The American Academy of Pediatrics is usually a trustworthy source of high quality information for patients, caregivers, and pediatric medical providers. But when it comes to so-called integrative medicine, they have a massive biased blind spot. In this post, I discuss a recently updated clinical report from their Section on Integrative Medicine.
A chiropractor who bills himself as a chiropractic gynecologist has continued to practice after his license was permanently revoked. Among his many questionable practices, he is treating cervical dysplasia with escharotics, a potentially dangerous replacement for conventional treatments to prevent cancer.
The mother jailed for refusing to vaccinate her son says she would "do it all over again" wapo.st/2yjqgMD
We need to repeal federal and state laws that allow quackery and pseudoscience in healthcare.
Knowingly exposing others to HIV is no longer a felony in California. Advocates say the law targeted sex workers. wapo.st/2fYukcP
Mike Pence's defining moment as governor? Enabling an HIV outbreak huffingtonpost.com/entry/mike-pen…
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Georgia lawmaker, wife of ex-HHS secretary Tom Price, asks about quarantining HIV patients wapo.st/2hV0rdT
The Australian government has eliminated the insurance subsidy for 17 alternative health practices due to a lack of evidence for efficacy. This is a win for medicine and Australian taxpayers.
Steps the U.S. government should take right now against the opioid epidemic wapo.st/2gliFsf
What's the harm of naturopathy? How about Epsom salt-induced liver damage?
The plague outbreak in Madagascar has claimed a victim in Seychelles. nyti.ms/2gcXx7F
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Knowingly infecting others with HIV is no longer a felony in California. Advocates say it targeted sex workers. wapo.st/2fWPQyv
Plague, the cause of the Black Death, is spreading fast in Madagascar nyti.ms/2fYNTVQ
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Georgia lawmaker, wife of ex-HHS Secretary Tom Price, asks about quarantining HIV patients wapo.st/2xbT3Bn
Existing research has not yet clearly defined what mindfulness is and what effect it has. The hype clearly has gone beyond the science, and more rigorous research is needed to determine what specific effects there are, if any.
Opinion: The opioid epidemic simply slipped through the cracks wapo.st/2gJYgdi
A mother was jailed for refusing to vaccinate her son. Now she’s outraged he’s been immunized. wapo.st/2gf1x7L
Retractions of scientific studies do not always mean that the studies die a deserved death. Sometimes they live on as zombie studies, continuing to be cited by other researchers and having an effect on the scientific discussion. We can fix this.
Deadly #plague epidemic rages in #Madagascar via @sciencemagazine sciencemag.org/news/2017/10/d… #publichealth #epidemic
Georgia lawmaker, wife of ex-HHS Secretary Tom Price, asks about quarantining HIV patients wapo.st/2gsePdp
#Cannabis is illegal bc it is a cheap, natural alternative to the opiods that big pharma lobbies for & profits from cbsnews.com/news/opioid-ad…
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Last month, Susan and Henry Samueli donated $200 million to the University of California, Irvine to promote integrative medicine. We were pleasantly surprised by the unflattering coverage in the press of the gift. We were unpleasantly unsurprised by the reaction of integrative medicine advocates to the criticism.
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Karyne Jeanne Richardson offers a ridiculous program of electrodiagnosis, flower remedies, and fractal sound to treat autism and other disorders. There are science-based autism programs that work; it is unfortunate when parents subject their autistic children to onerous, expensive, time-consuming, useless treatments based on pseudoscientific claims and false promises.
The Pathological Optimist is a recently released documentary by Miranda Bailey about Andrew Wakefield that I got a chance to see. In interviews and in the film's promotional materials, Bailey takes great pains to emphasize that she "doesn't take a side" about Wakefield. Unfortunately, her film demonstrates that, when it comes to pseudoscience, "not taking a side" is taking a side, and that a film's bias is often more evident in what is not shown and told than in what is.
Does complementary and alternative medicine offer any meaningful benefits to cancer patients?
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