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A Letter To Dr. Josephine Briggs About Her Support Of Naturopathy

Josephine P. Briggs, M.D.

Director, National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Dear Dr. Briggs,

As you know, we’ve met twice. The first time was at the Yale “Integrative Medicine” Symposium in March. The second was in April, when Drs. Novella, Gorski and I met with you for an hour at the NCCAM in Bethesda. At the time I concluded that you favor science-based medicine, although you are in the awkward position of having to appear ‘open-minded’ about nonsense.

More about that below, but first let me address the principal reason for this letter: it is disturbing that you will shortly appear at the 25th Anniversary Convention of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP). It is disturbing for two reasons. First, it suggests that you know little about the tenets and methods of the group that you’ll be addressing. Second, your presence will be interpreted as an endorsement of those methods and of that group—whether or not that is your intention. Read more »

*This blog post was originally published at Science-Based Medicine*

Wear “Goodnighties,” Get Better Sleep?

Few medical products tickle our imagination as much as this one. We present for your consideration “Goodnighties” made from patented Ionx fabric.


All About Ionx®
Some have called it a ‘miracle,’ but the benefits of Goodnighties® is really the result of nature meeting science in a process called ionization. Ionization under the patented brand name ‘Ionx’ is the process that saturates the fabric with negative ions –- more than 20 times found in nature.

Wearing Goodnighties with Ionx close to the body has been proven to increase blood flow thus reducing inflammation, improving muscle function, speeding recovery and reducing muscle aches and pains.

For years ionized fabric has been used by the medical community, professional athletes, Olympic teams, the military and astronauts because of these amazing benefits. Even race horses have enjoyed the restorative properties of negative ions in fabric used for blankets and leg wraps.

Goodnighties is the first and only sleepwear with Ionx. While wearing Goodnighties you will experience the benefits of balanced ions while you sleep so you’ll wake up rested, restored and rejuvenated. Read more »

*This blog post was originally published at Medgadget*

The Lack Of Evidence Behind Retinoids For Anti-Aging

Many over-the-counter (OTC) cosmetic products contain retinoids and are promoted (advertised) as anti-aging products.

An article in the February 2010 issue of the Aesthetic Surgery Journal is a review of the evidence behind retinoids in cosmeceutical products. It turns out there isn’t much. Read more »

*This blog post was originally published at Suture for a Living*

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