Last week, I was interviewed by the a reporter from the Georgetown student newsletter about its integrative medicine program. It got me to thinking how delusion that one's work is science-based can lead to collaborations with New Age "quantum" mystics like Deepak Chopra. Read more here
Leave it to integrative medicine advocates. No sooner do I discuss how they are co-opting the opioid crisis as a “rationale” for integrating quackery into medicine for the treatment of chronic pain than they serve...
The opioid epidemic is a serious public health crisis in the U.S., and new tools and treatments to deal with chronic pain are urgently needed. Unfortunately, where public health officials see a crisis, advocates of "integrating" quackery with science-based medicine see an opportunity. In this case, promoters of pseudomedicine are taking advantage of the opioid crisis to persuade state Medicaid systems to pay for quackery like acupuncture. Found at: https://sciencebasedmedicine.org/integrative-medicine-advocates-coopting-opioid-crisis-promote-medicaid-funding-acupuncture/
Acupuncture is nothing more than a theatrical placebo. Yet acupuncturists, defined as primary care practitioners in some states, are succeeding in licensing and practice expansion efforts in state legislatures. Found at: https://sciencebasedmedicine.org/legislative-alchemy-2017-acupuncture/
To address a doctor shortage, Indian health minister JP Nadda is proposing licensing practitioners of ayurveda and homeopathy. This would be a terrible mistake. Found at: https://sciencebasedmedicine.org/indian-doctors-fight-against-quackery/