Without evidence of benefit, an intervention should not be presumed to be beneficial or safe.

- Rogue Medic

Naturopaths are Trying to Be Licensed to Practice Scams in Pennsylvania

 

Pennsylvania House Bill 612[1] will allow for the licensing of magic with a scope of practice that would encourage and defend dangerous treatments.

Naturopaths prescribe a variety of treatments, from harmless to dangerous. One dangerous example is homeopathic vaccines.

Are you going to a country where malaria is endemic?

Naturopaths will sell you a vaccine made out of nothing and tell you that this will protect you from malaria.

At least there is some evidence that homeopatic malaria vaccines work. Right?
 


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As you can see, there is absolutely nothing.

PubMed even includes the journal Homeopathy, but even that journal does not have any papers on a vaccine for malaria.

Go to PubMed and try it yourself.

What about real medical prophylaxis for malaria?
 


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14,876 papers. That is slightly more than zero.

The graph on the right shows how many papers, that meet the search terms, by year of publication. This goes from a single paper published in 1900 to 780 malaria prophylaxis papers published in 2012.

What about homeopathy prophylaxis for malaria?

Three papers are listed. Two are critical of homeopathic prophylaxis for malaria[2],[3] and one seems to be there because all three of the words appear in a review of the Indian health system.[4]

Malaria kills about 660,000 people each year, mostly in children under five years of age,[5] so selling a fraudulent vaccine is something that should be aggressively punished.

There is a scene in The Third Man, where the charming villain is explaining to his friend why he doesn’t care that his diluted drugs kill people. Diluted drugs could be a definition of homeopathy.
 

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Victims? Don’t be melodramatic. Look down there. Tell me. Would you really feel any pity if one of those dots stopped moving forever? If I offered you twenty thousand pounds for every dot that stopped, would you really, old man, tell me to keep my money, or would you calculate how many dots you could afford to spare? Free of income tax, old man. Free of income tax – the only way you can save money nowadays.[6]

 

£20,000 would be worth over half a million pounds today, or about $800,000.

Recommending that anyone use a malaria vaccine is something that should be prosecuted as at least reckless endangerment, but too many people are worried about offending the superstitious. The alternative medicine industry has a lot of money to contribute to politicians.
 

We are not much better in EMS, since many of us believe in giving treatments that have no good evidence of safety or efficacy.
 

Licensing naturopaths suggests that they are safe and effective. That is not true.

We should stop lowering our standards and oppose this fraud.
 

There is an article at Science-Based Medicine that provides more detail on this move to use our tax dollars to pay for these superstitious practices.

Naturopathic organ repositioning coming soon to Pennsylvania?

Footnotes:

[1] House Bill 612
Pennsylvania Legislature Regular Session 2013-2014
Bill Information

These are the people to contact to oppose this attempt to further dumb down medicine.

Pennsylvania Professional Licensure Committee Members
Harhart, Julie, Chair”” jharhart@pahousegop.com
Readshaw, Harry, Chair” hreadsha@pahouse.net
Hickernell, David S.”” Dhickern@pahousegop.com
Brooks, Michele” ” mbrooks@pahousegop.com
Benninghoff, Kerry A. kbenning@pahousegop.com
Christiana, Jim” ” jchristi@pahousegop.com
Cutler, Bryan”” ” bcutler@pahousegop.com
Gillespie, Keith” ” kgillesp@pahousegop.com
Helm, Susan C.” ” shelm@pahousegop.com
Maher, John” ” ” jmaher@pahousegop.com
Mustio, Mark”” ” mmustio@pahousegop.com
O’Neill, Bernie” ” boneill@pahousegop.com
Sonney, Curtis G.” ” csonney@pahousegop.com

[2] Homoeopathy may not be effective in preventing malaria.
Delaunay P, Cua E, Lucas P, Marty P.
BMJ. 2000 Nov 18;321(7271):1288. No abstract available.
PMID: 11082104 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]

Free Full Text from PubMed Central.

[3] [False safety with homeopathic agents. Swedes became ill with malaria in spite of prophylaxis].
Carlsson T, Bergqvist L, Hellgren U.
Lakartidningen. 1995 Nov 22;92(47):4467-8. Swedish. No abstract available.
PMID: 7500719 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]

[4] Status of health in India and its future prospects.
Wasan RK.
Nurs J India. 1990 Aug;81(8):253-4.
PMID: 2267169 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]

[5] World Malaria Day
World Health Organization
Web page

[6] The Third Man
Quotes
IMDb.com
Web page

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Comments

  1. How about we start practicing homeopathic spinal immobilization. We show the patient the board, collar, and head locks.

  2. You people make me laugh with all of your ‘evidence based medicine’ preaching. So, what has the evidence shown us? We rank 37th by the WHO in overall health care among nations. Cuba was just under us. We are 11th among all first world nations and we consume more Big Pharma meds than any other nation. All medications that allopath has to offer has tons of side effects, some which include death. This is the best it has to offer?

    You can preach all you want about evidence based medicine. You can treat the studies and the tests all you want, but when you begin treating the patient instead, you might begin to understand who they are and why the evidence based medicine isn’t cutting it. By the way, many patients have had their health restored and come off of their pharma drugs when obeying the natural laws of health. So, you can keep beating your drum on this site, but you can’t cure any disease because you don’t understand what truly causes disease. Please stop harming patients with the toxic concoctions you serve.

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