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  • The “CDC whistleblower saga”: Updates, backlash, and (I hope) a wrap-up (37)
    • Lytrigian { None of the tweets, either this one or those displayed in the post, are showing anymore. Maybe someone pointed out that if taken seriously, people… } – Sep 02, 3:00 AM
    • Science Mom { Given the escalation in vitriol and threatening rhetoric by the anti-vaxx ignorati, I’d say that they really thought this Thompson “revelation” and Hooker “study” were… } – Sep 02, 1:52 AM
    • Chris { Nope, still don’t see the details on the errors. Perhaps just post a new comment detailing exactly where Dr. Gorski got it wrong. Also reference… } – Sep 01, 11:36 PM
    • Interested Scientists { Let me try this again In the right place. Somehow you forget to mention the errors in your original analysis of Hooker, which shows a… } – Sep 01, 11:15 PM
    • Frederick { WOW, Talk About “une tempête dans un verre d’eau”. All this fuzz for THAT? Like Steve Novella once said, “don’t underestimate the power of motivated… } – Sep 01, 11:13 PM
  • Did a high ranking whistleblower really reveal that the CDC covered up proof that vaccines cause autism in African-American boys? (1076)
    • Nell on Wheels { I had chickenpox when I was 5-years-old, and my best friend’s mother sent her to play with me so that she’d get infected. I had… } – Sep 02, 2:43 AM
    • Bob J { And just how did Jack come to this revelation? /sarcasm } – Sep 02, 2:20 AM
    • Chris { Then you would have to show that there is correlation between testosterone and autism. Of course the problem with generalizing to anyone who has fairly… } – Sep 02, 12:57 AM
    • Dennis { @Winddriven I hope you’ve seen my clarification. Binding vs factors related to testosterone (gender, for example) are very different things. } – Sep 02, 12:41 AM
    • Dennis { @ Chris True. I understand what you’re saying about socio-economic factors. I just couldn’t be bothered mentioning possible causes for superficially apparent correlations, though perhaps… } – Sep 02, 12:34 AM
  • Naturopathy vs. Science: Facts edition (295)
    • Frederick { Yeah, and it is also greepy. Poop transplant! talk about something you don’t brag over at the water cooler. } – Sep 01, 11:57 PM
    • Frederick { LOL good one! And lets use some “natural” spark plug, “natural” dinosaurs killing Iridium in my case! } – Sep 01, 11:55 PM
    • Frederick { Maybe he/she is like Sheldon cooper, who’s too much evolved to drive, Whoa is too evolved to answer. I like how he use straw men… } – Sep 01, 11:48 PM
    • Frederick { Yeah, Jimmy kick ass! He is now in my pantheon of Awesome people! } – Sep 01, 11:36 PM
    • Harriet Hall { They are missing the fact that matter and energy are different forms of the same thing (E=mc squared). Fields can’t exist without matter. So the… } – Sep 01, 10:44 PM
  • A Touch to Fear: Chiropractic and the Newborn Baby (101)
    • Clay Jones { That’s the gist of it. Certainly a better option than a home birth but still carries some risk. We now know that there is a… } – Sep 01, 10:59 PM
    • Missmolly { Mea culpa, my response was partially based on my imperfect memory of the de Jonge studies out of the Netherlands. Rereading them, they’re nice looking… } – Sep 01, 7:36 PM
    • Andrey Pavlov { @tbizz: As Dr. Jones said, I cannot truly comment on Canadian chiropractic but to my knowledge it is simply not truly different than the case… } – Sep 01, 5:50 PM
    • Clay Jones { Chiropractors are the most likely of the healthcare professions to default on student loan debts and frequently must resort to Practice Building schemes to get… } – Sep 01, 5:32 PM
    • tbizz { Briefly considered medicine, and although I do have a high GPA, I do not have the pre-requisites many med schools require. Besides, I would like… } – Sep 01, 4:09 PM
  • Ketogenic diet does not “beat chemo for almost all cancers” (275)
    • MadisonMD { Bob asks what constitutes strong evidence in support of investing limited research resources toward studying his favorite hypothesis and then cites a pilot study by… } – Sep 01, 8:22 PM
    • Nell on Wheels { You forgot to include these little tidbits: So, if a study showed safety/feasibility as well as some evidence for efficacy, it would open the door… } – Sep 01, 5:49 PM
    • MadisonMD { You’re confusing two separate issues now (at least I hope it’s simple confusion and not an attempt at obfuscation). I think you are confused. On… } – Sep 01, 5:35 PM
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { So we’re agreed then that the evidence is too preliminary to recommend as a treatment for cancer patients and further stratification and testing should occur?… } – Sep 01, 4:13 PM
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { How about because drugs usually aren’t all that effective,Really? It’s funny, because I’ve never had smallpox, polio or pertussis, and I’ve had my pain suppressed… } – Sep 01, 4:08 PM
  • Vitamin K Refusal – The New Anti-Vax (181)
