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Tue Dec 13, 2011, 06:53 PM

Federal Center (NCCAM) Pays Good Money For Suspect "Medicine"

Feds dole out millions of dollars for questionable studies on treatments ranging from energy healing to acupuncture

"Thanks to a $374,000 taxpayer-funded grant, we now know that inhaling lemon and lavender scents doesn't do a lot for our ability to heal a wound. With $666,000 in federal research money, scientists examined whether distant prayer could heal AIDS. It could not.

The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine also helped pay scientists to study whether squirting brewed coffee into someone's intestines can help treat pancreatic cancer (a $406,000 grant) and whether massage makes people with advanced cancer feel better ($1.25 million). The coffee enemas did not help. The massage did.

NCCAM also has invested in studies of various forms of energy healing, including one based on the ideas of a self-described "healer, clairvoyant and medicine woman" who says her children inspired her to learn to read auras. The cost for that was $104,000.

A small, little-known branch of the National Institutes of Health, NCCAM was launched a dozen years ago to study alternative treatments used by the public but not accepted by mainstream medicine. Since its birth, the center has spent $1.4 billion, most of it on research.



It's a long piece, so the excerpt is just the first four paragraphs. There was no good way to summarize it. Still, in an era where research dollars for health care science are scarce. This needs attention, IMO.

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Sat Dec 17, 2011, 12:57 PM

1. When Dietary Supplements Are Used As Medicines


Regulation and science are needed, badly.

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