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  1. Eric Merola and Ralph Moss try to exhume the rotting corpse of Laetrile in a new movie
    Note: Some of you have probably seen a different version of this post fairly recently. I have a grant deadline this week and just didn’t have time to come up with fresh material up to the standards of SBM. This left me with two choices: Post a “rerun” of an old post, or recycle som…
  2. Stanislaw Burzynski’s propaganda victory on antineoplastons: The FDA caves
    Mark Crislip, founder of the Society for Science-Based Medicine, whose board of directors I’m proud to be serving on, an organization that you should join if you haven’t already, sometimes jokes that our logo should be an image of Sisyphus, the king of Ephyra whom Zeus punished by compel…
  3. When healing turns into killing: religious and philosophical exemptions from parental accountability
    Parents have a fundamental right to guide the upbringing of their children protected under the Due Process Clause of the U.S. Constitution. This includes the choice of medical care for the child. They also have a First Amendment right to the free exercise of their religious beliefs, including the ri…
  4. pH Miracle Living “Dr.” Robert O. Young is finally arrested, but will it stop him?
    Being a cancer surgeon and researcher, naturally I tend to write about cancer a lot more than other areas of medicine and science. It’s what I know best. Also, cancer is a very common area for unscientific practices to insinuate themselves, something that’s been true for a very long time…
  5. An update on the case of Sarah Hershberger: Parental rights trump the right of a child with cancer to live
    Five weeks ago, when last I touched on the case of Sarah Hershberger, the now 11-year-old Amish girl from Medina County, Ohio near Akron with lymphoblastic lymphoma whose parents had taken her off of chemotherapy after only two rounds, reports had been coming out of the cancer quackery underground t…
  6. The facts of the alternative medicine industry
    People have been living on earth for about 250,000 years. For the past 5,000 healers have been trying to heal the sick. For all but the past 200, they haven’t been very good at it. - Dr. Paul Offit Twenty years is a long time in medicine. I celebrated my 20th pharmacy class reunion last weeken…
  7. “Alternative” cancer cures in 1979: How little things have changed
    Sometimes blogging topics arise from the strangest places. It’s true. For instance, although references to how tobacco causes cancer and the decades long denialist campaign by tobacco companies are not infrequently referenced in my blogging (particularly from supporters of highly dubious studi…
  8. Congress will soon lose its foremost supporter of quackery, but will it matter?
    I don’t much like Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), and, I daresay, neither do any of my fellow bloggers here. The reason should be painfully obvious. Arguably, no single elected official currently serving today (or ever) has done more over a longer period of time to promote quackery in the United St…
  9. Rejecting cancer treatment: What are the consequences?
    One of the points I’ve tried to emphasize through my contributions to Science-Based Medicine is that every treatment decision requires an evaluation of risks and benefits. No treatment is without some sort of risk. And a decision to decline treatment has its own risks. One of the challenges th…
  10. The “central dogma” of alternative/complementary/integrative medicine
    There is something in molecular biology and genetics known as the “central dogma.” I must admit, I’ve always hated the use of the word “dogma” associated with science, but no less a luminary than Francis Crick first stated it in 1958, and it has been restated over the y…
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