Learning quackery for Continuing Medical Education credit
The Integrative Addiction Conference 2015 (“A New Era in Natural Treatment”) starts tomorrow in Myrtle Beach, SC. Medical doctors, doctors of osteopathy, naturopaths and other health care providers will hear lectures on such subjects as “IV Therapies and Addiction Solutions…
An Alternative to Appendectomy: Antibiotics
An appendix, mid-appendectomy.
My title doesn’t refer to alternative medicine, it refers to an alternative within medicine: treating appendicitis with antibiotics instead of surgery. You may be surprised to learn that patients with appendicitis don’t always automatically need an append…
Do You Believe in Magic? Oregon Does.
Pictured: OHP and HERB picking “evidence-based treatment options”
Do You Believe in Magic?
Do you believe in magic for a back pains fix
How the needles can free her, where ever it pricks
And it’s magic, if the chi is groovy
It makes you feel happy like an old-time movie
Bastions of quackademic medicine: Georgetown University
The cover of Georgetown Medicine Spring/Summer 2015 issue. This image will drive Mark Crislip crazy, as it features yet another acupuncturist not using gloves while sticking needles into people. Dr. Gorski loves watching Dr. Crislip’s reactions to such photos.
We frequently discuss a disturb…
Naturopathic Medical Magic in the NW
Me and my lovely wife Phyllis Schlafly, amazed at what naturopaths will believe.From the Wikimedia Commons, because we’re that famous.
As regular readers know, I live in the great Pacific Northwest, specifically Portland, Oregon. I am at home in the organic/hippy/environmental mind-set. It i…
Should physicians and managed care organizations offer homeopathy?
Anyone who reads Science-Based Medicine on even a semi-regular basis will know our collective opinion of homeopathy. Basically, at its core, homeopathy is pure quackery.
I don’t care if it’s repetitive to say this yet again because it can’t be emphasized enough times that homeopat…
NCCIH and the true evolution of integrative medicine
There can be no doubt that, when it comes to medicine, The Atlantic has an enormous blind spot. Under the guise of being seemingly “skeptical,” the magazine has, over the last few years, published some truly atrocious articles about medicine. I first noticed this during the H1N1 pandemic…
Dubious MTHFR genetic mutation testing
Naturopathic catnip for patients.
Naturopaths, along with some chiropractors, acupuncturists and a few “integrative” physicians, are advising patients that they should be tested for MTHFR genetic mutations. Typically, the naturopath will start with the pitch that “conventional…
Attitudes Predict CAM Use
CAM: More branding than medicine.
One of the persistent themes of SBM is that CAM (complementary and alternative medicine, or integrative medicine) is nothing more than a marketing brand. Its recent popularity is not based upon new evidence or a changing paradigm of medicine as its proponents clai…