Science-Based Medicine

Healthcare reform should ditch mandated coverage of CAM providers (Do, 25 Mai 2017)
Forced insurance coverage of chiropractic, naturopathic, and acupuncture services is not consistent with the goals of either the ACA or the AHCA. Whatever happens to Obamacare in the U.S. Senate, Section 2706 of the ACA should be repealed.
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The Natural Cancer Cure Narrative (Mi, 24 Mai 2017)
Julie Reason and her husband are producing a documentary about her cancer, and efforts to cure it. Based on their comments, they are drawing upon an established and false narrative about the causes and cures of cancer, one that can be dangerous to her, and all other cancer patients.
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Confessions of a Quack: Holistic Harry Tells the Inside Story of Alternative Medicine (Di, 23 Mai 2017)
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.
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Quackery infiltrates The BMJ (Mo, 22 Mai 2017)
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.
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Corrigendum. The Week in Review for 05/21/2017 (Mo, 22 Mai 2017)
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.
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NCCIH Announces Development of Revolutionary “Needleless” Acupuncture System (Fr, 19 Mai 2017)
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.
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Anti-inflammatory drugs and heart attacks: How real are the risks? (Do, 18 Mai 2017)
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.
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Another ADHD Denier (Mi, 17 Mai 2017)
John Rosemond, a self-help columnist, denies the science of ADHD with the usual invalid and outdated arguments.
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Acupuncturist Complains About Wikipedia (Di, 16 Mai 2017)
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.
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Is the FDA embracing quackery? A draft proposal recommends that doctors learn about acupuncture and chiropractic for pain management. (Mo, 15 Mai 2017)
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.
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Corrigendum. The Week in Review for 05/14/2017. (Mo, 15 Mai 2017)
The week in review. Measles cases climb in Minnesota; Texas is jealous. Koala and rabbit abuse. FDA suggesting pseudo-medicine? And more.
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Naturopathic Edumacation: A FAQ (Fr, 12 Mai 2017)
An evaluation of a Naturopathic Education FAQ.
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Two (now retracted) studies purporting to show that vaccinated children are sicker than unvaccinated children show nothing of the sort (Do, 11 Mai 2017)
Antivaccine websites have been touting two recently published studies as strong evidence that vaccinated children are less healthy than unvaccinated children. The studies are so flawed that they show nothing of the sort. Even more hilariously, the bottom-feeding predatory open access journal that published them appears to have retracted them.
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Inoculating – Against Misinformation (Mi, 10 Mai 2017)
A new study confirms what we suspected - you can't just correct misinformation with information, you have to expose the tactics of deception so people can recognize them for themselves.
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Protandim Update: New Studies and an FDA Warning Letter (Di, 09 Mai 2017)
Multilevel distributors of the dietary supplement Protandim think that evidence from scientific studies supports their claims for their product. The FDA disagrees.
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Cries the acupuncturist, “Medicine is biased against us, and there’s a double standard!” (Mo, 08 Mai 2017)
A recent article in Popular Science argues that medicine has a bias against acupuncture, holding it to a higher standard of evidence than conventional medical interventions. Even if there is a double standard, the answer is not to recommend acupuncture, but rather to stop recommending medical procedures that don't work.
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Corrigendum. The Week in Review for 05/07/2017. (Mo, 08 Mai 2017)
Death from alternative medicine impersonators. An acupuncture study done so acupuncturists can get insurance money? A chiropractor has to refund the feds one million dollars. And more.
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New Study Reveals Increase in Babies Injured by Nursery Products (Fr, 05 Mai 2017)
After years of steady decline, a new study reveals a concerning increase in overall baby product-related injuries since 2003 and a sharp rise in concussions.
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The Medical Medium’s Thyroid Pseudoscience (Do, 04 Mai 2017)
Anthony William calls himself a "Medical Medium". He has no medical expertise, but he provides medical advice based on claimed communication with the spirit world. What could possibly go wrong?
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The New York Times: Promoting False Hope as Journalism (Mi, 03 Mai 2017)
The New York Times sells a narrative of false hope, and fails to engage in even basic journalism to tell a more complete story.
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Afterword. Chiropractic and The New York Times. Is the newspaper TRYING to prove Trump right? (Mi, 03 Mai 2017)
The New York Times had to go an publish "For Bad Backs, It May Be Time to Rethink Biases About Chiropractors" right after my Friday extravaganza, "Spinal Manipulation and the JAMA Meta-Analysis: An Analysis of Fuel. Sigh. Doody [sic] Calls.
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Medical Neglect of Children (Di, 02 Mai 2017)
Medical neglect caused horrific suffering for these children, ending in death or permanent impairment. Their parents failed them, but so did society.
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Make measles great again: A case study of the politicization of school vaccine requirements in Michigan (Mo, 01 Mai 2017)
Protecting our children through school vaccine requirements has long had strong bipartisan support. Unfortunately, the antivaccine movement has had success linking "vaccine choice" with "freedom" and "parental rights", leading to a surge of right wing antivaccine activism that has undermined that bipartisan consensus. Two bills under consideration by the Michigan legislature represent a microcosm of what is going on in much of the US.
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Corrigendum. The Week in Review for 04/30/2017 (Mo, 01 Mai 2017)
Stroke from chiropractic. Measles in Minnesota. Fraudulent methodologies? How do your remove homeopathy from a product? Acuwhatever. And more.
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Spinal Manipulation and the JAMA Meta-Analysis: An Analysis of Fuel. (Fr, 28 Apr 2017)
Association of Spinal Manipulative Therapy With Clinical Benefit and Harm for Acute Low Back Pain: Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. It is even worse than I thought it would be.
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FDA issues warning letter to “holistic” practitioner offering thermography for breast cancer detection (Do, 27 Apr 2017)
Thermography for breast cancer detection is one of more than 65 products the FDA just announced it is going after for fraudulently claiming to prevent, diagnose, treat or cure cancer.
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Faking Peer-Review (Mi, 26 Apr 2017)
A major cancer journal just retracted 107 papers for faking peer-review, bringing the total for that publisher to 450. How did this happen, and how do we prevent it in the future?
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Gary Taubes and the Case Against Sugar (Di, 25 Apr 2017)
Gary Taubes writes that sugar is the cause of obesity and most chronic diseases. He makes a good case for the prosecution, but he doesn't convict.
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Outbreaks among Somali immigrants in Minnesota: Thanks for the measles again, Andy (Mo, 24 Apr 2017)
Andrew Wakefield's antivaccine propaganda film VAXXED claims that MMR vaccination causes autism in African American boys. Unfortunately, this is not the first time Wakefield has targeted people of color with antivaccine misinformation. Before there was VAXXED, Wakefield and antivaxers targeted Somali immigrants in Minnesota. Measles outbreaks have been the result.
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Corrigendum. The Week in Review for 04/23/2017 (Mo, 24 Apr 2017)
Protection from vampires. An autistic muppet upsets anti-vaxers. Naturopaths want insurance money. Big Chiro: what THEY don't want you to know. This blog is futile. And more.
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