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Cancer Complementary and alternative medicine Medicine Quackery

Integrative medicine does not “bring deeper meaning to personalized health care”

I’ve discussed the evolution of “integrative” medicine on many occasions. To make the long story discussed over many posts short, medicine based on prescientific and/or unscientific ideas was once, appropriately, referred to as quackery, and those practicing it, appropriately, as quacks or charlatans—or other derogatory terms. Then, beginning sometime around the 1960s and 1970s, such […]

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Cancer Complementary and alternative medicine Medicine Naturopathy Quackery

Patients, doctors embracing alternative medicine in battle against cancer? Not so much.

In the well over nine years that I’ve been blogging, there’s one tried and true, completely reliable topic to blog about, one that I can almost always find. I’m referring, of course, to the credulous news story about pseudoscience. The pseudoscience can be quackery, creationism, anthropogenic global warming denialist arguments, or whatever; inevitably, there will […]

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Cancer Complementary and alternative medicine Homeopathy Medicine Naturopathy Quackery

The kudzu that is “integrative oncology” continues to insinuate quackademic medicine into oncology

I hate to end the week on a bit of a downer, but sometimes I just have to. At least, it’s depressing to anyone who is a proponent of science-based cancer care as the strategy most likely to decrease the death rate from cancer and improve quality of life for cancer patients. Unfortunately, in enough […]