A Society for a community of like-minded individuals, both in and out of health care, who support Science-Based Medicine.
People should not suffer, die and lose hope, time and money due to pseudo-medicine.
The mission of the Society for Science-Based Medicine includes, but is not limited to,
Educating consumers, professionals, business people, legislators, law enforcement personnel, organizations and agencies about Science-Based Medicine.
Providing resources and information for information concerning all aspects of Science-Based Medicine. Providing a central resource for communication between individuals and organizations concerned about Science-Based Medicine.
Supporting sound consumer health laws for the practice of Science-Based Medicine and opposing legislation that undermines Science-Based Medicine.
Encouraging and aiding legal actions in support of the practice of Science-Based Medicine.
Science-Based Medicine needs organization, people and funding.
To see what organization and funding can provide, visit the Bravewell Collaborative. Many major medical institutions in the United States have Departments of Integrative Medicine in part due to funding and organization provided by the Bravewell Collaborative.
Naturopaths, chiropractors, acupuncturists are organized, funded and increasingly licensed by the State.
The anti-vaccine groups have the organization and funding to put up billboards across the United States.
For Science-Based Medicine we have virtually nothing. Those who are proponents of Science-Based Medicine are few in numbers, poorly funded and lack organization. It could be argued that we have breadth and depth of the medical-industrial complex behind us, and at some level we do.
One of the lessons I have learned in my time in the pseudo-medical world is how difficult it can be to know if a therapeutic intervention works and how hard it is to do a good clinical trial. There are so many ways that you can fool yourself and to be fooled into thinking there is an effect when, in fact, there is no there there.
Even more remarkable can be how the answer can be right in front of you and it will be denied. I have seen this clinically many times over the years. First time was as a medical student in the ER where I saw a patient with severe anemia. Initial histroy resulted in no reason for the anemia, but on exam I found a bleeding tumor on his back the size of a large button mushroom. He completely denied there was anything on his back. I have seen similar cases over the years and am amazed at the ability for people to completely ignore information they do not want to process.
An Advocacy of Dunces. "The government of Australia has answered that question in a dramatic way. It has revoked the tax-exempt charity status of an anti-vaccination advocacy group, on the grounds that their fear-mongering misinformation about the danger of vaccines threatens public health, especially the health of children."
Alternative therapy organisation told to stop misrepresenting itself as a charity. "The regulator was given a business card for Peter Campbell of an organisation known as Campbell’s Ozone Therapy Trust, which referred to the organisation as a "registered cancer charity". Because there is no such charity on the Scottish charity register, the regulator concluded that Campbell was misrepresenting the organisation as a charity."