What Does ND Mean?
Chronic Lyme disease almost certainly does not exist, but a growing number of doctors are diagnosing and treating it with long-term antibiotics and other remedies. They are known as LLMDs (“Lyme Literate” medical doctors). This subject has been covered repeatedly on Science-Based Medicine, here,…
Legislative Alchemy: Acupuncture and Homeopathy 2013
Acupuncture, or more broadly, Oriental or Traditional Chinese Medicine, is a
weird medley of philosophy, religion, superstition, magic, alchemy, astrology, feng shui, divination, sorcery, demonology and quackery.
And via the particular form of magic known as legislative alchemy, acupuncture is a lic…
Chiropractic and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
Pictured: Not helping with SIDS
As a pediatrician caring for hospitalized children, I deal with fear on a daily basis. My day is saturated with it. I encounter fear in a variety of presentations, with parental fear the most obvious but probably least impactful on my management decisions. I do spen…
Legislative Alchemy: Chiropractic 2013
Via the magic of legislative alchemy, chiropractors are already licensed health care providers in all 50 states. Thus their legislative efforts tend to focus on expanding their scope of practice and forcing public and private insurers to cover their services, in some cases at t…
[NEW POSTS JUST BELOW THIS POST]
I am happy to announce that Science-Based Medicine has published three e-Books:
Science-Based Medicine’s Guide to Naturopathy
Kindle | iBooks | Nook
Science-Based Medicine’s Guide to Miscellaneous CAM
Kindle | iBooks | Nook
Science-Based Medicine’s Guide to Ho…
As I hope I demonstrated in Legislative Alchemy: Naturopathy 2013, below, licensing “naturopathic doctors,” especially as primary care physicians, is a bad idea. Unfortunately, the only people usually interested in opposing their licensing efforts are medical doctors and their organiz…
Epigenetics: It doesn’t mean what quacks think it means
Epigenetics. You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.
I realize I overuse that little joke, but I can’t help but think that virtually every time I see advocates of so-called “complementary and alternative medicine” (CAM) or, as it’s known mor…
Naturopaths push for licensing in Massachusetts (again)
I have some good news and some bad news about a Massachusetts naturopathy practitioner licensing bill.
First the bad news: the bill passed both the Massachusetts House and Senate in December of last year.
Now, I am certainly no expert in the arcane workings of the Massachusetts legislature, but aft…