Critical Thinking in Medicine Eric S. Farbman, MD Scams Hoaxes Parkinson’s Disease: Bogus Treatments Eric S. Farbman, MD Quackery Hoaxes, Scams, Quackery Non-medical treatments without proven benefit Medical fraud Designed to enrich the promoter of the treatment more so than the patient
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Critical Thinking in Medicine
Eric S. Farbman, MD
Parkinson’s Disease:Bogus Treatments
Eric S. Farbman, MD
Which of these agents has a double-blind trial that supports its benefit in PD?
Percentage of Patients
TREAT RLS US1
TREAT RLS 12
TREAT RLS 23
“What are the principal functions of the spine?
To support the head
To support the ribs
To support the chiropractor.”
BJ Palmer, 1952,
Questions and Answers about Chiropractic
The medical definition of a subluxation is where the bony surfaces of a joint no longer face each other exactly but remain partially aligned. This condition would not be amenable to chiropractic.
“There is no alternative medicine. There is only scientifically proven, evidence-based medicine supported by solid data or unproven medicine, for which scientific evidence is lacking. Whether a therapeutic practice is "Eastern" or "Western," is unconventional or mainstream…is irrelevant.”
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