“Integrative medicine” advocates: Co-opting the opioid crisis to promote funding for acupuncture by Medicaid

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/

Legislative Alchemy 2017: 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/

Legislative Alchemy 2017: Chiropractic

Chiropractors are promoting themselves as primary care physicians. Some state legislatures are falling for it. Found at: https://sciencebasedmedicine.org/legislative-alchemy-2017-chiropractic/

Legislative Alchemy 2017: Naturopathy

Via the magic of Legislative Alchemy, naturopathic "doctors" gained state licensure and practice expansion, but also suffered major defeats, in 2017. Found at: https://sciencebasedmedicine.org/legislative-alchemy-2017-naturopathy/