Alternative Medicine

Criminal charges against naturopath who injected patient with magnesium (UPDATE)

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UPDATE: An unsatisfying ruling in this case. Mitra Javanmardi, Quebec naturopath in fatal injection case, found not guilty “The judge recognized that the victim died of receiving an injection that was contaminated [by bacteria], and obviously the accused is not supposed to do any injections or IV treatments here in Quebec,” Crown prosecutor Geneviève Dagenais said outside…

Faked cancer or misdiagnosed? Book and app sales are on the line. (UPDATE: LIAR)

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Belle Gibson admits she lied about having cancer. She’s a very troubled person. It’s speculated she may suffer from a psychological disorder such as Munchausen syndrome where she fakes illness to get attention. Belle Gibson: ‘No, None of it is true’. “I think my life has just got so many complexities around it and within it,…

Have your say to the FDA on homeopathic products!

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The US FDA will hold a public hearing on homeopathic products. What does this mean? It means the agency is considering adjusting the current enforcement policies to reflect changes in the homeopathic product marketplace over the last approximately 25 years. That sounds like a PLAN and a great opportunity! Homeopathic Product Regulation: Evaluating FDA’s Regulatory…

Good thinking about homeopathy funding

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In February 2015, The Good Thinking Society in the UK, headed by Simon Singh, challenged Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Groups’s decision to approve spending on homeopathic treatments under the contention that it was potentially unlawful and contrary to the best interest of local patients. Public funds for health care are precious and should not be wasted…

Serious health risks from dietary supplements, action not taken in US

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We keep posting more and more news that provides reasons to NOT use any diet supplements. It’s just getting ridiculous. A “broader problem”? I’ll say so! Sometimes the FDA takes action but often only after another party does the leg work and finds the problem. Study Warns of Diet Supplement Dangers Kept Quiet by F.D.A.…

The era of fish oil as medication is over

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Another very popular supplement is found to be… worthless. Fish Oil Claims Not Supported by Research – NYTimes.com. Fish oil is now the third most widely used dietary supplement in the United States, after vitamins and minerals, according to a recent report from the National Institutes of Health. At least 10 percent of Americans take…

Hippocrates Health Institute “cease and desist” is withdrawn (UPDATE)

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I’ve received an update from the public relations firm that represents Hippocrates Health Institute – Vicki Johnson of Sachs Media Group. They have been cleared of all charges. Here is their statement. WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (17-March-2015) — The Florida Department of Health today formally informed Hippocrates Health Institute that it has withdrawn and dismissed the…

Australia officially states that homeopathy is baseless

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The Australian National Health and Medical Research Council released a statement concluding that there is no good quality evidence to support the claim that homeopathy is effective in treating health conditions. Nothing new to see here, move on… Wait, can this be another nail in the coffin for homeopathy? Not needed. Homeopathy is not medicine but hopeful hype…

Baloney degree school goes bankrupt

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Here’s a lovely bit of good news! American Medical College of Homeopathy in Phoenix files for bankruptcy, closes doors – Phoenix Business Journal. The American Medical College of Homeopathy has filed Chapter 7 under the U.S. Bankruptcy Code and closed its doors. “The need for closure as I understand had nothing to do with the…

Is the fate of the NHS really written in the stars? Tredinnick thinks so.

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As most people in Great Britain will know, there is a general election approaching, which usually means that issues that have been bubbling over for awhile tend to come to the forefront. This election’s political hot-potato has thus far been the NHS (National Health Service). Few would deny that the NHS is facing something of…

Supplement industry is manufacturing controversy over NY action

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Recall earlier in February, the New York state Attorney General took some unprecedented action against retailers selling dietary supplements. Well, the supplement industry folks didn’t like this too much and, as they will, they took up a social media campaign to Twitter-harass the officials. Tim Farley found out that they were less than forthright with…

NY takes serious action against dietary supplement retailers for misleading advertising

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We’ve posted a lot on the effect of bad regulatory policy for dietary supplements. Here again is an example of why the law that allows these products to be put up for sale without proper consumer protection is just an all-around flawed idea. AG: Stores sell mislabeled herbal supplements | wivb.com. New York State wants certain herbal…

UPDATED – the inevitable: Aboriginal rights trump necessary treatment for child with leukemia in Canada

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A sad but expected ending to this story about a child who refused treatment for leukemia. Makayla Sault, girl who refused chemo for leukemia, dies Makayla Sault, the 11-year-old girl who refused chemotherapy to pursue traditional indigenous medicine and other alternative treatments, has died. She died Monday after suffering a stroke Sunday. In an interview…

Teen treated for “environmental sensitivity” commits suicide, doctor reprimanded

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On December 15, 2014, the Disciplinary Committee of the Ontario College found that a medical doctor committed an act of professional misconduct, in that she has failed to maintain the standard of practice of the profession with respect to one patient. She treated her for environmental sensitivities when she instead had psychological problems. There seems…

Another case of neck trauma reported after chiropractic manipulation

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A newly published case study reveals that a young woman experienced neck trauma after chiropractic adjustment. As more of these incidents come to light, chiropractic side effects are seen to be a hazard, real, and totally UNNECESSARY. Chiropractic has genuine risks to weigh against any possible (disputed) benefits. Is it worth it? Vertebral artery dissection…

Homeopathy Plus unequivocally NOT a safer alternative to vaccination says court

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Breaking News delivered from Guy Chapman today. Homeopathy Plus has received a major smackdown from the Australian courts. A complaint regarding their advertisement of homeopathy as a “safer” alternative to vaccination, specifically for pertussis has been deemed misleading and deceptive. Homeopathy Plus is the trading identity of Australian homeopath Fran Sheffield (who originated the petition to…

Web pages, including ours, deemed “critical” of Universal Medicine removed from Google Search results

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Well, well, well, looks like a certain alternative and controversial “esoteric healing” group was busy for a year or more trying to scrub their image on the internet. Doubtful News is one of many pro-consumer blogs that have reported information about Serge Benhayon’s questionable health treatments resulting in complaints to Google initiated by Universal Medicine (UM) and…

From Alternative to Integrative, the NIH changes a branch name

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You KNEW this rebranding stuff was coming. The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine has changed its name to National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. Because alternatives to medicine DON’T work and they finally got that point. What the point of the rest of this is, I still don’t see. NIH complementary and integrative health…

Staff of controversial Florida alt med spa sues claiming illegal and unethical practice

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Trouble for the health spa that gained notoriety for treating First Nations (Canada) children for cancer is having some internal problems. Several former staff members of the Hippocrates Health Institute in West Palm Beach, Florida have complained of illegal and unethical practices. They were also fired. Florida spa that treated First Nations girls with cancer faces lawsuits from ex-staff.…