Unpublished SBM Blog

Recent entries at the Science-Based Medicine Blog.

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Exploring issues and controversies in the relationship between science and medicine
  1. Confessions of a Quack is fiction, but it provides real insights into the thinking processes and motivations of quacks, alternative medicine providers, and their patients.
  2. As quackery in the form of "integrative medicine" has increasingly been "integrated" into medicine, medical journals are starting to notice and succumb to the temptation to decrease their skepticism. The BMJ, unfortunately, is the latest to do so. It won't be the last.
  3. Choosing CAM leads to bad outcomes the world over. How deep can an acupuncture needle go? Measles continues and Minnesota and will be welcomed in Texas. Rat rectal stimulation for Science. And more.
  4. The NCCIH has announced the development of a revolutionary form of "needleless" acupuncture that may soon replace the use of surgical-grade, .25 millimeter thick stainless steel needles that have been in use for millennia.
  5. A new study provides more evidence that anti-inflammatory drugs like naproxen and ibuprofen cause small but real increases in the risk of heart attacks.
  6. John Rosemond, a self-help columnist, denies the science of ADHD with the usual invalid and outdated arguments.
  7. An acupuncturist complains about Wikipedia, saying it is under the control of self-styled skeptics who bias the content and bully anyone who disagrees. She only demonstrates her own bias; Wikipedia had good reason to ban her from editing.
  8. Chiropractors and acupuncturists have lobbied for a greater role in treating pain. They might well have won it. Last week, the FDA released proposed changes Wednesday to its blueprint on educating health care providers about treating pain, which now recommend that doctors learn about chiropractic care and acupuncture as therapies that might help patients avoid opioids. There's still time to stop this.
  9. The week in review. Measles cases climb in Minnesota; Texas is jealous. Koala and rabbit abuse. FDA suggesting pseudo-medicine? And more.
  10. An evaluation of a Naturopathic Education FAQ.