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  • What do we do about politicians and physicians who promote antivaccine misinformation? (395)
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { I’ve yet to see these attempts, so I’ll have either have to just take your word for it or learn this for myself.They exist. As… } – Feb 23, 11:48 AM
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { Fine, it keeps the pestilent out of the classroom and when they show up at the hospital with their measley brat, there are the back… } – Feb 23, 11:43 AM
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { Okay, prove it. Show me the website where people are trying to meet the anti-vaxxers halfwayAnd how do you meet someone halfway when one group… } – Feb 23, 11:41 AM
  • Treating Migraines (96)
    • RLT { I used to have severe migraines as a child and how have more mild versions. I find they are kept at bay by caffeine but… } – Feb 23, 11:01 AM
  • A Day of Science and Skepticism with NECSS SfSBM (2)
    • kxmoore { Pardon but isn’t a conference like this preaching to the choir? Might be excellent though as a science field trip for junior high or high… } – Feb 23, 1:27 AM
  • Reporting Research Misconduct (36)
    • Angora Rabbit { False analogy. We are not talking about engineering. We are talking about the multiple compliance issues, documents that are involved in running a clinical trial…. } – Feb 22, 4:59 PM
    • Mho { This comment isn’t relevant to this diary. It belongs with the a two year old blog post, but of course the comments on it are… } – Feb 21, 11:08 PM
    • scott allen { For those of you who think 2% is acceptable low number, think in terms of this. Would you accept a 2% failure rate in your… } – Feb 21, 6:11 PM
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { The Women’s Health Initiative trial resulted in a dramatic, sudden and widespread discontinuation of hormonal therapy for post-menopausal women. So much so that it formed… } – Feb 20, 3:23 PM
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { This very article, this whole discussion, is rather visible evidence of the failure of this approach to protect customers or even provide them with ingredients… } – Feb 20, 1:12 PM
  • The Disneyland measles outbreak: “Dr. Bob” Sears says measles isn’t that bad, and an antivaccine activist invokes the Brady Bunch fallacy (646)
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { this article is so far off the mark , one dont even know where to begin a counter point…people getting the shot are getting a… } – Feb 22, 4:41 PM
    • KayMarie { Typically our outbreaks do come from other countries but because we allow our unvaccinated to go to countries with high incidence of measles and let… } – Feb 20, 3:36 PM
    • Windriven { “Recently, the USA has had about 100 cases of measles. That is not an epidemic.” Actually, it is an epidemic. What you mean is that… } – Feb 20, 3:26 PM
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { I don’t think anyone here has an issue with rational, evidence-based issues with vaccination (and I’ll note – the Nature article you link to suggests… } – Feb 20, 3:21 PM
    • Chris { “If you look at the world wide statistics much less than 1% of the population dies from measles.” So one out of a hundred is… } – Feb 20, 3:12 PM
  • The Food Babe’s war on “chemicals” heats up again (56)
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { Science used as a drunk uses a lamppost – for support rather than illumination. } – Feb 22, 4:13 PM
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { You’re kidding, right? Prescription drug deaths: 100,000 and more per year. Nutritional supplements, zero. Yeah, and they market products with no approval. ha ha.Even if… } – Feb 22, 3:58 PM
    • Patty { kitchenette.jezebel.com/the-food-babe-is-a-raving-lunatic-1685840128/+sbedwards Here’s another interesting write-up about the “food babe” from last week. He references Orac’s 2/12 article about Ms. Hari. I’m happy to see that… } – Feb 20, 8:12 PM
    • Macrauchenia { All the posts I see on social media these days about hidden dangers in common household products has really caught me off guard. I know… } – Feb 20, 3:47 PM
    • Brett Williamson { Thought I would add a link to an interesting take down of The Food Babe and her obsession with Beaver’s butts and coal tar. Slate… } – Feb 19, 11:04 PM
  • 2015 NHIS Report on Complementary Health Approaches (whatever that means) (44)
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { Issues like this, the fact that so many of the people using CAM simply don’t know what it is, is the reason why I am… } – Feb 22, 4:07 PM
    • Chris { Hear! Hear! I often call garden chores “prune therapy” and “weed therapy.” Since we have had issues with getting a son services with his disability… } – Feb 22, 1:53 PM
    • Wzrd1 { While my initial impulse has always been to desire to reject CAM entirely, I also recall my SF medical training strongly suggesting we check with… } – Feb 21, 4:51 PM
    • Andrey Pavlov { I’ve told the story before about my classmate who himself is incredibly intelligent and knowledgeable and his parents both hold doctorates in chemistry – yes!… } – Feb 21, 2:39 PM
