Search Results for "naturopathy"

  1. 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…
  2. 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…
  3. 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…
  4. 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…
  5. Angelina Jolie, surgical strategies for cancer prevention, and genetics denialism (revisited)
    Angelina Jolie Sometimes, weird things happen when I’m at meetings. For example, I just got home from the Society of Surgical Oncology (SSO) meeting in Houston over the weekend. Now, one thing I like about this meeting is that, unlike so many other meetings these days—cough, cough, ASCO, I…
  6. The DC as PCP? Drug Wars Resume
    Coming soon, to a chiropractor’s office near you? Chiropractors are once again engaged in intra-fraternal warfare over the chiropractic scope of practice, a saga we’ve chronicled before on SBM. (See the references at end of this post.) Every time it looks like the warring factions have…
  7. ND Confession, Part 1: Clinical training inside and out
    Editors’ note: With this guest post, we welcome Britt Marie Hermes to the SBM blog. Her new blog NaturopathicDiaries.com was mentioned by Jann Bellamy last week. Hermes is a former naturopath who came to doubt naturopathy. Through her contact with Jann, she has agreed to contribute occasional …
  8. “Naturopathic Diaries: Confessions of a Former Naturopath”
    Note: In addition to this brief endorsement of Britt’s website, I have also posted my regular every-other-Thursday post, this week discussing the actions taken by the State of Florida to prevent Brian Clement, of the Hippocrates Health Institute, from practicing medicine. Another note: since t…
  9. 2015 NHIS Report on Complementary Health Approaches (whatever that means)
    Formerly known as “relaxing,” now known as a “complementary health approach.” Gustav Courbet, “Young ladies on the banks of the Seine,” 1857. Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons. Back in 2004, data from the 2002 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) appeared …
  10. Washington bills: Christian Science no longer an excuse for denying medical care
    All states try to protect children from neglect, abandonment and mistreatment, such as deprivation of clothing, shelter, food and medical care. This includes civil laws which permit the removal of a child from the home and other protective interventions. Criminal laws protect children as well by, f…
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