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Category Archives: Alternative Medicine
Posted: June 25, 2017 at 2:10 pm
I am a cuddly atheist... I am against creationism being taught in schools because there is empirical evidence that it is a silly notion... I am passionately concerned about the rise in pseudo-science; in beliefs in alternative medicine; in creationism. The idea that somehow it is based on logic, on rational arguments, but it's not. It doesn't stand up to empirical evidence.
In the same way in medicine, alternative medicines like homeopathy or new age therapies reiki healing a lot of people buy into it and it grates against my rationalist view of the world. There is no evidence for it. It is deceitful. It is insidious. I feel passionately about living in a society with a rationalist view of the world.
I will be vocal on issues where religion impacts on people's lives in a way that I don't agree with if, for instance, in faith schools some of the teaching of religion suggests the children might have homophobic views or views that are intolerant towards other belief systems...
I am totally against, for example, bishops in the House of Lords. Why should someone of a particular religious faith have some preferential treatment over anyone else? This notion that the Church of England is the official religion of the country is utterly outmoded now. Jim Al-Khalili
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So is buying bud actually a delight? It can be with Calimesa Alternative Care. Put aside the busy weekends where it goes right to voicemail, you get bummed for all of ten seconds & then sigh relief as your favorite budtenders call you back like you're VIP ready to take your order. The few times I'm torn between a selection the familiar voice on the phone who takes the time to greet you by name doesn't mind guiding you through product selection. There's no shady promises of "we'll be there in an hour," you get a realistic picture of the drivers schedule & where you fall. The person delivering is always polite, talkative, also remembers your name (so remember to tip! and generously!) & in my four or so years of ordering has never shorted me change or gotten my product wrong; I no longer open the bag, I've grown to trust this small community business. As for the bud? I've been coming back every week or two for four years so I'll let that speak the truth on that. My occasional adventures with edibles & concentrates have been on-par with what I've expected. My only feedback, perhaps create a loyalty program, there's a dozen of you & a million of us, keep your customers coming back with extra incentive not to explore new shops for those tempting new patient gifts. But hey, change nothing & I'll keep coming back, just keep the bud sticky - we don't need that crusty Colorado warehouse bud running rampant on our streets!
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Posted: June 24, 2017 at 2:16 pm
A lot of talk about alternative medicine invovles taking legitimate medical terms and infusing them with dubious new definitions to sell some often sketchy products. The incorrect use of pseudoscientificlanguage lends credibility to concepts that aren't actually accepted by the medical community, turning people away from scientifically proven medical treatment. It also makes its practitioners a lot of money.
Here are some of the terms that are most commonly used and misused by alternative medicine gurus, natural products websites, dubious doctors, holistic healers, and all those purporting to treat illnesses with things other than science.
Perhaps no word is more misused by the alternative medicine industry than "toxin."
In the scientific sense, a toxin is a poisonous substancethat can have either a negative or positive effect on tissue, depending on dosage and chemical makeup. Scorpion venom, snake venom, andBotulinum toxin are all examples of naturally occurring compounds thatare extremely poisonous, but also have proven uses in science and medicine.
However, "toxins" in the alternative sense are defined only as bad substances that get into your body and cause a variety of maladies.
The popular site "Mind Body Green" claims that being "surrounded by too many toxins" causes fatigue, weight gain, muscle aches, and constipation. David Wolfe, an alternative medicine guru known for his prolific Facebook memes, lists "signs that you need to flush toxins" as lethargy, skin problems, headaches, and feeling hot. Toxins are also blamed for everything from belly fat to autoimmune diseases.
At no point do these types ever attempt to define thechemical makeup of a toxin, the mechanisms by which they work, or how we can be surrounded by toxins in our air, food and water without being dead. Toxins are simply bad, and you need to get rid of them. Which brings us to...
Alternative medicine retailers sell countlesscleanses and detox diets meant to flush you of the toxins that have built up in your body.
Colon cleanse detoxes are among the most popular, but you can do a cleanse for the liver, kidneys, lymph nodes, or anything else. You can go on a cleansing diet, or do a"salt water flush" or a "dual action cleanse" using anything from juices and teas to powders and pills to over thecounter laxatives to bentonite clay to coffee enemas. You can get toxins pulled out of your feet, skin, or mouth, and you can sweatthem out or freeze them.And you can do it at a clinic, or at home.
