Alternative medicine

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Category archives for Alternative medicine

NIH’s NCCAM released a survey report on the use of complementary and alternative medicine in the US (report PDF here, post at WSJ Health Blog here.) . I don’t know about you but the picture at Health Blog of the child receiving chiropractic manipulation scared the bejeezus out of me. Overall trends were toward greater…

PalMD has a nice post up at denialism blog reviewing a recent NYT article on a foundation run by DKNY’s Donna Karan donating $850,000 USD to Beth Israel Medical Center to study the combination of Eastern and Western healing methods. PalMD has the details but he then gets into an area about which I am…

[Posted originally on 19 July but updated to include more information on BiDil] DrugMonkey alerted me to this gem at Light-skinned-ed Girl on a company called GenSpec Labs who are marketing, African American-, Hispanic-, and Caucasian-focused vitamin supplements. Seriously. I thought this was a link to The Onion. The GenSpec promotion is a completely asinine…

This link is just to quickly follow up on yesterday’s post, “FDA Warns Individuals and Firms to Stop Selling Fake Cancer ‘Cures’.” The US FDA has specifically listed those companies and individuals as well as their specific products that were cited in yesterday’s action: 125 Fake Cancer “Cures” Consumers Should Avoid And for more information…

Perhaps the #1 reason I started this blog was to distinguish therapeutic natural products (i.e., single chemical entities derived from plants, microorganisms, etc.) from questionably-marketed herbal and non-herbal dietary supplements. After doing research and teaching in this area for at least 13 or so years, I have found that patients with cancer and HIV/AIDS are…

My blog posts seem to run in themes – sort of like when after you buy a car, you see other people driving that model all over the place. Yesterday we posted about homicide charges being leveled against an unlicensed California chiropractor operating a clinic out of his garage. That post garnered a large number…

This is not at all funny but I guess ironic might be a better word. The science blogosphere has been alight this past week with the recognition of naturopathy by the state of Minnesota as well as other aspects of alternative medicine. As if the risks of going to an alternative practitioner are not enough,…

Time to Talk About CAM?

Here’s one of those Friday afternoon press releases, hoping no one will notice. I’m having a little trouble parsing out whether this effort promotes CAM or is truly meant to inform physicians in a manner so as to protect their patients from unscupulous providers: National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) For Immediate Release:…

I’m not sure whether this story qualifies as alternative medicine or religion, or neither. I throw it out to you because I and other sci/med bloggers widely criticize the infiltration of so-called alternative medicine in our academic medical centers. But here in today’s Health Journal section of the Wall Street Journal, Melinda Beck tells us…

Dr Kimball Atwood IV at Science-Based Medicine and my long-time blogging colleague Orac have spilled oceans of e-ink on the institutionalization of alternative or integrative medicine in North America’s top academic medical centers. Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is now often called “integrative medicine” to intellectually justify the incorporation of evidence-free, anecdotal practices into the…