Alternative Medicine

Hmm, wonder why chiropractor would have to “sneak into” a hospital

The board director and president-elect of the Chiropractors Association of Australia resigns over an unauthorised hospital visit to treat a baby. Source: Chiropractors Association of Australia president-elect resigns over unauthorised treatment of baby in hospital Dr Helen Alevaki reportedly used a closed Facebook group to reveal she had made “sneaky” visits to a Melbourne maternity…

Alternative cancer doctor, Nicholas Gonzalez, has died: “Health Nut” fans baseless fears

A fringe cancer doctor has unexpectedly passed away, fueling even more baseless ideas that some foul play is occurring. Those who buy into alternative meds can be too easily led into false correlation. The same delusion goes with a conspiracy theory that groups coincidences under a common cause, made more prominent by media who wish to push their…

Fake Cancer Doctor Arrested in California

In Northern California, an investigation by the Contra Costa Sheriff’s Office and the Ventura County Interagency Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit resulted in the arrest of a man who reportedly targeted cancer patients with bogus treatments. “Doctor Dirt Bag”? Cancer patient says fake doc charged $2,000 for dirt (CBS News): The woman, who has late-stage cancer, reportedly…

Gibson’s untrue claims about cancer could have killed people

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.…

Norwegian doctor loses her medical license, starts alt med practice

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…

Not-a-doctor Clement in Ireland pushing treatment that cures “every known disease”

You can probably imagine that someone who would make such a claim would be a target for skeptical activism. You’d be right. Recall back in January, the story of two Canadian girls with leukemia that were treated not with chemotherapy, which has an extremely high cure rate, but at a Florida clinic that serves up unproven alternatives…

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

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…

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

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…

Dr. Wallace Sampson, advocate for science-based medicine, dies

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,…

How low can you go: Potentially dangerous cancer cures promoted in “secret” presentation

Black salve and Miracle Mineral Solution (MMS) are touted as fantastic cancer treatments “they” don’t want you to know about. Pushers of these items must avoid the law that prohibits them from saying these are “cures” but they can’t avoid the media. The Good Thinking Society in the UK went to a conference held on…

Synthetic rhino horn will not solve poaching problem

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

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…

Seven year old boy dead after bizarre alternative treatment for diabetes

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…

Organic livestock story is dodgy (UPDATED)

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…