OCT
12

Applying Science to Fiction: Hyperspectral Imaging and Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy of Moxibustion.

I think the Chinese have too much time and money on their hands. I keep seeing these articles where modern technology is applied to Traditional Chinese Pseudo-Medicine. There is computer analysis of tongue diagnosis and fMRI for acupuncture. It is weird, the most high tech of tooth fairy science , and the weirdest example yet is Analysis of the Spe...
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OCT
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Points of Interest 10/11/2015

Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2016;2016:1057878. Epub 2016 Sep 19. Analysis of the Spectral Characteristics of Pure Moxa Stick Burning by Hyperspectral Imaging and Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy . State: 'Integrative Medicine' Doc Left Woman's Cancer Untreated Lynnwood chiropractor placed on 3 years probation . "However, chiropractor...
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OCT
06

Points of Interest 10/05/2016

Interesting Facts You Never Knew About Homeopathy . Facts that are actually myths. Like "the fact is that homeopathy is a science-based medical form that is highly effective. Top Acupuncture Myths . Myths that are actually facts. "Acupuncture is a placebo" and "Acupuncture is outdated folk medicine." Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2016;2016:32...
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OCT
02

Points of Interest 10/01/2016

FDA warns against the use of homeopathic teething tablets and gels . "Consumers should seek medical care immediately if their child experiences seizures, difficulty breathing, lethargy, excessive sleepiness, muscle weakness, skin flushing, constipation, difficulty urinating, or agitation after using homeopathic teething tablets or gels." Woman to g...
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SEP
30

Nature, Yes Nature, Publishes Tooth Fairy Science.

" Tooth Fairy science " is an expression coined by Harriet Hall, M.D. to refer to doing research on a phenomenon before establishing that the phenomenon exists. You could measure how much money the Tooth Fairy leaves under the pillow, whether she leaves more cash for the first or last tooth, whether the payoff is greater if you leave the tooth in a...
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Points of Interest 09/17/2016

Oregon Makes Goat Yoga Into A Thing Donald Trump Trusts Dr. Oz, But A Bunch Of Doctors Don't The Hidden Dangers of 'Herbal' Diet Pills BMC Complement Altern Med. 2016 Feb 19;16:68. doi: 10.1186/s12906–016–1038–8. Effectiveness and safety of ShenXiong glucose injection for acute ischemic stroke: a systematic review and GRADE approach . Same as it ev...
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SEP
16

Lives, Time, Money, Health, and Hope Lost to Nonsense: Damn Right I'm Angry

Occasionally we get emails from people who think that one our articles represents a pro-pseudo-science stance. I suspect they not doing due diligence and actually reading the article. A selective lack of attention to detail  is a characteristic of the pseudo-medical field. For example I received the following: Hello Dr. Crislip, I came across ...
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Points of Interest 09/15/2016

Actress dies from cancer aged 26 after choosing acupuncture and cupping instead of chemotherapy The many controversies of 'The Dr. Oz Show' Sen. McCaskill calls Trump and Dr. Oz a "marriage made in heaven" That time Congress railed against Dr. Oz for his 'miracle' diet pills What's Worse: The Zika Virus or the Anti-Zika Spray ?  Use of naled, ...
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SEP
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Points of Interest 09/05/2016

World Neurosurg. 2016 Aug 30. pii: S1878–8750(16)30773–2. doi: 10.1016/j.wneu.2016.08.090. An Acute Cervical Subdural Hematoma as the Complication of Acupuncture; Case Report and Literature Review . In traditional Chinese medicine, diabetic retinopathy is caused by a deficiency of yin .  And they would be completely wrong Syst Rev. 2016 Sep 2;...
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AUG
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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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Points of Interest 08/21/2015

Beyond Cupping: The Weird Ways Olympians Are Recovering . Nonsense: "Cupping, for instance, applies negative pressure to a sore area to pull lactic acid away from the muscles." How Texas allows anti-vaccine crackpots to endanger your kids
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AUG
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Points of Interest: 08/19/2016

Rev Lat Am Enfermagem. 2016 Aug 15;24:e2762. doi: 10.1590/1518–8345.0647.2762. Effectiveness of Traditional Chinese Acupuncture versus Sham Acupuncture: a Systematic Review. "…the evidence gathered was not sufficient to affirm the effectiveness of traditional acupuncture compared with sham acupuncture." Integr Cancer Ther. 2016 Aug 16. pii: 1534735...
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AUG
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Points of Interest 08/17/2016

Music Electroacupuncture Outperforms Antidepressant Drug For Depression Are California Lawmakers Gullible Enough To Allow Naturopaths To Prescribe Drugs? "…recommending a specific amount of daily water intake for all is illogical…" Am J Case Rep. 2016 Aug 15;17:580–583. A Case Report of Poisoning Caused by Incorrect Use of Salvia. Eur J Obstet Gyne...
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AUG
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Cupping in Portland

There has been a lot of electrons spilt on the subject of cupping this week, thanks to Michael Phelps. I have written about cupping in the context of use by the Portland Trailblazers and a review of the topic over at Science-Based Medicine . I did not have anything to add over the posts by Orac and Dr. Novella . Then I saw, Why Portland docs think ...
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Points of Interest 08/09/2016

Facebook bows to anti-science activists, shuts down 'We Love GMOs and Vaccines' Integrative Scientist Pizzorno: "Toxicity is the Primary Driver of Disease " Extracranial vertebral artery rupture likely secondary to "cupping therapy" superimposed on spontaneous dissection. Six signs you are being treated by a quack . He forgot to mention looking for...
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AUG
05

Points of Interest 08/4/2015

Can Homeopathy Treat Cancer?   Yes. Just with zero efficacy State receives 600 complaints about chiropractic insurance cuts . "BCBST alerted chiropractors in late June of its plans to drastically cut reimbursements to just $60 per visit beginning on October 1." Qual Health Res. 2014 Sep;24(9):1242–52. doi: 10.1177/1049732314544969. Epub 2014 J...
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JUL
06

Points of Interest 07/05/2016

New law lets physical therapists 'needle' clients . They use gloves!!! Private chiropractic college granted degree powers . Get a degree in pseudo-medicine. Urine therapy is a piss-poor Chinese medicine . "I've never tasted my own urine, so I was a bit shocked to read that there are over 100,000 devout followers of urine therapy in China. Every mor...
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MAR
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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
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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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Points of Interest 02/15/2016

What's the point of acupuncture? A TCM practitioner wants out Panel Accepts 'Narrowly Drawn' Expert Medical Opinions 9 human health trends that have gone to the dogs (and cats) Anti-vaccination lobby stoops to a new low Medicine (Baltimore). 2016 Feb;95(6):e2695. Complementary and Alternative Medicine Treatment Options for Otitis Media: A Systemati...
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