Alternative Medicine

Drinkable sunscreen? No, hogwash.

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We posted this story from another source AND a clear debunking that it is utter nonsense in yesterday’s leftover links but it’s surprisingly getting traction. That means people really WANT IT TO BE TRUE. However, wish in one hand… yada yada yada… Skeptic alert: think twice about “drinkable sunscreen”. A handful of media outlets —…

“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…

Anti-science parents involved in inquest in death of their child

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In an update to the story of a child treated with alternatives to medicine for her cancer, the inquest has begun. Parents of young cancer sufferer ‘rejected conventional medical treatments’, inquest hears. A 10-year-old girl with cancer died after being taken overseas by her parents to undergo alternative treatments, an inquest has heard. Tamar Stitt…

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…

Chiropractors get their spine out of place over critique

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A new audit reveals that Medicare funds millions and millions on chiropractic care. A Forbes author asserts patients would be better served by actual medical doctors. That rattled some bones in the chiropractic camp. New Medicare Data Reveal Startling $496 Million Wasted On Chiropractors. The 2012 Medicare data reveals that in 2012, Medicare paid $496…

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…

Defiant nurse loses her standing over alt med cancer treatments

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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…

Acupuncture is NOT risk free – Case report of serious injury to heart

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This may be a rare complication but it is STILL just one complication (an extremely serious one) for a treatment that has not shown to be beneficial. Therefore, the risk outweighs any benefit. Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery | Life-threatening cardiac tamponade: a rare complication of acupuncture. A 48-year-old korean woman was brought to the emergency…

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

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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…

Do some critical activism! Yes, you. Right now. To help cancer patients.

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We have had about a dozen posts on “Houston Cancer Quack” Dr. Stanislaw Burzynski. The fact is MANY more people think he is some kind of hero (including himself) by promoting this so-called cancer treatment antineoplastons. It’s also a fact that ANP have never been demonstrated to work as other cancer treatments have been documented.…