Wednesday, January 18, 2017

The Pseudoscience "Terrible Shame" of the Cleveland Clinic

here, a doctor, the actual kind, comments on the Cleveland Clinic's typical integrative medicine junk:

001. at washingtonpost.com, pediatrician Daniel Summers reports in "Troubling Examples of ‘Pseudoscience’ at the Cleveland Clinic" (2017-01-11):

"the information the Cleveland Clinic puts out on its website and social media often has no sound basis, nor does the full range of services it offers meet the basic standard of medical practice: that treatments are consistent with the best scientific evidence [...] examples of pseudoscience can be found in the material it provides to the public and the therapies it promotes [...like] cupping [...and] 'energy medicine' [...] describing the manipulation of energy fields as a kind of treatment moves from evidence-based medicine into the realm of faith healing [...] knowing it promotes treatments that have no grounding in science, or that a patient could stumble upon a fearmongering article that makes baseless claims about the unspecified dangers of environmental toxins on its website, I can’t direct patients there in good faith. Considering its prominence as a renowned medical establishment, that’s a terrible shame"; 

hear, hear.  What the doctor fails to say, is 'I cannot ETHICALLY direct patients there in good faith, and actually am BARRED from doing so due to my ethical obligations'.
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