Controversies about CAMs
This page includes links to CAM articles
(*) These are .pdf files, click on the name to download.
Funding and scientific research into CAM
In this section we will explore the state of publicly funded research on CAM.
- Since 2001, the NHRMC has provided almost $69 million for rigorous scientific research into complementary medicine and alternative interventions. It will be important to review the results of such research in the light of the already long history of similarly funded research in the US.
- The Fiscal Year (FY) 2011 budget for the NCCAM (US) includes $132,004,000, which is $3,213,000 more than the comparable FY 2010 appropriation of $128,791,000; Since their inception, NCCAM and its predecessor agencies have spent $1.6 billion.
- Studying complementary and alternative medicine; This is an important article which reviews and evaluates the results of these studies. It emerges that there is little evidence that the CAM interventions investigated have any significant effectiveness.
Myths about modern medicine
Overseas challenges to CAMs
Acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine (TCM)
There are over 50 reviews in the Cochrane library about acupuncture
- A conversation about alternative medicine;
- Acupuncture for menopausal hot flushes: This review found insufficient evidence to determine whether acupuncture is effective for controlling menopausal vasomotor symptoms. When compared acupuncture with sham acupuncture, there was no evidence of a significant difference in their effect on menopausal vasomotor symptoms.
- Getting to the point: The Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine (RLHIM), which offers alternative treatments from hypnosis to homeopathy, and which is part of the UK-based National Health Service (NHS), has been slammed by watchdogs for making bogus claims that acupuncture can cure a remarkable range of ills.
- Acupuncture is a theatrical placebo: the end of a myth: More research has been done on acupuncture than on any other form of alternative medicine, and some of it has been of quite high quality. The outcome of all this research is that acupuncture has no effects that are big enough to be of noticeable benefit to patients, and it is, in all probability, just a theatrical placebo.
- Acupuncture compared with placebo acupuncture in radiotherapy-induced nausea - a randomized controlled study.
- Stabbing Needles Into Children To Treat Asthma: Malpractice, Or Just A Very Bad Idea? (US): Prof Steven Salzberg discusses the abuse of children by using acupuncture as an intervention for asthma.
- An acupuncture meta-analysis; A meta-analysis of the Vickers et al has been effectively criticized by Steven Novella of the American Science-Based Medicine.
- Quackery and mumbo-jumbo in the US Military: Cupping, moxibustion, and battlefield acupuncture are endangering troups.
- A systematic review of acupuncture for irritable bowel syndrome included 17 methodologically sound randomised controlled trials. Researchers found no evidence of an improvement in symptom severity or quality of life with acupuncture relative to sham acupuncture for irritable bowel syndrome.
- Turf war over who can claim the title of acupuncturist;
- Acupuncture is nothing more than an elaborate placebo;
- Acupuncture for peripheral joint osteoarthritis;
- Acupuncturists angry at 'unfair' use of title;
- The Worst Quackery of 2011: Battlefield Acupuncture;
- Safety evaluation of commonly used herbal medicine during pregnancy in mice;
- 'Acupuncturist' title to be restricted;
- Acupuncture: does it alleviate pain and are there serious risks? A review of reviews(*);
- Acupuncture for smoking cessation;
- Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine for Women with Chronic Pelvic Pain;
- Does traditional Chinese medicine have a place in the health system?
- What alternative health practitioners might not tell you (TCM);
- Marcello Costa & Hubertus Jersmann: Chinese paradox; and
- Alarm bells sound on registration of Chinese medicine.
Applied Kinesiology (AK) and manual muscle testing (MMT)
- Vaccination and children:
Vitamins, herbal remedies and supplements