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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,…

I’m even later to the game on this story than my blogging colleague, Orac: ERV, Pharyngula, and denialism blog have each given their takes on the Minnesota’s plan to authorize NDs, doctors of naturopathy, to use the title of “Doctor.” For two views on what naturopathy is, here is one from the American Association of…

Sorry to get to this so late but I wanted to weigh on an excellent post from my cancer blogging colleague, Orac, the other day on the investigation of CAM therapies in cancer. The post covers a lot of ground, as expected from any of Orac’s exhaustive missives, but I wanted to focus on the…

Debunking “bunkum”

I did not know this: In the spirit of our recent hosting of the Tar Heel Tavern blog carnival and our general posts on debunking alternative medicine, I learned today about the source of these two words with ties to the homeland. Miss Cellania’s always informative posts at mental_floss blog linked today to Neatorama’s, 10…

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…

Blue Steel Hero

No, it’s not a song by Foreigner – these are the names of two products “promoted and sold over the Internet for the treatment of erectile dysfunction (ED) and for sexual enhancement.” In yet another instance of a trend that would be comical if not so serious, the US FDA has announced that “Blue Steel”…

Just a hypothesis here. A vibrant, 55-year-old Denver-area furniture executive, Lesile Fishbein, is possibly near death according to The Denver Post: The bubbly Fishbein, one of the most recognizable faces in the metro area because of her television ads for her company, Kacey Fine Furniture, was admitted to Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Hospital for emergency treatment on…

“There’s no credible evidence that what’s in Airborne can prevent colds or protect you from a germy environment,” said CSPI senior nutritionist David Schardt, who reviewed Airborne’s claims. “Airborne is basically an overpriced, run-of-the-mill vitamin pill that’s been cleverly, but deceptively, marketed.” One really needn’t go any further than this money quote from yesterday’s press…

[Note: I originally posted this last Thursday under another title but it got lost in other events of that day. As I find it ironic that Mr Comarow has been attacked by an alternative medicine practitioner and advocate, I find this story worthy of reposting.] A few weeks ago the skeptical blogosphere was up in…