Alternative Medicine

Odom’s condition shines light on dangers of poorly-regulated supplements

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As the media attempts to make sense of former pro basketball player Lamar Odom’s bizarre situation that resulted in him lying in a hospital near death, a report comes out in the NEJM showing that dietary supplements cause serious adverse affects that send people to the emergency room at an alarming rate. Odom spent three days in a Nevada…

When your porn business tanks, become a “doctor”

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An arrogant man has all his porn producing equipment stolen so he decides to enter the medical field treating people without an appropriate license because he doesn’t think the rules apply to him. This is why we have regulations. He’s in jail. A judge set bail at $1 million Wednesday for an alleged phony doctor after…

Electric feet give kick to Vietnamese village’s economy

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Pham Thi Phu claims to cure people with cancer, polio, mental illness and autism by transmitting “electricity” to the patients through her bare feet. Sometimes 600 people come for treatment in a day, a local man only identified as Nam, told news website Phap Luat. Source: Hundreds with serious illness visit woman’s house, hope to be cured…

Alt med death conspiracy expands beyond the US and even beyond alt med

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Back in July, we posted a story on the untimely death of alternative practitioner Nicholas Gonzales and the brewing conspiracy idea that there is a coverup of these deaths that some people are suggested are suspicious. You can take a look at that piece and see nothing is offensive, unless, that is, you are totally…

The great and Doctorful Oz changing his show tune

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After he was grilled in congress and faced critical professional backlash, Dr. Oz met with physicians groups across the country to see what he could to fix his TV doctor reputation. Apparently, what he learned will result in changes to his show, about to enter its 7th season. What he didn’t realize was how he’d…

Lion in China may have been kept for TCM “cures”

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This is a tragic end for an animal that was kept out of its element. It may have been destined to have its parts used for Traditional Chinese (or Asian) Medicine. Officers reportedly fired 20 shots at animal, which is thought to have jumped out of a lorry that was transporting it. Source: Chinese police…

More evidence that dietary supplements can be a “raw deal”

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News smidgen: Federal prosecutors say that one dietary supplement wholesaler in New Jersey spent four years selling products diluted with products like maltodextrin or rice flour, increasing profits but defrauding customers. The company’s owner now must forfeit $1 million in profits and has been sentenced to 40 months in prison and one year of supervised…

Emergency at a German alt med conference

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What happened when 30 some people took drugs at an alt med conference? Authorities say emergency workers called to a conference centre in northern Germany found some 30 people staggering and suffering from cramps, apparently as a result of amphetamine poisoning. Source: Dozens suffer apparent amphetamine poisoning at German homeopathic conference | CTV News It’s…

Wayne Dyer, self-help guru and advocate of positive thinking, dies at 75

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Dr. Wayne Dyer, a self-help guru whose wrote the best-seller “Your Erroneous Zones” as a guide to better living, has died at 75. Dyer was promoted by Oprah Winfrey and several other celebrities. While self-help advice is typically harmless and may be advantageous to some people, the disturbing role of Dyer was to suggest that…

Health board prevails for standing up against homeopathy

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A woman, Honor Watt, sued Lothian Health Board in the UK after they stopped providing the controversial treatments for her arthritis. The Board had concluded (as is the overwhelming consensus) that homeopathy does not work and is not a proper use of their funds. Source: Honor Watt loses legal bid to force Lothian Health Board…

Don’t eat toad

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Folk remedies can go terribly wrong. A 70-year-old man in Shanghai was sent to hospital after eating three boiled toads believing it to be a folk remedy for his skin disease, Jiefang Daily said yesterday. The man, surnamed Gao, had a skin disease for many years. He was told eating toads could help clear toxins…

Recovery water healing claim sounds like snake oil

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NFL player makes claim regarding the healing properties of fancy, “sciencey” nano-bubble water. Russell Wilson Says Recovery Water Healed His Head Injury from NFC Title Game  At one point in the story, Rodrick mentions a moment where Wilson claimed Reliant Recovery Water—a sports recovery drink in which he is a personal investor—helped him recover from…

