There are many studies proving that the CDC recommendations for “alternative medicine” therapies are ineffective, and this was pointed out in a Twitter sequence, started by an article about how opioids are now the very last treatment to be considered for pain.
Sumathi Reddy @rddysum
Skip the meds, say docs on treating lower back pain. My column: https://www.wsj.com/articles/no-drugs-for-back-pain-new-guidelines-say-1487024168 … via @WSJ
All “therapies” for which there is little evidence, no evidence, or solid evidence against the effectiveness of. Sad to see collapse of EBM https://twitter.com/rddysum/status/831503280983404544
The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (CDSR) is the leading resource for systematic reviews in health care. The CDSR includes Cochrane Reviews (the systematic reviews) and protocols for Cochrane Reviews
Cochrane on acupuncture for back pain: Not effective. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10796434
Cochrane on massage for low back pain: Not effective https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26329399
Cochrane on herbal medicine for back pain: No evidence to support
Cochrane on spinal manipulation for back pain: Not effective
But wait! Cochrane on opioids for low back pain: “Effective”
But wait, there’s more!
The AAPM (now Academy of Integrative Pain Mangement) is now supporting Naturopathy. The president of AAPM, Bob Twillman, will be speaking at a conference of Naturopaths – people who oppose evidence-based medicine (and vaccinations):
Medicine in America seems to have lost its mind over the panic about heroin overdoses and the misguided blame on prescription pain medication, abandoning patients to practices once condemned as “practicing medicine without a license” and outright quackery.
The field of medicine is retreating back into the 19th century, when anybody could sell “snake oil” to take the money of anyone gullible enough to believe their fantastic claims without evidence.