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  • An Overly Pessimistic View of Medicine (89)
    • Windriven { A. None. But that isn’t what I said. I said that many lower income individuals purchased bronze plans because of the low cost which, unfortunately,… } – Oct 22, 6:43 PM
    • EBMOD { I understand the reason for the individual mandate. I’m not arguing the economics of it. I’m just pointing out that it has further polarized the… } – Oct 22, 6:04 PM
    • EBMOD { There are definitely pockets of malcontents in any given profession. In optometry, if you go onto the studentdoctor boards, by reading what established OD’s are… } – Oct 22, 5:34 PM
    • Windriven { I agree that it would have been unrealistic to imagine going directly to single-payer. But a government payer along the lines of an expanded Medicare… } – Oct 22, 5:16 PM
    • Ed Whitney { The new NEJM reports a low level of trust among Americans in their trust of the US medical profession but also a high level of… } – Oct 22, 5:15 PM
  • A TCM Challenge (34)
    • whoa { This brainless blog software doesn’t put the reply under the comment you are replying to. I was replying to “This may be part of the… } – Oct 22, 6:35 PM
    • whoa { what?? } – Oct 22, 6:29 PM
    • whoa { You MDs who have no experience with statistics should stop taking wild guesses. } – Oct 22, 6:27 PM
    • Scote { My concern with this challenge is that it will be very difficult to ensure that the subjects are unaware of their pregnancy status, in other… } – Oct 22, 5:43 PM
    • Ed Whitney { FWIW, the probability of tossing 26 or more “heads” on 32 tosses of a fair coin is about 0.0002675. Ditto for 26 or more “tails…. } – Oct 22, 4:35 PM
  • Questions and Answers about Chiropractic: The Bottom Line (84)
    • agitato { I was surprised too. } – Oct 22, 5:59 PM
    • Andrey Pavlov { I completely agree with Windriven. Funny enough Godzilla is currently embodying the caricature of a stance that our opponents claim we here take, maligning anyone… } – Oct 22, 5:35 PM
    • William { Sounds like Godzilla is either a disgruntled chiropractor itself or a PT. There are numerous errors in his tirade. I’ve neither the time nor the… } – Oct 22, 1:47 PM
    • Sam Homola { Thank you, Winddriven! Sam } – Oct 22, 11:06 AM
    • Windriven { “I appreciate Sam Homola’s comments but isn’t having a chiropractor critique chiropractic like having a pimp analyze prostitution?” Who better? A john? A vice cop?… } – Oct 22, 10:53 AM
  • Quackademia update: The Cleveland Clinic, George Washington University, and the continued infiltration of quackery into medical academia (270)
    • MadisonMD { Then we will need to develop optogenetic laser acupuncture to select the appropriate tissue. I wonder if this has been proposed to NCCAM yet. } – Oct 22, 3:46 PM
    • Windriven { I’m pretty sure his GB4-8 is pinned with the same 2″ needle as his colon meridian. } – Oct 22, 2:14 PM
    • MadisonMD { It might help if he dislodges the needle from the colon meridian where there is too much qi already, as judged from his effluvia, and… } – Oct 22, 1:26 PM
    • Windriven { Thanks Nell. I did go back and search for it after I made my comment. But my point stands. If one is going to criticize… } – Oct 22, 1:04 PM
    • Nell on Wheels { WTF? Who Godwinned and where? If you’re going to bitch someone out, how about using their name and quoting the sentence that got your knickers… } – Oct 22, 11:50 AM
  • Neuro-Acupuncture and Stroke (88)
    • David Drummond { “As long as the conversations are not balanced, I will chime in. or I may not” News flash! you don’t balance any of the conversations… } – Oct 22, 11:38 AM
    • Windriven { “Hey the human mind is puny” Compared to what? Compared to a mouse mind? Compared to a carrot? “[arthroplaty] DOES NOT WORK AS THE SCIENCE… } – Oct 20, 6:59 AM
    • Stephen S. Rodrigues, MD { Hey the human mind is puny and gets punier when it does not allow for new ideas. If I have no evidence or experience I… } – Oct 19, 11:46 PM
  • Ebola outbreaks: Science versus fear mongering and quackery (380)
    • Dave { The filovirus you are referring to in Germany in 1967 is the Marburg virus, which is not the same as the Ebola virus. I believe… } – Oct 22, 8:57 AM
    • Lister Ears { I kept reading your “en-light-ening” article to see if you were able to reveal the SOURCE of this “filovirus” but your article filed to, although… } – Oct 21, 10:29 PM
    • Sawyer { The exposed skin would still be a no-no, but I know many laboratories use double or triple glove procedures. It’s possible he’s taking off the… } – Oct 21, 8:07 PM
