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Legislative Alchemy 2017: Acupuncture

12 hours 54 min ago
Acupuncture is nothing more than a theatrical placebo. Yet acupuncturists, defined as primary care practitioners in some states, are succeeding in licensing and practice expansion efforts in state legislatures.
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Cancer quack Colleen Huber sues Britt Hermes over criticism

January 18, 2018 - 1:00am
Naturopathic cancer quack Colleen Huber is attempting to silence criticism of her practices by suing Britt Hermes. Help Britt fight back with a donation to help defray legal expenses.
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Infiltrative Pseudoscience

January 17, 2018 - 8:20am
If you don't think that CAM is the enemy of science in medicine, then you don't understand CAM and its proponents. Don't be fooled by their marketing. They want a return to the pre-scientific days when health gurus could sell any snake oil they want at exorbitant prices, with any hyped claims that they want, without going through all that tedious science. 
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The Elephant in the Compounding Pharmacy

January 16, 2018 - 3:00am
Contaminated products from compounding pharmacies have harmed and even killed patients. Quality control measures are being implemented, but there is a bigger problem: the injudicious use of untested and potentially dangerous treatments.
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The final push to pass a federal version of the cruel sham of “right-to-try” is under way

January 15, 2018 - 3:44am
Right-to-try laws are a cruel sham that claim to help terminally ill patients by providing them with earlier access to experimental therapeutics, even though they do very little in this regard. Promoted primarily by the libertarian think tank the Goldwater Institute, in reality they are a strategy to weaken the FDA's regulatory power to assure that marketed drugs are safe and effective. Now, a final push is on, with the help of the Koch brothers, to pass right-to-try. For the sake of patients, this push must fail.
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Remembrance of Things Past

January 13, 2018 - 12:57pm
Well maybe not  “memorializing his dandyism and parvenu hijinks even as he revealed their essential hollowness” but Flies in the Ointment: Essays on Supplements, Complementary and Alternative Medicine (SCAM)  is now available on Amazon and is A carefully selected and edited compendium of the best of Dr. Mark Crislip (the Puswhisperer’s) blog posts from The sections have been edited for redundancy, updated […]
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Legionnaires’ Disease: The Other Disneyland Outbreak

January 12, 2018 - 8:00am
As 2017 came to a close, Disneyland again played a role in the outbreak of an infectious disease, this one much more deadly than measles.
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Medical Marijuana: Where is the evidence?

January 11, 2018 - 10:00am
Marijuana is widely touted as an effective medicine for an array of conditions. But what does the evidence actually tell us?
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Cancer Deaths Continue to Decline

January 10, 2018 - 8:27am
Overall cancer incidence has been stable in women and declining steadily in men. Changes in specific cancers reflect known risk factors and the effect of screening methods. What is not seen in this data is any mysterious increase in any specific cancer or cancers overall. 
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 Five Fatal Foods

January 9, 2018 - 3:00am
Dr. Nina Koduru identifies 5 fatal foods that endanger your life and offers a solution: an untested remedy with unsubstantiated claims.
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The characteristics of antivaccine networks on Facebook

January 8, 2018 - 3:00am
Facebook has become a major hub by which antivaccine messages are propagated. A recent study examines the characteristics of antivaccine groups on Facebook and comes to some not-so-startling conclusions.
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Legislative Alchemy 2017: Chiropractic

January 4, 2018 - 1:00am
Chiropractors are promoting themselves as primary care physicians. Some state legislatures are falling for it.
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Indian Doctors Fight Against Quackery

January 3, 2018 - 8:00am
To address a doctor shortage, Indian health minister JP Nadda is proposing licensing practitioners of ayurveda and homeopathy. This would be a terrible mistake.
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Rigor Mortis: What’s Wrong with Medical Science and How to Fix It

January 2, 2018 - 3:00am
Medical research has been plagued by less-than-rigorous practices and a culture that rewards quantity over quality. In a new book, Richard Harris identifies the problems, proposes solutions, and offers hope.
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“Raw water”: The latest dangerous “natural health” fad

January 1, 2018 - 3:00am
In pseudoscience, the naturalistic fallacy is everywhere. It's not surprising, then, that there is profit to be made selling "raw" (i.e., untreated) water at very high prices for its nonexistent health benefits, those benefits all claimed to be due to the "naturalness" of the water. I can't help but note that cholera, Giardia, amoebic dysentery, and a wide variety of waterborne illnesses prevented by modern water treatment techniques are all very, very "natural."
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Snake-Based Medicine?: Another Salmonella Infection Linked to Rattlesnake Pills

December 29, 2017 - 8:00am
Rattlesnake pills, another in a long line of bogus cancer cures, have been linked (again) to a potentially deadly Salmonella infection.
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Top ten signs your detox may be a scam

December 28, 2017 - 10:30am
Before you begin a New Year’s detox, look for these ten signs you may be getting scammed
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Pulse Diagnosis and Tongue Diagnosis in Traditional Chinese Medicine and a Misguided Study to Test the Reliability of Pulse Diagnosis

December 26, 2017 - 3:00am
Pulse diagnosis and tongue diagnosis are widely used in traditional Chinese medicine. They are based on imagination, not on anatomical and physiologic reality.
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Legislative Alchemy 2017: Naturopathy

December 21, 2017 - 1:00am
Via the magic of Legislative Alchemy, naturopathic "doctors" gained state licensure and practice expansion, but also suffered major defeats, in 2017.
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FDA Proposes Changes to Homeopathy Regulation

December 20, 2017 - 8:23am
The FDA has proposed new guidelines for regulating homeopathy. They sound encouraging, and may signal a new era of actual regulation of the homeopathic industry.
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