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  • “Quackery: A $10 Billion Scandal” (81)
    • squirrelelite { So, Stan, which alien race created this crop circle? http://www.circlemakers.org/Img/Shredded_Wheat_06.jpg } – Oct 31, 11:35 AM
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { For me, for government trust, isolated cases like Tuskegee indicate that oversight and controls are needed. But to claim that those examples mean every single… } – Oct 31, 11:02 AM
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { Not to mention his claims of intellectual superiority, made in a profoundly ungrammatical sentence. } – Oct 31, 10:48 AM
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { Medicine is a for profit business which has distorted the use of the concept ScienceTwo questions: 1) Do you charge your patients for your services?… } – Oct 31, 10:45 AM
    • EBMOD { “WTF does that even mean?” It means he denies that logical fallacies and biases are real. Confirmation bias, selection bias, and assuming correlation is causation… } – Oct 31, 10:28 AM
  • Infinite Variety? (13)
    • Laurens { A massage parlour in the Netherlands was recently closed down by the local authorities because it was suspected of offering ‘happy endings’ to customers. The… } – Oct 31, 11:24 AM
    • sadmar { Electric Fire Oral Acupuncture? Could be a new website at KinkDOTcom? (don’t go there…) Going the other way: Tong Ren BDSM could become A Thing…. } – Oct 31, 11:19 AM
    • Mike { Is Dr. Crislip a Star Trek fan? } – Oct 31, 11:12 AM
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { My understanding is it is basically a regular needle that is solid rather than hollow; essentially it’s acupuncture but without invoking magic, used mostly for… } – Oct 31, 10:44 AM
    • Calli Arcale { Ick; sorry about the weird carriage returns that appear to have infested my quotefile and now been transferred into my post above. } – Oct 31, 10:39 AM
  • Brian Hooker and Andrew Wakefield accuse the CDC of scientific fraud. Irony meters everywhere explode. (276)
    • LouV { I would also like to know what would be a better method. (No sarcasm meant, I’m sincerely curious since the studies I can recall which… } – Oct 31, 9:26 AM
    • Andrey Pavlov { @CS: Wow. You really keep demonstrating that you genuinely do not know what you are talking about. Let me first say, I’m not sure what… } – Oct 31, 8:55 AM
    • weing { “You basically ask: what is your risk of contracting a vaccine preventable illness?” Answer his question. Not your own. You might learn something. Are those… } – Oct 31, 12:50 AM
    • Concerned Scientist { @madisonMD While it’s late and your interrogatives bleed from one to the other, let me give it a go, as much as I can sort… } – Oct 31, 12:25 AM
    • JD { Sorry, this is meant to be below CS #8 above. } – Oct 30, 11:45 PM
  • Ebola conspiracy theories: Same as it ever was (84)
    • LouV { Derp, correction : The injectable polio vaccine has been tested on americans. The oral polio vaccine has been tested in Soviet Union. (However, contrary to… } – Oct 31, 9:15 AM
    • LouV { “Government has a habit of getting caught experimenting on people, especially those in other countries. Isn’t bill gates being sued by India for killing and… } – Oct 31, 9:10 AM
    • LouV { Regarding “Really, one of the most toxic cancerous chemicals from toxic waste and we drink it.” or “see what is in the vaccines and then… } – Oct 31, 9:03 AM
    • KayMarie { Haven’t seen such a ruling or suggestion. I suspect it will be like all the other vaccines for all the other tropical type diseases where… } – Oct 31, 8:51 AM
    • LouV { … I don’t even see why you would need to be vaccinated. Unless you are in one of the african countries where most of the… } – Oct 31, 8:45 AM
  • What naturopaths say to each other when they think no one’s listening (83)
    • Windriven { Think of it like a buffet. The physician brings the apple pie and the naturopath brings the cow pie. } – Oct 31, 7:43 AM
    • Chemmomo { “The ultimate treatment plan includes an experienced doctor and knowledgeable naturopath” I am curious: What, specifically, does the naturopath bring to the table that the… } – Oct 31, 4:14 AM
    • weing { “The ultimate treatment plan includes an experienced doctor and knowledgeable naturopath who agree to work together for the benefit of the patient. ” That sounds… } – Oct 30, 8:39 PM
    • n brownlee { “Some doctors engage in mad science” I believe you’re thinking of Victor Frankenstein. He wasn’t a real person, you know. } – Oct 30, 6:54 PM
    • n brownlee { Medical science helped your uncle. If your uncle had died in agony a year after starting treatment with a naturopath, I absolutely guarandamntee the naturopath’s… } – Oct 30, 6:52 PM
  • SBM on Wikipedia in Every Language (40)
