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Inside story: Alternative medicines, quackery or not ? "The natural products industry contributes an estimated $1.4b to New Zealand's economy annually." Catholic Bishops In Kenya Call For A Boycott Of Polio Vaccines How Social Media Backfired for the 'Anti-Vax' Community PSEUDOSCIENCE AND SCIENCE – ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE IS BULLSHIT First Reported Ca...
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Caught on tape! Homeopaths selling anti-vaccination myths

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation went undercover last year to find out what kind of advice homeopaths would give parents about childhood vaccinations. Two moms went, babies in tow, to office visits with 5 homeopaths. Unbeknownst to the homeopaths, the whole thing was filmed.   Scott Gavura wrote about this episode...
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Points of Interest 08/03/2015

Simple intervention can moderate anti-vaccination beliefs, study finds Board: Acupuncturist negligent in giving bee sting therapy . Alternative menopause therapies deemed 'ineffective . "...he estimated 490,000 Australian women using alternative medicines for menopausal symptoms are wasting their money, say researchers. Nosode homeopathic labels mu...
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Points of Interest 07/30/2015

Taking St. John's Wort for Depression Carries Risks : Study  Herbal remedy isn't regulated, and can have side effects and serious drug interactions GP practice with 4,000 patients closes after 67 years because NHS chiefs couldn't find enough doctors to run it ."As well as day-to-day healthcare, the clinic specialises in anthroposophy - an alte...
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Points of Interest 07/28/2015

poi 7.28.15 Cancer Sell . Documentary on Mexican Cancer Clinics. Excellent. What It's Like to Go Through a Homeopathic Health Assessment The 50 Most Zen Cities in America . ""Zendex" that combines the number of yoga studios and alternative medicine businesses per 10K people in cities with over 60K people. From these numbers, they determined the top...
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Points of Interest 07/24/2015

California's new vaccination law serves as a national model for children's health, Stanford scholars say Laurel physician helps sort out 'art' and 'medicine' . Real holistic care: "Medicine," he began, "is both an art and science. While grounded in science, the physician learns to adjust his treatment and interpret his findings based on his interac...
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Points of Interest 07/18/2015

Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2015 Jul 10;12(7):7804–7813.  Retrospective Investigation of a Lead Poisoning Outbreak from the Consumption of an Ayurvedic Medicine: Durban, South Africa . "The implicated lead capsules had a lead content of 125,235 µg/g." J Ayub Med Coll Abbottabad. 2015 Jan-Mar;27(1):183–6.  EVALUATION OF TOXIC HEAVY ME...
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Points of Interest 07/17/2015

Medical students protest the University of Toronto's anti-vaccine course Chickenpox cases plunge in Ontario following public vaccine program: study The Joint Corp. Surpasses Two Million Chiropractic Adjustments Per Year . I do not know whether to be impressed or horrified. Belief in homeopathy is a moral test . "So when people say that it works, th...
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Points of Interest 07/14/2015

Another Study Proving That Vaccines Don't Cause Autism Won't Do Any Good . "I mean that it's time to stop organizing studies meant to convince anyone of the fact that vaccines don't cause autism." Meridian Health embraces holistic health paradigm . "…integrative treatments like acupuncture and homeopathy will become part of an integrative approach ...
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Points of Interest 07/13/2015

Tennis champion pushes quacky diet test in Yahoo Health story Claire Harvey: Don't duck the law by sending kids to quacks . "Because — well, let's be honest. Naturopaths are quacks. So are chiropractors*, traditional Chinese herbalists, iridologists, palm-readers, homeopaths, Bowen therapists and reiki practitioners." The Anti-Vaccination Movement ...
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Points of Interest 07/08/2015

Why Science Is Winning the Vaccine Wars . "A new survey shows that common sense is trouncing fear-mongering." Anti-vaccine trend has parents shunning newborns' vitamin shot . Acupuncture can 'cure' you of being gay, claims homeopath . Homeopathic medicine: What's the potential harm? . Sci Rep. 2015 Jul 6;5:11774. doi: 10.1038/srep11774. Validation ...
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Points of Interest 07/05/2015

4th of July Catch up Anc Sci Life. 2015 Jan-Mar; 34(3): 179. Bacterial contamination in Thai Ayurveda products . "Overall, 101 Thai Ayurveda product samples were collected and studied and it was found that 57.4 % had bacterial contamination" Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2015;2015:970327. doi: 10.1155/2015/970327. Epub 2015 Jun 2.  A Goo...
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Points of Interest 06/28/2015

Anti-vax doctor dead of apparent suicide; conspiracists fired up   Electromagn Biol Med. 2015 Jun;34(2):113–22. doi: 10.3109/15368378.2015.1036079.  Illuminating water and life: Emilio Del Giudice . "The quantum electrodynamics theory of water put forward by Del Giudice and colleagues provides a useful foundation for a new science of wate...
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California bill eliminating religious and personal belief exemptions passes in Assembly

​California Senate Bill 277, which eliminates religious and personal belief exemptions from vaccination for school children, passed in the Assembly on June 25.  It is now back before the Senate for consideration of Assembly amendments to the bill. Assuming the Senate concurs in the amendments, which appears likely, the bill heads to Gov. Jerry Brown for his consideration.

