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  • Clinical trials of integrative medicine: testing whether magic works? (29)
    • Kiiri { Great article. I didn’t read the press articles (yet) I am sure they are full of false balance and I am basking in the glow… } – Aug 21, 2:01 PM
    • Chris { “There is scientific evidence that water can store information. More research is needed and it is not yet well understood, but water memory has been… } – Aug 21, 12:27 PM
    • goodnightirene { “…who clearly seem to regard the existence of scientific evidence as nothing more than optional window-dressing.” That is the main underlying problem with the woo-inclined,… } – Aug 21, 12:13 PM
    • Harriet Hall { Before anyone tries to explain “how” homeopathy works, the burden is on homeopaths to show “that” it works. They have failed to provide any convincing… } – Aug 21, 11:45 AM
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { What you really mean is “the mechanism should be compatible with philosophical materialism.”Actually, what he really means is “if you’re going to claim that something… } – Aug 21, 11:35 AM
  • Tens of millions for CAM research — and it’s all on your dime (17)
    • R. Miller { Sigh. “It’s a catch 22 — say that CAM is worthless because not supported by RCTs, then try to make sure it doesn’t get funding… } – Aug 21, 1:57 PM
    • Writerinacoma { Lovely. Our government is burning money on the National College of Natural Medicine while the CSU I attend doesn’t have the funding to offer students… } – Aug 21, 1:19 PM
    • Windriven { “If CAM research gets funding and the results repeatedly show no benefit, it will die out.” Strike 11. You’re still out. NCCAM alone has spent… } – Aug 21, 1:18 PM
    • KayMarie { More of a limited resources than dogmatic thing, IMO. In an ideal world we would have unlimited resources for every scientific endeavor. But we don’t…. } – Aug 21, 1:17 PM
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { It’s a catch 22 — say that CAM is worthless because not supported by RCTs, then try to make sure it doesn’t get funding for… } – Aug 21, 1:12 PM
  • Vitamin K Refusal – The New Anti-Vax (107)
    • mouse { Sean Duggan ” It’s complicated by the fact that, of course, every person wants the highest level of care possible, but we are facing the… } – Aug 21, 1:52 PM
    • lilady { Why would you even post such a comment? It reminds me of posters on the internet, who claim to be pro-vaccine and pro-science, yet they… } – Aug 21, 1:47 PM
    • lilady { I’ve posted that same link on other sites, when the anti-vaccine trolls come on board. Here’s the link to “Olive’s Story”…which seems to have a… } – Aug 21, 1:36 PM
    • Windriven { “That is a sexist attitude, just as preferring a doctor of the same race would be a racist attitude.” With all due respect Dr. Hall,… } – Aug 21, 1:25 PM
    • Windriven { @WLU and Dr. Hall The issue is one of patient willingness to discuss intimate sexual details with a member of the opposite gender. There is… } – Aug 21, 1:13 PM
  • Ketogenic diet does not “beat chemo for almost all cancers” (162)
    • weing { “Nobody should be liable here, because nobody should be giving medical advice. Pointing out that there is no evidence behind ketogenic diets is not medical… } – Aug 21, 1:33 PM
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { Could it have been a previous treatment that had been starting to work?It could also have been spontaneous remission, which does happen – even with… } – Aug 21, 12:00 PM
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { Aoife, that is fantastic news, I wish you all the best for the future.The sad thing is, if Aoife dies of cancer, you’ll never know… } – Aug 21, 11:47 AM
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { WilliamLawrenceUtridge, state your real name, location and medical qualifications please.Why? If it turns out that I’m a homeless person living in Calcutta , contributing through… } – Aug 21, 11:40 AM
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { I’m not praising anyoneSo you don’t see linking to his videos as an implicit form of praise, or at minimum endorsement? Why not? If I… } – Aug 21, 11:28 AM
  • “Atavistic oncology” revisited: Dr. Frank Arguello responds (122)
    • Gemman Aster { This is something that often confuses and frustrates me about so many fringe luminaries. Especially as I am personally very open to advances and new… } – Aug 21, 12:02 PM
    • Gemman Aster { Surely one cannot think this kind of aggressive and adversarial childishness is the best way to advance your case, even if you DO hold a… } – Aug 21, 11:54 AM
    • jsterritt { Too true. I will be more circumspect in future! } – Aug 21, 11:37 AM
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { Heh, I bet Dr. Gorski’s bosses are super impressed that Arguello is basing his interventions on theoretical work carried out over a century ago. Because… } – Aug 21, 11:17 AM
