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Homeopathy: A Healthier Way To Treat Depression?

Homeopathy: A Healthier Way To Treat Depression? | CAMwatch | Scoop.it
The premise behind homeopathy is that symptoms of illness are not just something "wrong" with the person but are actually efforts of their bodymind to fight infection and/or to adapt to stress.
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"Depression lowers the spirits and drowns the eyes in sorrow, though tears aren't the only reason why depressed people sometimes can't see straight. Depression also caves in the chest, slumps the shoulders, and inhibits full breathing, usually forcing unhappy people to try to catch their breath by frequent sighing. It is sometimes said that depression brings you down to sighs (my apology to those readers who get depressed by bad puns)."

 

Yes, this is another of DUllman's fact-free rants on HuffPo. He knows nothing about depression, nor even about which treatment may or may not work, and in which cases. All he knows is that he believes in the One True God that is Homeopathy and his wallet.

 

In short, Dana Ullman is an unscrupulous huckster of quack nostrums. That HuffPo regularly permit him to rant and lie at great length on their pages says a lot about HuffPo.

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David Cameron Appoints Homeopathy Supporter As Science Minister

David Cameron Appoints Homeopathy Supporter As Science Minister | CAMwatch | Scoop.it
Greg Clark has said he wants the controversial practice to be more widely available on the NHS.
anarchic_teapot's insight:

Both Cameron and Clark are incompetents idiots who should not even be MPs, let alone in the fucking Cabinet.

 

VOTE, people. If you don't like the choices on the ballot paper, you have the right to run for election yourself.

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Chiropractor accused of rape had a history of misconduct with women - Minneapolis Star Tribune

Chiropractor accused of rape had a history of misconduct with women - Minneapolis Star Tribune | CAMwatch | Scoop.it
Minneapolis Star Tribune Chiropractor accused of rape had a history of misconduct with women Minneapolis Star Tribune A Little Canada chiropractor disciplined by the state chiropractic board for touching female clients inappropriately was allowed...
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There's not one can keep it in his trousers, it would seem, whether his customers want it or not.

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Controversial cancer treatment to begin today – Foster's Daily ...

Controversial cancer treatment to begin today – Foster's Daily ... | CAMwatch | Scoop.it
McKenzie Lowe's antineoplaston therapy treatment regimen will begin at the Quick Care Clinic and after a few days it will move to Hudson where McKenzie will be cared for by Registered Nurse Ariel Dye at McKenzie's home, ...
anarchic_teapot's insight:

This is the notorious bait-and-switch case, where a doctor foolish enough to sign up to administer dangerous and unproven "antineoplastons" to a dying child has found himself the bag man for that old fraud, Burzynski.

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Preacher's Illustrative Nuggets: Puncturing The False God of Acupuncture

Puncturing The False God of Acupuncture ….. #NewAge ……. #belief ……. #guru …… http://t.co/3QxfflYt2t
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Worth a read. Worth pointing acupuncture-loving friends & family too, as well.

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No, not for narcotics: Homeopathy shops raided - Business Standard

Homeopathy shops raided Business Standard Raids were conducted in homeopathy medecine shops jointly by the Drug and Excise officials in Ganjam district to crackdown on illegal sale of medicines with high alcoholic content, official sources said...
anarchic_teapot's insight:

Homeopathic remedies - not drugs, except for the alcohol content - as a cheap source for drowning your sorrows?

 

Really?

 

STOP THE PRESS! We've finally found a use for homeopathy!

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Teen's controversial cancer treatments raise concerns - Foster's Daily Democrat

Teen's controversial cancer treatments raise concerns - Foster's Daily Democrat | CAMwatch | Scoop.it
Teen's controversial cancer treatments raise concerns Foster's Daily Democrat But, after learning last month that Lowe's treatment is going to cost tens of thousands of dollars, Bennett is questioning his sponsorship of Lowe and the motivation of...
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What worries me is what changed his mind. The doc looked at the cost, not the evidence. After over 30 years, if it's still "experimental" it's a scam.

 

As for the guy who believes it was the original treatment that killed his daughter, not the cancer and not Burzynski's hypernatremia-inducing not-chemotherapy chemotherapy: some people will believe anything rather than admit they wasted large amounts of money on a charlatan.

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Sprayable Energy makes caffeine sprayable—but we couldn't find the energy - Ars Technica

Sprayable Energy makes caffeine sprayable—but we couldn't find the energy - Ars Technica | CAMwatch | Scoop.it
Ars Technica Sprayable Energy makes caffeine sprayable—but we couldn't find the energy Ars Technica Without going down too deep a rabbit hole, recall that homeopathy purports to be the study of "like cures like"—homeopaths hold that diseases or...
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Ye-e-s. I had a look a the Sprayable Energy webshite. THat stuff ain't cheap: $30 for two bottles. Moreover, the claims are all based on this 'patent pending' system that isn't even implemented.

