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  • Vani Hari (a.k.a. The Food Babe): The Jenny McCarthy of food (336)
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { You don’t even need to know the chemical structure of a food or beverage to know how toxic it is. Just observe what these factory-made… } – Aug 19, 9:48 AM
  • Separating Fact from Fiction in Pediatric Medicine: Nocturnal Enuresis (76)
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { Depending on your goals, why not a blog? A book is a lot of work, and a reputable publisher will demand evidence if Names are… } – Aug 19, 9:34 AM
    • Jopari { I suppose so, what about a book? } – Aug 19, 5:15 AM
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { SBM doesn’t usually accept pseudonymous submissions (I’m guessing it makes “PHARMA SHILL” a lot easier to shout) but perhaps Quackwatch. } – Aug 18, 7:56 PM
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { Imagine what his is like :) } – Aug 18, 7:46 PM
  • Rope Worms: C’est la Merde (452)
    • Vladimir { “What are the leftovers from the colonoscopy prep?” The colonoscopy prep fluids mixed with a small amount of residual liquid feces and mucus that didn’t… } – Aug 18, 11:32 PM
    • Harriet Hall { @Vladimir, “What are the leftovers from the colonoscopy prep?” The colonoscopy prep fluids mixed with a small amount of residual liquid feces and mucus that… } – Aug 18, 11:11 PM
    • Windriven { Jesus Christ! Three months of sifting through stringy sh!t?! I’m out. Vladimir can claim to have the Loch Ness Monster up his ass and it’s… } – Aug 18, 10:21 PM
    • Vladimir { You are all bringing attention to the issue, which, according to the majority in this forum, does not exist. You are spending your valuable time… } – Aug 18, 9:55 PM
  • Medical marijuana as the new herbalism, part 2: Cannabis does not cure cancer (228)
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { I am not a doctor, or a scientist, and I’m aware that,And with your comment, so are we. However, the studies that Gorksi has analysed… } – Aug 18, 7:44 PM
    • David Gorski { I left off the pancreatic cancer study because, after slogging through in vitro and animal study after in vitro and animal study after in vitro… } – Aug 18, 2:54 PM
    • John Baptiste { I’d like to ask the author of the article why he left out the study on pancreatic cancer, also part of the list of 20… } – Aug 18, 2:41 PM
    • mouse { Also @ Volteric – “If they are already consuming Cannabis and have schizophrenia I would be interested to know if they are using Cannabis because… } – Aug 17, 8:16 PM
    • mouse { @Volteric – Sorry for the delay. I’ve been off the grid. You said “As to those already with Schizophrenia, purified or extracted Cannabidiol (CBD) identified… } – Aug 17, 7:24 PM
  • Dr. Frank Arguello’s “atavistic oncology”: Another dubious cancer therapy to be avoided (76)
    • Farrah { You are absolutely correct about Dr. Arguello’s threatening emails. I used to work for him for several months until I could take it no longer…. } – Aug 18, 7:33 PM
    • MadisonMD { I just looked more into Cantrell. He does not seem reputable. He is an MD trained in maxillofacial surgery and has no training in oncology…. } – Aug 16, 3:24 PM
    • MadisonMD { I’m sorry to hear about your daughter, Ms. Lotton. Unfortunately, cancer patients are often desperate, and make easy targets for people looking for easy targets…. } – Aug 16, 3:20 PM
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { Looks like he combines lovastatin and interferon, off-label, and charges people for the privilege of being involved in an off-label clinical trial. Looks like he’s… } – Aug 16, 2:18 PM
    • Marilyn Lotton { I was interested in your article on Dr. Frank Arguello. My 35 year old daughter has stage IV Melanoma and is fighting for her life…. } – Aug 15, 4:52 PM
  • A Statement on Cervical Manipulation and Dissections (133)
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { One thing I forgot to mention is my contemporary approach to back and neck pain. I don’t do anything, and it seems to go away… } – Aug 18, 6:18 PM
    • brewandferment { Yeah, I’ve been wondering about some of that. I too got suck(er)ed into the world of chiroquactic in my teens and twenties, but fortunately after… } – Aug 16, 6:34 PM
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { You advise is your personal opinion.Did you miss the part where Dr. Novella was discussing a consensus statement from an expert body there genius? Do… } – Aug 16, 6:33 PM
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { Even assuming zero risk of CAD from cervical manipulation, there is still the issue of whether it actually helps. Is it the best approach? Is… } – Aug 16, 6:23 PM
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { And smoking is not a valid analogy. Lung cancer is very common, smoking is very common, and the associations clearly imply causality.Meanwhile CAD is very… } – Aug 16, 3:55 PM