The benefits ofcleansing are said to be truly miraculous. The "Global Healing Center" claims cleansing will improve digestion, increase your energy, burn off pounds, promote general health, and above all, purge you of the toxins that can only be removed by cleansing.
What cleansing proponents don't talk anywhere near as much about are the risks of cleansing. The vast majority of cleanses simply speed up and increase waste elimination, whichcan cause dehydration, cramps, and lightheadedness. And more invasive forms, such as enemas, can have severecomplications, including "perforating the bowel, serious infections, electrolyte imbalances, kidney problems and heart failure."
Beyond that, the efficacy of cleansing has never been proven, and many cleanse products are known to be fraudulent. Of course, your body already has an all naturalway to cleanse: going to the bathroom. And while detoxing is an actual medical term, it's only done for people with heavy metal poisoning (though detox products are also sold for that) and coming down from a drug addiction.
Given the glut of toxins in our environment, it's only natural that we should want to boost our immune systems in order to stave off disease.
The alternative medicine sphere is filled with immune-boosting foods, supplements, vitamins, and drinks. But do they do anything? And more importantly: do you want them to?
While charging up the immune system to fight illness sounds plausible, science writer Brian Dunning has a better analogy for how it should work: a teeter-totter. "If your immune system is compromised or otherwise weakened, one side of the teeter totter sags, and your body becomes more easily susceptible to infection," Dunning writes. "Conversely, if your immune system is overactive, the other side of the teeter totter sags, and the immune system attacks your own healthy tissues."
The result of an overactive immune system is not health but auto-immune disease. Fortunately, most commonly available immune system boosting products aren't powerful enough to do anything other than deliver an easily excreted megadose of vitamins.
Generally, experts agree that the best way to keep your immune system running smoothly is to lead a healthy lifestyle, get enough sleep, eat well, and not smoke.
From a scientific standpoint, energy is defined by Dictionary.com as "power derived from the utilization of physical or chemical resources, especially to provide light and heat or to work machines." There are various ways to measure the transfer of energy from one body to another, and it can be consumedas food by living things, liquid fuel by machines, or in nuclear fusion by stars.
However, in alternative medicine,energy is not a measurable unit of work, but an immeasurable field of life force. It goes by a variety of names, including Reiki, therapeutic touch, prana, Qigong, orgone, healing touch, quantum healingand so on. Each one of these is slightly different, but operates on the same principles: that a skilled healer can use their life energy to heal sickness in others, either directly or indirectly.
Unlike many misused medical terms like cleansing and toxins, manyof theconcept related to energy medicine have been studied in clinical trials. But because "life energy" is impossible to detect, it's difficult to design proper studies that can be double blinded and controlled. As one paper puts it, "testing implausible treatments in clinical trials is wasteful and perhaps even detrimental."
A positive attitude opens you to the flow of life. It defines the energy you send out and shapes your circumstances.
A few studies have shown at least some effect from touch therapy in reducing low-grade pain. This fits with already established research on the power of touch to increase mental and physical health. If some forms of energy healing do work, it's because touch has a powerful effect on human physiology, not because of invisible energy fields and esoteric concepts.
Knowing that many of the uses of the terms are related to selling fraudulent products or unprovable concepts, it becomes easier to spot them when they're misused, and to appreciate them when they're used correctly.
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Timothy Caulfield is a Canada Research Chair in health law and policy at the University of Alberta, a Trudeau Fellow and author of Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything?: When Celebrity Culture And Science Clash (Penguin, 2015).
There is growing concern about vaccination rates in Canada. While most Canadians support vaccination, recent research has found that nearly 30 per cent of the population has concerns about the link between vaccines and autism. In some parts of the country, the vaccination rates have fallen below the level needed to achieve herd immunity.
The reasons for less-than-ideal vaccination rates are complex and multifactorial, but the continued spread of anti-vaccination myths and misinformation is clearly contributing to the dilemma. Indeed, some of the recent disease outbreaks such as the recent spread of measles in Minnesota can be traced to the push of misleading anti-vaccination rhetoric.
Unfortunately, much of this science-free vaccination noise comes from health-care practitioners, especially those in the complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) community. Not every complementary and alternative practitioner pushes an anti-vaccine perspective. But, lets face it, many do. This must stop.
Working with my colleagues, Sandro Marcon and Blake Murdoch, we examined more than 300 websites for naturopaths and naturopathic clinics in Alberta and British Columbia. In this study, which was recently published in the Journal of Law and the Biosciences, we identified 53 websites that had vaccination-hesitant language and/or suggested a vaccination alternative. In other words, a significant number of naturopaths that is, members of a provincially regulated health profession are explicitly and publicly spreading nonsense about vaccination. And this ignoble list doesnt include the clinics (and there are many) that make baseless claims about how to naturally boost your immune system.
