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Cancer Complementary and alternative medicine Integrative medicine Quackery

Belief in alternative cancer cures: We have a lot of work to do to combat quackery

Earlier this week, a new survey from the American Society of Clinical Oncology showed that belief in alternative cancer cures is common, with roughly four out of ten Americans believing that “natural” alternative treatments alone can cure cancer, without any conventional oncologic therapies, like chemotherapy, surgery, and radiation therapy. This survey points to just how ingrained misinformation about cancer is in our society and how much work advocates of science-based oncology have ahead of them to combat it.

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Cancer Complementary and alternative medicine Integrative medicine Medicine Quackery

Surprise! Surprise! JACM publishes a whole issue devoted to “integrative oncology” propaganda

Last week, The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine (JACM) published a Special Focus Issue on “integrative oncology.” In reality, it’s propaganda that promotes pseudoscience and the “integration” of quackery into oncology.

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Clinical trials Complementary and alternative medicine Integrative medicine Medicine Science Skepticism/critical thinking

Patient satisfaction ≠ quality, round ∞

From the viewpoint of hospital administration, patient satisfaction is increasingly the be-all and end-all of how doctors are evaluated, and it is assumed that patient satisfaction is highly correlated with quality of care. Unfortunately, patient satisfaction ≠ quality. A new study shows this very phenomenon in an outpatient setting.

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Bad science Complementary and alternative medicine Integrative medicine Medicine Quackery Skepticism/critical thinking

The World Health Organization: Embracing traditional Chinese medicine pseudoscience in ICD-11

ICD-10 is a standardized system of alphanumeric codes for diagnoses maintained by the World Health Organization used throughout the world for billing, epidemiology, research, and cataloging causes of death. Its successor, ICD-11, is now complete and set to be formally adopted by WHO. Unfortunately, thanks to the influence of ideologues and the Chinese government, ICD-11 appears to be taking the “integration” of traditional medicine to a whole new level by integrating quack diagnoses with real diagnoses.

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Cancer Complementary and alternative medicine Computers and social media Integrative medicine Naturopathy Quackery

How online crowdfunding supports cancer quacks

Patients with cancer frequently use online crowdfunding to pay for trips to quack clinics. The Good Thinking has undertaken an investigation that is the first to suggest the extent of the problem. The question is: What to do about it?