Monthly Archives: June 2010

Ayurveda needs evidence-based research

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Article reads: The permeating take-away by a high-powered American delegation of top-notch American educators and researchers which returned from a study-tour of ayurveda in India, was the paucity of an evidence-based approach which is imperative if these ancient herbal remedies were to be incorporated in the US medical curricula.

Qigong and Tai Chi show benifits

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http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/193332.php

Article reads: An across-the-board review of the health effects of Qigong and Tai Chi finds these practices offer many physical and mental health advantages with benefits for the heart, immune system and overall quality of life.

Back pain responds to complementrary medicine

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Article reads: A recent study, “Perceived Benefit of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) for Back Pain” (Journal of the American Board of Family Medicien, May – June 2010, Vol. 23 No.3), found the majority of respondents receiving CAM for back pain reported great benefit from the various treatments. Overall, 60 percent of those surveyed who had at least one CAM therapy in the last 12 months found remarkable relief using the top six CAM modalities; chiropractic care, massage, yoga/tai chi/qi Cong, acupuncture, herbal therapies, and relaxation techniques – with chiropractic care the most popular choice.

Godless billboards

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http://www.wtoc.com/global/story.asp?s=12710842

Article reads: Half a dozen, so-called, “Godless Billboards” are popping up across North Carolina stirring up controversy. Drivers will be able to see the billboards for a four week period. The campaign is being organized by the North Carolina Secular Association, a coalition of “local secular, humanist, free thought and skeptical groups throughout North Carolina.” The project is costing them $15,000.

Negros Oritental goes organic, bans GMOs

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http://www.negroschronicle.com/?p=9503

Article reads: By am unanimous vote of the Provincial Board, Negros Oriental has declared itself GMO-free which is expected to accelerate the campaign to entice farmers to shift to organic farming as a necessary means to further protect bio-diversity.

Zimmerman to discuss healing science and religion

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Blurb reads: Zimmerman will discuss how the project is working to combat the misconception that religion and science need to be in conflict with one another, the release says.

The blurb does not say much, but my guess is that a radical fix is needed at the level of selfness, permitting the self-evidence of beauty and a deep spiritual significance.

 

Healthy eating a mental disorder

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http://www.naturalnews.com/029098_orthorexia_mental_disorder.html

Article reads: In its never-ending attempt to fabricate “mental disorders” out of every human activity, the psychiatric industry is now pushing the most ridiculous disease they’ve invented yet: Healthy eating disorder.

Another attack on complementary medicine

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http://www.genomeweb.com/blog/voodoo-works-really

Opinion reads: Steven Salzberg is just thrilled. The NIH announced three new Centers of Excellence in Research on Complementary and Alternative Medicine and the NCCAM acting director has asked for $121 million in funding. In response, he writes, “Great! I’m so excited to hear that NIH is pouring more money down this oh-so-promising black hole of negative results and poorly conducted studies!” Why, he wonders, can’t studies on alternative and complementary therapies be funded through regular NIH mechanisms — you know, the ones with standards.

Again, there is no disinterested science, and the interested science of Western medicine gave us care that few without insurance can afford. The efficacy of mind-body healing is demonstrated by the fact that the placebo effect is real, and by the fact that all science is interested.

Confusion over creationism in Northern Ireland

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Opinion reads: The proponents of creationism in this row have used the language of balance, free speech and human rights to defend their views. The Caleb Foundation has spoken of its “campaign for equality’, while a letter to the Belfast Telegraph stated that the public were being denied the right to hear the “Christian position”. But these calls for equal treatment of views miss the point. Science isn’t about “views”, it is about demonstrable fact.

Note that I am a vitalist, I am not a creationist. Nevertheless, there is no disinterested science, and belief in natural selection is also found with problems. Self-interested logic has been unable to make a distinction between the precondition of natural selection (which is a presumed randomness and an assumed fitness landscape) and with apparent teleology; and asserting a blind watchmaker demands a distinction. The distinction never comes within ontology, and when you look to evidence the situation becomes even more contrived as evolution is found more and more complicated.  This is not to say that belief in natural selection is unable to rationalize itself enough to fit belief to new evidence, but in each rationalization this belief finds itself unable to distinguish itself from an underlying teleology that supports natural causation. In other words, this problem never goes way until it is realized that life`s “struggle” for survival is a metaphysical projection that should in fact be pointed at in public schools. Seems like a tight argument to me!

California may legalize pot

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Article reads: It’s unclear what would happen if California did legalize marijuana. The ballot measure doesn’t legalize the substance completely throughout the state: it allows for counties to legalize on their own, creating what the ballot initiatives backers hope would mirror “wet” and “dry” counties elsewhere, in which alcohol is legal or illegal.
 
 
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P.S. I am not one of the pot heads!