Some of the clinics offer warnings about how vaccines contain mercury and/or reference the frequently debunked myth that vaccines are linked to autism. Many websites provide specific recommendations regarding alternatives to vaccination. For example, one clinic suggests that as an alternative to the flu shot, you can choose a homeopathic prophylactic injection instead and another claims that homeopathy flu injections are a safe and effective alternative to the regular flu shot.
These assertions are, of course, misleading, harmful and completely unfounded.
Given our findings, it is no surprise there is a pretty clear inverse relationship between the use of CAM services and vaccination uptake. And research has found that use of a naturopathic care in particular should be considered a sign of risk for vaccination hesitancy.
Perhaps more important, these deceptive perspectives on vaccination are available to anyone searching for information on vaccination. As a result, they may facilitate the spread of misinformation to the public more broadly. A 2016 study on the causes of vaccination hesitancy in Canada found that the spread of false information about vaccination online and in social media was perceived to be the most important cause of vaccine hesitancy by participants.
So, this matters. Yes, other health-care professionals are guilty of spreading vaccine myths. Indeed, the notorious Andrew Wakefield trained as a physician. And changing minds about vaccination is not easy. Still, the spread of misinformation can hardly be viewed as a benign or constructive trend.
What can be done? We argue that federal regulators need to be more aggressive in their application of truth in advertising standards. Health Canada could also do more to shut down the marketing of completely bogus products, such as homeopathic vaccines. In 2015, the federal regulators changed the rules to require all homeopathic vaccines (often called nosodes) to have a warning that states not vaccines or alternatives to vaccines. The clinics in our study are either not following this rule or the information on their websites conflict with the labelling on their products.
In the provinces where naturopaths have been granted self-regulation a move that I view as a legitimizing mistake the colleges should force their members to stop spreading vaccination myths. But despite the ubiquity of the inaccurate representations, we are not aware of a case of regulatory action in relation to vaccination misrepresentations. On the contrary, the British Columbia Naturopathic Association has published a position paper on vaccination that supports a vaccine-hesitant approach. For example, the paper highlights a number of scientifically inaccurate vaccination risks, such as the presence of potentially toxic preservatives such as thimerosal and the unnatural route of entry of most vaccines.
If naturopaths fail to regulate themselves which seems the likely outcome then provincial governments should revisit how these kinds of alternative practitioners are regulated, including considering increased regulatory restrictions and third-party oversight to ensure adherence to science-based standards of practice.
Naturopaths are increasingly claiming that they are part of an evidence-informed profession. Prove it.
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Posted: June 22, 2017 at 5:12 am
Alternative medicine practitioner charged with sexual assault in Burlington
BURLINGTON Halton police have charged a 42-year-old alternative medicine practitioner with sexually assaulting a patient. Police were contacted in May following an alleged sexual assault at an unnamed Burlington clinic. The alleged victim is an ...
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Mind, body, spirit: Nurse opens holistic health store to promote overall wellness – Muscatine Journal
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MUSCATINE Working as a registered nurse, Muscatine resident Michelle Servadio learned how the mind, body and spirit are all connected when it comes to wellness.
Despite mostly helping patients with Western medicine, Servadio said a lot of nurses believe in a holistic approach to health.
"A lot of medicines actually started out from plants, like aspirin came from the willow tree," Servadio said. "The pharmaceutical industry synthesizes it and turns it into the pills we have today, but many of them were derived from something already in nature."
Servadio is still a registered nurse today but decided to stop practicing and focus more on alternative and plant-based healing methods. She opened a new holistic health store in Muscatine just for that purpose, called Limitless RN Apothecary.
"It's something I've wanted to do for about 10 years, have a business I believe in that's focused on treating the underlying cause and getting the body in alignment," she said.
Servadio said most Western medicine is reactive and taken after patients experience symptoms or become ill. She believes it is most important to take a preventative approach to health, by eating whole foods and living a lifestyle that could help ward off future diseases.
Her new store, Limitless RN, which will officially open July 1, will offer culinary and herb gardens, essential oils, aromatherapy and other healing products.
"There's a great need for it here in the area," Servadio said. "We basically only have the farmers market where people buy plants and try to get things from nature."
