Search Results for "naturopathy"

  1. Should physicians and managed care organizations offer homeopathy?
    Anyone who reads Science-Based Medicine on even a semi-regular basis will know our collective opinion of homeopathy. Basically, at its core, homeopathy is pure quackery. I don’t care if it’s repetitive to say this yet again because it can’t be emphasized enough times that homeopat…
  2. NCCIH and the true evolution of integrative medicine
    There can be no doubt that, when it comes to medicine, The Atlantic has an enormous blind spot. Under the guise of being seemingly “skeptical,” the magazine has, over the last few years, published some truly atrocious articles about medicine. I first noticed this during the H1N1 pandemic…
  3. Dubious MTHFR genetic mutation testing
    Naturopathic catnip for patients. Naturopaths, along with some chiropractors, acupuncturists and a few “integrative” physicians, are advising patients that they should be tested for MTHFR genetic mutations. Typically, the naturopath will start with the pitch that “conventional&#…
  4. Attitudes Predict CAM Use
    CAM: More branding than medicine. One of the persistent themes of SBM is that CAM (complementary and alternative medicine, or integrative medicine) is nothing more than a marketing brand. Its recent popularity is not based upon new evidence or a changing paradigm of medicine as its proponents clai…
  5. Escharotic Treatment for Cervical Dysplasia: A New Incarnation of Black Salve?
    Flowers of the bloodroot plant, Sanguinaria canadensis. You’re welcome, I could have used a very different image (warning: gross bordering on horrifying; click on image to see it). Cervical dysplasia is a precancerous condition picked up by Pap smears. It is most often caused by human papil…
  6. “Science.” You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.
    I’ve discussed on many occasions over the years how antivaccine activists really, really don’t want to be known as “antivaccine.” However, if there’s one thing that rivals how much antivaccinationists detest being called “antivaccine,” it’s how much t…
  7. A journey to alternative and integrative medicine apostasy
    Julian the Apostate presiding at a conference of sectarians, by Edward Armitage, 1875 I’ve been blogging for over a decade now, a fact that I find really hard to believe looking back on it right now. I’ve told the story before, but it’s worth briefly recounting again because doin…
  8. Legislative Alchemy: Naturopathic licensing and practice expansion 2015
    Naturopathic genetics: a new specialty? Naturopathy is chock-full of quackery. No doubt about it. Here at SBM and elsewhere, the seemingly limitless nonsense that can be incorporated into naturopathic practice has been documented time and again: detoxification, food “sensitivities,” an…
  9. The Wild West: Tales of a Naturopathic Ethical Review Board
    Two recent SBM posts have used the “Wild West” metaphor for poor health care regulation. Arizona may be the wildest: a worst-case scenario of a state licensing pseudoscience as medicine, under the cover of so-called naturopathy “research.” (Photo courtesy of the Orange County Archives, some…
  10. Wikipedia vs Quackery – Standards vs Chaos
    Wikipedia’s front page Wikipedia, an online open-source encyclopedia, can boast 470 million visitors each month, making it one of the most popular websites on the internet. It is an incredibly useful resource – I think it’s fair to say it is the online reference of record. For that r…
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