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Seriously? It's a BRUISE.

Sometimes I see an article and I have to double check that it is not from the Onion. The Epoch Times is not a satire publication (although their ad for seeing how acidic your body is gives me pause ) but they did publish Ancient Technique Scrapes Away Pain.

The article concerns Gua sha, yet another ancient Chinese healing pseudo-medicine where the skin is scrapped with a tool such as

something with a rounded edge that can be comfortably stroked across the body. Tools range from stones and bones shaped specifically for the job to large coins.

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Points of Interest 02/16/2015

John Ioannidis has dedicated his life to quantifying how science is broken.

Acupuncture provides relief for Palm Beach Zoo Komodo dragon’s pain. Held against her will and stuck with needles, she wants to escape. The zoo says “” After receiving the acupuncture treatment, Hannah seemed to experience almost immediate relief, zoo officials said.

“She seemed to get very active and very interested in heading back to her sunny spot after the acupuncture...”

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Points of Interest 02/07/2015

Handb Exp Pharmacol. 2014;225:37–69. doi: 10.1007/978–3–662–44519–8_3. A meta-analysis of brain mechanisms of placebo analgesia: consistent findings and unanswered questions.

BMC Complement Altern Med. 2015 Feb 5;15(1):12. A qualitative study of changes in expectations over time among patients with chronic low back pain seeking four CAM therapies. “Pre-treatment expectations consisted of conjecture about whether or not the CAM therapy could relieve pain and improve participation in meaningful activities. Expectations tended to shift over the course of treatment to be more inclusive of broader lifestyle factors, the need for long-term pain management strategies and attention to long-term quality of life and wellness.”

Homeopathic burn remedy effective: allopaths stunned

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Points of Interest 01/27/2015

Dr. Oz guest forced to pay $9 million for weight loss scam. “Now, Lindsey Duncan, a well-known guest of “The Dr. Oz Show” and “The View,” hasagreed to pay $9 million to customers after selling fake weight-loss products, including green coffee bean extract.”

Government confirms one of Dr. Oz’s favored diet pills is a total hoax.

Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2014 Dec;95(12):2470–83. doi: 10.1016/j.apmr.2014.05.005. Epub 2014 May 27. What do we really know about the safety of tai chi?: A systematic review of adverse event reports in randomized trials.. “TC is unlikely to result in serious AEs, but it may be associated with minor musculoskeletal aches and pains. However, poor and inconsistent reporting of AEs greatly limits the conclusions that can be drawn regarding the safety of TC.”

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Points of Interest 01/17/2015

J Altern Complement Med. 2014 Jun;20(6):452–60. doi: 10.1089/acm.2013.0212. Epub 2014 Mar 10. Toward topological descriptions of the therapeutic process: part 3. Two new metaphors based on quantum superposition, wave function “collapse,” and conic sections.

5 Steps in Talking With Patients About Alternative Medicine.

Improving Research on the Efficacy, Effectiveness, and Harms of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Um, no. “When compared with other forms of medicine, TCM is analogous to some surgical techniques in which individual doctors use different methods, some of which are considered new or novel and can be implemented without formal evaluation.”

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Points of Interest 01/13/2015

Soc Sci Med. 2014 Dec 19;128C:18–24. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2014.12.020. Boundary objects in complementary and alternative medicine: Acupuncture vs. Christian Science.

Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2014;2014:872320. doi: 10.1155/2014/872320. Epub 2014 Dec 10. Trend and pattern of herb and supplement use in the United States: results from the 2002, 2007, and 2012 national health interview surveys. “An estimated 40.6 million US adults reported herb and supplement use in 2012. However, the rate of herb and supplement use dropped from 18.9% in 2002 to 17.9% in 2007 and 2012 (P < 0.05).”

Homeopathy. 2015 Jan;104(1):3–8. doi: 10.1016/j.homp.2014.11.001. Epub 2014 Dec 17. Veterinary homeopathy: meta-analysis of randomised placebo-controlled trials. “Meta-analysis provides some very limited evidence that clinical intervention in animals using homeopathic medicines is distinguishable from corresponding intervention using placebos. The low number and quality of the trials hinders a more decisive conclusion.”

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Points of Interest 01/02/2015

J Can Chiropr Assoc. 2014 Dec;58(4):456–66. Effects of spinal manipulation versus therapeutic exercise on adults with chronic low back pain: a literature review. “Based on the findings of this systematic review there is no conclusive evidence that clearly favours spinal manipulation or exercise as more effective in treatment of CLBP.”

Acupunct Med. 2014 Dec 30. pii: acupmed–2014–010679. doi: 10.1136/acupmed–2014–010679. Association of pre- and post-treatment expectations with improvements after acupuncture in patients with migraine.. “However, patients with 100% post-treatment expectations reported fewer NDMA than those with 0% expectations (primary outcome: 1.3 vs 5.0 days, p<0.001) and were more likely to have a favourable response (100% vs 0%: OR 68.87, 95% CI 6.26 to 1449.73, p=0.002). Similar results were found when analysing the impact of expectation on the secondary outcomes.”

One mans ethics is anothers horror: BMJ Open. 2014 Dec 30;4(12):e006423. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen–2014–006423. Moxibustion for the treatment of pressure ulcers: study protocol for a pilot, multicentre, randomised controlled trial. “This trial has undergone ethical scrutiny and been approved by the ethics review boards of First Affiliated Hospital of Heilongjiang University of Chinese Medicine and Second Affiliated Hospital of Heilongjiang University of Chinese Medicine (Permission number: HZYEYLP2014). The results of this study will provide clinical evidence for the feasibility, efficacy and safety of moxibustion for pressure ulcers.”

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Blazer Cupping

We only have one big time professional sports team in Portland, the Trailblazers. No football or baseball. We do have professional soccer, but that doesn't really count. In Portland the Blazers rule.

I had long thought cupping in athletics was a protective device to prevent groin injuries, although it is evidently voluntary in the NBA, as some have learned to their discomfort.

I think protective cupping would be a good idea. Therapeutic? Not so much. Evidently promoted by their Director of Player Health and Performance, Cupping is a form of pseudo-scientific nonsense that is being used by the Blazers. I have discussed one form, moxibustion, over at Science-Based Medicine. Like most pseudo-medicine, it is an elaborate placebo with no real effects on real disease.

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More Tooth Fairy Science: Ayurgenomics

Over at Respectful Insolence there is a nice entry entitled Tooth Fairy science about traditional Chinese medicine, promoted in the Wall Street Journal.

It concerns the efforts to find reality in the diagnostic and therapeutic fantasies that is Traditional Chinese Pseudo-Medicine (TCPM). To sum up

It’s all utter nonsense, of course. It’s as perfect example of what Harriet Hall likes to refer to as Tooth Fairy science as I’ve ever seen. Basically, Tooth Fairy science involves applying the scientific method to phenomena that don’t exist.

There are many other systems of pseudo-medicine. In India there is Ayurveda, a system based on prakriti or body types, of which there are three: windy, bilious and phlegmatic. Why this would be legitimate as well as the hot and cold patterns of TCPM or the humours of medieval Europe is never discussed.  Can they all be valid?

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