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A glass half empty guy sees it’s really mostly full

A glass half empty guy sees it’s really mostly full

I just gave alittle talk at the Certified Clinical Nutritionist Conference in Jacksonville, Florida. Up until  the last few years, I had been attending their annual conferences for the better part of twenty years, usually giving a talk about what’s going on in the CAM field (complementary and alternative medicine, now called integrative medicine). As I look back at all those speeches, and others I have given to other CAM groups, it struck me that most of the content of…

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My Doom and Gloom at IAACN Jacksonville

My Doom and Gloom at IAACN Jacksonville

rajccn2016 it’s just the power point, so it might not be as depressing/scary as the talk.  

Then again, maybe the glass is still less than half full, and water might start leaking out

Then again, maybe the glass is still less than half full, and water might start leaking out

  Well I tried to transform myself into a half-full kind of a guy by talking about how much access we have to dietary supplements here in the U.S. compared to the rest of the world. But my new found optimism was short-lived: The FDA just released its revised draft guidelines on New Dietary Ingredients which will have a profoundly negative effect on access to supplements, and not necessarily just new dietary supplements, as my friends at the Alliance for…

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Is it time to get real about SB 277 and where the real battle will be?

Is it time to get real about SB 277 and where the real battle will be?

Based on the transcript of the oral argument/hearing on the preliminary injunction motion in the federal challenge to California SB 277 (the removal of the personal belief exemption), it seems pretty clear that the judge is going to follow the law, and that’s bad news for the vaccine concerned. The judge was polite to the plaintiffs’ counsel and acknowledged the deep and heartfelt beliefs of all those who support the legal challenge, but he is going to deny the motion,…

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THE “RIGHT TO ASSOCIATE” STOPS ALL INVESTIGATIONS AND PROSECUTIONS!

THE “RIGHT TO ASSOCIATE” STOPS ALL INVESTIGATIONS AND PROSECUTIONS!

(I’m just kidding, but the proponents selling this stuff aren’t) In the last 30 years, I have heard all manner of crazy legal ideas propounded by nonlawyer “legal experts” which supposedly immunize or protect licensed and/or unlicensed health care practitioners from government oversight, investigations and prosecutions. Most of the ideas are based on the one of the first 10 constitutional amendments (12, if you’re Donald Trump). For example, take the Ninth Amendment, which provides that “The enumeration in the Constitution,…

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Shocker! SB 277 Preliminary Injunction Motion Denied

Shocker! SB 277 Preliminary Injunction Motion Denied

In an 18 page decision, Judge Sabraw denied the vaccine concerned plaintiffs’ motion for a preliminary injunction. Big surprise! He also set out the grounds why he will dismiss the case, after the defendants file their motion to dismiss, which I would guess would be in the next week or two. Unfortunately, the law has been clear for a hundred years, up to an including last year’s New York case. States are not required to have a personal belief exemption…

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Self-Dismissal of SB 277 Lawsuit: Smartest thing they’ve done so far: Is it a one-of or are they on a roll?

Self-Dismissal of SB 277 Lawsuit: Smartest thing they’ve done so far: Is it a one-of or are they on a roll?

  I’ve been very skeptical of the federal SB 277 lawsuit and preliminary injunction motion, for technical legal and substantive reasons. (See my prior posts: http://rickjaffeesq.com/2016/06/10/cali-anti-vaxer-friends-heres-probably-unwanted-possibly-useful-advice/ http://rickjaffeesq.com/2016/06/14/190/ http://rickjaffeesq.com/2016/08/21/time-get-real-sb-277-real-battle-will/ http://rickjaffeesq.com/2016/08/26/shocker-sb-277-preliminary-injunction-motion-denied/) Well the powers-that-be finally did something smart; they voluntarily dismissed the case before the state had a chance to file a dismissal motion and before the judge terminated the case for good, or in legal parlance, “with prejudice.” So what’s next? Based on Tim Bolen’s recent post, http://bolenreport.com/sb-277-lawsuit-case-dismissed/#more-4880, it looks like…

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FDA Stem Cell Meetings Close at Hand: Stakeholders on Both Sides are Worried, but One Side Should be Really Worried.

FDA Stem Cell Meetings Close at Hand: Stakeholders on Both Sides are Worried, but One Side Should be Really Worried.

Next Monday and Tuesday, September 12 and 13th is a widely acknowledged big day in the stem cell world; it’s the two day public hearing on the FDA’s four draft guidance documents.  (Here is a link to the FDA’s announcement. http://www.fda.gov/BiologicsBloodVaccines/NewsEvents/WorkshopsMeetingsConferences/ucm462125.htm.  The entire event will be live broadcast via a link on this FDA page. The draft guidances are a big deal because, as I’ve said before,  http://rickjaffeesq.com/2016/04/21/stemcells/,  they will make illegal almost all autologous cell transplants outside of FDA…

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A Really Tough Day for Stem Cell Advocates

A Really Tough Day for Stem Cell Advocates

The FDA’s Stem Cell “Workshop” just ended, and if you’re a person who wants continued access to stem cell therapies outside of clinical trials (or a transplanter of “unproven stem cell therapy”), it was a very depressing day. It was way worse than I had feared in my post yesterday.  http://rickjaffeesq.com/2016/09/07/fda-stem-cell-meetings-close-hand-stakeholders-sides-worried-one-side-really-worried/ Sure the two ethicists said that it was wrong and unethical to provide unproven stem cell therapy except in FDA sanctioned clinical trials. But the real punch came from…

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And So it Begins: First Accusation filed against a Vaccine Exemption Writing Doc

And So it Begins: First Accusation filed against a Vaccine Exemption Writing Doc

  As I’ve told the mostly unwilling-to-listen Vaccine Concerned Community, the real battle, and the one which will have the most direct positive or negative impact on this community is the future actions by the California Medical and Osteopathic Boards against the docs who write unlimited medical exemptions for the kids of the vaccine concerned. Well the future is now. A few days ago, the Medical Board filed an accusation accusing a well known and highly regarded CAM doctor of…

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