If signed by Gov. Brown, California will become the third state, along with Mississippi and West Virginia, to eliminate all but medical exemptions. Students will non-medical exemptions on file as of January 1, 2016, will be allowed to enter school and retain those exemptions, in some cases through several grades.  But after July 1 of next year, no student, no matter what his or her exemption status, will be allowed to enter the seventh grade without being fully vaccinated. 

Coverage of this historic event was mostly limited to California media, likely due, at least in part, to the Supreme Court's making health care history of its own in King v. Burwell, upholding the Affordable Care Act. This decision dominated coverage by the health care media, leaving the Assembly's vote little noticed outside California. Actually, the two events have some relevance to each other: the ACA requires that childhood vaccinations be a covered health insurance benefit with no co-pay.

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Unexpected Benefit of Being Poor and Under-Educated

Being poor in the USA and coming from lower socioeconomic groups is associated with substandard care, increased morbidity, and mortality from a variety of diseases. I have seen many a patient over the years who, due to lack of insurance or resources, put off seeking care for their HIV or diabetes and presented to the hospital with fatal complications of their illness.

It is hard to find a study to show that being poor is good for your health.

One may be vaccinations. At least in the US deliberately avoiding vaccinations is often a pastime of the affluent in many communities.

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Points of Interest 05/16/2015

Health board charges naturopathic physician with unprofessional conduct | Doctor allegedly aided in sale of illegal hormone injections

6 Scientific Arguments Against Vaccines’ Links to Autism

Science Fails to See Benefits of Eating Placenta. Can a vegan eat placenta?. Is it gluten free?

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Points of Interest 06/12/2015

MMS pushers holding another secret conference in UK; BBC exposes it

Health fears over ‘natural’ remedies for the menopause: Acupuncture, supplements or seeing a herbalist could cause problems if used alongside conventional treatments

Pakistan No. 1 in smuggling, using banned drugs “Homeopathy drugs worth Rs. 2 billion are smuggled in Pakistan” No amount of homeopathic drugs could be worth 2 billion.

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Points of Interest 05/28/2015

Senate Approves Vaccination Requirement for Day Care WorkersAnne Geddes offers portraits of meningococcal diseaseGreen Juice Will Not Cure Your CancerI Fooled Millions Into Thinking Chocolate Helps Weight Loss. Here’s How.Clinical Reasoning: Partial Horner syndrome and upper right limb symptoms following chiropractic manipulation. “Our patient experienced onset of Horner syndrome and ipsilateral upper limb symptoms shortly after chiropractic treatment, suggesting the cervico-thoracic manipulation as the cause of or at least worsening factor in the T1-T2 disc herniation.”
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Points of Interest 05/26/2015

Arm Weakness in a Child Following Chiropractor Manipulation of the Neck

BMC Complement Altern Med. 2015 May 22;15(1):153. Real world research: a complementary method to establish the effectiveness of acupuncture.. Since acupuncture doesn’t work in rigorous trials, lets do less rigorous evaluations to show it works.

PLoS One. 2015 May 21;10(5):e0126971. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0126971. Eur Heart J. 2015 May 20. pii: ehv171. Cardiac perforation as a rare complication of acupuncture.

Risk Associated with Bee Venom Therapy: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. “Adverse events related to bee venom therapy are frequent; therefore, practitioners of bee venom therapy should be cautious when applying it in daily clinical practice, and the practitioner’s education and qualifications regarding the use of bee venom therapy should be ensured.”BMC Complement Altern Med. 2014 Jan 13;14:16. doi: 10.1186/1472–6882–14–16. A path analysis of the effects of the doctor-patient encounter and expectancy in an open-label randomized trial of spinal manipulation for the care of low back pain.Things anti-vaxers sayWhy do British universities still give ‘scientific’ credibility to homeopathy? Prince Charles is not the only one giving support to alternative medicine’s quackery - and it isn’t always harmlessUVa’s integrative medicine clinic seeks ‘holistic approach’ to healthcare. The application of magic keeps growing.How low can you go: Potentially dangerous cancer cures promoted in “secret” presentationThis is why you shouldn’t believe that exciting new medical studyCan New Research Break The Anti-Vaccine Fever? Probably Not
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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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