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  1. Belief in Echinacea
    Note: The study discussed here has also been covered by Mark Crislip. I wrote this before his article was published, so please forgive any repetition. I approached it from a different angle; and anyway, if something is worth saying once it’s probably worth saying twice.   Is Echinacea effect…
  2. Echinacea for Cold and Flu
    Echinacea continues to be a popular herbal product, used primarily for treating and preventing colds and flus. Sales were estimated at $132 million in the US alone in 2009, an increase of 7% over the previous year. Reports of major negative clinical trials have had only a modest and temporary effect…
  3. 2015 NHIS Report on Complementary Health Approaches (whatever that means)
    Formerly known as “relaxing,” now known as a “complementary health approach.” Gustav Courbet, “Young ladies on the banks of the Seine,” 1857. Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons. Back in 2004, data from the 2002 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) appeared …
  4. Searching for the supplement in your supplement
    Is what’s on the label really in the capsule? Most of us are fortunate to live in countries where we don’t have to worry about counterfeit drugs. We can be confident that the prescription we receive, or the drugs we purchase from the pharmacy, are of high quality and contain exactly wh…
  5. Ebola outbreaks: Science versus fear mongering and quackery
    “Ebola virus particles” by Thomas W. Geisbert, Boston University School of Medicine – PLoS Pathogens, November 2008 doi:10.1371/journal.ppat.1000225. Licensed under CC BY 2.5 via Wikimedia Commons. Without a doubt the big medical story of the last week or so has been the ongoing …
  6. Herbal Center at Cleveland Clinic
    The infiltration of pseudoscience and simply bad medicine into mainstream medicine continues. Hospitals are an easy breech point because they are run by administrators who may have more talent and interest in marketing than in science. Many hospitals in my area, for example, proudly display their &#…
  7. Naturopathy vs. Science: Allergy Edition
    I glanced at my pharmacy license recently, and noticed I became a licensed pharmacist almost exactly twenty years ago. Two decades seems like a long time to do pretty much anything, yet I can still vividly recall some of the patients I encountered early in my career, working evenings in a retail ph…
  8. The New Cough and Cold Products for Children: Evidence is Optional and Science is Marketing
    It’s the time of year where if you’re not sick, someone you know probably is. The influenza season in the Northern hemisphere started out slowly, but seems to be accelerating and hasn’t peaked yet. Add that to cold viruses circulating, and you get the peak purchasing period for co…
  9. You can’t beat the common cold, and that’s a fact
    >> Disclaimer: nothing in this post is meant to be taken as medical advice. Always consult your own provider. For those of us dedicated to supporting science-based medicine and fighting the ever-widening reach of sCAM, pseudoscience, and health fraud, finding a new woo-filled claim or a dangerous, e…
  10. Beyond the flu shot: A closer look at the “alternatives”
    Once again, it’s influenza season. The vaccine clinics are open, and the hysterical posts about the vaccine’s danger are appearing in social media. There’s familiarity to all of this, but also a big new change – at least in Canada, where I am. Pharmacists can now administer t…
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