Alternative Medicine

Chinese experts plan book to standardize Traditional Chinese Medicine

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

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…

Ayurvedic herbal med found to contain prescription drug dexamethasone

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

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…

Defiant nurse loses her standing over alt med cancer treatments

This lady is defiant about everything and has an issue with authority. She’s also wrong a lot. Therefore, she has been banned from practicing nursing in Australia. She was running a beauty salon anyway where she administered dangerous cancer treatments. Ban for nurse who used ‘dangerous alternative’ cancer treatments. The whistleblower nurse who made unsubstantiated…

Of course it doesn’t work, there’s NOTHING IN IT

Homeopathy fails. Again. And again. And again… A Major Australian Health Study Has Concluded Homeopathy Is A Total Joke, Doesn’t Work The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) has released a draft information paper which says there’s no evidence that homeopathy is an effective health treatment. The review by the research council found there’s…

FDA agrees to let patients get controversial drug

FDA trips. They are allowing some cancer sufferers to have access to antineoplastons – an unproven drug promoted by Stanislaw Burzynski, as long as Burzynski isn’t doing the work. FDA agrees to let patients get controversial drug. The Food and Drug Administration has agreed to allow a handful of cancer patients to receive unapproved drugs…

3Cs: Christian, chiropractor, cult

A charismatic chiropractor is fronting a doomsday cult, say parents of college-aged girls now involved in his massage therapy practice. Christian chiropractor’s ‘commune’ of women part of discount massage ‘cult,’ parents say. Parents and friends of college-age women in Michigan believe that a local chiropractor uses his business as a front for a doomsday cult.…

Use of acupunture appeared to work on injured owl

Another case of animal acupuncture that shows no proof that it actually worked. Animal rescue center tries ‘OWLcupuncture’ to heal wounded bird – KATV. A Central Arkansas rescue organization is using an unconventional treatment to get an injured owl back on her feet. “We take these animals that have human-caused injuries, and when there is…

Stop eating and using pangolins

We’ve posted before on Doubtful News how the pangolin – scaly anteater – is killed and used for Traditional Chinese Medicine preparations and for consumption. A single animal may bring $7000 on the black market. It is facing extinction thanks to its unusual characteristics. BBC Nature – ‘Shocking’ scale of pangolin smuggling revealed. Official records show…

Give up on the glucosamine already

It’s not news that glucosamine (and its partner chondroitin) do not work as advertised. But, science is about repeatable results. This randomized, placebo controlled trial is more news that this stuff is worthless. Wiley: Glucosamine Fails to Prevent Deterioration of Knee Cartilage, Decrease Pain. Findings published in Arthritis & Rheumatology, a journal of the American…