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  • No, the HPV vaccine does not cause promiscuity (204)
    • Chemmomo { Tazia, “I wrote: “For the sake of opposing me, you have posted a terrible public health message.” ” My interpretation is that you led off… } – Dec 20, 6:48 PM
    • Chris { I suspect most of those who dislike her are actually female. Her behavior is annoying, and then blaming her treatment on her gender is even… } – Dec 20, 6:33 PM
    • Chemmomo { Here is the link to Harriet Hall’s suggestions to Tazia back on 28 Nov 14: http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/in-the-spirit-of-choosing-wisely/#more-34690 } – Dec 20, 6:30 PM
    • Chemmomo { Tazia, at the risk of simply feeding your ego, I’d like to offer you my perspective on your comments with the hope that a live… } – Dec 20, 6:29 PM
    • Vicki { It does not “obstruct conversation” to ignore someone I dislike, or find boring, or think is her/himself trying to obstruct the conversation. Nor is it… } – Dec 20, 6:07 PM
  • Reflexology for Babies? (17)
    • Windriven { The answer is ADVOCACY! Speaking now to all and sundry, get off your dead butts and volunteer with SfSBM. It doesn’t matter whether you can… } – Dec 20, 6:31 PM
    • Thurber { Here’s the latest news: ALBANY — New York law has been changed to prohibit state investigations of doctors for unconventional treatments of diseases, specifically including… } – Dec 20, 4:56 PM
    • Badly Shaved Monkey { Yes, that. :-) } – Dec 20, 3:01 AM
    • Flabbergastered { Perhaps the human race has an atavistic pull towards original sin – even a normal, healthy newborn needs “treatment”. } – Dec 19, 10:57 PM
    • Clay Jones { https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZuYbDP2kDfg } – Dec 19, 6:55 PM
  • Hostility towards scientific consensus: A red flag identifying a crank or quack (211)
    • PMoran { Simba: “You seem to be asserting that CAM and mainstream treatments should be assessed differently,” Not in the least. That very statement assumes a hegemony… } – Dec 20, 3:31 PM
    • Windriven { I’m gonna steal that :-P } – Dec 20, 1:56 PM
    • brewandferment { you had better not be Mr Sweetness because it would ruin the fun when you tackle the ssrs, stans, whoas, et al or the other… } – Dec 20, 1:25 PM
    • MadisonMD { This wasn’t meant to be a discussion of glucosamine chondroitin in particular, but: (1) The mechanistic plausibility was always highly questionable*, and preclinical data largely… } – Dec 20, 12:23 AM
    • PMoran { I can sort of agree with most of what you say MMD. The FDA and SBM exceptions that you refer to reinforce my point concerning… } – Dec 19, 10:36 PM
  • Communicating Health Science News (31)
    • Moose { I read a lot of research related to obesity and/or diabetes (especially type 2 diabetes), two areas where the mass population’s belief is far different… } – Dec 20, 12:51 PM
    • brewandferment { my degree was in engineering and it was mostly the upper level classes that got engaged profs like you. A lot of my lower division… } – Dec 19, 4:42 PM
    • Kathleen { I also felt sorry for the researchers who had to watch 40 Oz shows to and write down nearly everything. I just hope they had… } – Dec 19, 10:34 AM
    • Angora Rabbit { Speaking as a tenured professor I’d say that’s no more true than any other blanket statement. I have many colleagues who enjoy working with them,… } – Dec 19, 10:21 AM
    • brewandferment { seems like I’ve heard that a goodly number of tenure track professors also detest interacting with undergrads especially freshmen and sophomores? My recollections (now almost… } – Dec 18, 8:56 PM
  • Homotoxicology (83)
    • Chris { “The control groups have shortcoming on: genetic differences, mental differences and time (age).” But not if you use genetically similar mice of the same age…. } – Dec 19, 10:16 PM
    • Iqbal { simba “If humans are too variable to use control groups how on earth does the ‘historical case study’ method of homeopathy have any validity at… } – Dec 19, 10:00 PM
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { What were the names of the homeopathic remedies?It doesn’t matter, they’re lactose balls that were potentially moistened with distilled water at some point in time,… } – Dec 19, 12:56 PM
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { We see homeopathy work every time we fall sick: typhoid, malaria, injuries, skin ailments etc.I’ll note that every single one of those problems will tend… } – Dec 18, 4:07 PM
    • simba { If humans are too variable to use control groups how on earth does the ‘historical case study’ method of homeopathy have any validity at all?… } – Dec 18, 9:11 AM
  • Study of “Acupressure” for Constipation (62)
    • Windriven { Steve. } – Dec 19, 11:56 AM
