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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 fund…
  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. Leech Therapy
    Imagine this Leach attached to your knee. Medicine can be aggravatingly slow to change and it can take years for new diagnostic or therapeutic interventions to percolate through the medical community. It can take equally long for old practices to fade. I have tried to follow the dictum of “b…
  4. Nada for NADA: “acudetox” not effective in addiction treatment
    The National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA) teaches and promotes a standardized auricular acupuncture protocol, sometimes called “acudetox.” NADA claims acudetox encourages community wellness . . . for behavioral health, including addictions, mental health, and disaster &…
  5. Patient Groups and Pseudoscience
    Patients should get health information from doctors, not quacks. The biggest challenge we face promoting high standards of science in medicine is not making our case to the community. Our case is rock solid, in my opinion, and backed by evidence and logic. There is no question, for example, that h…
  6. Building a Case for CAM
    [Editor’s note: Mark Crislip is taking a well deserved vacation from blogging, and James Thomas has kindly agreed to provide another guest post to fill the gaping need left in all of your lives. Enjoy!] Building a case for complementary and alternative medicine. This shouldn’t be hard! …
  7. If You Think Doctors Don’t Do Prevention, Think Again
    Prevention has long been a priority of conventional medicine One of the common criticisms we hear from alternative and integrative medicine proponents is that doctors don’t do anything to prevent illnesses and have no interest in prevention. They claim that doctors are only trained to hand o…
  8. In Pursuit of Patient Safety
    [Editor’s note: With Dr. Gorski enjoying a vacation to recharge his batteries, we present a second offering from contributor James Thomas. Enjoy!] This might hurt a little…From the Wellcome Trust Image Librar via the Wikimedia Commons Advocates of CAM* (Complementary and Alternative Me…
  9. Science-Based Politics: Lyme, Zika, and the Green Party.
    And now if you excuse me, I’m going to get back to trying to hit Infernape with golf balls. That’s how Pokémon Go works, right? I don’t have much to write about this week. Yeah, yeah, I know. How is that different than the last 50 blog entries? And I will have even less to say n…
  10. Legislative Alchemy 2016 Update: Acupuncturists win; naturopaths and chiropractors don’t (so far)
    Legislative Alchemy Legislative Alchemy is the process by which state legislatures transform pseudoscience and quackery into licensed health care practices. By legislative fiat, chiropractors can detect and correct non-existent subluxations, naturopaths can diagnose (with bogus tests) and treat (w…
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