Cracking Down on Chiropractic Pseudoscience

Science-Based Medicine - 13 hours 50 min ago
A recent CBC News investigation reveals the common pseudoscientific claims and quackery of Manitoba chiropractors.
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Dietary Associations with Cardiovascular and Diabetic Mortality: “Bacon, soda, and too few nuts”?

Science-Based Medicine - March 21, 2017 - 3:00am
A recent study attempted to quantify the association of ten dietary factors with deaths from cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Headlines about the study were misleading.
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Is the ACCME cracking down on quackery in continuing medical education (CME) offerings? Richard Jaffe thinks so.

Science-Based Medicine - March 20, 2017 - 3:00am
Richard Jaffe, a lawyer who has made a career out of defending quacks like Stanislaw Burzynski against state medical boards and the FDA, thinks that the ACCME, the main accrediting body for continuing medical education (CME) credits, is cracking down on "complementary and alternative medicine" CME courses. That would be a very good thing indeed, but is it really happening? More importantly, would it be enough?
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Corrigendum. The Week in Review for 03/19/2017

Science-Based Medicine - March 19, 2017 - 3:49pm
What happened this week? Measles returns to kill. Stem cell injections blind. Lousy acupuncture studies. Fire hot. Skinny jeans are not a reason to see a chiropractor. Lesbian tendencies do not respond to homeopathy. And more.
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Treating the Terrain of Chronic Sinus Infections. A LAc of understanding.

Science-Based Medicine - March 17, 2017 - 3:09am
Acupuncture Today. "Das ist nicht nur nicht richtig; es ist nicht einmal falsch!" It is because they LAc an understanding of medicine.
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Shots Fired: Part 1

Radiolab Podcasts - March 17, 2017 - 3:00am
We join Ben Montgomery, a reporter at the Tampa Bay Times, as he looks at every person killed or injured by Florida police over six years. 
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Health Savings Accounts and Quackery Revisted

Science-Based Medicine - March 16, 2017 - 1:00am
Health Savings Accounts don't require medical treatments to be safe or effective for consumers. This leads to taxpayer-supported quackery.
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The Anti-Vaccine Narrative Just Gets Darker

Science-Based Medicine - March 15, 2017 - 8:13am
Anti-vaccine conspiracy theories are dark by their very nature. A recent article shows how dark, cynical, and paranoid they can get.
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Update on Testosterone Supplementation

Science-Based Medicine - March 14, 2017 - 3:00am
Testosterone supplementation is a legitimate treatment for properly diagnosed androgen deficiency, but it is being overprescribed by doctors who make exaggerated claims for it. New evidence clarifies its modest benefits and worrisome risks.
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“Chemotherapy is for losers”: A tragic tale of cancer, naturopathic quackery, and murder

Science-Based Medicine - March 13, 2017 - 3:07am
When a patient and family trust a naturopath rather than oncologists and oncologic surgeons, the result is often tragic. In this case, Fikreta Ibrisevic trusted naturopath Juan Sanchez Gonzalez instead of real doctors to treat her rhabdomyosarcoma in 2015. The results were as tragic as expected. What happened next was not expected and amplified the horror of the outcome, as in his grief over his wife's death Ibrisevic's husband Omer Ahmetovic went beyond suing for malpractice.
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Corrigendum. The week in review for 03/12/2017

Science-Based Medicine - March 12, 2017 - 2:20pm
Waiting for a vaccine-preventable infection. More lousy acupuncture studies. Medical students interested in homeopathy are not as strong at science. Water wet. TCPM consuming donkeys. What the FDA does, and doesn't do, for now.
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Medical Lore in Modern Pediatric Practice

Science-Based Medicine - March 10, 2017 - 7:52am
Examples of modern medical lore that are passed down from doctor to doctor are commonplace in pediatric medicine and share similar features with the most egregious examples of medical pseudoscience
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Melatonin: What’s on the label isn’t in the bottle

Science-Based Medicine - March 9, 2017 - 9:15am
Melatonin is taken by millions each year. But does it work? Is it safe? And can you trust the label?
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Why Do Prestigious Hospitals Sell Snake Oil?

Science-Based Medicine - March 8, 2017 - 8:30am
It is important for consumers to understand the phenomenon of hospitals, even prestigious hospitals, offering dubious treatments, and how we got here. Don't be fooled by the apparent endorsement of nonsense. It is still nonsense.
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Magnets Provide Amusement, But Not Health Benefits

Science-Based Medicine - March 7, 2017 - 3:00am
Static magnets have no health benefits, but the advertising can be quite entertaining.
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The Texas Medical Board lets off Stanislaw Burzynski lightly: A cautionary tale of the failure of regulating medicine

Science-Based Medicine - March 6, 2017 - 3:06am
After three years and countless twists and turns, the final decision by the Texas Medical Board on the sanctions to be imposed on Houston cancer quack Dr. Stanislaw Burzynski were announced on Friday. Sadly, they were not enough. The Burzynski saga should serve as a cautionary tale that the regulation of physicians and medicine is too lax, not too strict.
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Corrigendum. The week in review for 03/05/2017

Science-Based Medicine - March 6, 2017 - 1:51am
Canada's Bad Science Wants You. Penguins get acupuncture, tiger cubs get chiropractic. Naturopaths and homeopaths let people know they are doctors in 4 seconds. Homeopathic lead for lead toxicity. And more
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Influenza Vaccine and Health Care Workers. More than one way to skin a literature

Science-Based Medicine - March 3, 2017 - 3:35am
There are many ways to apply the medical literature. For me it starts with the premise that health care workers may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
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Bills remove impediments to ill-advised state “right to try” laws, shield wrongdoers, and hide adverse events

Science-Based Medicine - March 2, 2017 - 1:00am
Congressional bills will unleash state "right to try" laws, block terminally ill patients from redress for damages caused by negligent doctors and drug companies, and hide adverse drug events from the public.
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The ADHD Controversy

Science-Based Medicine - March 1, 2017 - 8:29am
Is attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) a legitimate diagnosis or is it mostly a fraud? The answer has important implications for many individuals and for society. The diagnosis is accepted as legitimate by the psychiatric profession, but continues to have its vehement critics. Recently noted psychologist Jerome Kagan has been giving tremendous weight to these criticisms by calling ADHD mostly a fraud. […]
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