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Friday, 6 December 2019

Suffering from persistent low back pain? Forget about Chiropractic or other SCAMs

Recently, we discussed the findings of a meta-analysis which concluded that walking, which is easy to perform and highly accessible, can be recommended in the management of chronic LBP to reduce pain and disability. At the time, I commented that this will hardly please the legions of therapists who earn their daily bread with pretending their […]

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Thursday, 5 December 2019

American Loon #2278: Chuck & Lency Spezzano

Psychology of Vision (POV) is, allegedly, a “transpersonal model of healing that employs cutting edge psychological tools and methodology with the miracle power of grace.” Yes, it’s New Age bullshit, and there is some entropy principle at work here to the effect that for any word in...

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Etiopathy: a SCAM like so many others

Here is a so-called alternative medicine (SCAM) that might be new to you – it certainly was to me: etiopathy. Founded in 1963 by the French Christian TrĂ©daniel, etiopathy is a method of reasoning to determine the causes of a health problem and remove them acting on them. Etiopathy seems particularly popular in France, but is […]

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Wednesday, 4 December 2019

American Loon #2277: Dorothy Spaulding

Though she may not be among the most famous televangelists working in the US, Dorothy Spaulding, President and Founder of Watchmen Broadcasting, is certainly one of the truly whacky ones – a sort of low-budget, poor man’s version of Cindy Jacobs, if you wish – and her network show Club 36 has...

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Chiropractic maintenance care: boosting chiropractic cash flow in perpetuity

Maintenance Care is an approach whereby patients have chiropractic manipulations even when symptom-free. Thus, it is an ideal method to keep chiropractors in clover. Previous reviews concluded that evidence behind this strategy is lacking. Since then, more data have emerged. It was therefore timely to review the evidence. Fourteen original research articles were included in […]

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Tuesday, 3 December 2019

American Loon #2276: Ryan Sorba

Ryan Sorba is the Chairman of the Young Conservatives of California and a tireless anti-gay activist. Indeed, at a 2011 conference at the cargo cult version of an educational institution Liberty University, Sorba claimed that “‘gay’ is a left-wing socio-political construct designed to create...

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Chiropractic spinal manipulation of children: an independent review

Having mentioned the report on chiropractic for children by SAVER CARE VICTORIA (SCV) several times before, I now better reveal its contents. Here are important excerpts from it, but I encourage everyone to read the full document: Review of evidence of harm An extensive search was undertaken to identify evidence of harm sustained by children who […]

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Monday, 2 December 2019

Tiger balm: not free of adverse effects and not supported by convincing evidence

Tiger Balm (TB) ointments are Chinese topical remedies, often used for pain relief available as over-the-counter medications. TB is clearly popular, but does it work? The aim of this systematic review was to find out by assessing the efficacy, safety and tolerability of TB ointments. A total of 12 studies were included (five on TB ointments […]

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Vote for 2019’s Douchebag of the Year

It’s been a while since I’ve held voting for “Douchebag of the Year” on the blog. Our Douchebag Emerit-ass, Dr. Bob Sears, is back in the running after a series of missteps that have landed him in hot water with the medical board of California… again. Here are our candidates: Bob Sears, again? Taylor Winterstein, […]

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Sunday, 1 December 2019

American Loon #2275: Edward Sopcak

CanCell, also known as Entelev or Cantron, is one of many utterly useless purported cancer cures. Ostensibly CanCell is “an assembly of synthetic chemicals” – they are secret, though the assembly has apparently also changed over the years – that react with the body “electrically” rather than...

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Saturday, 30 November 2019

Chiropractic: making bogus claims for profit

This survey investigated how many chiropractors in the Canadian province of Alberta promote a theory of subluxation, which health ailments or improvements were linked to subluxation, and whether the subluxation discourse was used to promote chiropractic for particular demographics. Using the search engine on the Canadian Chiropractic Associations’ website, the researchers made a list of […]

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Friday, 29 November 2019

An ethicist, feminist view on so-called alternative medicine (SCAM)

Arianne Shahvisi is a lecturer in Ethics and Medical Humanities at the Brighton & Sussex Medical School. She has long had an interest is so-called alternative medicine (SCAM) – see here, for instance. Now she has published another most intriguing paper. In it, she explains that scientific medicine (SM) neglects the needs of women relative […]

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Thursday, 28 November 2019

American Loon #2274: Mitchel Soltys

Answers in Genesis is apparently still running their own vanity journal, the Answers Research Journal, and the garbled nonsense that finds its ways into its pages is still strangely fascinating. Many of the contributors to the journal are completely unknown, and we have to admit that we have...

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‘Perineum sunning’ gives an entirely new meaning to ‘HOLISM’

I receive all the energy I need by charging my butthole in the sunlight! Actually, I don’t, but some people do! The new so-called alternative medicine (SCAM) of ‘perineum sunning’ has become all the rage. It gives an entirely new meaning to the word ‘holism’. And, like all good SCAMs, it has a long tradition. […]

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Wednesday, 27 November 2019

Sorry, I was wrong about homeopathy and vaccination

On this blog and elsewhere, I have repeatedly claimed that as early as 2002 I published data to show that UK homeopaths advise their patients against vaccinations. So sorry, but this not entirely true! The truth is that I had forgotten about this article published 1995 in the British Journal of General Practice. As it is […]

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Tuesday, 26 November 2019

American Loon #2273: Stan Solomon

[Update: Did he die, back in 2015 or so?] Stan Solomon is a fundie wingnut radio host who does the kind of stuff fundie wingnut radio hosts do, such as demanding that the police murder peaceful protestors when he disagrees with the contents of those protests and palling...

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When the UK homeopathy sector issues a joint statement, hilarity is never far

The UK homeopathy sector have issued a joint statement. The reason for this action is a series of allegedly negative press stories about homeopathy. Here is the full statement: Homeopathy registers including the Society of Homeopaths, Faculty of Homeopathy and Alliance of Registered Homeopaths in conjunction with other homeopathy partners have come together to provide […]

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Monday, 25 November 2019

A complaint from the British Acupuncture Council

On 6 November the Guardian published an article in which acupuncture and its risks were briefly mentioned. It prompted a complaint by the British Acupuncture Council which, I think, is sufficiently interesting to merit a discussion. The British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) has a membership of around 3,000 professionally qualified acupuncturists. It is the UK’s largest professional/ […]

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Sunday, 24 November 2019

American Loon #2272: David Snoke

David Snoke is one of the central characters of the intelligent design creationist movement. A physics professor at the University of Pittsburgh and Fellow of the American Physical Society (and, it must be emphasized, a respectable scientist in his own field), Snoke was also a co-author on a...

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Saturday, 23 November 2019

The GCC “seems to be a little self-regulatory chiropractic bubble where chiropractors regulate chiropractors.”

We have discussed the tragic case of John Lawler before. Today, the Mail carries a long article about it. Here I merely want to summarise the sequence of events and highlight the role of the GCC. In 2017, Mr Lawler, aged 79 at the time, has a history of back problems, including back surgery with metal […]

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