Alternative Medicine

Defiant nurse loses her standing over alt med cancer treatments

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This lady is defiant about everything and has an issue with authority. She’s also wrong a lot. Therefore, she has been banned from practicing nursing in Australia. She was running a beauty salon anyway where she administered dangerous cancer treatments. Ban for nurse who used ‘dangerous alternative’ cancer treatments. The whistleblower nurse who made unsubstantiated…

Acupuncture is NOT risk free – Case report of serious injury to heart

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This may be a rare complication but it is STILL just one complication (an extremely serious one) for a treatment that has not shown to be beneficial. Therefore, the risk outweighs any benefit. Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery | Life-threatening cardiac tamponade: a rare complication of acupuncture. A 48-year-old korean woman was brought to the emergency…

Of course it doesn’t work, there’s NOTHING IN IT

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Homeopathy fails. Again. And again. And again… A Major Australian Health Study Has Concluded Homeopathy Is A Total Joke, Doesn’t Work The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) has released a draft information paper which says there’s no evidence that homeopathy is an effective health treatment. The review by the research council found there’s…

Do some critical activism! Yes, you. Right now. To help cancer patients.

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We have had about a dozen posts on “Houston Cancer Quack” Dr. Stanislaw Burzynski. The fact is MANY more people think he is some kind of hero (including himself) by promoting this so-called cancer treatment antineoplastons. It’s also a fact that ANP have never been demonstrated to work as other cancer treatments have been documented.…

Not yet published acupuncture results touted in Australia

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Oh, how… sensationalized. Because even according to the article, the headline is misleading. Acupuncture as effective as drugs in treating pain, trial shows An acupuncture trial in four Melbourne emergency departments has found it is just as good as drugs in relieving lower-back pain and that from sprained ankles and migraines. The finding could open…

Homeopathic remedy contains actual medicine? Stop selling it!

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We threw this story into leftovers a few days ago but the idea of an active ingredient in homeopathic preparation (not on purpose) was just so hilarious that it’s making the round in mainstream media today. The joke is “Homeopathy – there’s nothing in it!” Oops… Homeopathy product recalled over fears it may contain actual…

No wiki woo woo

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We sent the link to this story out yesterday in leftovers but Guy Chapman has written it up for us in a post worth reading. Thanks, Guy.  If there’s one thing proponents of SCAM (Supplements, Complementary and Alternative Medicine) cannot stand, it’s objective unbiased information. Wikipedia’s policies have long mandated against giving undue weight to…

The inevitable result of using alt med treatments for cancer

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We have a sad but inevitable update to a story from November 2012 regarding alternative treatments. Once again, they fail. No surprise. Jessi FitzRandolph dies from breast cancer at 36 after trying alternative therapies : Wsj. She had stopped chemotherapy and radiation for alternative treatments outside the U.S. As I noted in the original piece “Alternative…

Pick Your Poison – 49% in U.S. subscribe to at least 1 of 6 medical conspiracy theories

Agreement scales pretty linearly with prior exposure, with one outlier: cancer cure suppression.

Health misinformation abounds in the results of a recent survey of American adults on medical conspiracy theories. Half Of Americans Believe In Medical Conspiracy Theories (NPR.org) Misinformation about health remains widespread and popular. Half of Americans subscribe to medical conspiracy theories, with more than one-third of people thinking that the Food and Drug Administration is…

Denton found guilty of nine offences for his dubious claims

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We previously covered the accusations agains Errol Denton in the U.K. Denton ignores ASA regarding live blood analysis Errol of the Denton family is quacking in court  Today, we got word from Guy Chapman about a conviction of  the “Live Blood” practitioner. In a rare conviction of nine offenses under the Cancer Act 1939, fines and…

3Cs: Christian, chiropractor, cult

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A charismatic chiropractor is fronting a doomsday cult, say parents of college-aged girls now involved in his massage therapy practice. Christian chiropractor’s ‘commune’ of women part of discount massage ‘cult,’ parents say. Parents and friends of college-age women in Michigan believe that a local chiropractor uses his business as a front for a doomsday cult.…

Stop eating and using pangolins

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We’ve posted before on Doubtful News how the pangolin – scaly anteater – is killed and used for Traditional Chinese Medicine preparations and for consumption. A single animal may bring $7000 on the black market. It is facing extinction thanks to its unusual characteristics. BBC Nature – ‘Shocking’ scale of pangolin smuggling revealed. Official records show…

Give up on the glucosamine already

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It’s not news that glucosamine (and its partner chondroitin) do not work as advertised. But, science is about repeatable results. This randomized, placebo controlled trial is more news that this stuff is worthless. Wiley: Glucosamine Fails to Prevent Deterioration of Knee Cartilage, Decrease Pain. Findings published in Arthritis & Rheumatology, a journal of the American…

WSN must pay out $2.2 Million for false claims regarding diabetes

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The FTC is on the ball again. FTC Obtains $2.2 Million Judgment against Supplement Marketer that Made Phony Claims for Treating and Preventing Diabetes | Federal Trade Commission. A federal court has found that marketers of bogus remedies for treating and preventing diabetes violated Section 5 of the FTC Act, and has ordered them to…

Doctors in Pakistan feel threatened by anti-science proponents

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More trouble in Pakistan. Doctors who stand up to quackery claims are feeling threatened. Anti-quackery: Doctors uneasy after colleague evades kidnapping attempt – The Express Tribune. Medical practitioners in the city have expressed unease after the recent attempt to kidnap the general secretary of the anti-quackery committee of the Pakistan Medical Association (PMA), Dr Abdul…

Journalist who was a paid advocate against Ernst has died

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In an update to this story: Who’s the shill, now? Homeopaths accused of paying journalist to smear critic Ernst, from July 2012, there was a surprising update. Claus Fritzsche, a journalists who was paid by a consortium of pharmaceutical companies in Germany to run a set of web sites that denigrated UK academic Professor Edzard Ernst then linked…