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { Ya, a perennial problem was always the attention of disinterested editors. I had a watchlist in the thousands, the scam, quack, creationist and nutters usually… } – Oct 30, 8:16 PM
    • Firth { I second the idea of templates. I’m fairly new to this and I’m not a medical professional, nor do I have debate skills. But, with… } – Oct 30, 8:15 PM
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { When commenters on this blog attack so-called alternative or natural health, they tend to mention that their own sacred profession is based on real science,… } – Oct 30, 7:36 PM
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { You have debunked nothing. All I see is you making excuses for why nothing has changed. You are in denial and refuse to see things… } – Oct 30, 7:33 PM
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { Here’s some comments on your ideas: “Science is flawed and you can’t trust it. See? Here is a scientific article that says so.” “This article… } – Oct 30, 7:29 PM
  • Placebo Speculations (75)
    • Andrey Pavlov { Well said Dave. } – Oct 30, 4:00 PM
    • Andrey Pavlov { Cancer quackery actually thrived during the period of the mainstream’s most intense hostility and towards CAM. I know of no evidence that its more dangerous… } – Oct 30, 10:45 AM
    • Dave { The patients I’ve seen in the situation I’ve mentioned, refusing chemo for potentially curable cancers, (and I’ve seen several) were not motivated by mainstream medicine’s… } – Oct 30, 10:02 AM
    • KayMarie { Your very welcome! } – Oct 29, 11:33 PM
    • PMoran { Good question, Dave, if you are implying that being selectively and conditionally tolerant of some aspects of CAM risks encouraging some patients to abandon conventional… } – Oct 29, 10:09 PM
  • Mirror Neurons and the Pitfalls of Brain Research (11)
    • BA { SP: Every now and again an idea from science escapes from the lab and takes on a life of its own as an explanation for… } – Oct 30, 3:36 PM
    • Laurenak { Thank you for this great review Dr Hall, mirror neurons have been frequently mentioned at some of the recent courses I’ve been to about autism… } – Oct 30, 5:16 AM
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { I use more than 10% of my brain every single day. In fact, I use 100% of my brain 100% of the time. Of course,… } – Oct 29, 4:11 PM
  • Salk’s swansong: renaissance of the injected polio vaccine (41)
    • anon { One more comment. One has to question the possibility of eradication with manufacturing accidents such as GlaxoSmithKline’s spill of 45 litres of concentrated live polio… } – Oct 30, 12:52 PM
    • anon { Greg, good question about non-polio AFP. The U.S. is currently experiencing clusters of unexplained paralysis in children (51 cases and counting under NCIRD investigation). NCIRD… } – Oct 29, 4:07 PM
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/?s=SV40 } – Oct 29, 3:45 PM
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { Cutter used Salk’s inactivation methodsNo they didn’t, and that was the problem. Upon careful review of the Cutter facility’s processes and plants, it was found… } – Oct 29, 3:40 PM
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { Despite this fundamental flaw, was it still worth administering the vaccine to the general population until a better, more effective vaccine could be created?Yes. Also… } – Oct 29, 3:36 PM
  • A TCM Challenge (79)
    • KayMarie { I think you do have have concerns about comparing entire systems. Our rural health in the US is often pretty poor as there is little… } – Oct 30, 11:02 AM
    • Andrey Pavlov { Well, that and their general health is more poor than most other developed nations, particularly amongst the poor who do use TCM more than modern… } – Oct 30, 10:24 AM
    • KayMarie { Because most Chinese use the same modern medicine most of the rest of the world use. I worked with a physician from China who came… } – Oct 30, 7:00 AM
    • Ronnie { I’ve long wondered – if TCM is such an inferior health care modality, why isn’t the overall health status of the Chinese populous really inferior… } – Oct 29, 11:25 PM
  • Questions and Answers about Chiropractic: The Bottom Line (133)
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { Injuries are guarantee to heal based on the laws of biology and the healing cycles.What an amazing statement to make, so startlingly at odds with… } – Oct 29, 4:33 PM
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { He gave you an ankle injury protocol? If so, that means that Derek might have been lucky enough to find one of the chiropractors who… } – Oct 29, 4:09 PM
  • One more time: No, wearing a bra does not cause breast cancer (310)
    • brewandferment { It’s also possible that your doctor and you could make a medical case that the overabundance is causing/potentially causing physical disability and you could have… } – Oct 29, 3:22 PM
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