She said there are few options for Muscatine residents hoping to receive alternative medicine, such as Prairie Jewel Acupuncture, which focuses on Eastern healing practices.
Servadio hopes local residents are starting to gain more interest in holistic health, and her main goal is making healthy lifestyle changes as easy to implement as possible.
Servadio's main product she will sell are potted gardens, each with its own theme, including multiple plants to be used for teas, meals or aromatherapy.
She hand-picks each plant and organizes them in a recycled planter, making sure the plants will have enough room to grow.
One of Servadio's favorite creations is a citrus tea garden, including orange mint, lemongrass, peppermint and other tea leaves. She said the leaves can be used to make a tea, be added to a bath or placed under a pillow for a restful sleep.
She also creates culinary gardens, such as one including all the herbs you need for a flavorful Thanksgiving meal or one with all the herbs needed to spice up a French dinner.
"I think people usually grab the plastic bottle and sprinkle dried herbs on their food," she said. "But there's real benefit to taking something fresh. It's better for your family and your health and will encourage you to eat healthier food rather than processed food."
Servadio said she has personally seen the benefits of eating a plant-based diet. After suffering from stomach issues, she switched her diet two years ago and lost about 70 pounds.
"It also made me be more active," Servadio said. "And it's very therapeutic, taking care of the mind, body and spirit. It's really an act of self care and leads to taking better care of yourself and family."
Limitless RN also will sell photographs taken by Muscatine Community College instructor Jim Elias and jewelry made by Servadio's daughter, Alyssa. Servadio hopes to hold holistic health classes in the store as well.
Servadio said Limitless RN Apothecary is now open with limited hours. It will officially open July 1 and have hours Tuesday through Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Limitless RN Apothecary is at 209 W. 2nd St. For more information, call 563-506-8714 or visit limitlessrn.com.
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Members of a West Toledo church that describes itself as an alternative medicine and naturopathic healing center demonstrated outside the Lucas County Courthouse on Wednesday in support of the person they call their head medicine woman.
Charmaine Rose Bassett, 56, is being held in the Lucas County jail on felony charges of aggravated possession of drugs, aggravated trafficking in drugs, and trafficking in marijuana.
Bassett, who founded Anyana-Kai, a member of the Oklevueha Native American Church, at 3344 Secor Rd., was indicted Jan. 26 by a Lucas County grand jury after Toledo police raided the church last July 28 and seized marijuana and illegal mushrooms. The indictment alleges she sold the marijuana and mushrooms to members who paid a fee to join the church. Supporters say the search, Bassetts arrest, and her detention all are illegal based on what they referred to as constitutional law.
Bassett has so far declined to cooperate with the court process, prompting Common Pleas Judge Michael Goulding to order that she undergo a competency evaluation at the Court Diagnostic and Treatment Center.
Judge Goulding also ordered that Bassett be held in the county jail after she left the county and failed to appear for a court hearing in March. She was arrested in Canton on June 7 and booked the same day at the Lucas County jail.
Church member Tanya Walker said Bassett and Anyana-Kai do amazing work for people suffering from illnesses who have not been helped by traditional medicine. Bassett uses earth-based sacraments, including cannabis and psilocybin mushrooms, she said.
Her knowledge is vast, Ms. Walker said. She is the most giving person Ive ever met, and to us its a crime shes in there when there are dangerous people out here.
A hearing in Bassetts case is set for July 7.
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Posted: June 21, 2017 at 4:13 am
The June 16 Politics & the Nation article Risky Lyme treatments on the rise read like another hit on alternative medicine by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It had all the key words favored by the CDC: risky, dangerous, expensive, unorthodox and its standard phrases, according to a new report, Officials ... are alarmed. Then there was the CDCs gold-standard complaint: unproven treatments. Well, not to put too fine a point on it, but proof is reserved for mathematics and logic.
The article said, Many of the treatments ... have no evidence of effectiveness. Thats better. Talk about evidence rather than proof. But it didnt list all of the many treatments with no evidence of effectiveness. Obviously, the clinicians using unorthodox therapies would not be able to stay in business if they were not getting positive results from some of the treatments. The article mentioned a few anecdotal accounts of doom but didnt provide information about other factors that could have played a role in the unfortunate outcomes. Nor did it cite any cases in which people were cured or their health improved by the unorthodox therapies.
And since when did garlic supplements become dangerous and expensive?
William Cates, Charlottesville
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Halton police have charged a 42-year-old alternative medicine practitioner with sexually assaulting a patient.
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