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Corrigendum. The Week in Review for 05/28/2017.

A thousand points of pseudo-medicine. Selections from Society for Science-Based Medicine’s Points of Interest a daily compendium of links of interest with comments. There is not enough time to write a complete blog post on the thousand points of pseudo-medicine that show up in my feeds. But some stars need to be noticed and commented upon. […]

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I Got Nothing

Bread and Butter Pickles. More interesting than this blog entry. It has been an distracting week. Good weather (finally), my boys home for the start of summer break, NBA playoffs, and nothing of real interest to write about in the world of pseudo-medicine has popped up in my feed. I got nothing substantive to write […]

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Healthcare reform should ditch mandated coverage of CAM providers

Legislative Alchemy Should health insurers be forced to cover the services of chiropractors, naturopaths, acupuncturists and massage therapists? The Affordable Care Act (ACA, or “Obamacare”) says “yes” and the American Health Care Act of 2017 (AHCA, but apparently not “Trumpcare”), recently passed in the U.S. House of Representatives by a narrow margin, agrees. The legislation […]

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The Natural Cancer Cure Narrative

Julie Reason, 39, unfortunately has stage IV breast cancer, which means that is has spread and is probably incurable. In her desperation, which is completely understandable, she is turning to “holistic, natural” treatments thinking that they offer hope. The scientific evidence tells us they don’t offer hope, only a false but compelling narrative optimized to […]

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Not getting quality care? Let us know.

Did you know that if you’re unhappy with your medical care, there are ways to let us know? You have the right to get high-quality care, and if you think you haven’t, you can file a complaint. If you disagree with a coverage or payment decision made by Medicare, your Medicare health plan, or Medicare Prescription Drug Plan, you […]

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Quackery infiltrates The BMJ

We here have long lamented the creeping infiltration of quackery into medical academia in which modalities once considered quackery, such as acupuncture, reiki, naturopathy, homeopathy, and various other dubious treatments, have found their way into what should be bastions of science-based medicine (SBM). Over the years, we have noted the proliferation of “integrative medicine” programs […]

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Corrigendum. The Week in Review for 05/21/2017

Artist’s impression of a CAM star and its victim. Selections from Society for Science-Based Medicine’s Points of Interest a daily compendium of links of interest with comments. There is not enough time to write a complete blog post on the thousand points of pseudo-medicine that show up in my feeds. But some stars need to be […]

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NCCIH Announces Development of Revolutionary “Needleless” Acupuncture System

Bethesda, MD- Researchers at the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) have announced the discovery of a revolutionary form of “needleless” acupuncture that may soon replace the use of surgical-grade, .25 millimeter thick stainless steel needles that have been in use for millennia. 10,000-year-old cave drawing of prehistoric veterinary acupuncture providers Acupuncture, a component […]

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