaky Diet Foods Are Tanking. So The Diet Industry Is Now Selling 'Health' Alternative medicines remain unproven Army to throw open doors to alternative medicine Ma...
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Points 01/17/2016

Sao Paulo Med J. 2015 Dec;133(6):540. doi: 10.1590/1516–3180.20151336T1. Acupuncture for migraine prophylaxis. . When an intervention is not better than placebo, it is not effective. Except acupuncture: " There is no evidence for an effect of 'true' acupuncture over sham interventions, though this is difficult to interpret, as exact point location ...
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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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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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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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FDA lists companies fraudulently marketing products for serious diseases

​ The FDA recently began alerting consumers "to companies fraudulently marketing products for the treatment or prevention of serious disease." Each of these companies sells products regulated by the FDA and each has a received a warning letter that their products are illegally being marketed "to treat, cure, mitigate, or prevent diseases."If, after...
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Points of Interest 11/02/2015

The Point About Acupuncture: It Works . Nope. It doesn't. 1 in 5 pediatricians reject unvaccinated patients Pharmaceutical quantities of yohimbine found in dietary supplements in the USA . " Of the 49 yohimbine supplement brands sold at seven major retail chains in the USA, only 4.1% (2/49) provided consumers with both accurate information about th...
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Point of Interest 10/19/2015

Why are placebos getting more effective? . Doctor of What? In Israel, Some Practitioners of Alternative Medicine Buy Themselves a Title . For a little as $2,600 you can receive a degree in complementary medicine from the United States or India and put 'Dr.' in front of your name, without having to spend any time on campus OPINION – ANTI-VACCINATION...
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Points of Interest 10/15/2015

Homeopath and online retailer fined $115,000 over whooping cough claims Rationalist files complaint against practitioner of 'dynamic science' IT'S DIFFICULT TO BE A REAL SCIENTIFIC SKEPTIC – LET'S MAKE IT EASIER Disappointing Results Seen Thus Far for Choosing Wisely Dietary supplements send more than 23,000 people to the ER each year Double Vax Ju...
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Points of Interest 10/10/2015

Virtual homeopathy clinic Welcome Cure raises $6M . A nonexistent clinic for a nonexistent therapy. Whoa. Laser acupuncture before heel lancing for pain management in healthy term newborns: a randomised controlled trial . The Chiropractic Care of Infants With Breastfeeding Difficulties. The perils of P values, in Chalkdust magazine . Antioxidants c...
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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 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 06/04/2015

The Walk-In: An Acupuncture Story

More letters from Prince Charles show his devotion to alternative medicine

Dump homeopathy products, pharmacists told

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Stillborn Supplement

Unlike much of the pseudo-medical interventions discussed at SfSBM and over at SBM, there is no reason a priori to dismiss a given herbal or dietary supplement for a given disease. Homeopathy or reiki are divorced from reality, so with a prior plausibility of zero one would expect no effect and any positive study to be a false positive.

Supplements? Who knows. Whether a given product will have efficacy can only be known through testing, even though the provenance of many supplements is suspect.

Take soy isoflavones, a group of phytoestrogens. Like many dietary products they are touted for a variety of diseases, from lowering cholesterol to breast cancer to cognitive function.

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Points of Interest 05/15/2015

FTC Challenges Marketers’ Baseless Claims That Their Supplements Prevent or Reverse Gray HairScience is often flawed. It’s time we embraced that.The quacking of homeopaths and other ‘alternative’ therapists is growing even louder. “The proponents of ‘alternative medicine’ often make claims that are testable and therefore falsifiable – and yet no amount of testing and falsifying convinces these sectarians that what they believe is nonsense.”

J Pharmacol Pharmacother. 2015 Apr-Jun;6(2):110–3. doi: 10.4103/0976–500X.155493. Adrenal suppression following herbal remedy for rheumatoid arthritis. “A patient suffering from rheumatoid arthritis who had extreme adrenal suppression as a result of chronic use of herbal medicines presented with complications of adrenal suppression such as muscle weakness. He also had psychiatric disturbances such as confusion and suicidal tendency. Steroids in the herbal medication were found and hence there exists a need for investigation into their safety and efficacy. “

PLoS One. 2015 May 14;10(5):e0121880. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0121880. Efficacy of Acupuncture for Bell’s Palsy: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials.”Acupuncture seems to be an effective therapy for Bell’s palsy, but there was insufficient evidence to support the efficacy and safety of acupuncture. However, the results should be interpreted cautiously, because of the poor quality and heterogeneity of the included studies.”Prince Charles lobbied the Prime Minister in support of ‘alternative medicines’, ‘black spider’ letters show.Ayurveda gets the nod from the Swiss governmentCalifornia Senate approves vaccination bill. “California would become third state with no religious or personal belief exemptionBMC finds adults do not report dietary supplement use to physicians
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Points of Interest 05/01/2015

 

Fam Pract. 2015 Apr 28.Homeopathy in France in 2011–2012 according to reimbursements in the French national health insurance database (SNIIRAM).. “ About 10% of the French population, particularly young children and women, received at least one homeopathic preparation during the year.”

Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2015;2015:908538. doi: 10.1155/2015/908538. Epub 2015 Apr 2. Acupuncture to Reduce HIV-Associated Inflammation.. “ CAIP-based acupuncture did not favorably modulate inflammatory or lipid parameters. Additional studies are warranted of CAIP-based protocols of different frequencies/durations.” It didn’t work. Why would it? So lets do more studies.

PLoS One. 2015 Apr 28;10(4):e0125240. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0125240. eCollection 2015. Acupuncture therapy for sudden sensorineural hearing loss: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. “There was not sufficient evidence showing that acupuncture therapy alone was beneficial for treating SSHL. However, interventions combining acupuncture with WMCT had more efficacious results in the treatment of SSHL than WMCT alone. Electroacupuncture alone might be a viable alternative treatment besides WMCT for SSHL. However, given that there were fewer eligible RCTs and limitations in the included trials, such as methodological drawbacks and small sample sizes, large-scale RCTs are required to confirm the current findings regarding acupuncture therapy for SSHL.”J Altern Complement Med. 2015 Apr 27. Acupuncture for Treating Aromatase Inhibitor-Related Arthralgia in Breast Cancer: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis.”Acupuncture has been reported as a safe and promising treatment for AIMSS, but the present analysis indicated that the effects were not statistically significant.”Seven year old boy dead after bizarre alternative treatment for diabetesCouncil officers warn about bleach-like solution being offered as miracle cure at Brighton alternative medicine eventYet another illegal stimulant in dietary supplementsAn Alternative-Medicine Believer’s Journey Back to ScienceWriter comments on pseudo-facts, half-truths and misleading informationChinese medicine experts say slap therapy a fraud. And what part of Chinese medicine isn’t?Prospective Evaluation of Acupuncture as Treatment for Glaucoma. “Acupuncture has no overall effect on diurnal IOP or BCVA, but may temporally increase the IOP immediately after a treatment session.” But why would it? Another failure of the IRB.
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Real Fake and Fake Real

I hope there is a special level of hell for those who make fake real medications. Fake real medicines kills people. Lots of people.

Each year, it’s estimated between 100,000 and 1 million people die from using counterfeit drugs.

It includes medications used to treat malaria, antibiotics and HIV medications and they are mostly sold in the third world:

According to a 2000 World Health Organization report, almost one-third of identified counterfeit drugs contained no active ingredient; and more than 20 percent either had incorrect quantities of active ingredients or contained the wrong ingredients. Other fraudulent practices included false packaging and high levels of impurities.

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