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  1. Naturopathy for allergies
    Naturopathy is an unusual chimera.  It is basically a collection of old fashioned medical superstitions presented under a veneer of highly speculative, quasi-scientific assertions.  But given its popularity, it is important, from time to time, to evaluate specific claims made by this particular no…
  2. Modern shamanism—naturopathy for hypertension
    I’m a primary care physician. What I, other internists, pediatricians, and family medicine docs do is prevent and treat common diseases. When we get to diseases that require more specialized care, we refer to our specialist colleagues. There is a movement afoot to broaden the role of naturo…
  3. CAM on campus: Naturopathy
    The latest event sponsored by “integrative medicine” proponents on my medical school campus featured the naturopath “Dr.” PB, a 2003 graduate and valedictorian from Bastyr University. Advertisements all over campus billed the lecture as “Stress, nutrition, and the GI tract…
  4. Naturopathy and Liberal Politics: Strange Bedfellows
    Yesterday’s post by Wally Sampson and an offline discussion with David Gorski have moved me to post something that I wrote in 2001. At the time, I was a member of the Massachusetts Special Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medical Practitioners. I’ve previously mentioned that e…
  5. Patient Groups and Pseudoscience
    Patients should get health information from doctors, not quacks. The biggest challenge we face promoting high standards of science in medicine is not making our case to the community. Our case is rock solid, in my opinion, and backed by evidence and logic. There is no question, for example, that h…
  6. Building a Case for CAM
    [Editor’s note: Mark Crislip is taking a well deserved vacation from blogging, and James Thomas has kindly agreed to provide another guest post to fill the gaping need left in all of your lives. Enjoy!] Building a case for complementary and alternative medicine. This shouldn’t be hard! …
  7. If You Think Doctors Don’t Do Prevention, Think Again
    Prevention has long been a priority of conventional medicine One of the common criticisms we hear from alternative and integrative medicine proponents is that doctors don’t do anything to prevent illnesses and have no interest in prevention. They claim that doctors are only trained to hand o…
  8. In Pursuit of Patient Safety
    [Editor’s note: With Dr. Gorski enjoying a vacation to recharge his batteries, we present a second offering from contributor James Thomas. Enjoy!] This might hurt a little…From the Wellcome Trust Image Librar via the Wikimedia Commons Advocates of CAM* (Complementary and Alternative Me…
  9. Science-Based Politics: Lyme, Zika, and the Green Party.
    And now if you excuse me, I’m going to get back to trying to hit Infernape with golf balls. That’s how Pokémon Go works, right? I don’t have much to write about this week. Yeah, yeah, I know. How is that different than the last 50 blog entries? And I will have even less to say n…
  10. 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…
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