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  1. Help a reader out: Abstracts that misrepresent the content of the paper
    Earlier this week, a reader of ours wrote to Steve and me with a request: First off, I just want to say thank you for everything you gentlemen do. I find that your sites are extremely helpful when trying to figure out what level of information is BS, and what is real. In short, I was wondering if e…
  2. Should the Incidental Discovery of Nonparentage be Disclosed?
    “Ummm, I probably shouldn’t be telling you this.” The July issue of Pediatrics, the official journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, contains an extremely thought provoking article discussing the risks and benefits of disclosing an incidental finding of nonparentage during…
  3. Dr. Frank Arguello’s “atavistic oncology”: Another dubious cancer therapy to be avoided
    Not infrequently, I’m asked why it is that I do what I do. Why do I spend so many hours of my free time, both here and at my not-so-super-secret other blog (NSSSOB), to write my detailed analyses of various forms of quackery, analyses of scientific studies, and expressions of my dismay at the infi…
  4. The false hope of “right-to-try” metastasizes to Michigan
    Ed. note: Please read disclaimer in Dr. Gorski’s profile! There are times when supporting science-based health policy and opposing health policies that sound compassionate but are not are easily portrayed as though I’m opposing mom, apple pie, and the American flag. One such type of misguided p…
  5. Acupuncture for Menopausal Symptoms
    A newly published meta-analysis of studies looking at acupuncture for symptoms resulting from natural menopause (not drug or surgically induced) by Chiu et. al. is entirely negative. That is not what the authors or the press release conclude, however. This disconnect between the study results and t…
  6. Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine research conference disappoints even NCCAM
    From the Wikimedia Commons, originally posted by Flickr user Alex E. Proimos (…
  7. Medical marijuana as the new herbalism, part 1: Science versus the politics of weed in New York and beyond
    Cannabis sativa leaf diagnostic venation 2012 01 23 0829 c” by JonRichfield – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons A while ago, I wrote about how the Cleveland Clinic had recently opened a clinic that dispensed herbal medicine according to traditional Chinese med…
  8. Beware The P-Value
    from xkcd #882 by Randall Munroe Part of the mission of SBM is to continually prod discussion and examination of the relationship between science and medicine, with special attention on those beliefs and movements within medicine that we feel run counter to science and good medical practice. Chief…
  9. Acupuncture for Macular Degeneration: Why I Reject the Evidence
    This post is dedicated to two people who are frequent commenters on SBM, Stephen S. Rodrigues and Peter Moran. Rodrigues is an MD/acupuncturist who tries to persuade us that acupuncture is effective. Moran is a retired surgeon who objects to insulting language and thinks more can be accomplished by …
  10. Ketogenic diet does not “beat chemo for almost all cancers”
    One of the difficult things about science-based medicine is determining what is and isn’t quackery. While it is quite obvious that modalities such as homeopathy, acupuncture, reflexology, craniosacral therapy, Hulda Clark’s “zapper,” the Gerson therapy and Gonzalez protocol f…
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