Friday, February 26, 2010

Patient Rights Coalition

Somebody dropped off a pamphlet that looked liked a copy of this webpage in the lunch room at work yesterday.

Apparently someone feels that acupuncture actually has some utility and wants it to be covered by provincial health insurance in Ontario.

From the web page:
Acupuncture is one of the best professions for improving health.

Qualified meridian-based acupuncture (commonly referred to as TCM-based acupuncture) can cure over 50% of the ailments or diseases that cannot be cured or controlled from a Western medical viewpoint. It is the best health care profession to prevent or treat early stage cancers, colitis, Crohn’s disease, depression, diabetes (Type I and Type II), IBS, infertility, Lyme disease, lymphoma, Meniere’s disease, migraines, multiple sclerosis, osteoporosis, Rheumatoid arthritis, skin lupus, etc. Age-related conditions such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease can even be helped.

I can't help but want to adjust this a little, based on my frequent visits to wikipedia:
It is the best health care profession to prevent or treat early stage cancers[citation needed], colitis[citation needed], Crohn’s disease[citation needed], depression[citation needed], diabetes (Type I and Type II)[citation needed], IBS[citation needed], infertility[citation needed], Lyme disease[citation needed], lymphoma[citation needed], Meniere’s disease[citation needed], migraines[citation needed], multiple sclerosis[citation needed], osteoporosis[citation needed], Rheumatoid arthritis[citation needed], skin lupus[citation needed], etc.

But that's just me and I'm very cynical.

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Happy News: Homeopathy Doesn't Work

Surprise, surprise.

The U.K. House of Commons has figured it out.
77. There has been enough testing of homeopathy and plenty of evidence showing that it is not efficacious. Competition for research funding is fierce and we cannot see how further research on the efficacy of homeopathy is justified in the face of competing priorities.

Thank you and good night.

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