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Will Kansas legalize acupuncture and Oriental medicine?

​ Acupuncturists and Oriental medicine practitioners are not licensed by the state of Kansas, although there is no shortage of practitioners there. (However, naturopaths can practice acupuncture .) For example, the " Elements " Chinese medicine clinic and herbal pharmacy in Kansas City offers primary care, gastroenterology, endocrinology and women'...
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Points of Interest 01/10/2016

Alternative medicine made legal . Insurer now covers holistic care J Altern Complement Med. 2016 Jan 8. Unanticipated Insights into Biomedicine from the Study of Acupuncture . From Folk Medicine to Science: TCM in the 21st Century
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JAN
02
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Phlegm Misting Orifice

No, Phlegm Misting Orifice is not from a random word generator or the name of a thrash metal band, although it would be a good one. Back Story. One of the benefits of the electronic medical record (EMR) is that you can see see the medical records of patients in other medical systems.  Once the patient signs a release, you can see labs, x-...
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nice blog with Great explanation about this topic and thanks to sharing the wonderful article. i am really inspired to it!
Friday, 15 January 2016 09:59
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DEC
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Points of Interest 12/17/2015

Does acupuncture work for chronic pain in the neck? Concussion, Inc.: The big business of treating brain injuries Dry needling is acupuncture . You mean worthless? HIV Nosode: The Homeopathic Pathogenetic Trial. Why You've Never Heard of Korean Medicine Lawmakers offer alternative to cold medicine sales crackdown Barriers to the Entry of Biofield H...
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DEC
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Points of Interest 12/10/2015

Keeping your immune system healthy . Why 'Tolerating' Anti-Vaxxers Is a Losing Strategy . Anti-vaccination school hit by chickenpox epidemic . At least 25 per cent of pupils have been hit by the illness in the past fortnight. Heavy metals, pharmaceuticals and endangered species DNA found in traditional Chinese medicines, research finds When Acupunc...
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Points of Interest 11/22/2015

Integrative Medicine is discussed on "Voices In America" with James Earl Jones Nassim Taleb defends homeopathy (and calls me "very stupid" for criticizing him) The dark side of alternative health treatments . Natural Remedies May Pose Risks To Your Heart: Study
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Points of Interest 11.20.2015

Complementary medicines review calls for stricter labelling in Australia Landmark report recommends that the Therapeutic Goods Administration step up its random testing of products amid high levels of non-compliance Woman Poisoned By Her Own Herbal Chinese Remedy, Suffers Severe Heart Problem . Top doctor blames anti-vaccination activists for Perth...
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OCT
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Points of Interest 10/26/2015

Acupuncture Day aims to increase awareness of alternative medicine 8 AM | Alternative Medicine With Alternative Financing . "We get the goods on their services and plans, including $100 a month for unlimited doctor visits in a single year." FDA Homeopathy Regulations: The Cruelty of False Hope . "The only ill will I really harbor toward this guy is...
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OCT
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BS (Blood Stasis) Syndrome

I receive a lot of push notifications from Google and Pubmed covering a variety of pseudo-medical topics. There is a phenomenal amount of research coming out of China that I would perhaps classify as basic pseudo-science, not unlike the basic science in reality-based medicine. What they do is apply modern techniques and measurements to Traditi...
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I like your post.
Thursday, 01 December 2016 13:07
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Points of Interest 10/22/2015

Desperate Ohio Now Exploring Homeopathic Execution Methods . Homeopathic stomach flu cure - because you'll buy anything Laryngoscope. 2015 Oct 20. doi: 10.1002/lary.25721.  Can perioperative acupuncture reduce the pain and vomiting experienced after tonsillectomy? A meta-analysis. . "Perioperative acupuncture may provide pain relief without si...
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Points of Interest 10/06/2015

Supreme Court won't hear anti-vaccine case How a Vaccine Is Like a Banana—and Why That's Good . "The anti-vax crowd is forever daring people to read the fine print on vaccine packages. OK, let's do that" Dr. Oz Is Telling New York City Cops How To Stay Healthy And They Don't Like It Chiropractic Care Grows, and Gains Acceptance .  Headline-Con...
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SEP
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Second Stupidest Study Ever?

I think I need a new file system for the articles I save for future reading. Last week it was a study I saved with the file name ' jaw dropingly stupid '. For this article, saved the same day, I used the file name 'second dumbest study ever', but only in relation to the earlier saved file. It occurs to me that trying to rank pseudo-medical studies ...
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Points of Interest 09/15/2015

Jeremy Corbyn's Labour could support making HOMEOPATHY available on NHS U.S. Vaccination Rates Are Higher Than We Thought — But It's Not All Great News Complement Ther Med. 2015 Oct;23(5):685-92. doi: 10.1016/j.ctim.2015.07.008. Epub 2015 Jul 31. A randomised, controlled, single-blinded study on the impact of a single rhythmical massage (anthroposo...
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Points of Interest 08/24/2015

Setting Up A Profesional And Comprehensive Chinese Medical System Necessary - Mah . "There is a need to set up a professional and comprehensive Chinese medical system in the country to prevent bogus medicine." Dr Ciara Kelly: Alternative treatments for autism are a form of abuse Mitch Clarke Pulled From UFC Saskatoon Due To Acupuncture . "While rec...
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Points of Interest 07/11/2015

