Alternative Medicine

Measles virus trained in California

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The good news in this story is that thanks to a relatively high immunization rate, herd immunity has (so far) protected against a wider-spread outbreak after an infected passenger rode a commuter train during rush hour. The anti-vaccination movement brings the measles threat back home (Los Angeles Times): The latest threat comes from an unnamed…

“Medical research in clown shoes” (UPDATE)

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Oh, this has caused a stir… The Australian site The Conversation has seen fit to take down this piece by Mick Vagg. It has been preserved here. FreezePage: Conversation suspended page – Quackademic medicine…coming soon to a uni near you The recent memorandum of understanding signed between supplement company Swisse and La Trobe University to establish…

Why do I keep wanting to spit whenever I have to say this Doctor’s name?

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Burzynski blinds people of reason, uses his patients in more ways than one. This is heartbreaking, not heartwarming. Grandfather goes to Washington to try and save ill Hudson granddaughter | New Hampshire NH People. Fed up with unreturned calls to the FDA, Frank LaFountain drove himself to Washington, D.C., on Tuesday in a last-ditch attempt…

Fatal buttocks injection case heads to court

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These stories are not only difficult to write but difficult to comprehend. We’ve had a few stories about people undergoing illegal cosmetic procedures by unlicensed, CLEARLY questionable, administrators in unsafe conditions. But they pay! They go through with it. It can cost them their health and their lives. Trial for ‘Pebbelz Da Model’ begins Monday…

Robert O. Young quacks not guilty to felony charges

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I won’t be cheering until this guy is in jail for a long while. Controversial alternative health provider pleads not guilty – San Diego, California News Station – KFMB Channel 8 – cbs8.com. A man accused of going beyond advocating dietary changes and using intravenous treatments on “patients” he housed at his avocado ranch in…

Target asthma “treatment” – there’s NOTHING IN IT

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On January 14, Science-based Pharmacy blog posted this story about a Target brand asthma “remedy” on the shelf. Does Target sell the most irresponsible homeopathic remedy ever? | Science-Based Pharmacy. This is a homeopathic (nothing in it) treatment, not a rescue inhaler. But unless you know about the joke that homeopathy is (and NOT ENOUGH…

Is fish oil a “miracle” brain healer? CNN does irresponsible story.

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CNN features story about a teen with a severe brain injury whose parents self-treated him with high doses of omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil. ‘He’s going to be better than he was before’ – CNN.com. Grant Virgin, 16, was struck by a hit-and-run driver and sustained a torn aorta, a traumatic brain injury…

Study results on herbs for pre-diabetes sounds like commercial for TCM

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TCM = “Traditional Chinese Medicine”. One positive study does not prop up the entire concept of ying-yang woo-woo. It’s critical to understand what these results mean and DON’T mean. They don’t mean use herbs for your diabetes. Chinese Herbs Reduce Progression to Diabetes by a Third. A combination of 10 Chinese medicinal herbs in a…

Those little red pills have “magic” power to poison

The analysis of the two pellets (0.5–1 cm Ø) showed the presence of a high level of lead on the surrounding red paint. From Muller, et al.

We posted this story in leftovers yesterday but I found more and it’s important and it’s worth highlighting just for the weirdness. Swiss Man Takes Pill Of ‘Dead Priest Hair’ To Treat Bell’s Palsy, Gets Lead Poisoning Instead. A man in Switzerland was discovered to have suffered from lead poisoning after ingesting pills that he…

It continues: Fundraiser for future Burzynski bill

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And Burzynski marches on… Nashua Uno Pizzeria fundraiser to aid Hudson girl with cancer – NashuaTelegraph.com. The manager of a Nashua pizza restaurant is the latest to join the groundswell of support for 12-year-old McKenzie Lowe, the Hudson girl battling an aggressive brain cancer called diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma. The newest fundraiser comes as the…

Inquest opened into death of child removed from cancer treatment in 2009

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Shades of Sarah Hershberger with this story. Back in 2009, the parents of 10 year old Tamar Stitt removed her from hospital care in Western Australia, chosing instead to pursue natural remedies. She died two months later. Coronial inquest in death of Tamar Stitt, whose parents refused chemotherapy to treat her cancer. Tamar Stitt reportedly…

Barton guilty of several egregious crimes including practicing medicine without a license

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People were seriously hurt, one child died, because of his outrageous actions. Man who promised HIV, cancer cures guilty of multiple felonies | FOX5 San Diego – San Diego news, weather, traffic, sports from KSWB. A La Mesa man accused of posing as a doctor and promising patients he could cure cancer and HIV is…

Burzynski violates federal law with misleading claims about his research

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More legal troubles for Burzynski. You can’t see me, but I’m smiling. Dr. B, you are NOT above the law! Texas charges controversial doctor with false ads. Texas medical authorities have filed new charges against a controversial Houston doctor who was the subject of a USA TODAY investigation. In a complaint filed Dec. 11, the…

Society for Science-based Medicine is launched!

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Nearly every day we post stories here at Doubtful News about the horrible, misinformation that abounds on the Internet, TV, radio and print regarding alternative medicine or CAM. Complementary and alternative medical treatments account for plenty of lost money, misplaced hope, empty promises, and sometimes even death. There was no organization that addressed these issues…

UK paper stumbles big time with credulous article on local homeopath

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Lancashire Telegraph has credulous and irresponsible article up about natural medicine. Blackburn doctor takes the natural way to health (From Lancashire Telegraph). PATIENTS are travelling from as far as New York and Oslo to seek out a Blackburn doctor’s alternative cures. At the Bios NatureCure Clinic in Darwen Street, Dr Dos Adele is carrying on…

Toxin-free is rather logic-free

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This doctor has invented a product he thinks is revolutionary. I disagree. Doctor invents remedy for food contamination. An Al Ain-based Indian doctor claims that he has found an herbal remedy that can purge toxins from vegetables and fruits that are used for human consumption. The herbal product “Toxin Free” is a concoction from the…

FDA issues consumer update on supplements for concussions

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The FDA issues a consumer update stating that unscrupulous companies are pushing useless “treatments” for concussions. Consumer Updates > Can a Dietary Supplement Treat a Concussion? No. Exploiting the public’s rising concern about concussions, some companies are offering untested, unproven and possibly dangerous products that claim to prevent, treat or cure concussions and other traumatic…

Cesium chloride treatment directly contributed to death, not cure

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A case study in the December issue of The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine notes the death of a woman who died after self-treatment with cesium chloride recommended by a nutritionist. This crap has got to stop. Woman’s Death Linked to Alternative Cancer Treatment | LiveScience. A Colorado woman died after using cesium chloride…

FDA finds steroids in muscle growth product; resulted in case of liver failure

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The US Food and Drug Administration warns consumers not to use muscle growth product marketed as a dietary supplement because it’s been found to contain synthetic steroids. Add it to the list of potentially harmful dietary supplements. Press Announcements > FDA warns consumers not to use muscle growth product. The FDA was alerted by the…