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  1. 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…
  2. 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…
  3. CAM use and chemotherapy: A negative correlation
    It turns out that the use of certain forms of CAM makes it less likely that breast cancer patients will receive the chemotherapy they need. So-called “alternative” medicine is made up of a hodge-podge of health care practices and treatments based on beliefs that are unscientific, pre-s…
  4. Change.org Petition: “Naturopaths are not physicians: stop legitimizing pseudoscience”
    Britt Hermes, a graduate of the naturopathic college at the alternative medicine-focused Bastyr University, renounced her practice as a naturopathic doctor when she could no longer tolerate the pseudoscience and patient harm that characterizes naturopathy. On this blog and her own, Naturopathic Dia…
  5. Nobody licenses quacks in my state! HB 4531 and the licensing of naturopaths in Michigan
    NOTE: Anyone who has seen several derogatory articles about me on the web and is curious about what the real story is, please read this and this. Just as no giant marshmallow man steps on a church in Peter Venkman’s Manhattan, nobody licenses quacks in my state…I hope. Over the years, …
  6. “Integrative” medicine versus “alternative” medicine
    I’ve written a lot about the language issue with respect to alternative medicine. As I like to put it (at least in shortened form), first there was quackery. Quacks did not like that name at all, and thus was born alternative medicine. And the quacks did think it good—for a while. There was …
  7. 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…
  8. 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…
  9. 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…
  10. Acupuncture does not work for menopause: A tale of two acupuncture studies
    Women looking for relief from hot flashes will be disappointed if they think acupuncture will help them. Arguably, one of the most popular forms of so-called “complementary and alternative medicine” (CAM) being “integrated” with real medicine by those who label their specia…
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