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  • An aboriginal girl dies of leukemia: Parental “rights” versus the right of a child to medical care (37)
    • Cathy Louise { “Native Canadians still suffer from prejudice and sub-standard care in our healthcare system.” ELB, I don’t see this prejudice and substandard care you mention in… } – Jan 26, 10:28 PM
    • EBMOD { The final step is once at the South Pole they ask to go South of the South Pole. At which point Stephen Hawking’s head explodes… } – Jan 26, 7:38 PM
    • ELB { This is a very sad story for which we are all responsible. So the question is, how do we move forward? What can we do… } – Jan 26, 6:19 PM
    • David Gorski { What’s left? Chilean or South Africans going to Antarctica? :-) } – Jan 26, 5:43 PM
    • Karl withakay { If Canadians are going south to the US for this cancer quackery, and Americans are going south to Mexico for stem cell quackery, where does… } – Jan 26, 5:24 PM
  • The Disneyland measles outbreak: “Dr. Bob” Sears says measles isn’t that bad, and an antivaccine activist invokes the Brady Bunch fallacy (444)
    • Andrey Pavlov { Hardly. You really are an odd duck, Graham. } – Jan 26, 10:22 PM
    • Windriven { Game theory is fine in the jungle. But one would hope that we have moved beyond purely actions based on purely selfish motives. But perhaps… } – Jan 26, 10:09 PM
    • Graham { Yes, game theory. I provided the link the other day as to how this type of analysis is able to explain what is happening. And… } – Jan 26, 9:31 PM
    • Windriven { A mental defective is wrong. I apologize. An ethical defective. } – Jan 26, 9:24 PM
    • Windriven { Could the answer possibly be: “I’ve been to doctor school and I have a license that says within pretty broad boundaries I can do whatever… } – Jan 26, 9:22 PM
  • Say it ain’t so, Mickey! A holiday measles outbreak makes the happiest place in the world sad (208)
    • Chris { Perusing these articles should answer your question: http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/?s=geier You do know that Dr. Mark Geier’s medical license has been revoked in almost every state, right? } – Jan 26, 10:18 PM
    • Oscar Levant { What is your opinion of Dr. Geier’s position on flu vaccinations? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nvXIqUyOdK4 } – Jan 26, 9:38 PM
    • Graham { http://www.theonion.com/articles/i-dont-vaccinate-my-child-because-its-my-right-to,37839/ } – Jan 25, 3:06 AM
  • Upcoming Toronto talk: Complementary and Alternative Medicine: A Business Ethics Perspective (56)
    • Graham { @ebmod I’m not saying that Ω-3 PUFAs don’t have a place, but fish oils contain PCBs, and often consumer testing shows high levels of oxidation… } – Jan 26, 8:00 PM
    • EBMOD { Glad they are working so well for you, Nell. :) Dry eye is a weird disease where we generally do have to shotgun it, trying… } – Jan 26, 6:14 PM
    • Nell on Wheels { I’ll second that! I had chronic dry eye from meibomian gland dysfunction. First, we did the warm compresses and Sterilid scrub, but my skin is… } – Jan 26, 5:57 PM
    • EBMOD { Minor quibble. Fish oil/Omega-3′s do have a good evidence base to show that they are helpful for meibomian gland dysfunction. These are the oil glands… } – Jan 26, 4:12 PM
    • Windriven { Sorry, SWF77. I did not recognize the first sentence being from another reply. My bad. } – Jan 26, 6:57 AM
  • Gut Check (136)
    • EBMOD { No, I’m saying that my post about the aquariums: “That is one of my main hobbies as well. My main things are amazon planted freshwater… } – Jan 26, 6:17 PM
    • Nell on Wheels { DC, thanks for the info. I really don’t have an opinion one way or the other about purple loosestrife, I was just trying to explain… } – Jan 26, 4:04 PM
    • Graham { There are a few in town that have prairies instead of lawns but they seem to work at tending theirs much more than I am… } – Jan 26, 3:37 PM
    • DevoutCatalyst { Nell, I’m going from memory, but the argument put forth is that upon close study purple loosestrife does not form nearly pure stands as has… } – Jan 26, 3:07 PM
    • Graham { Probably the two links. My post that had more then one link went also into the moderation queue. } – Jan 26, 12:12 PM
  • 2014: Chiropractors, naturopaths and acupuncturists lose in state legislatures (40)
    • simba { Have a google of Perkins patent tractors. They had cures as or more amazing than yours. But they were simply metal rods, and wooden ones… } – Jan 26, 5:49 PM
    • Windriven { ” if acupuncture worked for me, it must work for others as well.” Assumes a lot of facts not in evidence. Clearly you believe it… } – Jan 26, 4:27 PM
    • Ronsy { Thank you for the response, if acupuncture worked for me, it must work for others as well. The human body hasn’t changed in like a… } – Jan 26, 4:16 PM
