Tag Archives: alternative-med

An insider exposes Naturopathy’s false claims

Bastyr University is trying to silence a blogger exposing naturopathy’s false claims — Quartz

Complementary medicine therapies drawn from traditional practices, ranging from massage and vitamin supplements to acupuncture and meditation, are today becoming broadly incorporated into mainstream medicine as more scientific studies validate their efficacy

But naturopathy, a belief system built on the concept that “nature knows best” when it comes to healing, takes it a step further.

Practitioners use a host of pseudoscientific techniques including energy healing and homeopathy that can be not only ineffective, but dangerous.   Continue reading

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Guide to Relieving Pain Without Medication

The PPM Guide to Relieving Pain Without Medication – Sept 2017 – By Rosemary Black

For chronic pain, there are several effective non-opioid alternatives including mind-body techniques, biofeedback, devices and ancient Chinese therapies.

In fact, many agree that nonopioid medications and non-drug therapies are the preferred treatment, only prescribing stronger pain medications when these options have failed.

So what other options are available to those who suffer chronic pain? Are they effective? Are they a better alternative?

Not better, but somewhat effective sometimes for some people.   Continue reading

Functional Medicine for Chronic Pain Care

Incorporating Functional Medicine Into Chronic Pain Care – Practical Pain Mgmt – By David J. Schaefer, DO, MPH and David Cosio, PhD – June 14, 2017

A 4-session functional medicine program can help patients take ownership of their health by teaching them about proper diet, sleep hygiene, exercise, and stress management.

What Is Functional Medicine?

Functional medicine (FM) addresses the underlying causes of disease, using a systems-oriented approach and engaging both patient and practitioner in a therapeutic partnership.   Continue reading

Are Alternative Pain Treatments Effective for You?

Are Alternative Pain Treatments Effective for You? – August 19, 2017 by Lynn Webster, M.D.

The New York Times recently published an article called “The Secret Life of Pain.” In it, David C. Roberts, a former physicist and diplomat who worked at an embassy in Bangkok, shares his story as a chronic pain patient.

His doctors told them that he was hypersensitive, and that he could choose how to experience the pain.

I think “hypersensitive” meant he was experiencing more pain than others with the same condition.  Continue reading

Chronic Pain Rehab Reduces Central Sensitization

Interdisciplinary Chronic Pain Rehabilitation Program Reduces Central Sensitization – Pain Medicine News – July 2017

Patients with chronic pain who participated in an interdisciplinary chronic pain rehabilitation program achieved a significant reduction in central sensitization, according to a preliminary assessment.

When managing the most refractory of chronic pain patients in clinical practice, “we have noticed high overlap in various conditions like fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome, pelvic pain, migraine, temporomandibular joint disorder and back pain,said principal investigator Xavier Jimenez, MD, medical director of the Cleveland Clinic Chronic Pain Rehabilitation Program

“patients seem to improve with interdisciplinary chronic pain rehabilitation program (iCPRP) treatment,” Dr. Jimenez said.   Continue reading

Mainstream Medicine Smitten by Hocus-Pocus

Mainstream medicine is partly to blame for the ‘treatments’ Goop promotes By Arthur Caplan and Timothy Caulfield – August 2, 2017

It is easy to mock the ridiculous and potentially harmful health advice and product lines promoted by Gwyneth Paltrow and her team at Goop.

Sleeping near healing crystals, lugging around jade eggs in the vagina, swilling moon juice, undergoing raw goat milk cleanses, dabbing on sex dust, and snapping photos of your aura are just some of the ridiculous treatments and remedies offered at high prices to those looking for health ideas from a movie star.

How does this company and other equally daffy outfits pull off these highly lucrative health scams?

Mainstream medicine is partly to blame.   Continue reading

What Used to Be Fraud Is Now Alternative Medicine

‘What Used to Be Fraud Is Now Alternative Medicine’ | Medpage Today | by F. Perry Wilson MD, MSCEF. Perry Wilson MD, MSCE June 28, 2017

I’m appalled at how the government is pushing unproven “alternative” treatments as substitutes for proven and effective opioid therapy. Here are the most pertinent parts of the interview (you can listen to the podcast of it at the link above).

As a physician, Novella has spoken out against homeopathy, acupuncture, and other alternative medicine modalities, based on a lack of robust evidentiary support or prior plausibility.

I had the chance to speak with Novella in the studios at Yale. We discussed a wide variety of topics ranging from the public’s view of science and scientists to interacting with patients who hold nonscientific beliefs.   Continue reading

Eight slogans that quacks love to use

Eight slogans that quacks love to use: if you hear these, find a proper doctor | Spectator Health | by Professor Edzard Ernst | Aug 16, 2016

In the first of this two-part article, I discussed six popular tricks of the quackery trade.

Some readers pointed out that these ploys are not exclusively used in alternative medicine. I agree.

Quacks are everywhere, and unfortunately conventional medicine has its fair share of charlatans as well. Yet I would nevertheless suggest that the ploys mentioned in part one and the eight discussed below are more often used in alternative than in mainstream medicine.   Continue reading

Confessions of a Quack – Holistic Harry

Here’s a delightful story for your weekend reading. It’s about a doctor who, after practicing holistic medicine for years, “loses it” and turns to the more scientifically rigorous “modern medicine” instead:

Confessions of a Quack

(Also known as the “The Adventures of Holistic Harry”)

It’s written like a novel, so it’s a pleasure to read.

The article below gives good excerpts if you don’t want to read the whole “book”.

Confessions of a Quack: Holistic Harry Tells the Inside Story of Alternative Medicine – Science-Based Medicine – May 2017   Continue reading

Beneficial Effects of Low-Dose Radiation

Evidence That Lifelong Low Dose Rates of Ionizing Radiation Increase Lifespan in Long- and Short-Lived Dogs – PMC5347275 – Feb 2017

After the 1956 radiation scare to stop weapons testing, studies focused on cancer induction by low-level radiation.

Since longevity is a measure of health impact, this analysis reexamined data to compare the effect of dose rate on the lifespans of short-lived (5% and 10% mortality) dogs and on the lifespans of dogs at 50% mortality. The data came from 2 large-scale studies. One exposed 10 groups to different γ dose rates; the other exposed 8 groups to different lung burdens of plutonium

Reexamination indicated that normalized lifespans increased more for short-lived dogs than for average dogs, when radiation was moderately above background.  Continue reading