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Maximized Living: “5 Essentials” of Chiropractic Marketing Propaganda

I was recently alerted to yet another example of highly questionable chiropractic health claims. It’s a bad one. Real bad. And while the core components, including claims regarding health benefits in young children and marketing gimmicks carefully designed to trick people into becoming long term patients, are standard boilerplate you will see on hundreds of […]

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If you feel better, should you stop taking your antibiotics?

Is there harm in stopping antibiotics when you feel better, instead of finishing the prescription? A recent paper in the BMJ argues that there is little scientific evidence to suggest that completing a prescribed course of antibiotics has any impact on antibiotic resistance, and that health professionals should stop giving this message. Martin Llewelyn and […]

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‘Medicare-for-All’…ObamaCare on Steroids

Let’s play a game of guess who…as in who said, “If we expanded Medicaid [to] everybody. Give everybody a Medicaid card – we would be spending such an astronomical sum of money that, you know, we would bankrupt the nation.” Was it President Trump…Ted Cruz…or Carly Fiorina perhaps? Nope to none of the above as […]

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Quackademic Medicine at UC Irvine

The skeptical movement and science-based medicine would not have to exist if academia was doing its job. Unfortunately, in some very important ways, they are collectively failing the world. The latest example of this failure is the Susan Samueli Center for Integrative Medicine UC Irvine School of Medicine. How do you get to have a center […]

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Flu Shots: Here We Go Again!

It’s that time again. The flu season starts in October. You will be protected about two weeks after you get the flu shot. Flu vaccination is recommended every year for everyone over 6 months of age. This year there is a quadrivalent option in addition to the usual trivalent option (covering four circulating strains of […]

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Study: patients should be warned of stroke risk before chiropractic neck manipulation

Head rotation that forces extreme rotation of the occipital-atlanto-axial joints stretches vertebral and internal carotid arteries. (Photo by Homola. Model: George Fleming.) Author Note: It’s Sunday and Hurricane Irma is headed my way. I am finalizing this post in anticipation of almost certain loss of power later today and for an unknowable number of days […]

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Faith and Supplements – B17

Why would someone intentionally poison themselves with cyanide thinking it is good for their health? That is the question raised by a recent article in the medical journal, BMJ. They report the case of an otherwise healthy 67-year old man who was found to be hypoxic (low blood oxygen) while being monitored during anesthesia for […]

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