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  • Food fights in the courtroom (127)
    • Roadstergal { Ah, the “May cause cancer in California” labels. The only good thing about them is that they’re so omnipresent that they’re practically invisible. As I… } – Jul 28, 4:39 PM
    • El Jefe { Look! It’s chemical free! http://www.smbc-comics.com/?id=3324 } – Jul 28, 12:27 PM
  • Beware The P-Value (176)
    • StatGuy { True, I should have been more specific. I don’t think there is any logical basis for having a ‘standard’ p-value cut-off which is broadly (and… } – Jul 28, 11:18 AM
  • NuVet: Pet Supplement Snake Oil (62)
    • KayMarie { *googles* How does the amber exist for millions of years, but wears out in less than 12 months if you put it on a dog?… } – Jul 28, 10:19 AM
    • simba { Amber ‘flea and tick necklaces’ too (hat tip to BC Boards for that one) If the resin didn’t keep the ticks away in the first… } – Jul 28, 8:49 AM
    • KayMarie { Add in a dose of conspiracy thought patterns and all science is evil, all man-made is evil and it doesn’t take much. And sure kennel… } – Jul 28, 7:34 AM
    • simba { Distemper and parvo are also exceptionally nasty ways to die. But yeah, ‘holistic’ vets are a big thing apparently. I can understand the arguments for… } – Jul 28, 5:56 AM
    • KayMarie { And why do they think these diseases are now rare? Funny how you don’t see a disease very often after we start vaccinating critters against… } – Jul 27, 10:00 PM
  • “Integrative oncology”: The Trojan horse that is quackademic medicine infiltrates ASCO (341)
    • Richard Thomas { Well said! A voice of common sense amongst the vague beliefs of quackpots (quackbuster-crackpots) } – Jul 27, 7:30 PM
  • Acupuncture for Menopausal Symptoms (142)
    • Jack Forster { Thank you both. It was very difficult, and the whole experience was actually incredibly intellectually enriching. It was _very_ interesting teaching science courses in a… } – Jul 27, 1:52 PM
    • Andrey Pavlov { I’ll second windriven and give big kudos where they are deserved. } – Jul 27, 6:36 AM
    • Windriven { It say a good deal about your ethics and your character that you abandoned the practice once you recognized its failings. } – Jul 26, 6:17 PM
    • Jack Forster { An interesting article. I’m a licensed acupuncturist in New York State, and I taught the required science classes at one of the acupuncture schools (neurology,… } – Jul 26, 4:35 PM
    • goodnightirene { Many thanks–and glad I got back to these comments in a roundabout way. :-) } – Jul 24, 11:25 AM
  • The Buzzy: Revolutionary Acute Pain Management or Simple Distraction… (57)
    • Dashbrook { As a childhood cancer survivor, I have been poked a gazillion times. I can see how this might be a cute distraction for a blood… } – Jul 27, 1:08 PM
  • Forskolin: Here We Go Again (149)
    • Windriven { I’m in complete agreement up to the last sentence. A person educated in medicine would have to be a complete moron to believe this stuff…. } – Jul 27, 12:35 PM
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { I don’t really think Oz is in it for the money, I think he is a pious fraud. I think he’s mostly in it for… } – Jul 27, 10:30 AM
    • Chris { Welcome to our small community that dares to question advertisements! Please stick around, since you are actually willing to do the work to find actual… } – Jul 27, 2:05 AM
    • sally { I found this article while looking for info on forskolin. Very helpful. As for Dr. Oz, here is my non-scientific take on him. After seeing… } – Jul 26, 10:39 PM
  • Medical Malpractice Lawsuits (54)
    • Dave { A guy walks into a bar and grumbles to the bartender, “All lawyers are assholes.” The guy next to him says, “I really resent that… } – Jul 27, 12:34 PM
    • Nell on Wheels { I had a friend who suffered multiple serious infections, include MRSA, for more than two years after surgery to correct a blockage of a vein… } – Jul 25, 10:43 AM
    • CanalisOpticus { I think the most astonishing fact is that most injured patients will not sue. And for obvious reasons, at that – they have just been… } – Jul 25, 5:50 AM
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { SBM dedicates a not-inconsequential amount of bandwidth to some of these doctors, but there’s a lot of quacks and hacks out there. } – Jul 24, 10:28 AM
    • charles minus { I’m a retired private investigator who worked on many med mal cases. I’d like to bring up something here that hasn’t been mentioned and which… } – Jul 24, 1:40 AM
  • Vaccines Still Not Linked to Autism (116)
    • Peter S { Boyd Haley. In 2007, Haley registered the corporation Chelator Technologies with the Kentucky Department of State. Subsequently, at conferences attended by parents of autistic children… } – Jul 26, 6:48 PM
    • Chris { “There are over 165 studies that have focused on Thimerosal, an organic mercury (Hg) based compound, used as a preservative in many childhood vaccines, and… } – Jul 26, 3:35 PM
