Tag Archive for complementary medicine

No wiki woo woo

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We sent the link to this story out yesterday in leftovers but Guy Chapman has written it up for us in a post worth reading. Thanks, Guy.  If there’s one thing proponents of SCAM (Supplements, Complementary and Alternative Medicine) cannot stand, it’s objective unbiased information. Wikipedia’s policies have long mandated against giving undue weight to…

“Medical research in clown shoes” (UPDATE)

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Oh, this has caused a stir… The Australian site The Conversation has seen fit to take down this piece by Mick Vagg. It has been preserved here. FreezePage: Conversation suspended page – Quackademic medicine…coming soon to a uni near you The recent memorandum of understanding signed between supplement company Swisse and La Trobe University to establish…

Those little red pills have “magic” power to poison

The analysis of the two pellets (0.5–1 cm Ø) showed the presence of a high level of lead on the surrounding red paint. From Muller, et al.

We posted this story in leftovers yesterday but I found more and it’s important and it’s worth highlighting just for the weirdness. Swiss Man Takes Pill Of ‘Dead Priest Hair’ To Treat Bell’s Palsy, Gets Lead Poisoning Instead. A man in Switzerland was discovered to have suffered from lead poisoning after ingesting pills that he…

Turkey’s health ministry takes important steps to regulate alternative medicine

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Turkey organizes a way to regulate alternative medicine practitioners. POLITICS – Turkish health ministry forms legislation regulating alternative medicine. The Health Ministry has completed legislation on alternative medicine practices, taking a big step toward regulation of the currently disordered field. The legislation on “Traditional Supplementary and Alternative Medicine Practices” has been finalized after four years…

Zoo swan is victim of quackery

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Zoo acupuncture is popular. I feel bad for the poor critters having to endure the silliness. Phila. Zoo experimenting with acupuncture – Philly.com. Donna Ialeggio, a staff veterinarian at the Philadelphia Zoo, has been trying to cure a black-necked swan’s bumblefoot for 31/2 years. She’s finally found something that seems to be working: acupuncture. “The…

Acupuncture nightmare: It’s not all “safe” or effective.

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Here’s the bottom line: Acupuncture DOES NOT WORK as a treatment and it can be dangerous. Kim Ribble-Orr’s ‘nightmare’ after acupuncture needle collapses lung | Canada | News | National Post. As a world-class judoka, Kim Ribble-Orr weathered an extraordinary amount of adversity – not to mention battered limbs — to achieve her dream of…

Beware of alt med – It’s a dirty business

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Paul Offit has a new book coming out. It certainly looks worth checking out. Book raises alarms about alternative medicine The 12-year-old girl arrived at the hospital wracked with abdominal pain. Doctors diagnosed her with acute pancreatitis, in which pancreatic enzymes begin digesting not just food, but the pancreas itself. The most likely cause of…

CAM does not provide definite survival benefit for cancer sufferers

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Dr. Ernst takes a look at a new study that shows complementary and alternative medicine does not help you live longer. Cancer patients who use alternative medicine die sooner | Edzard Ernst. In a recently published study, Korean researchers evaluated whether CAM-use influenced the survival and health-related quality of life (HRQOL) of terminal cancer patients.…

Petition for acupuncture to be covered by Medicare

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This is a piece from a pro-Acupuncture web site. Active lobbying is occurring to push for inclusion of acupuncture into insurance coverage. A waste of your money? Yes. Acupuncturists have a petition. Acupuncture One Step Closer to Medicare Inclusion. The new year has proven to be a promising one for acupuncturists nationwide. On the start…

Don’t mix herbs with your prescriptions

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Herbal remedies linked to drug side effects – Telegraph. Interactions between prescription drugs and herbal or dietary supplements can cause complications including heart problems, chest and abdominal pain and headache, according to a review of existing evidence. Remedies and supplements including ingredients like St John’s wort, magnesium, calcium, iron and ginkgo caused the greatest issues,…

Stroke after neck adjustment – Woman claims she was not warned of risk

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Another case of a stroke after chiropractic adjustment. This one ends in settlement of a suit. Chiropractor forged consent form after patient’s stroke | CTV News. A chiropractor forged the signature of an Edmonton woman on a patient consent form, after she suffered a massive stroke that her family blamed on a neck adjustment, CTV…

‘What Doctors Don’t Tell You’ mag threatens legal action against Simon Singh (UPDATE: libel backtracking)

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Simon Singh threatened with legal action for criticising health magazine The science writer and libel reform campaigner Simon Singh has been threatened with legal action after criticising an alternative health magazine on Twitter. Earlier this week, Singh took to the social media network to denounce a magazine called What Doctors Don’t Tell You (WDDTY). Described…

Malaysia government hospitals may soon offer patients choice with traditional medicine bill

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Malaysians may soon have a choice between modern, traditional or complementary medicine when seeking treatment in government hospitals. Government hospitals may soon offer alternative treatment – Parliament. Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said even though this was not the current standard operating procedure at government hospitals, traditional and complementary medical services could be…

Ayurvedic skin care product blamed for lead poisoning

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8 ill after using toxic skin product: Health24: Skin & Hair: News. City authorities in Durban have issued a warning to customers who bought an over-the-counter skincare product after eight people were hospitalised. The Daily News reported that officials were now looking for other customers of the ayurvedic product Skintocare, which is imported from India…

Universal Medicine continues to be labeled “new-age cult” by some

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Back in July, Serge Benhayon and his Universal Medicine group, wanted insurance to cover his VERY unconventional treatments. The Health Care Complaints Commission (HCCC) of New South Wales had been asked to investigate. And there were allegations that the group was a cult. That was denied. Now, more on this group. New age ‘medicine’ of…

Believers and skeptics out their views over holistic medicine center in Michigan

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Oaklawn (Michigan) Hospital’s Holistic Center is the focus of a skeptics versus believers feature piece: Oaklawn Hospital gives alternative medicine a try Holistic methods spark controversy Holistic services are those that aim to treat patients as a whole person, physically and emotionally, rather than attacking one specific cause or symptom of a disease or condition.…

Do you really need all those vitamins and supplements?

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Vitamins and Supplements | What Do You Really Need? – Consumer Reports. Vitamins, minerals, and supplements, which are supposed to strengthen your bones, boost your memory, protect your heart, and help you stay healthy, are popular—more than 50 percent of U.S. adults take these widely sold over-the-counter products. But evidence shows that excessive vitamin and…

Allegations of risk from alternative treatments spark debate about chiropractic and acupuncture

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Alternative medicines ‘potentially unsafe’ Edzard Ernst, the country’s only professor of complementary medicine, said trials into treatments like chiropractic manipulation, acupuncture and herbal remedies too often failed to record incidents when patients suffered adverse effects. Studies were frequently run by “enthusiastic amateurs” more concerned about promoting alternative medicine than accurately reporting the science, he said.…

National Herbal Medicine Week: Learn the fallacies and hazards

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National Herbal Medicine Week Established to Celebrate the Safe and Effective Practice of Herbal Therapies for Thousands of Years The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM®) and the American Association for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AAAOM) are pleased to join in the promotion of National Herbal Medicine Week from May 1-7, 2012…