How Alternative Medicine is Endangering Academia

Featuring: David H. Gorski · At: CSICon 2017 · Topic(s): , ,

Alternative medicines like acupuncture, reiki, naturopathy, and homeopathy, once considered quackery, now pose a threat to academia as alternative medicine has been debunked as an ineffective form of treatment.

The National Institutes of Health’s National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health fund dubious studies and unconventional medical practices, like alternative medicine and complementary medicine that cost billions. These practices can end up costing lives. Alternative medicine and complementary medicine are debunked forms of pseudoscience with no backing in science. Join David Gorski as he goes into how did this happen, how extensive is the problem, and what we can do to fight against it.

David H. Gorski, MD, is a surgical oncologist at the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute specializing in breast cancer surgery where he also serves as the Medical Director of the Alexander J. Walt Comprehensive Breast Center, Professor of Surgery and Oncology at the Wayne State University School of Medicine, and faculty of the Graduate Program in Cancer Biology. As an investigator, his primary research interests include the role of glutamate receptors in promoting the growth and metastasis of breast cancer. He has recently taken an active interest in the problems of breast cancer overdiagnosis and overtreatment. This talk took place at CSICon in Las Vegas, on Friday, October 27th, 2017.

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