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { Yeah…if it’s got the Geier’s involved, it’s worthless. They are scientifically incompetent and ideologically motivated, in what I would assume is a bottom-feeding pay-to-publish journal…. } – Jul 26, 1:49 PM
    • Sawyer { I will repeat my comment I made on the recent Rope Worms thread – why should we place any confidence in your ability to talk… } – Jul 26, 11:08 AM
    • Chris { Really? Do you why one Grier has lost his legal right to practice medicine? Also what are the medical credentials of the rest of those… } – Jul 26, 8:42 AM
  • Delaying Vaccines Not A Good Idea (85)
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { A significant portion of Hep B infections can’t be sourced to mother, drugs or sex; we simply don’t know where it comes from. Also, by… } – Jul 26, 1:45 PM
    • Harriet Hall { The reason we give hep B vaccine to all infants at birth in the US is explained here: http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/why-universal-hepatitis-b-vaccination-isnt-quite-universal/ } – Jul 26, 12:05 PM
    • Pat { Let us look at just one vaccination, the Hep B which is administered to a newly born infant and then followed up in the first… } – Jul 26, 10:14 AM
  • Lemons and Lyme: Bogus tests and dangerous treatments of the Lyme-literati (141)
    • Peter S { From 1987!! Are we really much further along? http://www.nytimes.com/1987/07/28/science/fatigue-virus-has-experts-more-baffled-and-skeptical-than-ever.html At this point, in most cases of chronic fatigue syndrome, there is no identifiable cause, cure… } – Jul 24, 10:28 AM
    • Peter S { “Fatigue is a physiological symptom of ME/CFS caused by mitochondrial function, high oxidative stress, amongst other things. There most certainly can be a CNS aspect… } – Jul 24, 10:23 AM
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { You seem to be completely missing my point, so I will be explicit. You seem to believe that it is clearly and unambiguously demonstrated that… } – Jul 24, 6:27 AM
    • Mike H. { Fatigue is a physiological symptom of ME/CFS caused by mitochondrial function, high oxidative stress, amongst other things. There most certainly can be a CNS aspect… } – Jul 24, 3:45 AM
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { While the evidence is certainly hard navigate and mechanisms and etiologies of illness are confusing, I do think the evidence is convincing as a whole…. } – Jul 23, 9:10 PM
  • NY federal court hands triple loss to anti-vaccination ideology (104)
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { Nobody sponsors this cite, recently the ads were turned on but they are to a generic, quasi-random list of popular articles. Basically what you are… } – Jul 23, 9:12 PM
    • Chris { Yeah, it really shows their dedication to their cause, since they just like to post one rant and, just like Brave Sir Robin, they bravely… } – Jul 23, 4:25 PM
    • Windriven { “Provide verifiable documentation.” Yeah…. not gonna happen, Chris. I don’t expect to ever hear from Danny boy again. He doesn’t strike me as having the… } – Jul 23, 4:23 PM
    • Chris { “not sponsored or biased by the same group which sponsors this site.” Can you list some of those researchers that meet with your approval? Plus… } – Jul 23, 4:16 PM
    • Windriven { “But look for researches not sponsored or biased by the same group which sponsors this site.” You are suggesting reading the pathetic ravings of superstitious… } – Jul 23, 2:59 PM
  • One Million Page Views (47)
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/food-fears/ } – Jul 23, 12:37 PM
    • Elza { Dr. Novella’s Food Fears is not there anymore, why so? Or link is broken. } – Jul 23, 12:25 PM
  • The Texas Medical Board vs. Stanislaw Burzynski, 2014 edition (53)
    • n brownlee { You are badly mistaken. I know a dozen people who are cancer-free today, cured by surgery, chemotherapy drugs, and/or radiation, in various combinations. I, personally,… } – Jul 23, 11:08 AM
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { Chemo and radiation do work, depending on the cancer, the stage of cancer, and the goal. They are not always curative, for many tumors or… } – Jul 23, 11:08 AM
    • Daniel Thomas { And about Chemo, or Radiation, does they work? Of course, not, so why are the doctor who prescribe this are out of the jail? Answer,… } – Jul 23, 9:33 AM
  • Evaluating Treatment Claims: A Primer (82)
    • Andrés { Dr. Pavlov said: Andres, there is no theoretical lower limit to a glucose level that won’t cause end organ damage. Perhaps. Since we all are… } – Jul 23, 1:01 AM
    • n brownlee { Type II diabetics can control the disease and tremendously slow the progress with tight blood glucose control; I did it for more than ten years…. } – Jul 21, 11:05 AM
  • Lice (66)
    • Sonysunshine { When my children were attending an overseas private school, they got lice several times. Everyone did; must have been the long winters and sharing of… } – Jul 21, 1:37 PM
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