 

In spite of what's written on the box, they claim it's not homeopathic, apparently. If that's the case, it's clearly a fiddle to get round more stringent legislation. However, this caught my eye:

 

"No Color, No Fragrance, No Calories, Sugar, Strange Ingredients or Awful Taste

Sprayable is clear, unscented and effective"

 

Er, caffeine has a bitter taste. That sounds more like homeopathy (aka water) to me.

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Police: Man leaves stool sample at chiropractor's office - Watershed post

Police: Man leaves stool sample at chiropractor's office - Watershed post | CAMwatch | Scoop.it
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Police: Man leaves stool sample at chiropractor's office
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The charge is "burglary," but according to state police, the only thing taken was a dump.
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This man should be given a medal, not the sort of treatment generally meted out to thieves. After all, he didn't take anything away, and I suspect they'd be hard put to prove he intended to.

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Former Chipley chiropractor charged in wife's murder - Holmes County Times Advertiser

Former Chipley chiropractor charged in wife's murder - Holmes County Times Advertiser | CAMwatch | Scoop.it
Holmes County Times Advertiser Former Chipley chiropractor charged in wife's murder Holmes County Times Advertiser The former Chipley chiropractor was also suspected of attempting to poison his third wife, Chipley resident Gloria Potts, to whom he...
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What is it with these US chiros? Is their training school - apart from being a hive of vitalistic fuckwittery - also a school for thieves and assassins?

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ASA Adjudication on Steve Scrutton Homeopathy - Advertising Standards Authority

RT @50shekels: .@stevescrutton is all about information, not efficacy, part of his resume:
http://t.co/dGnbdoKy3b
⎆@AdamReakes
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This is a link to the ASA adjudication on Steve Scrutton's appeal.

 

Basically, it's evidence, if 'twere needed, that Scrutton is an unscrupulous, lying bastard.

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The pseudoscience of homeopathy - Washington Post

The pseudoscience of homeopathy - Washington Post | CAMwatch | Scoop.it
The pseudoscience of homeopathy
Washington Post
The April 29 Health & Science article “Looking for alternative treatments? Look here,” on alternative medical therapies, included a seriously misleading comparison between homeopathy and vaccines.
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THE WP accepts firm correction from someone who actually knows what the fuck he's talking about.

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12/05/2014Homeopathy officially recognised in Belgium - Expatica Belguim

12/05/2014Homeopathy officially recognised in Belgium - Expatica Belguim | CAMwatch | Scoop.it
12/05/2014Homeopathy officially recognised in Belgium
Expatica Belguim
Homeopathy officially recognised in Belgium Homeopathy received a legal recognition on Monday, but at the same time stricter regulations have been imposed on the sector.
anarchic_teapot's insight:

A brief article. Note that "health mutual" is a mistranslation of "health insurance".

 

Combined with the previous scoop (Spain), I'm getting the distinct impression this is the result of intensive lobbying of MEPs by quacks.

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Teen's death puts focus on caffeine danger

Teen's death puts focus on caffeine danger | CAMwatch | Scoop.it
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A few weeks before their prom king's death, students at an Ohio high school had attended an assembly on narcotics that warned about the dangers of heroin and prescription painkillers.
anarchic_teapot's insight:

This is an extreme example of why the dietary supplement sector needs to be tightly controlled. Anything can be marketed as a supplement - especially in the USA, it would seem - and these products are often dangerous. Rarely as dangerous as pure caffeine, admittedly, but still dangerous.

 

It's a billion-dollar industry, uniting fringe therapy nutters, Big Pharma and Big Processed Facefillers. It needs to be combatted.

 

The FDA and other agencies like it, need to be given teeth and grow a serious pair.

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Reiki for Children - Sleep better tonight

Reiki for Children - Sleep better tonight | CAMwatch | Scoop.it
Did you know that Reiki treatments can help children with special needs? It is safe for children of all ages. This gentle and effective healing practice can bring about relaxation to promote calmne...
anarchic_teapot's insight:

Sit down, take a deep breath. I approve of this post. In it, the writer is promoting reiki for the right reason: as a relaxation technique.

 

There's  a lot of stuff that *is* debatable on the site, but I find it reassuring to see that at least one reiki practitioner recognises that real medicine exists,  and that other fringe therapists talk complete bollocks about it.

 

Reiki as a relaxation technique to help people sleep better? Yeah, why not.?

