MAY
02

Points of Interest 05/01/2017

Acupuncturists using traditional bee venom therapy cause controversy . "The Chinese government has invested great effort in promoting TCM. But despite these efforts, in recent years, more and more young people are coming to question these traditional therapies. Many believe the therapies are not empirically tested and cannot be regarded as medical ...
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APR
07

Points of Interest 04/06/2017

Is adrenal fatigue real? Forget the label and treat the stress . Alternative & Integrative Medicine Revealed . From the SkepVet William Shatner's Tweets Are a Classic Case of Misinformation Spread Woman's animal ban after she used homeopathy on ill cat instead of taking it to the vet Acupuncturists sue Colorado's physical therapy board over the...
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MAR
05

Points of Interest 03/04/2017

The Butchering of the Age of Reason . Thanks to science, law, education, and freedom of the press, citizens in the U.S. live in an age of wonder relative to the rest of human history. Now, they want to throw that all out. The Kennedy Pushing His Own Fake News . As long as the pursuit of evidence-based answers has existed, so too have those pushing ...
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FEB
09

Points of Interest 02/08/2017

A NEW DOC IN TOWN . "Dr. Pais is a Naturopathic Doctor – which means he has gone through an equally rigorous medical training as a regular MD, or Medical Doctor."  Um, no . Sorry, alternative health people: feeling better after a therapy is no proof it works How the Anti-Vaxxers Are Winning
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JAN
28

Points of Interest 01/27/2017

What the FDA doesn't know about alternative medicine—thanks to politics—could kill you The dangerous consequences of accepting even one "alternative facts" FDA confirms elevated levels of belladonna in certain homeopathic teething products Anti-Fake News Tool: A Psychological Vaccine That Can Immunize The Public, According To Study
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JAN
25

Points of Interest 01/24/2017

​ Homeopathy medicine, liquor mix sold to victims . "Investigation into the recent hooch tragedy that claimed six lives has revealed that the the prime suspect, Sheela, had mixed homeopathy medicine in the liquor mix she sold to the victims, " Lies, Damned Lies, and Amazing New Euphemisms for Lying . "The term alternative medicine arose in 1974 to ...
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OCT
19

Nature: Measuring Rat Screams with Hierarchical Micro/Nano-Porous Acupuncture Needles

Harriet Hall invented the term " Tooth Fairy Science " doing research on a phenomenon before establishing that the phenomenon exists. Which describes the bulk of the research done on pseudo-medicines covered by this blog. But there is another process which I have discussed before that is not quite tooth fairy science. It is the application of moder...
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OCT
07

Points of Interest 10/06/2016

J Altern Complement Med. 2016 Oct 5.  Effectiveness of Ayurvedic Massage (Sahacharadi Taila) in Patients with Chronic Low Back Pain: A Randomized Controlled Trial . Pseudo-medicines improve subjective but not objective outcomes " While beneficial effects on pain-related bothersomeness and psychological well-being were also apparent, the Ayurve...
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OCT
05

60 Seconds of Uncritical Drivel from the Annals of Internal Medicine

I am an infectious disease specialist (ID) and as a result I have a background that allows me to have a better understanding the infectious disease literature compared to a non ID doctor. On the other hand, although I am an internist, when I see a paper on angina or stroke I have to take it face value. I have only a comparatively rudimentary unders...
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SEP
30

Nature, Yes Nature, Publishes Tooth Fairy Science.

" Tooth Fairy science " is an expression coined by Harriet Hall, M.D. to refer to doing research on a phenomenon before establishing that the phenomenon exists. You could measure how much money the Tooth Fairy leaves under the pillow, whether she leaves more cash for the first or last tooth, whether the payoff is greater if you leave the tooth in a...
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SEP
17

The 5 Second Rule is a Myth

Everyone knows the 5 second rule : if you drop food on the ground it is safe to eat as long as you pick it up in less than 5 seconds. Is it true? There have been invstigations in the past, the most recent being Is the five-second rule real ? The researchers looked at the transfer of Enterobacter aerogenes  from covered stainless steel, ce...
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MAY
16

SfSBM @ NECSS or "SBM is fun!"

​ The Society for Science-Based Medicine made its second appearance at the Northeast Conference on Science and Skepticism (NECSS) in New York City this past weekend. On Friday, May 13, or "SfSBM day,"  a full slate of talks on science-based medicine teed off the conference This year, SfSBM called on our fellow bloggers at S...
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APR
08

Suffering from low p?

Statistics makes my head hurt. I took, and dropped, statistics once a year for 4 years in college. It wasn't the math. My undergraduate degree was physics. It was the concepts. Once they got past flipping a coin and a bell shaped curve, my brain froze. While statistics are important in medicine, they can be misleading. One of the clear concept...
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APR
06

Points of Interest 04/05/2016

Alternative Medicine Finally Becoming More Mainstream Actual doctor explains why 'Vaxxed' is total BS Anti-vax mum passed on whooping cough to her baby daughter Flu vaccination and health professional employment benefits . "…an employer does not have to pay an employee fired for refusing a flu shot unemployment benefit, because the behavior qualifi...
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MAR
11

Points of Interest 03/10/2016

YOUR ONE STOP SHOP FOR THE ANTI-VACCINE HATE DEBATE Science Isn't Broken . It's just a hell of a lot harder than we give it credit for. This church's cancer-curing elixir is really bleach, federal authorities say Toronto mom's pro-vaccine rant goes viral on Facebook "You have stood on the shoulders of our collective protection for too long. From th...
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JAN
08
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Points of Interest 01/07/2016

American expat engineer 'lived with the decomposing body of his son for a MONTH in his house in Spain after trying to cure him with alternative medicine when he fell ill' Confessions of a former naturopathic patient: I am not getting better and it is not my fault Five ways to mislead people with seemingly rigorous trials Why being against genetical...
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DEC
02
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Points of Interest 12/01/15

Many Americans Believe They Don't Need The Flu Vaccine . Not Even Scientists Can Easily Explain P-values . POLICE CRACK DOWN ON 111 QUACKS . I still admire the Indian use of language. Measles Outbreaks Are a Sign of Bigger Problems . For health agencies tracking global vaccine coverage, the disease is the canary in the coal mine.
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NOV
28
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Asthma and Acupuncture. Why Even Bother?

"If I have seen further than other men it's because I have stood on the shoulders of giants." Newton said that, but being a bit of snot it has been suggested that he was also poking fun at Robert Hooke, who was on short side. For the most part science and medicine build upon prior work and over time the mistakes and issues of prior studies are weed...
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NOV
25
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Bending Science: This Will Not End Well

I tend to see some issues through the lens of of how it will play in the world of pseudo-medicines. So when I saw " Bending the Rules of Science Can Save Lives, Says Fauci " over at Medscape (where I am a paid blogger) I cringed. Dr. Anthony Fauci is one of the premier HIV/AIDS researchers in the US and director of the NIAID.  He is Infectious...
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Points of Interest 11/19/2015

AMA Wants Ban on DTC Advertising . The shills rise up against their masters. The Trouble With Double-Blind Placebo Studies Joe Mercola: Alternative health merchant promotes quack cures, funds organic, anti-GMO groups Trial starts for pH Miracle author .  Prosecutors say Robert Young practiced medicine, promising cancer cures at his Valley Cent...
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