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Cancer Clinical trials Complementary and alternative medicine Medicine Naturopathy Quackery Science Skepticism/critical thinking

Old wine in a new skin: The Society for Integrative Oncology issues guidelines for breast cancer

It should come as a surprise to no one that I’m not exactly a fan of “integrative oncology”—or integrative medicine, or “complementary and alternative medicine” (CAM), or whatever its proponents want to call it these days. After all, I’ve spent nearly ten years writing this blog and nearly seven years running another blog dedicated to […]

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Autism Complementary and alternative medicine Medicine Quackery

Chiropractic “research” and autism

Leave it to my good buddy Mark Crislip over at the Society for Science-Based Medicine to have my back when I don’t have a lot of time for a detailed post. (Basically, I was being a good university and cancer center citizen last night, going out to dinner with a visiting professor, and I ended […]

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Complementary and alternative medicine Medicine Quackery

No, JAMA does not now recommend chiropractic care first for low back pain

Of all the alternative medical systems out there, chiropractic is one of the oddest. Unlike many of the others, it has a modicum of plausibility, at least for back problems due to musculoskeletal strains. After all, the science-based specialty of physical therapy uses spinal manipulation to treat back problems. Of course, the big difference between […]

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Antivaccine nonsense Complementary and alternative medicine Quackery

Chiropractic and antivax: Two quacky tastes that taste quacky together

Chiropractic is supposed to be the “respectable” face of “complementary and alternative medicine” (CAM). At least, that’s what chiropractors want you to think. After all, chiropractors are licensed in all 50 states and thus their specialty has the imprimatur of the state to make it appear legitimate. Unfortunately, chiropractors are, as I have said so […]

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Complementary and alternative medicine Humor Medicine Quackery

Bringing a whole new meaning to the term chiroquacktic

Well, I’m here at TAM. I had a great time last night meeting up with old friends, although, thanks to the time difference between Eastern time and Las Vegas, combined with my having to give a talk today, I was forced to retire at an early 11 AM (which, of course, felt to me like […]