    • Windriven { Why, it is the power and majesty of acupuncture making itself known. Silly question. Hey, I could write his stuff, BSM. } – Dec 19, 11:54 AM
    • Badly Shaved Monkey { Let’s try a direct question. SSR, why do you think you get a fiash of pain on the medial side of your orbit when you… } – Dec 19, 11:43 AM
    • Badly Shaved Monkey { Doctor. :-) } – Dec 19, 11:37 AM
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { But he describes the flash of pain with no indication of awareness of the underlying anatomy as if he doesn’t know these nerves exist and… } – Dec 19, 10:36 AM
  • Pesticides: Just How Bad Are They? (226)
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { A recent publication strengthens previous evidence associating gestational pesticide exposure with the outcome of ASD or DD. “Neurodevelopmental Disorders and Prenatal Residential Proximity to Agricultural… } – Dec 18, 3:26 PM
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { Again, no, people are demonizing pesticides used in a/h/c because they have documented effects on human health and longevity.You really think the average person on… } – Dec 18, 3:11 PM
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { No, people are complaining about synthetic pesticides because of the scientific findings relating them to health issues and negative effects.And people aren’t concerned about plant-produced… } – Dec 18, 2:57 PM
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { Hmmm. Do you have any evidence that establishes typical concentrations of plant pesticides in adult humans, fetuses, newborns, etc? Also, do you have any evidence… } – Dec 18, 2:43 PM
    • Harriet Hall { “Could you provide a citation(s) that supports your contention that agricultural/home/commercial pesticides constitute less than a hundredth of a percentage of pesticides we ingest?” I… } – Dec 18, 1:55 PM
  • Risks of CAM Treatments for Cancer (98)
    • MadisonMD { What is wrong with herbs? It is like taking cold meds … just a pacifier and comfy medicine. Do you think it is OK to… } – Dec 18, 12:45 AM
    • Windriven { None of that makes a lick of sense. Who is doing arthroplasties for “treatable pain”? Who is handing out opiates like vitamin pills? Are you… } – Dec 17, 10:54 PM
    • Windriven { I don’t tell anyone what they can and can’t take. I might tell them they’re wasting their money and potentially damaging their health. But far… } – Dec 17, 10:48 PM
    • Windriven { You’re an ass, Steve. Just saying stuff like that is meaningless. You really need to learn a bit about science, the scientific method, logic, and… } – Dec 17, 10:46 PM
    • Stephen S. Rodrigues, MD { This is a “free” country, who are you to tell others what they can and can’t take. What is wrong with herbs? It is like… } – Dec 17, 6:50 PM
  • Questions and Answers about Chiropractic: The Bottom Line (140)
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { What is there to explain? Medicine is hard, and there are no guarantees. Can you explain why you endorse acupuncture so strongly despite there being… } – Dec 17, 2:51 PM
  • No, the CDC did not just “admit” that this year’s flu vaccine doesn’t work (79)
    • Tazia K. Stagg { I call it a meanness club with a healthcare theme. } – Dec 17, 1:30 PM
    • Windriven { “we KNOW that this time around the vaccine just was far less than optimal so the POSSIBLE flu becomes now PROBABLE, well, that is something… } – Dec 17, 5:25 AM
    • Windriven { “just because you say “its science” doesn’t do much for me…” Then you’re in the.wrong place, billy. The first word in the title should have… } – Dec 17, 5:19 AM
  • Why Does This Immunologist Reject Vaccinations? (148)
    • LynneB { Thank you for the link to her dissertation, especially. Good lord. I’ve never before seen a PhD dissertation for a legitimate subject from a legitimate… } – Dec 17, 11:19 AM
  • SFSBM Report upsets naturopaths. We’re fine with that. (76)
    • Windriven { Ashley, I have no idea whether or not your anecdote is true or invented. That is one of the problems with Internet commentary. But even… } – Dec 17, 5:35 AM
    • Andrey Pavlov { My naturopathic doctor was the only doctor that discovered that I had a pituitary tumor. I had seen my GP and several endocrinologists and all… } – Dec 17, 2:05 AM
    • KayMarie { Any other alternative types…. } – Dec 17, 12:25 AM
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { Do any of you on this site actually know any Naturopathic Doctors? Or been a patient of one? Or even spoken to a patient of… } – Dec 17, 12:17 AM
  • Homeopaths Threaten Public Health Selling Sugar Pills as Vaccine Alternatives (268)
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { Homeopathic logic is clear. Bacteria, virus etc. have been around for million of years and will continue to be around us. The problem lies with… } – Dec 17, 12:42 AM
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