Alternative Medicine

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.…

Hard-to-stop convicted sex offender still practicing faith healing

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There isn’t too much to say about this case except this is a stern warning that belief in a healer can make you blind to his treachery. This guy oozes hubris and perversity. W5 exclusive: Hidden camera investigation exposes faith-healing sex offender. In a tiny village called St. Mathieu D’Harricana in northwestern Quebec, there’s an…

Spiritual healer will continue to make cancer treatment claims in Australia

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The NT (Northern Territory, Australia) Health minister saw some brochures from this quack* and tried to take action. Unfortunately, there are no laws here that prevent him from practicing his mind-based “healing”. Faith healer Colin Thompson who made cancer claims vows to keep practising despite health findings. A man claiming to be a spiritual healer has said…

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

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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…