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  1. 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 fun…
  2. “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), …
  3. 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…
  4. 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”)…
  5. “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…
  6. 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 …
  7. 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…
  8. 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…
  9. Regulating CAM Aussie Style
    CAM proponents view National Health Interview Surveys recording the supposed popularity of CAM, an amorphous conflation of anything from conventional medical advice to mythical methods, as an invitation to unleash even more unproven remedies on the public. My interpretation is quite different. I se…
  10. Oregon Health & Science University SCAM Day
    From the Wikimedia Commons, originally posted by Flickr user Alex E. Proimos (link).  Oy. I was looking over a recent class catalog from my alma mater, University of Oregon. I see the Astronomy Department is having a day devoted to astrology, inviting astrologers to talk about their profession. A…
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