Search Results for "NCCAM"

  1. Milestones on the path to integrating quackery with medicine
    It’s been a long time since I’ve encountered Glenn Sabin. You might remember him, though. He runs a consulting firm, FON Therapeutics, which is dedicated to the promotion of “integrative” health, or, as I like to put it, the “integration of pseudoscience and quackery with science-based me…
  2. In which we are accused of “polarization-based medicine”
    A little over a month ago, I wrote about how proponents of “complementary and alternative medicine” (CAM), now more frequently called “integrative medicine,” go to great lengths to claim nonpharmacological treatments for, well, just about anything as somehow being CAM or …
  3. NCCIH funds sauna “detoxification” study at naturopathic school
    Where’s the sauna detox? It is no secret that we at SBM are not particularly fond of the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Medicine (NCCIH; formerly, the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine). We’ve lamented NCCIH’s use of limited public fund…
  4. “Non-pharmacological treatments for pain” ≠ CAM, no matter how much NCCIH wishes it so
    I’ve had the Monday spot on this blog for quite a long time now. While there are many advantages to posting on Monday, not the least of which is having more time to put a post together (although that is also a disadvantage because it incentivizes my taking more time than I sometimes should), …
  5. Dana-Farber Cancer Center’s Integrative Medicine Expansion
    Dr. Sidney Farber, shown here not believing in reiki or reflexology. In June, an article in the Boston Globe covered yet another incursion of pseudoscience into a major academic medical center, this time at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Dana-Farber, located just a couple of miles from the libr…
  6. CARA: Integrating even more pseudoscience into veterans’ healthcare
    The pixels were barely dry on David Gorski’s lament over the expansive integration of pseudoscience into the care of veterans when President Obama signed legislation that will exacerbate this very problem. The “Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016” (“CARA”)…
  7. “Complementary and Integrative Health” at the VA: Integrating pseudoscience into the care of veterans
    I was originally going to write this post for the 4th of July, given the subject matter. However, as regular readers know, I am not unlike Dug the Dog in the movie Up, with new topics that float past me in my social media and blog reading rounds serving as the squirrel. Then I got a copy of the mov…
  8. Supplements, Lies, and a Lengthy Transcript
    Thanks, Congress, for making bull testicles available as a dietary supplement! On October 21, 1993, there was a hearing before the U.S. Senate Committee for Labor and Human Resources, with the long-winded title: Examining How the Federal Government Should Regulate the Marketing and Use of Dietary …
  9. Academic Consortium plan: force medical residents to practice integrative medicine
    The Integrative Medicine Wheel “Integrative medicine” (IM) is an ideological movement within medicine driven in large part by those whose livelihoods depend on its continued existence. This includes both those with positions in academic medicine and individual practitioners who use the…
  10. NCCIH Strategic Plan 2016-2021, or: Let’s try to do some real science for a change
    It’s no secret that we at Science-Based Medicine (SBM) are not particularly fond of the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH). Formerly known as the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) and before that the Office of Alternative Medicine…
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