    • JLI { Hm….. I was wrong indeed. And I should have known better. Thinking back, MAS was quite persistent too. When will these clowns learn, that if… } – Aug 21, 10:20 AM
  • Ebola outbreaks: Science versus fear mongering and quackery (279)
    • Harriet Hall { Off the subject, but I’m wondering what happens when HIPPA conflicts with state law – doesn’t the federal law override the state? I’m asking because… } – Aug 21, 11:51 AM
    • mouse { WLU – below find the summary from HHS – My understanding – health care providers can’t share information about patients health or care without their… } – Aug 21, 11:22 AM
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { Does HIPAA forbid the use of such images to provide anecdotes or testimonials? Also, telling the messenger they are wrong isn’t the same thing as… } – Aug 21, 11:00 AM
    • mouse { So happy to see that you reported this violation, Andrey and great to hear that the complaint is being taken seriously. } – Aug 20, 11:01 AM
  • Vani Hari (a.k.a. The Food Babe): The Jenny McCarthy of food (341)
    • mouse { Shoot, that second link doesn’t work, not sure why. Just google “positive fantasies about idealized futures sap energy” It should show up. } – Aug 21, 11:02 AM
    • mouse { Unfortunately, that would be over reach WLU. The studies pretty much just suggest that ‘positive thinking’ or positive affirmations are not universally tied to lower… } – Aug 21, 10:57 AM
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { I would split the hair and say that food is causing it; not because of some special biochemical magic of processed foods, but because it’s… } – Aug 21, 10:55 AM
    • Jopari { Ouch. But what the heck. Must be a different society, I’m not surrounded by people who are morbidly obese, though they happen on occasion. They… } – Aug 21, 5:15 AM
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { I haven’t read these yet, but I will take them as evidence that my premature curmudgeonliness is actually an adaptive health behavior, so thanks for… } – Aug 20, 8:49 PM
  • Rope Worms: C’est la Merde (456)
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { Aw, you beat me to it :) } – Aug 21, 10:55 AM
    • weing { Better question for you. Why does the porridge bird lay his eggs in the air? } – Aug 20, 11:56 PM
    • weing { They don’t. } – Aug 20, 11:55 PM
    • Vladimir { Last question. Why people doing oxidation therapies per os poop out rope worms? } – Aug 20, 11:49 PM
  • Pass the Salt (But Not That Pink Himalayan Stuff) (165)
    • mouse { Hah!, I doubt it’s possible to change the color of your emoticon. But it would have been sweet to see a florescent green happy face…. } – Aug 21, 10:38 AM
    • Missmolly { Seriously, no recipe, it’s that simple: put peanut butter and chopped good dark chocolate sprinkled with flaky salt in a sandwich; butter the outside; fry… } – Aug 21, 9:07 AM
    • Kathy { I would be interested in adding one to this trial. Please post website of a good recipe. (Must say I’ve never in my life heard… } – Aug 21, 8:37 AM
    • George Cross { Kind of like how sickle cell disease is terrible, but protective against plasmodia infection from malaria. http://www.cdc.gov/malaria/about/biology/sickle_cell.html Evolution selects for whatever works at the time. } – Aug 21, 5:05 AM
    • Missmolly { Gosh you’re joyless, whoa! The presence of anti-caking agent depends on the brand of salt, not its koshering qualities. So of the two big kosher… } – Aug 21, 2:55 AM
  • The false dichotomies of CAM and “integrative medicine” (81)
    • Chris { All my kids are in college, so I last helped my daughter make sense of that book a long time ago. It seemed that they… } – Aug 20, 8:48 PM
    • simba { I know a fair few people who are convinced that smoking is either harmless or actively good for you. People are not so good at… } – Aug 20, 8:18 PM
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { Yes that happens all the time, doesn’t it, a perfect example of the typical human being.Even if all 21-year-olds are not dying of heart attacks,… } – Aug 20, 8:14 PM
    • simba { Often very angry, too, especially the drive-by one shot posters who talk about how ‘bitter’ everyone else is. Whoah, this isn’t directed at you btw. } – Aug 20, 8:11 PM
    • mouse { I know – I’m beginning to believe something I’ve suspected for a long time. People really into alternative medicine are complete buzz kills. } – Aug 20, 8:09 PM
  • A balanced look at gluten sensitivity (81)
    • simba { KayMarie- it’s probably agave or labelled ‘natural’ and that doesn’t count. An acquaintance with diabetes came in all excited announcing to everyone she’d found some… } – Aug 20, 8:03 PM
    • KayMarie { I’m kinda surprised a DAN type doctor would be OK with feeding lots of sugars, but maybe they haven’t fallen into that pit of woo. } – Aug 20, 3:43 PM
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