pH Miracle author to face new trial

Posted 28 March 2016

Robert_O_YoungThe author of the popular “pH Miracle” book series, convicted last month on two counts of practicing medicine without a license, will be retried on six other charges, including theft by fraud, a prosecutor said Monday.

Robert O. Young already convicted of practicing medicine without license

The 64-year-old Young, whose books include the best-selling “The pH Miracle: Balance Your Diet, Reclaim Your Health,” espouses practices that he said can neutralize alkaline and acidity in the bloodstream.

During a two-month trial, Darvas argued that Young — who is not licensed as a medical or a naturopathic doctor — defrauded patients who came to his Valley Center ranch, the pH Miracle Living Center, for $2,000 a day treatments. She dubbed him “the Wizard of pHraud.”

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How charlatans bypass science to sell you duds

Posted 23 March 2016

Body of Evidence is a Canadian website founded by Dr. Christopher Labos and Jonathan Jarry, with the purpose:
“Through a podcast, a shared blog, and videos (and even appearances on the radio and in person), they explore what reproducible evidence has to say on important medical topics, and how scientific thinking shouldn’t be the sole purview of researchers. The bickering is just the cherry on top.”

In this video, titled How charlatans bypass science to sell you duds, they make the point that “Biomedical research has devised an amazing gauntlet to reduce the risk that an early research finding will turn out to be a dud. Of course, the charlatans simply bypass this system”.

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Evil Western Medicine

Posted 22 March 2016

A radio podcast available at The Thinking Atheist, introduces this recorded interview with Dr. Harriet Hall (the “SkepDoc“) of Science Based Medicine: https://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org, and Dr. Stephen Barrett of QuackWatch.com with:

It’s a topic we’ve addressed in various forms, but this is an entire show dedicated to medicine.  Science-based medicine.  Alternative medicine.  The names and claims of many so-called “natural” cures.  And the charge that medical science should be distrusted in favor of unlicensed “healers” who operate outside the checks and balances of regulatory agencies, and who – in so many cases – are making a pretty penny.

The Thinking Atheist Radio Podcast #263 (may require registration)

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thethinkingatheist/2016/03/15/evil-western-medicine

 

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Pharmacists selling CAM doesn’t wash

Posted 21 March 2016

We recently posted a peer-reviewed paper, Alternative Medicine and the Ethics Of Commerce, written by Scott Gavura and Professor Chris MacDonald and published in the journal Bioethics.

Jane McCredie highlights this article in the Medical Journal Australia of 21 March, 2016, with a title “Pharmacists selling CAM doesn’t wash”. She points out the principle of ‘informed consent’, that the buyer needs to fully understand what they are being sold, that is, the seller needs to give all the information for a fully informed decision to be made. She writes: “The informed consent principle implies ‘a general demand for honesty on the part of sellers, and a refusal to profit from the ignorance of consumers’, Gavura and MacDonald write.”
She writes: “So how does the CAM industry fare when measured against these principles of commercial ethics? It’s pretty much a total fail on the first
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Shape Platinum and 4S slimming pills

Posted 18 March 2016

S4_Slimming_PillsA reader has asked for an opinion on Shape Platinum and 4S Slimming Pills as advertised at www.4s-slimming.com. Regine van Aswegen is listed as the Sales Manager.

4S Slimming Pills claims to be: “100% Natural Fat Burning Ingredients” and effective as a slimming pill. The product claims: “4S is an all natural product with the best quality herbs used for maximum effect”.

It contains the following ingredients and abbreviated claims:

  • Garcina Cambogia (Brindell Berry)
  • Amylum
  • Cassia Seed Extract: “Removes the intensive heat from the liver while improving vision and moisturizing the intestines and easing the bowels.”
  • Lotus Leaf Extract: “Sensational newly found weight loss qualities of Lotus are widely used in the modern weight loss industry”.
  • Oriental Water Plantain: “This herb is sweet and tasteless in flavour, cold in nature. It acts on the kidney and urinary bladder channels. Being sweet and
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Alternative Medicine and the Ethics Of Commerce

Posted 16 March 2016

Scott Gavura, a pharmacist, publishes to his own website, Science-based Pharmacy. His articles, always thought provoking, are cross-posted to Science-based Medicine.

In this article, titled “The questionable ethics of selling complementary and alternative medicine”, he points out that like other critics, “I looked at CAM from a scientific evidence perspective, the one I was taught in pharmacy school, using the same approach I’d take when assessing a new drug. Did the evidence support the claims made about these products, or not? The answers, as you might expect, were often the same. There was little or no credible evidence to demonstrate CAM had any meaningful benefits”.

He and Professor Chris MacDonald of Ryerson University have now focused on the ethics of selling CAMS, now published in the journal Bioethics, a peer-reviewed paper on the same topic: “Alternative Medicine and the Ethics of Commerce.”Read the rest