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  1. Belief in Echinacea
    Note: The study discussed here has also been covered by Mark Crislip. I wrote this before his article was published, so please forgive any repetition. I approached it from a different angle; and anyway, if something is worth saying once it’s probably worth saying twice. Echinacea purpurea, o…
  2. Echinacea for Cold and Flu
    Echinacea purpurea, an ineffective form of treating and preventing colds. Echinacea continues to be a popular herbal product, used primarily for treating and preventing colds and flus. Sales were estimated at $132 million in the US alone in 2009, an increase of 7% over the previous year. Reports o…
  3. Supplements: Still popular despite little evidence they’re useful
    Despite the marketing, there is no need for you to take most supplements. And no-one needs coconut oil chews. As healthcare systems struggle to cope with growing and aging populations, there is renewed interest in eliminating wasteful, and possibly harmful, care. The Choosing Wisely campaign sugge…
  4. Natural Health Products: Loosely regulated, little evidence of benefit, and an industry intent on preserving the status quo
    Shouldn’t you know that the pills you are paying for are safe, and actually do something? This week’s post will revisit a topic I recently covered, but it’s time-sensitive and needs your input. Health Canada, the Canadian equivalent to the US Food and Drugs Administration, is con…
  5. FDA efforts to improve compounded drug safety upsets naturopaths
    Favorite naturopathic treatments comprise pumping patients full of dubious mixtures by injection, including IV drips. Naturopaths also employ topicals (salves, ointments and creams), rectal, and vaginal suppositories, and oral medications, such as bio-identical hormone replacement therapy, all made…
  6. About Herbs: an app to avoid
    Pictured: A better source of health information than “About Herbs”. Medicine has an intellectual hierarchy. Supposedly the best and the brightest are in the academic medical centers and are the thought leaders in their field. Those of us lower in the hierarchy are well aware of some of…
  7. Where science meets supplements
    Various herbal remedies and supplements. For those of you that missed the Science-Based Medicine day at NECSS last week, I’ve put the highlights in the following post: The supplement industry is big business, and the popularity of these products seems to keep growing. I once worked at a sma…
  8. Legislative Alchemy: Michigan House Bill 4531 gives naturopaths a broad scope of practice
    Legislative Alchemy Michigan House Bill 4531, if passed, would give naturopaths one of the broadest scopes of practice in the U.S., essentially equaling that of a family practice MD or DO. The bill made it through all the necessary House committees and is now before the House for an initial vote d…
  9. Is there a naturopathic standard of care?
    Public outcry over the death of Ezekiel Stephan, the 19-month-old Alberta toddler who died of bacterial meningitis in 2012, continues to grow following last’s weeks court decision, which found both of his parents guilty of failing to provide the necessaries of life. David and Collet Stephan f…
  10. Parents Convicted in Death of Toddler
    David and Collet Stephan, parents to the now-deceased Ezekiel Stephan. This is a very sad and tragic case, and I have great sympathy for the extended family of Ezekiel Stephan, the 19-month-old who died of meningitis four years ago. In my opinion, there are many victims in this case. The jury, app…
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