Tag Archive for complementary medicine

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…

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…

From Alternative to Integrative, the NIH changes a branch name

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You KNEW this rebranding stuff was coming. The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine has changed its name to National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. Because alternatives to medicine DON’T work and they finally got that point. What the point of the rest of this is, I still don’t see. NIH complementary and integrative health…

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…

Acupuncture is dead

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I would like to think so. Maybe if we say it enough, it will come true. David Colquhoun writes in Acupuncture is a theatrical placebo: the end of a myth: Anesthesia & Analgesia is the official journal of the International Anesthesia Research Society. In 2012 its editor, Steven Shafer, proposed a head-to-head contest between those who…

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.…

Science-Based Medicine resources out in digital book form

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One of the sources we quote the most on this site is Science Based Medicine. It is arguably the BEST blog out there in terms of quantity and quality. I have saved MANY a reference from them to have for my own. Now I can have it for my own. I’m thrilled to see that…

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…

Complementary meds for kids: Parents not consulting with doctors

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This study result is a bit disturbing. It suggests parents are more readily seeking out alt med for kids but aren’t informed by a real medical expert, their doctor. More kids taking alternative therapies, but doctors rarely told: study | CTV News. A growing number of Canadian children with chronic illnesses are being treated with…

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…

Man suffers stroke after neck manipulation by chiropractor

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Local man suffers stroke after visit to chiropractor | CBS 58 | Local News. Millions of people use chiropractors and swear by the results. But one local man said that it was a trip to the chiropractor that cost him his job and his health. Richard Rossert of Nashotah was a successful business man when…

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…

Poking holes into the safety of acupuncture

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Acupuncture treatment is not as safe as advertised – health – 06 September 2012 – New Scientist. The first ever study of the adverse effects of acupuncture in state-funded acupuncture clinics in the UK has found that the procedure is largely safe, but not as safe as advertised. In extreme cases, it could even put…

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.…