Alternative Medicine

Dr. Wallace Sampson, advocate for science-based medicine, dies

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Dr. Wallace Ira Sampson, 85, passed away on May 25, 2015 in California. We are very saddened at the news and remember Dr. Sampson’s great contributions to the public discussion about “alternative medicine”. Wallace Sampson Obituary Dr. Sampson was the editor in chief of the Scientific Review of Alternative Medicine, a blogger and editor emeritus at Science-Based Medicine,…

How low can you go: Potentially dangerous cancer cures promoted in “secret” presentation

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Black salve and Miracle Mineral Solution (MMS) are touted as fantastic cancer treatments “they” don’t want you to know about. Pushers of these items must avoid the law that prohibits them from saying these are “cures” but they can’t avoid the media. The Good Thinking Society in the UK went to a conference held on…

Synthetic rhino horn will not solve poaching problem

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What can we do about stopping the poaching of rhinos for their horns? Paint them pink? Nope, that’s awful difficult. How about manufactured horn? Biotech startup creates rhino horns – without rhinos – CNN.com [A] California biotech startup believes it has a solution. Pembient is producing synthetic rhino horns to offer consumers an ethical alternative.…

Bleach promoted as “cure” for autism is despicable – no two ways about it

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Cheers for NBC Chicago which presented a balanced piece on a bleach treatment for autism. That is, it’s clearly dangerous nonsense. There is no two ways about it. A so-called “miracle treatment” for autism, which includes the chemical chlorine dioxide, promoted by a Chicago native is stirring controversy among the medical community as doctors call it…

Seven year old boy dead after bizarre alternative treatment for diabetes

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A highly disturbing story: A young boy is dead after undergoing alternative “therapy” that may have resulted in a diabetic coma and possibly abusive “treatment”. Diabetic Sydney boy dies after ‘slap therapy’ – 9news.com.au. Police are investigating the death of a seven-year-old diabetic boy who may have been taken off insulin to attend an alternative…

The Daily Dose with Oz has expired

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GOOD NEWS!! Oprah just dumped Dr. Oz’s radio show The Dr. Oz media empire just took a blow from the woman who helped make him famous: Oprah Winfrey. According to New York Daily News, “‘The Daily Dose With Dr. Oz,’ a ‘radio minute’ produced by Oprah’s Harpo Productions, will end May 29.” Even more interesting: Oz’s…

Organic livestock story is dodgy (UPDATED)

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UPDATE: There appears to be no basis for this claim from the Telegraph that there is a new directive for organic farmers to use homeopathy. The EU, homeopathy and Norwegian vets – Full Fact. The Telegraph quotes from the supposed directive: “it is a general requirement… for production of all organic livestock that (herbal) and…

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…

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…