Search Results for "naturopathy"

  1. CAM use and chemotherapy: A negative correlation
    It turns out that the use of certain forms of CAM makes it less likely that breast cancer patients will receive the chemotherapy they need. So-called “alternative” medicine is made up of a hodge-podge of health care practices and treatments based on beliefs that are unscientific, pre-s…
  2. Change.org Petition: “Naturopaths are not physicians: stop legitimizing pseudoscience”
    Britt Hermes, a graduate of the naturopathic college at the alternative medicine-focused Bastyr University, renounced her practice as a naturopathic doctor when she could no longer tolerate the pseudoscience and patient harm that characterizes naturopathy. On this blog and her own, Naturopathic Dia…
  3. Nobody licenses quacks in my state! HB 4531 and the licensing of naturopaths in Michigan
    Just as no giant marshmallow man steps on a church in Peter Venkman’s Manhattan, nobody licenses quacks in my state…I hope. Over the years, I’ve taken care of women with locally advanced breast cancer so advanced that it’s eroded through the skin, forming huge, nasty ulcers filled …
  4. “Integrative” medicine versus “alternative” medicine
    I’ve written a lot about the language issue with respect to alternative medicine. As I like to put it (at least in shortened form), first there was quackery. Quacks did not like that name at all, and thus was born alternative medicine. And the quacks did think it good—for a while. There was …
  5. Legislative Alchemy: Michigan House Bill 4531 gives naturopaths a broad scope of practice
    Legislative Alchemy Michigan House Bill 4531, if passed, would give naturopaths one of the broadest scopes of practice in the U.S., essentially equaling that of a family practice MD or DO. The bill made it through all the necessary House committees and is now before the House for an initial vote d…
  6. Is there a naturopathic standard of care?
    Public outcry over the death of Ezekiel Stephan, the 19-month-old Alberta toddler who died of bacterial meningitis in 2012, continues to grow following last’s weeks court decision, which found both of his parents guilty of failing to provide the necessaries of life. David and Collet Stephan f…
  7. Parents Convicted in Death of Toddler
    David and Collet Stephan, parents to the now-deceased Ezekiel Stephan. This is a very sad and tragic case, and I have great sympathy for the extended family of Ezekiel Stephan, the 19-month-old who died of meningitis four years ago. In my opinion, there are many victims in this case. The jury, app…
  8. Acupuncture does not work for menopause: A tale of two acupuncture studies
    Women looking for relief from hot flashes will be disappointed if they think acupuncture will help them. Arguably, one of the most popular forms of so-called “complementary and alternative medicine” (CAM) being “integrated” with real medicine by those who label their specia…
  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. 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…
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