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A kind reader (h/t geodef) has passed on to me a really juicy item from the National Catholic Reporter about Reiki. Since I’m not much interested in alternative medicine I don’t really know what Reiki is, other than it involves using a Reiki therapist’s hands to pass some kind of “life energy” into an ailing…

Who uses alternative medicine and for what?

This week CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Reports (MMWR) has a quick statistical snapshot of the percent of adults (over the age of 18) who used Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) by sex and selected conditions. CDC defines CAM as

Thanks to a local health officer in Colorado I get word that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has begun an investigation of claims made by my favorite infomercial quacks, the Kinoki Foot Bad folks (see my howl of pain in the post The TV ad that DRIVES ME CRAZY). Here’s some of the…

Orac is upset with me

There are over sixty blogs under the Scienceblogs umbrella. There is an impression we are all “progressives” (aka left-leaning) and must agree on matters social and political. While we probably are more to the left than the average (we are reality-based and rational, after all) there is a wide spectrum of views amongst ourselves. While…

Rx: exorcism

My Scibling, Orac, over at Respectful Insolence has a special thing about those he calls “alties.” They make him crazy. For Orac alties represent a broad category of alternative medicine approaches. I more or less agree with him but I don’t have the same passion about it he does. I’m also willing to believe some…

I have a lot of tolerance for eccentricity as long as it doesn’t hurt anyone. I’m a western physician who believes strongly in modern medical science, but I’m not as rabid and offended by alternative medicine as many of my colleagues. As long as it doesn’t hurt anyone. Which unfortunately it frequently does. Take homeopathy.