Alternative Medicine

Aboriginal rights trump necessary treatment for child with leukemia in Canada

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The headline may be all people will read but the subtitle says it all: 1 child with leukemia has relapsed and is critically ill. The decision means children will die. ‘Doctor’ treating First Nations girls says cancer patients can heal themselves. A Florida health resort licensed as a “massage establishment” is treating a young Ontario…

Alternative to health: The Telegraph does a totally credulous piece on naturopathy

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There is so much pseudoscience being spouted off in this piece it’s hard to keep track of it all. A smorgasbord of nonsense health treatment claims. Alternative health: what is naturopathy?. It is perhaps easier to list what the naturopath Katrin Hempel doesn’t offer her clients than what she does. “Bioresonance and live blood analysis,…

Challenge issued to Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners

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A Chinese doctor issued a RMB 50,000 reward to anyone who can prove he is wrong in saying “Chinese medicine is a fake science”. Ah Bao, thinks Traditional Chinese Medicine is nonsense and has put up his own money. And the reward grew… Skeptic Offers Huge Reward to Debunk Traditional Chinese Medicine | TheNanfang. Two doctors so far have…

Ebola roundup – facts, fear, fiction

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There are so many news stories out today about Ebola, we’ve grouped them! They all involve questionable claims and hyped fear. FDA cracks down on Ebola scams. At least three companies have been issued warnings by the Food and Drug Administration in the past month for selling treatments, solutions or therapies for Ebola, the deadly virus…

Exorcism suspected in India after doctor notices injuries to dead woman

A devotee who is believed to be possessed by evil spirits goes into a state of trance  - July 22, 2010. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

A college student was brought dead to the hospital in Kerala, India. When the doctor noticed injuries on her body consistent with an exorcism, he called police who are investigating. Kerala: 18 year old girl dies during exorcism. In the recurring exorcism killings in Kerala, a college student, Aathira, 18, lost her life in Pathanamthitta…

Acupuncture or child abuse? Child in China abused by teacher

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This would not be called acupuncture in the US, it would be called outright abuse, which it is. Girl gets kidney failure after kindergarten teacher forcibly performs acupuncture on her. A three year old girl was diagnosed with pulmonary infections and kidney failure after her kindergarten teacher in Zhumadian, Henan province allegedly performed acupuncture treatment…

Possibly dangerous stimulant found in workout product

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No surprise: Another questionable ingredient, Amp or Amp Citrate, is found in less regulated dietary supplements. USA Today: Scientists warn about stimulant in workout supplements. Unapproved Synthetic Stimulant “DMBA” Found in Multiple Dietary Supplements – NSF International. Researchers from global public health organization NSF International, Harvard Medical School and the National Institute for Public Health and…

Chinese herbal product associated with lead poisoning

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Another warning by the US Food and Drug Administration that an imported herbal compound meant for children may contain heavy metals in dangerous amounts. They are unregulated, unproven, and you risk your health when using them. Lead In Chinese Cold Remedy Poisons Toddler; Possible Counterfeit?. An herbal cold remedy called Bo Ying Compound has been…

Pseudoscientific technology for Australian rugby team

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This piece that appeared in the Australian media is full of errors, false assumptions and credulity. Just awful! A National rugby team is using controversial new technology to up their game. Or not. Revealed: Sports science secrets of the South Sydney Rabbitohs as they head into grand final. THIS is the top-secret sports science technology…

It’s not magically harmonized water – just snake oil

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From the company who brought you nonsensical “drinkable sunscreen” comes more pseudoscience: “harmonized water”. They claim it is done with newfangled technology and mystery waves that people didn’t learn about in school and that their products are able to produce beneficial effects. Firm denies quackery claims. A New Zealand company selling bottles of water it claims…

FDA issues warning letters to companies marketing Ebola “cures”

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We love to post stories about the FDA doing its job to product consumers against questionable drug claims. Yesterday, the FDA announced they sent warning letters to three business entities more or less telling them to stop advertising bogus cures for Ebola. Medical Countermeasures Initiative > 2014 Ebola Outbreak in West Africa. FDA has issued…

UK man fined for selling colloidal silver as cancer cure

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Guy Chapman reports from the U.K. : A West Mersea man was fined £750 and £1,500 costs after pleading guilty to promoting colloidal silver as a cancer cure. He follows Stephen Ferguson and Errol Denton, live blood practitioners and acolytes of Robert O. Young, who is currently on trial for practising medicine without a license. Man…

Homeopaths get professional accreditation in UK – PSA gets a FAIL

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In other words, the foxes guard the henhouse. This is a terrible and stupid idea that opens the door to tacitly endorsed quackery. Independent quality mark for homeopaths. The Society of Homeopaths’ voluntary register has been accredited under a new scheme set up by the Department of Health and administered by an independent body, the…

Chinese pharmacies take significant step to end bear bile farming

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Excellent news as the tide is really turning on supplying bear bile products that cause terrible harm to wild bears. Thousands of Chinese pharmacies reject bear bile products. Animals Asia has announced that over 1,900 Chinese pharmacies have joined its Healing Without Harm programme – pledging to turn their backs on bear bile products. The…

Universal Medicine group gets more bad press and parliamentary hearing

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Woman files a complaint after overspending for questionable treatments in Australia. Doctor sent woman for two years of new age healing in a galaxy far, far away for a cough — costing her $35,000 | dailytelegraph.com.au. When a doctor referred Ira McClure for further treatment she had no idea the health facility was supportive of…