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { Thus, I’d prefer a urologist I am unlikely to get an erection in front of.I strongly doubt that getting an erection in front of a… } – Sep 01, 4:48 PM
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { Hospitals, however, are more likely to contain more deadly or more resistant bacteria. More patients with serous diseases and more patients on antibiotics. Post-delivery infection… } – Sep 01, 4:38 PM
    • Windriven { “just barely black” = 50%?” Just barely black = light skinned and lacking pronounced stereotypical features. ““no qualifications” = United States Senator, State Senator from… } – Sep 01, 4:16 PM
    • Harriet Hall { Let me clarify what I was getting at. I agree that people have the right to choose their doctors based on personal preference. But people… } – Sep 01, 3:43 PM
    • Harriet Hall { There are medical reasons why parents might choose to circumcise. I covered them at http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/circumcision-what-does-science-say/ Opinions differ about how “good” those reasons are. That’s why… } – Sep 01, 3:22 PM
  • Clinical trials of integrative medicine: testing whether magic works? (112)
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { Iqbal, you are citing efforts in America (there are other countries by the way, and most have national health care schemes) to improve medical practice…. } – Sep 01, 4:02 PM
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { There is no doubt that the drug suppresses symptoms and when stopped, the disease comes back.Yes, but what’s your point? There is no cure for… } – Sep 01, 3:54 PM
    • KayMarie { Coding failure *facepalm* } – Sep 01, 2:13 PM
    • KayMarie { Do you all believe in Mother Nature or natural healing? — NO?? She is why these schemes usually do not kill many more unsuspecting people…. } – Sep 01, 2:12 PM
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { Do you all believe in Mother Nature or natural healing? — NO?? She is why these schemes usually do not kill many more unsuspecting people.You… } – Sep 01, 1:34 PM
  • Naturopathy vs. Science: Prenatal Vitamins (85)
    • Ariann { Just a correction – pregnant women do not have a higher requirement for calcium than other pre-menopausal women, although lactating women do. http://lpi.oregonstate.edu/infocenter/lifestages/pregnancyandlactation/ “Although 200-250… } – Sep 01, 3:53 PM
  • Yet another plague panic (211)
    • Harriet Hall { Here’s another story: 100 women don’t get any treatment and 5 of them recover completely. You never hear about them. } – Sep 01, 3:45 PM
    • Andrey Pavlov { The homeopathic medicine: Pyrogenum 200 – 2 doses. The woman would be working in the fields within a week of being sick after delivery. Delivery… } – Sep 01, 3:12 PM
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { There are NO REAL MEDICINES. Only drugs.Iqbal, you can keep saying this, but at best it means you are using a term in a way… } – Sep 01, 1:27 PM
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { How many people took Pyrogenium 200 and died afterwards? } – Sep 01, 1:22 PM
    • Chris { Argument from blatant assertion is useless, answer my questions with real evidence. } – Sep 01, 9:44 AM
  • Antibiotics vs. the Microbiome (114)
    • KayMarie { If you were actually able to completely and totally wipe out all the bacteria in your colon (and had your appendix removed so the ones… } – Sep 01, 1:35 PM
    • robert christ { Think I have the generic version of that “clearlax” polyethyene glycol 3350. I took it two nights in a row recommended dose recently just to… } – Sep 01, 12:33 PM
    • KayMarie { You mean like miralax (high dose) or other preps for colonoscopy that you take until your diarrhea runs clear? The other main thing used for… } – Sep 01, 9:04 AM
    • robert christ { Had “debilitating” CFS for 17 years now. When I first tried GF diet 3 years ago I got about three days of relative symptom free… } – Aug 31, 5:35 PM
  • Tens of millions for CAM research — and it’s all on your dime (141)
    • aada { The Gaylrade refutation is old, this is a response for the skeptikal arguments (note: In Spanish Mexico): http://homeopatiayseudoescepticismo.wordpress.com/2014/01/30/20-anos-del-desinformador-mauricio-jose-schwarz/ } – Aug 31, 11:54 PM
  • “Atavistic oncology” revisited: Dr. Frank Arguello responds (162)
    • nutrition prof { I keep going back & forth refreshing comments from here and Dr G’s not so secret blog o’ controversy! I gotta stop this and get… } – Aug 31, 10:13 PM
    • simba { I think one of the best ways to embarrass Dr Arguello would be just to post up his letters, no commentary . They are patently… } – Aug 31, 10:13 PM
    • Gemman Aster { How is he feeling? I don’t know; perhaps as entertained as the rest of us? } – Aug 31, 7:54 PM
  • John Oliver skewers Dr. Oz for his hawking of diet supplements (84)
    • Cathy Louise { Yep, agree. As a newbie to this site, I appreciate getting some good sound science-based info (and a little honest humour makes it fun). Thank… } – Aug 31, 7:06 PM
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