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  1. Legislative Alchemy 2016 Update: Acupuncturists win; naturopaths and chiropractors don’t (so far)
    Legislative Alchemy Legislative Alchemy is the process by which state legislatures transform pseudoscience and quackery into licensed health care practices. By legislative fiat, chiropractors can detect and correct non-existent subluxations, naturopaths can diagnose (with bogus tests) and treat (w…
  2. A Harris Poll on “Alternative Medicine”
    One can only imagine how annoyed Twain would have been had he known about opinion polls. Mark Twain popularized the phrase, “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and polls and surveys.” (He may have said “statistics” at the end, but I think this version works a…
  3. Acupuncture for Coronary Artery Disease
    Pictured: Really, really bad idea, on all levels; literal, metaphorical, pedagogical, tautological, hemodynamic, pathological, basically all the -ics, -cals, and -als. I have spent the last 35 years mostly in acute care medicine. Spending my day in the hospital gives me the bias that we are fragil…
  4. American Academy of Family Physicians Home Study Course Recommends Non-Science-Based Treatments
    Strong medicine…along with a little nonsense Since passing my board exams in family practice in 1979 I have relied heavily on the American Academy of Family Physicians for continuing medical education via the American Family Physician and the AAFP home study programs. The AAFP prides itself on i…
  5. Australian review finds no benefit to 17 natural therapies
    Health care systems around the world are being pressured to “do more and spend less”, to make healthcare more cost effective. Owing to aging populations and the growing cost of providing health services, there’s more scrutiny than ever on the value of different health treatments, …
  6. Acupuncture/TCPM Crapfest
    Look Ma! No gloves! As I get older I get more grumpy. Issues that at one time I was rather sanguine about, now irritate the hell out of me. It is not like it was when I started practice. Information was hard to come by. Going through the Index Medicus, with the world’s tiniest font, wanderin…
  7. Bastions of quackademic medicine: Georgetown University
    The cover of Georgetown Medicine Spring/Summer 2015 issue. This image will drive Mark Crislip crazy, as it features yet another acupuncturist not using gloves while sticking needles into people. Dr. Gorski loves watching Dr. Crislip’s reactions to such photos. We frequently discuss a disturb…
  8. In which I steal a title: Is medicine a scientific enterprise?
    Abraham Flexner (left) and Richard Dawkins (right): Enemies of medicine? A week ago, I attended the Center For Inquiry Reason for Change Conference, where I participated in a panel on—what else?—alternative medicine with—who else?—Harriet Hall and our fearless leader Steve Novella. Before …
  9. A Scientist in Wonderland
    Edzard Ernst is one of those rare people who dare to question their own beliefs, look at the evidence without bias, and change their minds. He went from practicing alternative medicine to questioning it, to researching it, to becoming its most prolific critic. I have long admired his work, and I fin…
  10. Acupuncture Odds and Ends
    The aptly-named “Not Appearing In This Post” turtle of South America. I’m cheating. No, I’m recycling. ‘Tis the season to have to no time to get anything done. Since I know none of you pay attention to the blog of at the Society for Science-Based Medicine and I have n…
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