alternative medicine

White Coat Underground

Tag archives for alternative medicine

I’m a primary care physician. What I, other internists, pediatricians, and family medicine docs do is prevent and treat common diseases. When we get to diseases that require more specialized care, we refer to our specialist colleagues. There is a movement afoot to broaden the role of naturopaths to make them primary care doctors. The…

Take Vitamins—it’s magic!

Well, HuffPo does it again. No other mainstream news outlet brings the stupid on health news like Arianna. Take today’s vapid article on vitamin supplementation. Let me remind all of you amateur biologists that vitamins, discovered over a hundred years ago, were found to be “vital” to health. What made them different from macronutrients such…

There’s a war going on in medicine

This war taking place in our nation’s medical schools and academic medical centers. Orac at Respectful Insolence has been tracking this trend, as have those of us writing at Science-Based Medicine. It is a war between those who feel that medicine should continue to be based on science and those who want to integrate faith-based…

HuffPo does it again

Whatever you think of its political reporting, no other mainstream media outlet can bring the stupid like the Huffington Post, especially with regards to medical reporting. Its most famous contributors include antivaccinationists like David Kirby and Robert Kennedy, Jr., and kumbaya therapy wackaloon Deepak Chopra. Now they bring us an article by some dude I’ve…

How not to think

Thankfully, I don’t receive all that much blog-related mail. But this weekend I received several communications about a piece in popular liberal blog. The piece is (ostensibly) about Lyme disease, which coincidentally happens to be one of the topics of my first post here at SBM. In fact, I’ve written about Lyme disease a number…

Reiki: still stupid after all these years

It’s not like we haven’t had this discussion before. I have, on previous blogs, written about the fantasy that is reiki, as have my colleagues. In fact, the very same colleague turned me on to a recent news piece out of Cleveland. Here’s my problem with reiki—it’s bullshit, pure and simple. “But how can you…

Prevention—science vs. nonsense

This is a cross-post from Science-Based Medicine. Go there! –PalMD There are many ways in which cult medicine believers try to insinuate themselves into the health care system. As Dr. Gorski has pointed out, “prevention” is one of their metaphorical feet in the door. The cult medicine literature often says things like, “mainstream medicine is…

The blogosphere is doing a reasonably good job of covering this, but I’m still fuming over Senator Tom Harkin’s (D-IA) health care policy hearings. Each morsel of the hearing contains more idiocy than the last. In my attempt to shed some light into Harkin’s guano-filled cave, I’m going to examine some of the specific testimony,…

Remember when President Obama said something about returning science to it’s rightful place? Well, our new president has a real tough climb ahead of him. The previous administration shoved science aside for political expediency and religious ideology. Now, forces in the president’s own party are trying to insert their own quasi-religious beliefs into health care…

It’s generally a bad idea to assault the religious beliefs of your friends, neighbors, and relatives. That being said, sometimes it’s unavoidable. My being Jewish is hard for some people, who feel that just by being me, I am denying their Lord and delaying His return (and before you start tossing No True Scotsmans at…