Alternative Medicine

Gibson’s untrue claims about cancer could have killed people

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Last Spring, it was revealed by Australian media that Belle Gibson’s story about cancer recovery through diet and alternative lifestyle was a hoax. The celebrity author’s publisher Penguin admitted it did not fact check her claims about being diagnosed with terminal malignant brain cancer in 2009 and then having a seemingly miraculous recovery by rejecting conventional medicine.…

Baseless conspiracy bubbles over controversial doctors’ deaths

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The story of the death of Dr. Bradstreet, a controversial autism doctor, continues to get stranger as the local news in Florida picks up on conspiracy ideas that two other unexpected deaths of alternative practitioners could be related. A closer look suggests that they are not. This is a local tragedy unfolding in Bonita Springs…

Norwegian doctor loses her medical license, starts alt med practice

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When you can’t be a legitimate medical doctor, you can always turn alternative… Dr. Anette Horstmann lost her medical license earlier this year after 23 different malpractice cases from colleagues and pharmacists (not patients) over a two year period. Most of the cases are about her lax prescription methods, where pharmacists and other doctors claim…

Child died from complication from ear infection; parents face criminal charges

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Profound ignorance kills children. An 18 month old child is dead because the parents did not get her medical attention, instead treating her with homeopathy and herbal meds. Ebed S. Delozier, 29, and Christine E. Delozier, 34, both of Wyalusing, Pennsylvania, are charged with involuntary manslaughter and endangering the welfare of children this week after an investigation showed…

MMS pushers holding another secret conference in UK; BBC exposes it

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A sequel to the story we posted last week on a bleach solution (MMS) promoted as an alternative treatment for cancer in a secret promotional event, now the same item is claimed to “purge” autism. Bogus indeed. A self-styled “reverend” who claims autism can be “purged” by swallowing bleach is exposed by an undercover BBC…

Homeopathy STILL doesn’t work – The Sequel. Sense a pattern?

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Royal Australian College of GPs also says pharmacists must stop stocking such products because there is no evidence they are effective in any way Source: Australian doctors told not to prescribe homeopathic items as ‘they do nothing’. The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) has formally recommended GPs stop prescribing homeopathic remedies and says…

U.S. “Miracle Mineral Solution” seller convicted (Update)

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UPDATE (28-Oct 2015) Smith was sentenced to 51 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release. In an update to this story from 2013, very good news about punishment for selling MMS (bleach) as a cure all. MMS is not approved for the treatment of any disease and can be toxic. Seller of “Miracle…

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,…

The unacceptable risk of pet acupuncture – Cat swallowed the needle

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Well, here’s a thing. If you give a cat (or dog) acupuncture, they may lick or bite it and SWALLOW A NEEDLE! A swallowed needle in a cat treated for feline hyperaesthesia syndrome Touching of the back and needle insertion led to muscle twitching, piloerection and some vocalisation but she settled after several seconds. She…

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…

Woman died after injection of oxygen by holistic quacks

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We don’t know the details of why these women did such a questionable thing but the choice was deadly to one. PD: Woman died after ‘Octozone’ treatment – 8 News NOW Metro Police released more information about the suspicious death of an elderly woman that happened in August of last year after an unapproved medical…

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…

Seven year old boy dead, lack of medical treatment suspected

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I would expect we will hear more about this story out of Australia today — Family of young boy found dead in hotel room reportedly treated diabetes with alternative medicine – 9news.com.au. Police are investigating the death of a seven-year-old boy from Prospect in Sydney’s west, believed to have been treated for a medical condition…

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…

Columbia U sticks by academic freedom for Dr. Oz

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Some doctors that were not from Columbia U asked the University why they put up with Dr. Oz. They were professionally told to buzz off. A group of doctors just asked Columbia to reconsider Dr. Oz’s faculty appointment. A group of doctors has had enough of Dr. Oz. On Wednesday, 10 physicians, surgeons, and professors…

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…