Quick Update

When I started this blog, my goal was to post at least every two weeks with quality content.  I’ve just come back from a major conference, followed by a few days off, where I tried to think about pharmacy as little as possible. Now I’m back, and have a hectic day job to keep me busy.  But regular posts will resume shortly. In the meantime, here are a few recent posts, articles, and news items that I’d like to draw your attention to:

Oprah:  Shame on you. Phil Plait takes on Oprah’s embrace of pseudoscience, quackery, and dubious practices like bioidentical hormones. He links to the recent Newsweek cover article. Dr. David Gorski, of the excellent sciencebasedmedicine.com blog, recently wrote about Oprah and her profile of dubious medicine in the Toronto Star.

Dr. Rahul K. Parikh blogs on bioidentical hormones, and comes to largely the same conclusion as I did.

Out of the Frying Pan and into the Fire? The Alternativization of Women’s Health. Dr. Chris MacDonald, an ethicist, takes a look at women’s health and alternative medicine. This article appears on the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons website, and is highly applicable to pharmacy practice.  His excellent blog may be found here.

Alternative medicine goes mainstream. The Associated Press turns a critical eye to non-science-based therapies like homeopathy, acupuncture, and reiki.

Homeopathy kills. Parents found guilty of manslaughter for treating their daughter’s eczema with homeopathy. A tragic story. The eczema was so severe, the child became septic from an eye infection and died. Eczema is completely treatable with real medicine. This is a heartbreaking and infuriating case, and aptly demonstrates the harm of quackery like homeopathy, and why it has zero place in pharmacy practice.

In Oregon, naturopaths can now prescribe a broader list of drugs. A FAIL for science-based medicine and good healthcare. If you didn’t already read this, check out Dr. Peter Lipson’s Naturopath Challenge, and the follow-up.

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) endorses acupuncture and chiropractic for low back pain, despite the lack of evidence supporting either. It’s been termed a “bait and switch” by David Colquhoun.

Vaccines & Autism: A Deadly Manufactroversy. Dr. Harriet Hall discusses the manufactured controversy about vaccines. Vaccines don’t cause autism. The science is unequivocal.

A total disaster for homeopathy. A fascinating story about the origins of homeopathy. Reinforces that homeopathic effects are placebo effects.

Now go read all these articles!

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