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/
Right-to-try laws are a cruel sham that claim to help terminally ill patients by providing them with earlier access to experimental therapeutics, even though they do very little in this regard. Promoted primarily by the libertarian think tank the Goldwater Institute, in reality they are a strategy to weaken the FDA's regulatory power to assure that marketed drugs are safe and effective. Now, a final push is on, with the help of the Koch brothers, to pass right-to-try. For the sake of patients, this push must fail. Found at: https://sciencebasedmedicine.org/the-final-push-to-pass-a-federal-version-of-the-cruel-sham-of-right-to-try-is-under-way/
Marijuana is widely touted as an effective medicine for an array of conditions. But what does the evidence actually tell us? Found at: https://sciencebasedmedicine.org/medical-marijuana-where-is-the-evidence/
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/
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/