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  • Does the Movie Fed Up Make Sense? (284)
    • 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
  • Ebola outbreaks: Science versus fear mongering and quackery (380)
    • 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
  • 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 (52)
    • 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
    • simba { Agreed, especially after exercise. Not that girls don’t stink- just that the stink is different. } – Oct 19, 1:05 PM
  • Neuro-Acupuncture and Stroke (88)
    • 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
    • Jann { Please let me know if you’re looking for a article writer for your weblog. You have some really good articles and I feel I would… } – Oct 18, 7:32 PM
    • David Drummond { “puny mind” im not a religious person but i do know that “one should not point out the splinters in another persons eye when he… } – Oct 18, 1:34 PM
  • 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
    • MadisonMD { I find it doubtful that thousands of years of accumulated medical practice had no successes at all and I would be surprised if that history… } – Oct 19, 11:45 PM
    • Stephen S. Rodrigues, MD { All good points! Just became you have knowledge and evidence does not mean you know how to use it effectively and humanely. I can look… } – Oct 19, 11:17 PM
    • Peter Dyrhaug { There was a lot of speculative, non-scientific, “mythologizing” in this article and now I’ll add some of my own. I find it doubtful that thousands… } – Oct 19, 5:18 PM
  • The “CDC whistleblower saga”: Updates, backlash, and (I hope) a wrap-up (335)
    • Chris { Go to top of this page, find the search box. Use it to see what the authors have to say about Joe Marcela and Barbara… } – Oct 19, 12:21 PM
    • Chris { Why should we believe the conspiracy stories of Marcela, a quack huckster, and the grand dame of the anti-vax realm, Barbara Loe Fisher? “Rather than… } – Oct 19, 12:18 PM
    • lucinda manning { Please consider that some vax were never properly vetted and/or have dangerous effects that have been covered up. There are many reasons why the CDC… } – Oct 17, 7:14 PM
    • lucinda manning { Please consider that some vax were never properly vetted and/or have dangerous effects that have been covered up. There are many reasons why the CDC… } – Oct 17, 6:54 PM
  • Ebola SCAMs (211)
    • simba { I think they just hope people won’t read the citation. We’re just supposed to look briefly at the headline, at most, and be impressed by… } – Oct 18, 3:56 PM
    • MadisonMD { According to your cite to Sci Am, Nigeria did the following: Fast and thorough tracing of all potential contacts Ongoing monitoring of all of these… } – Oct 18, 3:44 PM
    • rose { hahahahah you idiots! there are loads of articles condemning colloidal silver, but it worked in Nigeria! hahaha… wall st journal last week said they couldnt’… } – Oct 18, 3:23 PM
  • Dr. Frank Arguello’s “atavistic oncology”: Another dubious cancer therapy to be avoided (133)
    • KayMarie { Probably piling on, but what he’s presenting doesn’t really show if it works or not. If he was really interested in scientifically proving it works… } – Oct 18, 11:00 AM
    • MadisonMD { Do you want to know whether his stuff works or not? I may already know that it does work. Non-chemotherapy treatments are already known to… } – Oct 18, 9:10 AM
    • Windriven { Pettie Pie, there is an established method for presenting new approaches in medicine: publishing results in a peer reviewed journal where other experts can examine… } – Oct 18, 8:48 AM
    • simba { Case studies don’t tell you whether something works or not. That is the entire point of the discussion around this. If he was willing to… } – Oct 18, 6:25 AM
    • Pettie Pie { So the guy gives you a real live case study, and you continue to berate him? Do you want to know whether his stuff works… } – Oct 18, 3:58 AM
  • Andrew Wakefield, the MMR, and a “mother warrior’s” fabricated vaccine injury story (74)
    • simba { Don’t mind me, Mouse, I just have a somewhat distorted view of potential reactions to this topic, because the reactions I’ve described freaked me out… } – Oct 17, 11:09 PM
    • mouse { Happy to hear your thoughts and have your help clarifying, Simba. } – Oct 17, 5:12 PM
    • simba { There was no reporting, in situations where there very much should have been, partly due to ideas similar to this but misapplied. I’m not disagreeing… } – Oct 17, 5:03 PM
    • mouse { Simba- it sounds like you are talking about situations where there was no report of abuse or intervention? I’m not quite clear. It’s not my… } – Oct 17, 2:11 PM
    • Flabbergastered { On the other hand, we have a young relative with ASD in our family who is doing well in and enjoying university, just got his… } – Oct 17, 12:13 PM
  • Connecticut “modernizes” naturopathic scope of practice (37)
    • KayMarie { It doesn’t matter what is going on with the immune system. The answer is always the immune system must be boosted as best as I… } – Oct 17, 2:49 PM
    • Sastra { Once, when I asked whether it was wise to “boost the immune system” of someone with an autoimmune disorder, I was told that the immune… } – Oct 17, 2:39 PM
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { Also missing the fact that many doctors claim their real training is during residency; while being able to write an exam is a reasonable (though… } – Oct 17, 2:22 PM
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { The reports were generated in 1999 and 2000. 15 years and NO improvement. If anything, things are getting worse as evidenced by the 2013 study…. } – Oct 17, 2:18 PM
    • cloudskimmer { Cheaters. } – Oct 17, 10:40 AM
  • “Atavistic oncology” revisited: Dr. Frank Arguello responds (196)
    • Windriven { With all his twitting and pontificating it’s no wonder he hasn’t had time to publish his research in a peer reviewed journal or file that… } – Oct 17, 12:10 PM
    • Farrah { Looks like Dr. Frank Arguello is behaving badly on Twitter now. https://twitter.com/somewhatcivil/status/522932908668227584 https://twitter.com/MelanomaUK/status/522508022963503104 } – Oct 17, 11:18 AM
  • Medical marijuana as the new herbalism, part 2: Cannabis does not cure cancer (341)
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