Alternative Medicine

15 Credibility Street #18: Crystal clear consideration of claims

News items: Crystal healing at Edith Cowan Uni in Australia. Kudos to the Australian Skeptics to making their views crystal clear on these bogus claims about healing properties of rocks. Electrosensitivity UK makes doubtful claims. Electrosensitivity UK is a nonprofit organization that placed advertisements in public places around London claiming “More and more research is starting…

FTC and Homeopathy: 15 Credibility Street extra

The FTC issued a policy statement on November 15, 2016 regarding the marketing of homeopathic “drugs” to consumers. The statement was the culmination of research and analysis incorporating information gathered from a workshop last year where various parties – homeopathy advocates, organizations and producers along with science-based medicine advocates – provided comments. The policy changes…

Episode 2: Rather Rigged

Stopping by at 15 Credibility Street this week are our pals Bob Blaskiewicz and Karl Mamer. Because, they rock. But first, since this is Halloween, I mention ghosts. The hot news this week was not that ghosts are any more plausible or better documented than in the last 300 years but that the guy who makes…

Texas Medical Board files detailed complaint against Burzynski

The screws continue to be tightened on “Houston Cancer Quack” Stanislaw Burzynski. Burzynski’s clinic has been the focus of very many serious allegations of violations from the state, FDA, and from diligent skeptics who know snake oil when they see it. Burzynski advocates a treatment, antineoplastons, which has not been demonstrated to work even after the…

Alt med treatments do not work for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma case

Depressing story of a man who chose alternative treatments and is losing. Gerry has setback in his cancer battle (From Swindon Advertiser). DESPITE promising signs of recovery thanks to a catalogue of alternative therapies, lymphoma sufferer Gerry Hunt has experienced a setback this month. The drumming teacher from Wroughton was diagnosed with follicular non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma…

30 patients contract tuberculosis after visits to the same acupuncture clinic

Add another drawback to acupuncture: possible infection with primary inoculation tuberculosis. That does not sound good. A new paper is published showing a correlation of acupuncture and electrotherapy with onset of a form of tuberculosis. PLOS ONE: Analysis of 30 Patients with Acupuncture-Induced Primary Inoculation Tuberculosis. Abstract: Primary inoculation tuberculosis is a skin condition that…

Alt med practitioner faces 16 months in jail. Yells, “Conspiracy!”

It’s a funny thing that people who think they have the special cure really have no authorization to treat at all. And, when they get caught skirting the law and making questionable claims, they yell “conspiracy”. Fake doctor receives 20-month sentence. Kathleen Helms was once considered by her patients to be on the forefront of alternative…

Naturopaths gaining coverage under Medicaid

Correction: Medicaid, not Medicare. Does allowing coverage for naturopaths help ease the shortage of primary care doctors for low-income citizens? Or is licensing alternative practitioners an all around bad idea? State’s Medicaid program now covers naturopaths | The Seattle Times. Washington state officials approved naturopaths under Medicaid along with Oregon and Vermont. As states that expanded…

Judge rules that freedom and ignorance does not allow you to neglect your child (UPDATE: Guilty)

UPDATE (24 May 2014) Convicted.  Moses Lakes parents convicted of starving 2-year-old son | KOMO News. Originally published March 2013 In an update to the Staats criminal charges over the death of their child, the judge confirms that a trial will occur after he refuses to dismiss the charges. Judge decides Staats’ trial for harming their son…

Let’s ask the dealers if their stuff is good: U.K. committee on TCM

Hunt is at it again. More quackery into NHS. First it was homeopathy: U.K. Health Secretary Hunt: Needs to buy a clue. Now this… British might integrate TCM into UK health service. The British government says it is looking into integrating traditional Chinese medicine into the UK’s national health service. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt says if…

You CAN’T overdose on homeopathic remedies folks…

Oh the hilarity (after the fact because it wasn’t really sleeping pills), though I suggest these kids get some counseling about the dangers of real pharmaceuticals. The parents need help regarding pretend meds. 10 Palm Beach Gardens middle school students take homeopathic… | www.palmbeachpost.com. Three students at Watson B. Duncan Middle School were taken to…

Healers in Ghana get sound advice

Mixed feelings about this story. A leader of an association of faith healers in Ghana is sending out some pretty good advice. Little steps? Faith healers asked to register to expose quacks. Apostle Emmanuel Adarkwa, Eastern Regional Coordinator of Ghana Association of Faith Healers, has urged herbalists and faith healers to register with the organisation…

“Culturally appropriate alternative medicines” for leukemia may mean death

This is the Sarah Hershberger case only with Native healing treatments. Dr. to Ojibwes, “anyone who says that traditional medicine works should be thrown in jail” McMaster Children’s Hospital delivered a message to the Sault family Wednesday with an ultimatum; either bring their daughter Makayla back to McMaster or another hospital for chemotherapy, or treat…