Intravenous vitamin lounges of Ottawa

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News Smidgen: Ottawa naturopath Sarah Vadeboncoeur says demand for the intravenous nutrient therapy she has offered at her clinic for five years is growing so rapidly that she is shifting her business to make it a bigger part of her practice. Despite their wild popularity in recent years, there is no evidence to support IV infusions, say experts.…

Explanatory labeling for homeopathic products in Canada

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News snippet: Good news out of Canada. But will labeling help? Homeopathic products promoted to parents will need to be clear they are not vaccines or alternatives to vaccines, Health Canada says. The department announced Friday it is introducing label changes for certain homeopathic products. Health Canada said it will also no longer allow companies to make specific…

Practitioner of bee sting therapy accused of negligence

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A California acupuncturist is cited by officials for using a potentially risky treatment that could produce life-threatening allergic reactions. Alhambra acupuncturist’s ‘bee sting therapy’ investigated An Alhambra acupuncturist’s license is on the line after state medical regulators alleged he was “grossly negligent” when using bees to sting patients as part of a medical cure, an…

Complaints against Burzynski Clinic now at 5 individuals

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The OTHER Burzynski Patient Group blog has discovered a new complaint against the cancer treatment clinic run by Stan Burzynski. 5th Member of Burzynski Staff Faces TMB Complaint On June 29th, 2015, the Texas Medical Board filed a complaint against the Burzynski Clinic’s physician assistant Anita Shrout. This brings the number of confirmed open Medical…

Acupuncture clinic violations show the risk clearly isn’t worth it

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If you must find a way to shutter up acupuncture clinics, this is a good start. Show they are unsafe. Ottawa Public Health has ordered a Wellington Street West acupuncture clinic to shut down immediately after failing two inspections within a week. Source: New Acupuncture Clinic closed by Ottawa Public Health – Ottawa – CBC…

Unproven health advice over UK TV is a no-no

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A TV show claimed a recipe of basil leaves and peppers could prevent cancer. Where did that claim come from? Yoga TV show fined £25,000 over basil cancer cure claim. A digital TV channel has been fined £25,000 after viewers of its Yoga for You show were told basil leaves and black pepper could prevent…

Hmm, wonder why chiropractor would have to “sneak into” a hospital

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The board director and president-elect of the Chiropractors Association of Australia resigns over an unauthorised hospital visit to treat a baby. Source: Chiropractors Association of Australia president-elect resigns over unauthorised treatment of baby in hospital Dr Helen Alevaki reportedly used a closed Facebook group to reveal she had made “sneaky” visits to a Melbourne maternity…

Fake Cancer Doctor Arrested in California

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In Northern California, an investigation by the Contra Costa Sheriff’s Office and the Ventura County Interagency Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit resulted in the arrest of a man who reportedly targeted cancer patients with bogus treatments. “Doctor Dirt Bag”? Cancer patient says fake doc charged $2,000 for dirt (CBS News): The woman, who has late-stage cancer, reportedly…

Tennis champion pushes quacky diet test in Yahoo Health story

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Novak Djokovic, the number-one ranked tennis player in the world defeated Roger Federer in an epic Wimbledon final on Sunday — but he nearly didn’t get there at all. A diet change made it possible. Source: Wimbledon Winner Novak  Djokovic’s Diet Secret for Success Any skeptical person worth a salt will recognize and laugh at…

Naturopathic advice probably landed baby near death

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This appears to be extremely damning for the naturopath. Sydney naturopath and former nurse Marilyn Bodnar had only been advising the mother of an eight month-old baby for a couple of months when the infant almost died of starvation, police allege. Bodnar, 59, was arrested at her Leppington home and practice – “Health and Vitality…

Procera AVH memory-enhancing supplement BUSTED for deceptive claims

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If it sounds to good to be true… yada yada yada. Yay for the FTC but something tells me these settlement amounts are not quite high enough to act as deterrents for companies pushing useless supplements. The marketers of a dietary supplement called Procera AVH will relinquish $1.4 million under settlements resolving Federal Trade Commission…