Sydney Nurse Arrested After 'Almost Killing' 8-Month-Old Baby With Naturopathy 5 Ways Dr. Oz Is Even Crazier Than You Realize Self-Diagnosing Online? Study Finds Sites Are Only Accurate About Half Of The Time Most medical schools offer courses in alternative medicine. Here's how to avoid quackery. Ital J Pediatr. 2015 Jul 7;41(1):48. doi: 10.1186/s...
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Points of Interest 05/21/2015

Synthetic rhino horn will not solve poaching problem.With bipartisan support, Lyme research bill moves forward.Vaccine-free childcare ‘potentially catastrophic’, says industry group.‘Stalking’ of pro-vaccine lobbyists prompts warning from doctors’ groupThe imperfections of Evidence-Based Medicine
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Points of Interest 04/14/2015

Complement Ther Med. 2014 Jun;22(3):541–8. doi: 10.1016/j.ctim.2014.03.008. Epub 2014 Apr 1. Chinese massage (Tuina) for the treatment of essential hypertension: a systematic review and meta-analysis.. “The findings from our review suggest that Tuina might be a beneficial adjuvant for patients with EH, although the results are of limited value due to the clinical heterogeneity and low methodological quality of the included studies.”

Complement Ther Med. 2014 Aug;22(4):826–33. doi: 10.1016/j.ctim.2014.06.004. Epub 2014 Jun 30. Traditional Chinese medicine for chronic fatigue syndrome: a systematic review of randomized clinical trials.. TCM appears to be effective to alleviate the fatigue symptom for people with CFS. However, due to the high risk of bias of the included studies, larger, well-designed studies are needed to confirm the potential benefit in the future.

Have your say to the FDA on homeopathic products!.

Doctor Chronicles Cases of Vaccine-Preventable Illnesses.
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Points of Interest 03/11/2015

National Health and Medical Research Council says homoeopathy doesn’t work and patients are putting their health at risk. “The nation’s peak medical research body has pronounced homoeopathy an ineffective medical treatment and warned the health of people who use it may be at risk if they delay proven treatments.”Dr Ginni Mansberg: ‘The medical profession has a problem’. “What’s even scarier is that Complementary Medicines Australia say they expect “the sales of vitamin and dietary supplements will overtake the sales of over-the-counter medicines by 2015”.Parents’ Beliefs vs. Their Children’s Health

PLoS One. 2015 Mar 10;10(3):e0118498. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0118498. eCollection 2015. Effectiveness of traditional chinese medicine as an adjunct therapy for Parkinson’s disease: a systematic review and meta-analysis.. “Although the data were limited by methodological flaws in many studies, the evidence indicates the potential superiority of TCM as an alternative therapeutic for PD treatment and justifies further high-quality studies.”

PLoS One. 2015 Mar 6;10(3):e0119612. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0119612. eCollection 2015. Can acupuncture treatment be double-blinded? An evaluation of double-blind acupuncture treatment of postoperative pain

Acupunct Med. 2015 Mar 6. pii: acupmed–2015–010772. doi: 10.1136/acupmed–2015–010772. Knowledge, attitude and practice among Chinese acupuncturists receiving sham and/or placebo acupuncture: a cross-sectional survey..

Acupunct Med. 2015 Mar 6. pii: acupmed–2014–010708. doi: 10.1136/acupmed–2014–010708. Training in self-needling and performing it as part of a clinical trial: the practitioner and patient experience.. DYI acupuncture.

Iran J Pediatr. 2014 Aug;24(4):339–44. Epub 2014 Jul 4. What is the best available evidence for using homeopathy in patients with intellectual disabilities?. If I were snarky I would suggest that may apply to all who use homeopathy.

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Points of Interest: 02/24/2015

Contemp Clin Trials. 2015 Feb 20. pii: S1551–7144(15)00038–5. doi: 10.1016/j.cct.2015.02.005. Are Indian yoga trials more likely to be positive than those from other countries? A systematic review of randomized controlled trials. Bias is more than money: “RCTs on yoga that are conducted in India have about 25 times the odds of reaching positive conclusions as those conducted elsewhere.”

Death of albino child in Tanzania highlights dangers of unchecked superstition

FTC cites melanoma apps and mosquito repellent wristbands as deceptive

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More studies do NOT need to be done.

If you have been looking at the Points of Interest, you might have noted a pattern in one kind of entry: the meta-analysis/systematic reviews of various pseudo-medicines.

They virtually always have the same conclusion: there is some information to suggest efficacy, but all studies are fatally flawed by bias or other errors, so further large scale studies with better methodologies need be done.

It would appear that no meta-analysis that demonstrates that improbable therapies only show efficacy in poorly done trials is convincing in a manner that would lead to the conclusion that the particular pseudo-medicine should be abandoned. 

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Janet Camp
Seriously? What is the proposed mechanism/prior plausibility by which this would even be proposed to work? Almost as bad as coffee... Read More
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Janet Camp
Seriously? What is the proposed mechanism/prior plausibility by which this would even be proposed to work? Almost as bad as coffee... Read More
Saturday, 21 February 2015 03:18
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