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  1. Cupping – Olympic Pseudoscience
    Four years ago, while watching the 2012 Olympic Games, I noticed a lot of athletes wearing colored strips in various patterns on their body. I discovered that these strips were called kinesiotape, and they were used to enhance performance, reduce injury, and help muscles recover more quickly. I als…
  2. Hickey: On Cupping.
    A customer-slash-victim undergoing dry cupping. I know, super gross, right? Always start with an excuse. I have been ill for the last 10 days. I suspect I picked up an infection from the woman I slept with in Vegas.* I normally go through the day at warp 5 (I do not want to destroy space-time), bu…
  3. Belly Button Healing: Science plus Magic for Only $99?
    The patient doesn’t choose the Healing Life Wand. The Healing Life Wand chooses the patient. If you wanted to design and market an ineffective treatment with the best chance of successfully fooling consumers, it would have to include a certain set of key components in order to maximize profi…
  4. Oxygen water? You can’t breathe through your stomach
    Unless you have gills, this won’t make you a stronger, faster athlete. My exercise of choice is running. Despite the heat I’ve been having a great summer, training for the Chicago marathon. I’ve followed the training schedule fanatically since June. But it all came crashing down …
  5. An Unexpected Miscellany of Medical Malarkey
      I had originally intended a focused discussion of a single topic, but life circumstances have conspired to prevent me from doing so.  In the place of my intended post, please enjoy the following collection of hastily assembled pseudomedical odds and ends brought to my attention over the pa…
  6. 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…
  7. 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…
  8. 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…
  9. 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…
  10. 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, …
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