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Reiki Awakening

Reiki Awakening | CAMwatch | Scoop.it
Master Reiki Teacher Alice Langholt (Experiencing #Reiki connects you to your stress relief. I'm here to help! http://t.co/POPSY2cJhG)
anarchic_teapot's insight:

Alice Langholt has already written rude comments on my blog, so it's nice to see she's still propounding the same bullshit I took apart in that post more than a year ago.According to Alice, Reiki:

 

Relaxes your musclesPromotes natural self-healingStrengthens the immune systemRelieves painRelaxes and reduces stressTreats symptoms and causes of illnessBalances the energies in the bodyClears toxinsAdapts to the natural needs of the receiverEnhances personal awarenessReleases blocked and suppressed feelingsAssists meditation and positive thinkingEnergizes you and brings balance, well being and harmonyPromotes creativityHeals holisticallyCompliments all forms of treatments and therapies

 

And if you believe all that, I've got this genuine Eiffel tower to sell, going cheap. She's in the US, I believe, which is just as well for her, because in the UK there's a law against making positive affirmations on treating illness without evidence or medical qualifications.

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Acupuncture Can Spread Tuberculosis, Researchers Warn : DNews

Acupuncture Can Spread Tuberculosis, Researchers Warn : DNews | CAMwatch | Scoop.it
Dirty needles and other carelessness can spread serious diseases among acupuncture patients. (Acupuncture causes real effect on health...
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And that's just the start of it.

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Ian Carr: Peddling homeopathy | Medical Journal of Australia

Ian Carr: Peddling homeopathy | Medical Journal of Australia | CAMwatch | Scoop.it

IF you visit most Australian pharmacies these days you are likely to be confronted by a slough of highly suspect supplements and therapies.

From detoxing to fat burning to immune boosting, it appears that no claim is too outlandish to be chanced upon a credulous public. That our government regulators and pharmacy bodies have been sitting quietly on their hands over this is unfortunate and distressing.

Recently the NHMRC published a draft information paper of the evidence on homeopathy, finding that it cannot be proven to be more effective than placebo. Submissions on the review closed last week.

anarchic_teapot's insight:

This is something that has annoyed homeopaths intensely. They don't like governments coming out and saying clearly and unequivocally that their favourite quackery is pure, unadulterated quackery.

 

If efficacy could be measured in terms of the screeching fanaticism of its adepts, homeopathy would be the most powerful therapy in the world. Unfortunately for them, this Universe runs on science, not magic.

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Chiropractor arrested in connection with sexual assault - Chicago Tribune

Chiropractor arrested in connection with sexual assault - Chicago Tribune | CAMwatch | Scoop.it
NBC Chicago Chiropractor arrested in connection with sexual assault Chicago Tribune A Chicago chiropractor was arrested Thursday in connection with an alleged sexual assault that took place June 12 during a chiropractic treatment in Highland Park,...
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Do they ever keep it in their trousers? Another randy US chiro gets his collar felt by Plod.

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Eau Claire chiropractor accused of assault - Newsradio 620

Eau Claire chiropractor accused of assault - Newsradio 620 | CAMwatch | Scoop.it
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Eau Claire chiropractor accused of assault
Newsradio 620
(AP) -- An Eau Claire chiropractor is accused of sexually assaulting a female patient.
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They're all at it, it seems

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You can't cure stupid – not even with homeopathy - Irish Independent

You can't cure stupid – not even with homeopathy - Irish Independent | CAMwatch | Scoop.it
You can't cure stupid – not even with homeopathy
Irish Independent
I once spent an afternoon discussing angels with a person who believed she had a celestial lodger who looked out for her.
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This is hilarious. A good read.

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Asthmatic Children Breathe Easy With Chiropractor in Palmdale

Asthmatic Children Breathe Easy With Chiropractor in Palmdale | CAMwatch | Scoop.it
When it comes to asthmatic symptoms, could chiropractic therapy be a viable source of relief? A recent study looked at asthmatic alterations in a four-year-old child administered chiropractic care.
anarchic_teapot's insight:

"When it comes to asthmatic symptoms, could chiropractic therapy be a viable source of relief?"

 

No.

 

You're welcome. Now fuck off.

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Chiropractor accused of rape still allowed to practice - CBS News

Chiropractor accused of rape still allowed to practice - CBS News | CAMwatch | Scoop.it
Chiropractor accused of rape still allowed to practice CBS News MINNEAPOLIS - A Minnesota chiropractor accused of sexually assaulting a patient still has an active license to practice and is allowed to see patients during the investigation, reports...
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No comment. This is out of order.

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Victor Dominocielo: How to Fake Scientific Evidence - Noozhawk

Victor Dominocielo: How to Fake Scientific Evidence
Noozhawk
Magnet therapy? Ear candling?
anarchic_teapot's insight:

THIS IS REQUIRED READING.

 

Do it now.

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Chiropractor Sentenced For Fraud

Chiropractor Sentenced For Fraud | CAMwatch | Scoop.it
Pensacola Local News (Chiropractor Sentenced For Fraud http://t.co/UtX4K7aD1v)
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Yes, another one.

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