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Complementary and alternative medicine Medicine Politics Pseudoscience Quackery Skepticism/critical thinking

Finally, the Department of Justice and FDA go after unsafe supplements in a big way

Now that’s what I’m talking about! Yesterday, the Justice Department announced criminal charges and lawsuits against the sellers of several supplements! This is the ort of thing that is long overdue—incredibly so, in fact. Before I get to this specific case, let’s discuss a little background. One of the regular topics I write about, both […]

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Clinical trials Complementary and alternative medicine Medicine Popular culture Quackery Science

Health disparities research and the mainstreaming of "integrative medicine"

The overarching goal that proponents of so-called “complementary and alternative medicine” (CAM) or, as is becoming the preferred term, “integrative” medicine is the mainstreaming of the “unconventional” treatments that fall under the rubric of these two terms. Indeed, that’s the very reason why they so insisted on the shift from calling it CAM to calling […]

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Clinical trials Medicine Politics

The “health freedom” legislative agenda for 2015 and beyond

Now that we’re solidly into 2015, it’s a good time to check in on what the legislative priorities are going to be among various advocates of quackery and “health freedom” (but I repeat myself). There’s a new Republican Congress, and a lot of chairmanships are going to be reshuffled, with various legislators finding themselves in […]

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Complementary and alternative medicine Homeopathy Quackery

Millennials and CAM use: Some depressing news

After having returned from TAM, I was pumped up by how much interest was shown in the case of Stanislaw Burzynski. More importantly, I was heartened to learn while I was there that the Texas Medical Board had submitted an amended complaint against him containing 202 pages worth of charges. Sure, the descriptions of the […]

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Complementary and alternative medicine Humor Medicine

Kudos to John Oliver for taking on Dr. Oz, America’s Quack

After Dr. Oz’s very bad week last week, it’s wonderful to see John Oliver take on Dr. Oz in a very long segment on his show Last Week Tonight With John Oliver: Hilarious.

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