    • simba { The thing is that most of the people who talk about your particular CAM are those who use it. You can dismiss the tiny percentage… } – Feb 21, 9:22 AM
  • Significant Ruling Against Conversion Therapy (189)
    • mouse { WLU “So his point, which he repeated to a Lenin-like degree, was always wrong.” I could not agree more. } – Feb 21, 4:41 PM
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { My precision could have been enhanced by noting it makes no difference if plastic surgery is “important” or “trivial” – it does what it says… } – Feb 21, 9:26 AM
    • mouse { WLU “It was never an apt comparison to conversion therapy, and attempting to make it seem “serious” or “important” or “valid” was unnecessary in my… } – Feb 18, 10:51 PM
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { My comment wasn’t specifically aimed at anyone, I was just irked that there seemed to be a need to say “yeah, but plastic surgery can… } – Feb 18, 3:09 PM
    • mouse { Since my son’s craniofacial surgeon has students trailing him, I figure he’s got some sorta in depth education. :) But beyond that I’d guess that… } – Feb 18, 10:35 AM
  • Acupuncture, Organic Food, and Other Questions (550)
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { Thanks for the book reference, I started reading it, and it looks interesting, but flipping through it, it clearly doesn’t answer my original questions or… } – Feb 21, 3:01 PM
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { Madison, I find your reply dumb, cocky and laughable, so much so that it is kind of insulting that you would write this.But is she… } – Feb 21, 2:47 PM
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { If there was a “like” button, I would press it. } – Feb 21, 9:54 AM
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { In my own experience, acupuncture often includes massage, kind of like deep tissue. It also includes heat lamps, burning some kind of incense/plant, and suction… } – Feb 21, 9:51 AM
    • weing { “Thanks for the book reference, I started reading it, and it looks interesting, but flipping through it, it clearly doesn’t answer my original questions or… } – Feb 19, 1:12 AM
  • Searching for the supplement in your supplement (133)
    • Pragmatist { Fish oil supplement from NZ appears to have some problems too. http://www.nature.com/srep/2015/150121/srep07928/full/srep07928.html } – Feb 20, 9:30 PM
    • Frederick { Most of the time it was to reverse My sleep pattern, back for night shift conditioning. I used work day/night/evening shift, at my old job… } – Feb 19, 3:35 PM
    • Nell on Wheels { Ah! But have those tests “repeatedly failed to show evidence it does anything” because there’s nothing in any part of any species of echinacea that… } – Feb 18, 3:45 PM
  • Detox: What “They” Don’t Want You To Know (376)
    • Chris { Cool! You know it all just by having a human body. Do tell me what the best treatment for obstructive hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is, especially if… } – Feb 18, 2:40 AM
    • Jonathan { If you need science to understand health… I pity you. I am not sue if you are all aware we are born with bodies ourselves…. } – Feb 17, 10:54 AM
  • Alternative Medical Alert Systems in the News (78)
    • Windriven { For what it’s worth Pop, I don’t have anything against vegans or veganism. I loves me my veggies. Unfortunately, I have found out (to my… } – Feb 17, 9:24 PM
    • Pop { @Windriven I did not mind Helen Fisher’s reference to “vegans” because of the quotation marks but removing them implies we are all nutters, which seems… } – Feb 17, 6:05 PM
    • LovleAnjel { I often have difficulty paying attention to the road when driving past wind farms. My husband says I’ll be unresponsive to him. But that’s because… } – Feb 17, 11:11 AM
    • RiftPoint { That’s bizarre… This should be the link Does chemotherapy work or not? The “2% gambit”, one of the posts from Respectful Insolence (it might be… } – Feb 17, 9:50 AM
    • mouse { Folks with metal parts beware? } – Feb 16, 6:26 AM
  • A Day of Science-Based Medicine at NECSS (3)
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { why do you feel that alternative ways of treatment are NOT scientifically based?Because generally they’re sold without adequate testing; often no testing whatsoever. Do you… } – Feb 17, 12:16 PM
    • MadisonMD { why do you feel that alternative ways of treatment are NOT scientifically based? If they were scientifically based, they would cease to be alternative. So… } – Feb 17, 1:20 AM
    • larry eames { why do you feel that alternative ways of treatment are NOT scientifically based? Do you feel that these research doctors who have won Nobel prizes… } – Feb 16, 11:25 PM
  • Vani Hari, a.k.a. “The Food Babe,” finally responds to critics (441)
    • weing { Eating yoga mats is not cool. Is it OK to make a yoga mat out of kombucha ? } – Feb 16, 12:57 AM
    • weing { “If we leave all the answers to food science and the FDA, cancer and other diseases will continue to rise.” I don’t understand this. Are… } – Feb 16, 12:41 AM
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