Welcome to Oregonians for Science-Based Medicine.
The purpose of this site is to track the legislative, insurance and health care infiltration of what we will refer to as pseudo-medicines, but are more commonly referred to as integrative, complementary or alternative medicine.
Pseudo-medicines represent a spectrum of interventions and belief systems. They include diet and exercise on one end, which is grounded in science, to therapies that, at their core, are not based in reality such as acupuncture, chiropractic and many of the treatments offered by naturopathy. It also includes many of the beleifs that drive the anti-vaccination movement.
It is a curiosity. Astrologers are not included in Astronomy departments, alchemists are not included in Chemistry departments and young-earthers are not included in Geology departments. Yet the equally fantastical reiki, homeopathy, acupuncture, etc and part of many major medical institutions. In January of 2014 I, along with others concerned with the growth of pseudo-medicines in the US started the Society for Science-Based Medicine. Its purpose is to be a central clearing house of education and information about Science-Based Medicine.
However, SfSBM is a passive site. People have to come to us for information and information is not sufficient to foster change or counter the spread of pseudo-medicine.
I realized that much of the spread of pseudo-medicine, legislatively and functionally, is at the local level. As Tip O'Neil said, all politics is local.
I am an Oregonian. So while SfSBM is the parent organization in this undertaking, Oregonians for Science-Based Medicine is by an Oregonian, for Oregonians.
Because Oregonians deserve Science-Based Health Care.
If you would like to join the cause, go to sfsbm.org.