complementary medicine

August 24, 2018

Follow-up: Action on Erroneous JAMA Oncology “Complementary Medicine Kills” Article

The lousy and non-collegial editorial review process that allowed JAMA Oncology to publish the erroneous data-mining article from two Yale researchers that stimulated my recent Retraction Needed? JAMA Oncology’s Bum Science Suggests People Die Faster Using Complementary Medicine continues to make waves. Many of you were interested in the topic. Here are some brief updates.
August 23, 2018

Peter Fisher’s Shocking Death: USA Implications as Homeopathy Loses Perch in the UK

The scientific merits of homeopathy are hotly debated. Protagonists can lean toward other kinds of evidence to make their case for homeopathy’s value. One hears that the Queen of England’s physician is a homeopath. Another kind of value-by-association evidence, from the same part of the world, is offered to anchor this glamorous positioning: homeopathy is a covered service in the UK’s less expensive government-funded system.
August 15, 2018

An E-Dialogue with Yale Researchers Who Say “Complementary Medicine” Hastens Death

Multiple integrative oncologists question whether JAMA Oncology did the public a huge disservice in publishing the controversial data-mining, population-based research led by Skyler Johnson, MD  and James Yu, MD, MHS. The study concluded that use of complementary therapies leads to shorter life spans.  The New York Times was among the major media that posted the scare.
August 13, 2018

Retraction Needed? JAMA Oncology’s Bum Science Suggests People Die Faster Using Complementary Medicine

The media had a feeding frenzy when a data-mining report from Yale researchers published in JAMA Oncology suggested a causal relationship between use of “complementary medicine” and shortened life span among cancer patients. A New York Times subheading was representative: “People who used herbs, acupuncture and other complementary treatments tended to die earlier than those who didn’t.”