Alternative Medicine

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

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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…

The “great” and “doctorful” Oz admits he doesn’t have miracle solutions

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No kidding! This truly is great. I wish I’d seen it. But Consumerist has an excellent summary that sounds like when Dr. Oz went to Congress he got more trouble than he bargained for. McCaskill deserves applause. Dr. Oz Grilled By Senator Over “Miracle” Weight-Loss Claims – Consumerist. Since he started appearing on pal Oprah…

Another wrongful death connected to ayahuasca and a shaman’s services

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A mother seeks damages for wrongful death, negligence and pain and suffering when her son dies during a shaman’s retreat. Courthouse News Service. A man drugged with ayahuasca drowned on a “guided meditation” during a “personal growth retreat” led by a “hypnotherapist, minister, licensed spiritual health coach and author,” his mother claims in court. Laura…

Naturopaths gaining coverage under Medicaid

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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)

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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

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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…

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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

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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

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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…

Chinese experts plan book to standardize Traditional Chinese Medicine

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Cart before the horse? Superstition before science. China to compile guidebook on traditional Chinese medicine. Chinese experts plan to compile a guidebook for clinical application of ready-made traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) for treating infectious diseases. The compiling and publishing of the book is aimed at standardizing the use of TCM, which helped Chinese people overcome…

U.K. Health Secretary Hunt: Needs to buy a clue

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Well, at least the U.S. doen’t have this bad of a Health Secretary… Chief Medical Officer Rejects Pro-Homeopathy Studies Submitted by Health Secretary. Health secretary Jeremy Hunt pushed pro-homeopathy studies on to the chief medical officer and asked her to review the treatment’s perceived medical benefits, despite the NHS stand on alternative medicines, which regards…

Herbalife tells distributors not to make miracle claims

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Personal testimonials are great advertising. This is why we have infomercials and companies that make billions selling nonsense and junk. Herbalife, a $4 billion weight loss and nutritional supplement company, has its share of critical eyeballs on it right now. When faced with national TV exposure about how the distributors were making outrageous “miracles” claims…

Ayurvedic herbal med found to contain prescription drug dexamethasone

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An Ayurvedic herbal treatment has been flagged by the UK Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency for containing a potentially dangerous prescription drug. Warning about Ayurvedic herbal medicine for treatment of asthmatic symptoms containing undeclared pharmaceuticals : MHRA. MHRA is advising consumers not to use Ayurvedic herbal medicine Shwasa Sanjeevani as it has been found to…

Naturopath claims anecdotes are evidence his cancer treatment works

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A quack says he has saved lives. Guess what, dude, lots of people say that and are DEAD wrong. Physician suspended over cancer treatment defends his practice. A Bothell naturopathic physician suspended over an experimental cancer treatment spoke out for the first time Friday, defending his practice and alternative medicine. The state suspended Dr. John…

Colombian shaman who made drink for dead teen takes no responsibility

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Last week, a 19 yr old from Bristol suffered an allergic reaction when he drank a hyped herbal concoction in the Colombian jungle. The shaman involved responded callously saying it was his time to die. What can or should be done about people ingesting ayahuasca? British backpacker dies after taking hallucinogenic brew in Colombia | UK news…

A quacktastic piece of legislation in England and Wales (UPDATE: Revision)

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The Quackometer blog alerts us to a legal action pending in the U.K. that is misguided and will allow quacks to flourish, freed from standard ethical considerations and rigorous scientific testing. The Saatchi Bill: A Quacks’ Charter | The Quackometer Blog. Maurice Saatchi, the former advertising businessman and Tory peer, has introduced a Bill to…

Norway audits alt med industry. Guess what they find?

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As happens everywhere, alternative treatment practitioners can’t help but promise things they really can’t deliver. During a big investigation of the alternative medicine industry in Norway, around 30 alt med practioners are getting a stern warning from the Norwegian Consumers Bureau for use of illegal claims in their advertising. All in all, 250 practioners and…