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  1. Selective pressures on alternative medicine
    (Editor’s note: I was away at Skepticon over the weekend, where I gave a talk entitled “The Central Dogma of Alternative Medicine”. (When the talk’s up on YouTube, I’ll provide a link, of course.) Because of all the fun and travel delays I didn’t get a chance to turn my slides a…
  2. Retconning the story of traditional Chinese medicine
    Retcon (shortened form of RETroactive CONtinuity; first made popular in the comic book world): (original meaning) Adding information to the back story of a fictional character or world, without invalidating that which had gone before. (more common usage) Adding or altering information regarding th…
  3. “Quackery: A $10 Billion Scandal”
    Who would you guess authored a 250-page report which begins with this Preface? This report marks the culmination of an intensive four-year review of quackery and its impact on the elderly. . . As this report details, quackery has traveled far from the day of the pitchman and covered wagon to emerge…
  4. The “It’s All Good!” Fallacy of Complementary and Alternative Medicine…..
    “Trust me, have I got a deal for you!” As a young mother comforts her feverish and uncomfortable infant, a doctor enters the dimly-lit exam room. The child’s mother and the bedside nurse look at him expectantly. “I’ve got the results. There is an infection in your son’s spinal …
  5. Does the Movie Fed Up Make Sense?
    The 2014 film Fed Up is an advocacy documentary. Its message: There is a worldwide epidemic of obesity. It is endangering our children. Increased sugar consumption is responsible. The food industry is responsible for our increased sugar consumption because it puts hidden sugar in processed foods, …
  6. Quackademia update: The Cleveland Clinic, George Washington University, and the continued infiltration of quackery into medical academia
    Quackery has been steadily infiltrating academic medicine for at least two decades now in the form of what was once called “complementary and alternative medicine” but is now more commonly referred to as “integrative medicine.” Of course, as I’ve written many times before, what “integra…
  7. Tens of millions for CAM research — and it’s all on your dime
    The Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act (FFATA) was signed on September 26, 2006. The intent is to empower every American with the ability to hold the government accountable for each spending decision. The end result is to reduce wasteful spending in the government. The FFATA legisl…
  8. Why People Continue to use SCAMs
    I remain curious as to why people use, and continue to use, useless pseudo-medicines. I read the literature, but I find the papers unsatisfactory. They seem incomplete, and I suspect there are as many reasons people choose a pseudo-medicine as those use them. There are numerous surveys on what SCAM…
  9. The Truth?
    Summertime and the living is easy. I am in Sunriver, Oregon for the week and I though, hilariously, that I would have plenty of time to write a post. Between the hiking, the biking, the golf, the food and the beer, there has been little time to sit in from of a keyboard. There may be no better plac…
  10. Turmeric: Tasty in Curry, Questionable as Medicine
    A correspondent asked me to look into the science behind the health claims for turmeric. He had encountered medical professionals “trying to pass turmeric as some sort of magical herb to cure us from the ‘post-industrial chemical apocalypse.’” It is recommended by the usual promoters of CAM:…
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