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  1. Help a reader out: Abstracts that misrepresent the content of the paper
    Earlier this week, a reader of ours wrote to Steve and me with a request: First off, I just want to say thank you for everything you gentlemen do. I find that your sites are extremely helpful when trying to figure out what level of information is BS, and what is real. In short, I was wondering if e…
  2. Acupuncture does not work for menopause: A tale of two acupuncture studies
    Women looking for relief from hot flashes will be disappointed if they think acupuncture will help them. Arguably, one of the most popular forms of so-called “complementary and alternative medicine” (CAM) being “integrated” with real medicine by those who label their specia…
  3. Academic Consortium plan: force medical residents to practice integrative medicine
    The Integrative Medicine Wheel “Integrative medicine” (IM) is an ideological movement within medicine driven in large part by those whose livelihoods depend on its continued existence. This includes both those with positions in academic medicine and individual practitioners who use the…
  4. When Headaches Are a Pain in the Neck: Spinal Manipulation vs. Mobilization for Cervicogenic Headache
    NOTE: Today we offer a double feature on the treatment of cervicogenic headache. My article is about a study that compared manipulation to mobilization; it is followed by retired chiropractor Sam Homola’s guest article on manipulation for cervicogenic headache. The two posts complement each ot…
  5. Chiropractic and Stroke: No Evidence for Causation But Still Reason for Concern
    Can neck manipulation (by chiropractors or by other practitioners) cause strokes? Many of us think it can, but definitive proof is lacking. A recently published study looked at the available evidence. A systematic review found a small association between stroke and chiropractic care but concluded t…
  6. April Fool Cannot Surpass SCAM
    Stick some coffee up the tailpipe and you’ve got yourself some complementary and alternative auto care! It’s April Fools’ day in the US of A. One of the internet traditions is to come up with a story that is weird or unlikely, but not so weird or unlikely that it is not believabl…
  7. Testing Testosterone Treatments
    Whatever is in this water, it isn’t testosterone Ponce de Leon is said to have been looking for the Fountain of Youth when he explored Florida. That’s only a myth. Now there’s a new myth, that testosterone supplements are a Fountain of Youth for aging men. Men are urged to get th…
  8. Oregon Health & Science University SCAM Day
    From the Wikimedia Commons, originally posted by Flickr user Alex E. Proimos (link).  Oy. I was looking over a recent class catalog from my alma mater, University of Oregon. I see the Astronomy Department is having a day devoted to astrology, inviting astrologers to talk about their profession. A…
  9. The claim that Gardasil causes premature ovarian failure: Ideology, not science
    It’s amazing how, to antivaccine activists, it just so happens that a vaccine that targets a sexually transmitted virus must also destroy a girl’s ovaries. It must be a coincidence, right? When you’ve been blogging for over 11 years on your own blog and 8 years on a blog like Sci…
  10. Patient Beware: Off-label drug promotion by pharmaceutical companies
    In truth, physicians are rarely this happy to see a drug rep. Pharmaceutical companies and their sales reps can distribute information, such as medical journal articles, about unapproved (“off-label“) uses of their drugs as long as they adhere to FDA guidelines. However, the FDA takes …
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