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Launching the SBM Facebook Page

As the medical student leading the charge on SBM’s social media presence, I’m happy to announce the creation of the Science-Based Medicine Facebook Page!

After we recently revived the Twitter account – which everyone should follow for the latest in SBM goodness – this page was the next logical step. It will serve as a platform for complementary and alternative media (CAM) to the site: quotes, links, events, and posts that don’t necessarily merit a full post on the blog but are worthwhile nonetheless. It will also serve as a forum for followers to contribute their own content (after moderation) to the SBM community as well. Please visit the page, “Like” the page, and recommend it to all your friends and family.

 

You can find us at:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/ScienceBasedMed

Twitter: @ScienceBasedMed

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Science-Based Medicine Site Upgrades

Science-Based Medicine Site Upgrades

Hi everyone, I’m Joe Fulgham and I’ll be your webmaster for the evening. I was asked by Steven, David, and Paul to come in and fix up ScienceBasedMedicine.org’s web site. Some of you may recognize me from the Caustic Soda podcast, but by day I’m a web consultant.

In addition to a complete makeover and a slight reorganization of content we’re also changing the way you log in to post to the site. I wanted to spell out what the changes are and why we’re making them.

As you may have heard, Science-Based Medicine has had some web-server troubles of late. There was a fairly nasty security breach and recovering from that on a rebuilt server meant a few glitches and some connectivity problems. After a few software upgrades and a lot of tweaking we now have the server running quickly, efficiently, and with greatly increased security. That allows me to finally move forward on the redesign which if not active right now will be very soon.

Redesign
ScienceBasedMedicine.org is sporting a cutting-edge new layout that’s reminiscent of the previous one but leaner, cleaner and responsive.

If you resize your browser window you’ll note the new design automatically fits to all resolutions and devices. Visitors will no longer see a wildly different “mobile version” on their smartphones vs. desktop browsers vs. tablet devices.

I’ve also taken this time to reduce the visual clutter on the site, pushing a clean, content-focused layout. A lot of the old sidebar information has been moved to links in the menu while important navigation and fundraising sections (support Science-Based Medicine!) remain in the simplified sidebar for posts, while static information pages have enhanced navigation on the left side.

When you’re done reading the content and the sidebar doesn’t have what you need the new footer area has several choices for additional information, from the latest Tweets to Recent Posts and Comments.

Commenting
For security reasons and to reduce strain on the server we’re changing the way you log in to comment here on sciencebasedmedicine.org. We will no longer require a sciencebasedmedicine.org user account, but instead allow logging in with either a WordPress.com, Twitter, or Facebook account. Shortly after changing to this system we’ll be removing the 46,000+ “Subscription” level accounts from the server. Yes, you read that right. Yes, that’s too many for us to administrate, sorry.

Reorganization
I’m also changing the “Permalink” structure of the site to a friendlier version, as well as moving a few pages around within that structure. Old incoming links should auto-redirect to the current address so nothing should become completely broken. If it does, or you see any other errors toss an email to sbmredesign@holycow.com with as much information as you can give me, including relevant URIs, browser, etc.

One more blatant plug, ok? Hi Vancouver Skeptics!

Enjoy the new site!

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“Alternative Medicine: Sense and Nonsense” Upcoming Lecture by Dr. Paul Offit

For those of you in the NYC/LI area:  An Invitation from the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory for a Free Public Lecture!

Please join us for the 2013 Lorraine Grace lectureship on societal issues of biomedical research:

Alternative Medicine: Sense and Nonsense

Saturday, June 8, 2013

3:00pm

Grace Auditorium

One Bungtown Road

Cold Spring Harbor, NY 11724

Americans love alternative medicine, and they are paying a high price for that devotion. From regular visits to acupuncturists, chiropractors and naturopaths to the daily ingesting of homeopathic remedies, Chinese herbs, and megavitamins, the use of alternative therapies has become a $34 billion-a-year business. Fifty percent of Americans use some form of alternative medicine, with ten percent using it on their children. Celebrities routinely hawk their benefits. But, does any of it really work?

In the upcoming lecture, Alternative Medicine: Sense and Nonsense, Dr. Paul A. Offit will take a critical look at the field of alternative medicine and separate fact from myth. Drawing on current research he will examine popular alternative therapies and discuss the issues of medical ethics involved in alternative medicine, which is a largely unregulated industry under no legal obligation to prove its claims or admit its risks.

“Making decisions about our health is an awesome responsibility,” writes Dr. Offit. “If we’re going to do it, we need to take it seriously. Otherwise we will violate the most basic principle of medicine: first do no harm.”

