House Health Committee and HB 4710

HB 4710: Licensing and expanding the scope of practice of acupuncturists in Michigan

Last week, HB 4710, a bill to license acupuncturists, was considered by the Michigan House of Representatives Health Policy Committee. If passed into law, HB 4710 would do far more than license the quackery that is acupuncture. It would also expand the scope of practice of acupuncturists to include homeopathy, "health coaching", and dietary advice, and is yet another example of what...

/ June 24, 2019

“Young blood” infusions: same old snake oil

There's no reliable evidence that an infusion of blood plasma from a young donor will benefit an older person, and there are risks, but Ambrosia Health is selling "young blood" infusions for thousands of dollars anyway. The FDA has taken notice.

/ June 20, 2019

Radioactive Energy Cards

Thailand officials warn of a radioactive snake-oil "energy card." It's worse than worthless – it's actively dangerous.

/ June 19, 2019

Can A One-Minute Cure Really Heal Virtually All Diseases?

The author of this book claims to have found a one-minute cure that will heal virtually all diseases. The claim is ludicrous, and is not supported by any evidence.

/ June 18, 2019

Dubious for-profit stem cell clinics: Co-opting ClinicalTrials.gov as a marketing tool

Over twenty years ago, cancer quack Stanislaw Burzynski pioneered the abuse of the clinical trial process as a marketing tool to sell his antineoplastons. Now, for-profit stem cell clinics are using ClinicalTrials.gov as a marketing tool for their unproven therapies by listing dubious and scientifically worthless trials in this government database. What can be done?

/ June 17, 2019

Belief in Homeopathy Results in the Death of a 7-Year-Old Italian Child

Yet another child has suffered and died because of belief in pseudomedical nonsense, this time when his parents chose homeopathy rather than appropriate medical evaluation.

/ June 14, 2019

Lactation cookies feed on breastfeeding anxieties

There’s little good evidence to say "lactation cookies" do anything at all. If you want cookies, eat cookies. Lactation cookies are an expensive scam.

/ June 13, 2019

Taking On the Wellness Industry

The wellness industry is just one more manifestation of quackery and pseudoscience in health.

/ June 12, 2019

Juice Plus+: Good Marketing, Not Good Science

Juice Plus+ is a multilevel marketing company selling fruits and vegetables that they have reduced to a powder and put into capsules. It's clever marketing using deceptive advertising. There is no scientific evidence that it benefits health.

/ June 11, 2019

Patients Blinded by Stem Cell Therapy: FDA (and consumers) win a legal victory!

The Food and Drug Administration just won a court case supporting the agency's ability to regulate stem cell clinics that rely on client-derived adipose tissues. This is a win for consumer protection, though too late to help those already harmed.

/ June 10, 2019