    • Thor { Dry needling isn’t always acupuncture “period”. Alleged trigger points are also dry needled, but with larger gauge needles. } – Jan 26, 4:08 PM
    • Harriet Hall { You don’t know that it works. All you know is that you got better after acupuncture. That’s all you need to know for yourself, and… } – Jan 25, 12:34 PM
  • Shedding Light on Unreasonable Decisions (402)
    • Graham { #47 and it seems you are another who prefers the evidence depending on who it is that quotes it rather then examining it yourself. You… } – Jan 26, 4:35 PM
    • Harriet Hall { I tried. I’m not likely to try again. } – Jan 26, 4:11 PM
    • Thor { @Dr. Hall: I think it is quite clear by now that Graham is ALWAYS right, will persistently correct other experts, and will doggedly refuse to… } – Jan 26, 3:43 PM
    • Graham { If you really wanted to give it a rest you should not have replied either here or before. I am merely defending my understanding which… } – Jan 26, 2:42 PM
    • Harriet Hall { “Your definition implies an inevitability that current research does not support.” No it doesn’t. But your definition implies an ability to avoid Alzheimer’s that current… } – Jan 26, 2:07 PM
  • Unfalsifiable Beliefs (176)
    • JP { I’ve always rather preferred Sartre to Camus. Apropos and highly entertaining: this comic. :) (Though Beauvoir is the real winner, I think.) } – Jan 26, 4:16 PM
    • KelleyB { Thanks, Nell, for sharing your story. I don’t have kids, but I have nieces and nephews and will try to remember to ask questions of… } – Jan 26, 4:13 PM
    • Windriven { “eternally dooming us to an irrational and emotion ridden existence, instead [of] experiencing the world the way a computer wold.” If so that suggests an… } – Jan 26, 3:16 PM
    • Windriven { “you can’t understand what they do or how it works. Just another example of the limitations of science to explain everything.” Straw man much, stan?… } – Jan 26, 3:08 PM
    • KayMarie { I think one thing that is starting to make some inroads into the science community is that the narratives and stores are important, especially when… } – Jan 26, 12:51 PM
  • Glyphosate – The New Bogeyman (273)
    • Mlema { There are a number of good studies that show glyphosate preparations to be harmful to amphibians at all life stages – and not only in… } – Jan 26, 3:33 AM
    • Mlema { If the alternative is a diversified, integrated pest management system which minimizes the use of toxic pesticides, I’d say: the alternatives. } – Jan 26, 3:04 AM
    • Mlema { You’ve linked to an advocacy blog post. And it doesn’t matter how much research has been done and by whom. What matters is what’s been… } – Jan 26, 2:41 AM
  • Stem cell clinics and unapproved, for-profit human experimentation (72)
    • Graham { Well I find it hard to understand how someone like Dr Nicholas Gonzalez could get it so wrong. The trial results were dismal, and he… } – Jan 25, 10:02 PM
    • simba { One thing I learned at the start of becoming more of a ‘skeptic’ was to read the cancer testimonial carefully and google the patient’s name… } – Jan 25, 8:45 PM
  • Stroke Death from Chiropractic Neck Manipulation (299)
    • JoeE { Paracetamol is acetaminophen. Or were you being tongue-in-cheek? } – Jan 25, 6:05 PM
  • Selective pressures on alternative medicine (335)
    • LouisaVA { In my view, there is no such thing as alternative medicine. If an alternative treatment is proven to work, it becomes science-based medicine. If not,… } – Jan 24, 3:34 PM
  • Acupuncture, Organic Food, and Other Questions (523)
    • LouisaVA { Concerning organic vs. non-organic or even more often I hear it is “NATURAL” therefore good for you; poison ivy is natural, the foxglove plant is… } – Jan 24, 3:25 PM
  • Are skin-lightening glutathione injections safe and effective? (33)
    • NewcoasterMD { Slightly off topic, but only slightly….this article reminded me of a “classic” SNL skit from the 70′s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N8QEIaATPis } – Jan 24, 1:36 PM
    • KayMarie { Enjoy your day! } – Jan 24, 1:23 PM
    • mouse { Thanks guys! I have a day with mr mouse the pups planned. } – Jan 24, 12:59 PM
  • Selling “integrative oncology” as a monograph in JNCI (77)
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { Another…somewhat related…blogger has addressed those particular articles: http://scienceblogs.com/insolence/2015/01/05/science-and-the-aaas-sell-their-souls-to-promote-pseudoscience-in-medicine/ http://scienceblogs.com/insolence/2015/01/06/science-and-the-aaas-not-to-mention-the-who-sell-their-souls-to-promote-pseudoscience-in-medicine/ } – Jan 24, 1:13 PM
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