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The Hottest Fashion Accessory of This Year’s World Series: the Magic Necklace

By Matt Brignall ecomii.com
October 30, 2011
File under: Homeopathy, Natural Health, Uncategorized

I’m a big baseball fan. Even though none of my teams are in the World Series this year, I’ve been tuned in as much as my busy work schedule has allowed. It’s hard not to notice that pretty much all the pitchers this year (and more than a few of the hitters) are wearing flashy cord-like necklaces.

Now, not being much of a fashion devotee, I just figured it was another trendy flourish. With the number of players sporting tatoos, piercings, and weird facial hair, the necklaces seemed like just another goofy thing. Until I came across this.

It turns out that the necklaces are being used as a performance-enhancing tool, and that the titanium ions are believed by some to aid recovery and prevent injury. This is almost certainly a fanciful claim. …read more of The Hottest Fashion Accessory of This Year’s World Series: the Magic Necklace here

 
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In Homeopathic Medicine, Is the Doctor the Treatment?

By Matt Brignall ecomii.com
March 14, 2011
File under: Homeopathy, Medical Care, Natural Health

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A recently published clinical trial raises a difficult question about a popular alternative medicine treatment modality. This study was designed to ask a critical question that has bothered researchers for some time – is the benefit that patients report with homeopathy due to the remedy treatment, the interaction with the doctor, or the placebo effect?

In this new study, a group of 56 rheumatoid arthritis patients went through one of five diagnosis and treatment paths: 1) no meeting with a doctor and a placebo pill, 2) no meeting with a doctor and a multiple remedy homeopathy pill, 3) full homeopathic workup plus a remedy chosen by the doctor, 4) full homeopathic workup plus a multiple remedy homeopathy pill, or 5) full homeopathic workup plus a placebo treatment. At the end of a roughly 6 month followup, the researchers collected objective and subjective symptom data on each patient in the study.

Overall, there were only minor differences seen in the most important measures of disease activity. There was some evidence, however, of statistically significant improvement by several of the measures used. …read more of In Homeopathic Medicine, Is the Doctor the Treatment? here

 
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