Critique of the NIH Consensus Conference on Acupuncture
March 23, 2005 by

On November 3-5, 1997, the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) held what it called a Consensus Conference on Acupuncture. The meeting was set up by Alan Trachtenberg, M.D., a former acting director of the Office of Alternative Medicine (OAM) and a strong advocate of acupuncture. The conference was co-sponsored by the Office of Medical …

Why the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) Should Be Defunded
December 10, 2002 by

It is time for Congress to defund the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM). After ten years of existence and over $200 million in expenditures, it has not proved effectiveness for any “alternative” method. It has added evidence of ineffectiveness of some methods that we knew did not work before NCCAM was formed. …

Response to WHCCAMP Chair James S. Gordon, MD Part 3
March 29, 2002 by

WHCCAMP Chair James S. Gordon, MD, is is upset that his 2-year pet project is under attack. On March 26, 2002, the Washington Post printed a letter in which he defended his irresponsible behavior. This letter is a response. To the Edutirs: Contrary to Dr. James Gordon’s protestations about testimony to and dissenting opinions from …

The Braid of the “Alternative Medicine” Movement
June 21, 2001 by

Reporters ask us, “What are the reasons for the popularity of ‘alternative medicine’ (“AM”,or “CAM” for “complementary and alternative medicine”)? Why now?” The question is challenging, the search for answers tantalizing, and the answers difficult to substantiate. Yet the temptation to answer is irresistible. As in a braid, no one factor can explain the whole …