DEC
26

Points of Interest 12/26/2016

Scientists Call Bullshit on Study Linking HPV Vaccine to Brain Damage Lack of regs a sticking point for acupuncturists, who hope the Legislature will adopt a bill . Wyoming has become a sort of haven for acupuncturists who have lost their licenses in other states, J Acupunct Meridian Stud. 2016 Dec;9(6):330-334. doi: 10.1016/j.jams.2016.09.020. Epu...
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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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OCT
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SfSBM @ NECSS 2016

​ In April, SfSBM made its debut at the Northeast Conference on Science and Skepticism (NECSS) in New York City. We're happy to announce we've been invited back for another day of presentations on science-based medicine. Last year, Drs. Crislip, Gorski, Novella, Hall and I gave talks on Science-Based Medicine, Chiropractic: Not all it's cracked up ...
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APR
13
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Post NECSS

The Northeast Conference for Science and Skepticism is over.

The Society for Science-Based Medicine had a full day of lectures and panels.

We started with 4 lectures, SBM by Steve Novella, Chiropractic by Harriet Hall, Integrative Medicine by David Gorski and Acupuncture by me.

The afternoon was a talk by Jann Bellamy on Legislative Alchemy, then two panels: placebo and questions from the audience. We finished up with Jeopardy and we did not keep score in case you were wondering.

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Riley Williams II
Really wish I could have attended NECSS but it was my weekend to work and I traded to keep TAM 2015 open.
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JAN
28
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On Arrogance and Tone

“Ridicule is the only weapon which can be used against unintelligible propositions. Ideas must be distinct before reason can act upon them; and no man ever had a distinct idea of CAM. It is the mere Abracadabra of the mountebanks calling themselves Integrative Medical Providers.”

Thomas Jefferson. Sort of.

I guess we are saying good-bye to dr24hours, who announced in Scientific Arrogance Revisited that is not going to renew his membership because he is

routinely disappointed by the condescension I read in their posts.

SBM posts, not SfSBM posts. While SBM and SfSBM are different organizations, we have the same personnel, so close enough.

He finds

it is deeply counterproductive to do so with a side-order of arrogance and mockery…I’m simply saying that I find it ugly, and I’m not going to pay for it anymore.

I think a lot about the tone of my entries and I understand where dr24hours is coming from, although from a different perspective. One would think Free Inquiry would be in my mail box. It isn’t. While I pick it up on occasion and have subscribed, I find the tone to be smug, humorless and pedantic even if I agree with the content. Skeptical Inquirer is similar but less so and reading it is more like taking a dose of castor oil. I read it because I think I should rather than for enjoyment.

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Lynn
I read SBM regularly. It does, indeed, get a bit snarky there from time to time, although that's more often the commentators than ... Read More
Thursday, 29 January 2015 22:18
Lynn
I read SBM regularly. It does, indeed, get a bit snarky there from time to time, although that's more often the commentators than ... Read More
Thursday, 29 January 2015 22:18
DevoutCatalyst
Mockery on our part seems such a mild response.Indeed. How else would one approach an abomination like this integrative MD:http://... Read More
Thursday, 29 January 2015 22:38
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JAN
10
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An Offer You Can Refuse

I don't know if this will work or not, but here is an offer. There are Skeptics in the Pub and other meetings that I cannot visit in person to preach the good word. That is assuming I would be wanted.

I was thinking of attempting a Max Headroom.

Skype is not a good way to do a lecture or talk, but I could Skype into any small meeting and I could be pimped about issues concerning SBM.

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JAN
07
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First Day Live: Lots of Pain

I feel like 'Bones' McCoy.  Damn it Jim, I'm a doctor, not a programmer.  So it has been definitely proven I am not a flawless Joomla programmer.

There are a series of issues I will work on tonight:

1) ebook downloads.  I think I fixed the issue, but I have to go back and fix every ones permissions who paid for a membership.  It will hopefully be done tonight,

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JAN
01
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Day One. The First Blog Entry

It occurred  to me that most of the efforts concerning Science-Based Medicine (SBM) have been accomplished by individuals.  When these individuals die their work often dies with them.  Organizations can be resilient and continue long after their original membership is gone.  Organizations can keep the past alive so that each generation does not have to reinvent the efforts of those who proceeded them.  I want all the work and effort of SBM to live. Forever.

I also think the issues around SBM are more important than the limited attention provided by other organizations, both medical and skeptical. While medical and skeptical organizations are concerned  with issues surrounding SBM and the ever expanding influence of Integrative, Supplements, Complementary and Alternative Medicine (iSCAM), it is usually peripheral to their main mission.

In medicine there are often organizations devoted to specialized areas of interest and they add to, not detract, from more broad-based organizations.  There are, for example, organizations devoted to Internal Medicine, Infectious Diseases (a subset of Internal Medicine) and fungi or endocarditis (both subsets of Infectious Diseases).  All these organizations enhance the understanding and participation in medicine and allow for those with specialty interests to participate and those areas of interest.  Similarly we hope this organization enhances the both the medical and skeptical communities.

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