Tag Archive for medical claims

Anti-vax doctor dead of apparent suicide; conspiracists fired up (UPDATE on Bradstreet raid)

There is an update on why the federal government searched Bradstreet’s offices. See below. Originally published on June 24, 2015 Dr. James Jeffrey Bradstreet, who goes by Jeff Bradstreet, an autism researcher who ran a clinic that endorsed pseudoscientific cures on autism patients and others, has died by apparent suicide on June 19. For several days over the…

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,…

Teen treated for “environmental sensitivity” commits suicide, doctor reprimanded

On December 15, 2014, the Disciplinary Committee of the Ontario College found that a medical doctor committed an act of professional misconduct, in that she has failed to maintain the standard of practice of the profession with respect to one patient. She treated her for environmental sensitivities when she instead had psychological problems. There seems…

Homeopathy Plus unequivocally NOT a safer alternative to vaccination says court

Breaking News delivered from Guy Chapman today. Homeopathy Plus has received a major smackdown from the Australian courts. A complaint regarding their advertisement of homeopathy as a “safer” alternative to vaccination, specifically for pertussis has been deemed misleading and deceptive. Homeopathy Plus is the trading identity of Australian homeopath Fran Sheffield (who originated the petition to…

Hard-to-stop convicted sex offender still practicing faith healing

There isn’t too much to say about this case except this is a stern warning that belief in a healer can make you blind to his treachery. This guy oozes hubris and perversity. W5 exclusive: Hidden camera investigation exposes faith-healing sex offender. In a tiny village called St. Mathieu D’Harricana in northwestern Quebec, there’s an…

Spiritual healer will continue to make cancer treatment claims in Australia

The NT (Northern Territory, Australia) Health minister saw some brochures from this quack* and tried to take action. Unfortunately, there are no laws here that prevent him from practicing his mind-based “healing”. Faith healer Colin Thompson who made cancer claims vows to keep practising despite health findings. A man claiming to be a spiritual healer has said…

Accused charlatan “healer” ‘John of God’ coming to Australia

Infamous, so-called faith healer John of God is coming to Australia – a prospect that has alarmed the Australian Medical Association. Critics show little faith in healing powers of Brazilian ‘trickster’. THE website video shows Brazilian Joao Teixeira de Faria, a self-described “simple farmer” with no medical training, as he exposes the breast of a…

FDA issues warning letters to companies marketing Ebola “cures”

We love to post stories about the FDA doing its job to product consumers against questionable drug claims. Yesterday, the FDA announced they sent warning letters to three business entities more or less telling them to stop advertising bogus cures for Ebola. Medical Countermeasures Initiative > 2014 Ebola Outbreak in West Africa. FDA has issued…

16 year old subjected to traumatic watery treatment to cleanse her aura

What strange therapy is this? It appears multiple people failed in their responsibilities in this story of a New Zealand alternative practitioner. Girl dunked in river to fix ‘blocked auric field’. An alternative health therapist has been censured after attempting to heal a girl’s aura without her consent. The 16-year old went to the massage…

The Saatchi bill, or “Quack’s charter”, puts “innovation” over patient safety

In an update to this piece: A quacktastic piece of legislation in England and Wales (UPDATE: Revision), the debate about the Saatchi bill heated up last Friday in the U.K. The legislation to allow a “get out of jail free” pass to cancer quacks gained support from some reputable doctors. Others vehemently oppose this as misconceived…

Ayurvedic herbal med found to contain prescription drug dexamethasone

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…

No wiki woo woo

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…

Stop eating and using pangolins

We’ve posted before on Doubtful News how the pangolin – scaly anteater – is killed and used for Traditional Chinese Medicine preparations and for consumption. A single animal may bring $7000 on the black market. It is facing extinction thanks to its unusual characteristics. BBC Nature – ‘Shocking’ scale of pangolin smuggling revealed. Official records show…

Doctors in Pakistan feel threatened by anti-science proponents

More trouble in Pakistan. Doctors who stand up to quackery claims are feeling threatened. Anti-quackery: Doctors uneasy after colleague evades kidnapping attempt – The Express Tribune. Medical practitioners in the city have expressed unease after the recent attempt to kidnap the general secretary of the anti-quackery committee of the Pakistan Medical Association (PMA), Dr Abdul…