Search Results for "naturopathy"

  1. “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…
  2. Should you try a “natural alternative” before medication?
    Natural and herbal remedies are often promoted as a substitute for drug therapies. But do they actually work? The idea of taking medication can be frightening. And as consumers and patients that want to make our own informed health decisions, it’s understandable and even appropriate to quest…
  3. FDA efforts to improve compounded drug safety upsets naturopaths
    Favorite naturopathic treatments comprise pumping patients full of dubious mixtures by injection, including IV drips. Naturopaths also employ topicals (salves, ointments and creams), rectal, and vaginal suppositories, and oral medications, such as bio-identical hormone replacement therapy, all made…
  4. Forget stem cell tourism: Stem cell clinics in the US are plentiful
    I had planned on writing about something else this week, but late last week another story caught my eye, because it served as a perfect follow-up to what I wrote about last week. To recap, I wrote about a man named Jim Gass, a former chief legal counsel for Sylvania, who had suffered a debilitating…
  5. Australia’s New Antiscience Party
    In a perfect world, high quality science would inform politics and policy. Science cannot determine policy by itself because there are also value judgments and trade-offs that need to be negotiated. At the least, however, policy should be consistent with the best available science. We, of course, do…
  6. Why Science-Based Medicine Matters
    A child with smallpox; the cost of unscientific medicine. This is why science-based medicine matters. The regular contributors at Science-Based Medicine (SBM) work diligently every week to explore the world of science-based medicine and the gauzy, nebulous netherworld of fantasy-based medicine. Th…
  7. Bye Bye Bravewell
    Exactly one year ago tomorrow, The Bravewell Collaborative shut down, an event so momentous that few seem to have noticed. It’s been a while since we at SBM devoted much attention to Bravewell, although, at one time, its doings were a regular feature of SBM posts. For those of you not familia…
  8. The Harm of Integrative Medicine: A Patient’s Perspective
    The Integrative Medicine Wheel: False hope and lies Being an avid reader of SBM and a cancer patient, I have come to deeply appreciate the writing and respect the various contributors for their expertise and attention to detail on a topic as important as cancer treatment. I have unfortunately foun…
  9. Health and Wellness Coaching: cautious optimism and some concerns
    The National Consortium for Credentialing of Health & Wellness Coaches (NCCHWC) and the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) signed an agreement last month for the launch of a national certification for individual health and wellness coaches in the U.S. According to a joint press release,…
  10. Fooling Myself
    Nothing says opportunistic like selling water for pain control. The first principle is that you must not fool yourself — and you are the easiest person to fool. –Richard Feynman I like to think of myself as a rational person, but I’ve been fooled by my own experience again and agai…
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