Come join us for a lively discussion!

The recipients of many awards and honors, Paul A. Offit, M.D. is Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases and Director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, as well as the Maurice R. Hilleman Professor of Vaccinology and Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He has appeared on The Today Show, Good Morning America, The Early Show, The Colbert Report, CNN, 60 Minutes, MSNBC, Dateline NBC, the Jim Lehrer NewsHour, CSPAN, FOX News, and National Public Radio, and is often interviewed in the New York Times, Washington Post, LA Times, Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, and USA TODAY.

NOTE: In June,  Dr. Offit’s book, Do You Believe in Magic? The Sense and Nonsense of Alternative Medicine will be released by Harper Collins.  Our own Dr. Harriet Hall has a review in an upcoming issue of Skeptical Inquirer.

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Time for a little blatant self-promotion

I thought I’d take advantage of my prerogative as managing editor of this blog to do a quick bit of blatant self-promotion. I will be in the Washington, DC area later this week, and while I’m there to attend the Society of Surgical Oncology Annual Cancer Symposium, I’ll also be taking advantage to do a little side trip to give a talk for the National Capital Area Skeptics. The talk will take place at the National Science Foundation in Arlington, VA on Saturday, March 9, 2013 at 1 PM. So if you’re in the DC area and want to hear me pontificate about quackademic medicine (and, really, what reader of this blog wouldn’t want to?), mosey on over on Saturday. Full details can be found here.

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Fighting Back

As I hope I demonstrated in Legislative Alchemy: Naturopathy 2013, below, licensing “naturopathic doctors,” especially as primary care physicians, is a bad idea.  Unfortunately, the only people usually interested in opposing their licensing efforts are medical doctors and their organizations.  Of course, this allows naturopaths to pretend they are the victims of the evil, Big Pharma-controlled medical-industrial complex which kills and maims vast numbers of people every year.  This distracts legislators from the real issues, such as whether they are qualified to do what they want to do (answer: no)  and whether people really want an ND to provide their care (answer: very, very  few).

I happen to think that legislators should be fully informed about things such as how naturopaths are educated, what they do in actual practice, and what thier beliefs  about medical care are.  So I created a website to inform them about these issues and to inform the public as well, so they too will be inspired to oppose naturopathic licensing.  It also has suggestions for opposing naturopathic licensing as well as addtional sources of information and downloads of materials you can use.  (I thank SBM’s Kimball Atwood, M.D., for permission to use some of the wonderful work he has done on naturopathy.)

The website is titled, most creatively, “Oppose Naturopathic Licensing!” And you can find it here: http://www.no-naturopaths.org/ If those who value science and the rational application of science to medical care don’t work to stop CAM provider licensing, the spread of pseudoscience and quackery will only increase.  And that demeans all scientific endeavors.

 

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Support Cancer Research and Own a Piece of the SkepDoc’s Handiwork

I donated a knit afghan to the auction by Skeptics for the Protection of Cancer Patients. I made it myself. Proceeds go to cancer research in the name of Stanislaw Burzynski as a birthday present to publicize his many misdeeds against cancer patients.  It’s warm and cuddly. Please consider bidding to reward my MANY hours of work and support cancer research.  You are welcome to call me a “knit-wit.” Click here to bid.

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Houstoncancerquack.com Campaign Aims to Shame Burzynski While Raising Money for Legitimate Cancer Research

David Gorski already mentioned this on Monday,  but Burzynski’s birthday is rapidly approaching (January 23rd) and I want to encourage our readers to donate to the Burzynski birthday campaign.

Burzynski’s misdeeds are highlighted by the stories on the website The OTHER Burzynski Patient Group   If you haven’t already visited that site and read some of the stories, please do. 26 patient stories have already been posted, with another hundred or so to come. They show a pattern of lies, unethical practices, exorbitant charges, and harm to vulnerable patients. This has to be stopped!

Over $10,000 has already been raised. It’s tax deductible and easy: just click on the donate button here and supply your credit card information. The goal is to raise $30,000, the amount that a Burzynski patient typically has to pay for treatment that is misrepresented as a clinical research study! (In most legitimate clinical trials, patients are paid, not charged). The funds will be given to St. Jude Children’s Hospital for cancer research, and Burzynski will be notified on his birthday that it is a birthday present for him. He will be offered the opportunity to match whatever has been donated. He can well afford it from his ill-gotten gains. He lives in a $6 million, 14,495-square-foot mansion.

We talk a lot and complain a lot, but we seldom have an opportunity like this to actually do something, to simultaneously support science-based medicine and publicize the sins of a miscreant. Please donate.

 

 

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