    • Sawyer { This is parody, right? You can’t really believe that emerging infections don’t even exist. Can you? We have seen some bizarre claims here over the… } – Oct 21, 8:03 PM
    • Koffi Babone { Look at the following photo in the article: http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/ebola-outbreak-vaccine-trials-begin-in-africa-in-january-who-says-1.2808078 There is something terribly wrong with this picture. Those working with Ebola patients should not be… } – Oct 21, 7:55 PM
  • Does the Movie Fed Up Make Sense? (281)
    • MadisonMD { Thanks IP. That was helpful. } – Oct 21, 10:05 PM
    • Interested party { Madison, this blog structure has so many replies to replies to replies that it takes me a long time to find what I was looking… } – Oct 21, 8:56 PM
    • Andrey Pavlov { Though MadisonMD is certainly correct, as is Kaye, there is a bit more nuance to be injected still (isn’t there always?). The real question is… } – Oct 21, 8:12 PM
    • KayMarie { And a zero carb never enters your body diet doesn’t reduce insulin to zero (or prevent gluconeogenesis) so I would think if you ate 20,000… } – Oct 21, 6:37 PM
    • MadisonMD { The important point that I keep trying to make that without insulin. the body will not store fat. Is this a fact or not? It… } – Oct 21, 5:27 PM
  • What naturopaths say to each other when they think no one’s listening (63)
    • mouse { Ha – The worst is when I right a lengthy post, then my ipad shuts down right before I post it, losing everything. Don’t suppose… } – Oct 21, 8:07 PM
    • EBMOD { “Oh dear, my condolences.” I truly appreciate that. It has been incredibly depressing. The really odd thing is that about ten years ago, my sister… } – Oct 21, 5:42 PM
    • simba { I understood that, I just meant about not being sure if a post has been lost, wasn’t written, or is going through. } – Oct 21, 5:33 PM
    • mouse { I think it wasn’t clear. “Oy Vey!” was my reply to your response. As in Oy Vey! It’s bad enough to have misperceptions about sugar,… } – Oct 21, 5:31 PM
    • simba { I hate when that happens. Just disheartening. } – Oct 21, 4:50 PM
  • Chaperones Needed (142)
    • Michael { Folks, I’ve been reading up a lot about ‘alternative’ medicine and it’s becoming infuriating all the bull that is pushed on us as being anything… } – Oct 21, 7:09 PM
  • Privileged Antivaxxers (388)
    • Chris { Le sigh. Well you can try doing the ratios from this table. But that may not work, Try hitting them head on with this: Vaccine… } – Oct 21, 1:48 AM
    • J. B. { As a parent and an RN, I battle this so often and it’s infuriating. However, though I have the education, and the experience in my… } – Oct 20, 7:31 PM
  • Ebola conspiracy theories: Same as it ever was (65)
    • David Tonarini { Honestly, the whole conspiracy theory idea has a very simple flaw in itse very premise. The basic idea is that some bad guys are ready… } – Oct 20, 3:41 PM
    • Calli Arcale { “Ebola hosts are even more infectious after they die.” Maybe so, but they don’t generally tend to go walking around and mingling with the community,… } – Oct 20, 11:24 AM
    • Sean Duggan { I kind of wondered if maybe she was confusing it with a Z-Pak, something many people are familiar with due to it being the standard… } – Oct 20, 10:19 AM
    • JD { In the Scientific American article, this is the piece I find most interesting: At one Boy Scout Jamboree in the Netherlands, scientists calculated each sick… } – Oct 20, 9:53 AM
    • KayMarie { The money is in different pots. Even if you save businesses a few bucks here and there (which adds up) that doesn’t mean the government… } – Oct 20, 8:42 AM
  • Placebo Speculations (51)
    • n brownlee { I have no opinion on the placebo effect of the scent of the physician- most of my doctors haven’t smelled of anything in particular except,… } – Oct 20, 1:29 PM
    • mouse { I was thinking in the context of medical therapies, rather than teen-age boy laundry. I doubt very much, if I closed my eyes and plugged… } – Oct 20, 12:56 PM
    • Calli Arcale { Go tell that to a lady mallard. He might be referring to a rather specific and unsavory type of hunting, rather than the normal predator-prey… } – Oct 20, 11:29 AM
  • The Reality of Ancient Wisdom: Acupuncture and TCM Weren’t So Great (366)
    • weing { “modern medicine mostly makes people sick.” Where do you come up with that? You want to go back to the good ole days? “Can any… } – Oct 20, 12:42 AM
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