  • Naturopathy vs. Science: Prenatal Vitamins (84)
    • Angora Rabbit { Hi Heather, I think we’ll never know the answer about DHA and how much is beneficial because I don’t believe the study can ethically be… } – Aug 18, 6:03 PM
    • Heather { Yeah, it’s recommended that I get 290 mcg/day of iodine (lactating). I just don’t see how I could be getting that without supplementation. The only… } – Aug 18, 5:26 PM
    • Peter S { Sardines are rich in omega 3s and being far down the food chain are very low in mercury from what I have read. Also, seaweed… } – Aug 18, 10:12 AM
    • KayMarie { Here is a 2013 review of DHA http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3602397/ Sounds like we are at that emerging information stage where you can be certain it is important,… } – Aug 18, 10:05 AM
    • Heather { I was hoping this article would have discussed DHA and iodine in prenatal vitamins. I am a pharmacist as well as a new mom and… } – Aug 18, 9:30 AM
  • Acupuncture for Macular Degeneration: Why I Reject the Evidence (116)
    • n brownlee { Have you never noticed that most of your posts are about how everybody’s being mean to you? } – Aug 17, 9:21 PM
    • Andrey Pavlov { or because sceptics generally have a poor understanding of the motives and reasoning behind CAM use Bollocks Peter. It is you that doesn’t have a… } – Aug 17, 8:31 PM
    • Andrey Pavlov { Peter, after 2+ years nobody can understand what you are talking about. At this point any reasonable person would realize the problem is with them,… } – Aug 17, 8:25 PM
    • Windriven { I always read each of Peter’s comments. I don’t always (often?) agree, but his take is usually a different perspective. Dr. Moran, I think, recognizes… } – Aug 17, 7:05 PM
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { I just saved 20 minutes by not bothering to read anything Pete Moran wrote! } – Aug 17, 6:17 PM
  • Antibiotics vs. the Microbiome (110)
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { Perhaps that scientific understanding of nutrition should come under more scrutiny.There is a massive amount of study ongoing regarding nutrition. Basic biochemistry in petri dishes,… } – Aug 17, 5:53 PM
    • MadisonMD { Perhaps that scientific understanding of nutrition should come under more scrutiny. Don’t you think generally that some diets are more optimal than others? Optimal for… } – Aug 16, 1:07 PM
    • n brownlee { Great series, as were they all. The “Jacques and Julia” series were instructive, too. I remember Jacques referring to the green beans as ‘green beans’…. } – Aug 16, 12:56 PM
    • Chris { “Could being less fat could lesson some problems down the road?” Do you have a clue how much fat is used in French cooking? But,… } – Aug 16, 12:34 PM
    • Windriven { He had a show on PBS many years ago called, I think, “Everyday Cooking with Jacques Pepin.” There I learned to make pâté a choux,… } – Aug 16, 12:20 PM
  • Another Lawsuit To Suppress Legitimate Criticism – This Time SBM (149)
    • andrews { Florida’s SLAPP statute is indeed fairly useless in this sort of case, especially where ptf is not a government entity. However, you may find some… } – Aug 17, 6:38 AM
  • Beware The P-Value (179)
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { I think you’re giving Seralini too much credit, he doesn’t really give the impression of being a fair assessor of information about genetic modification. His… } – Aug 16, 6:38 PM
    • Robert L Bell { A frustrating point you make there, The propaganda sites are all crowing “the Seralini paper has been peer reviewed THREE times now!” with the implicit… } – Aug 16, 1:20 AM
    • Robert L Bell { Seralini may never say that GMO/Roundup causes cancer, but his acolytes sure as hell do – and they do it waving those pictures of the… } – Aug 16, 1:14 AM
  • The Texas Medical Board vs. Stanislaw Burzynski, 2014 edition (57)
    • KayMarie { Generally stuff you use day in and day out you tend to remember off the top of your head. Docs also have to do continuing… } – Aug 16, 10:03 AM
    • simba { From what I’ve seen most doctors remember a lot of it, particularly the ones they come across a lot and the anatomical terms, and then… } – Aug 16, 5:16 AM
    • C_TX { P.S. I forgot latin, anatomy, and just general big words. } – Aug 15, 9:14 PM
    • C_TX { Hello to Dr. Gorski and those Drs that post comments. I am not a doctor, I barely passed basic H.S. biology. I have an off-topic… } – Aug 15, 9:12 PM
  • NuVet: Pet Supplement Snake Oil (64)
    • simba { How did the breeder react? } – Aug 15, 7:31 AM
    • Leif { When we bought our puppy, the sales contract stated: ‘NUVet PLUS tablets: This is a mandatory wafer that you will need to keep you puppy… } – Aug 14, 6:17 PM
  • The Truth? (130)
    • weing { “Wasn’t there a similar worry that research on the effects of long term use of Aspirin in reducing breast cancer rates may languish because Aspirin… } – Aug 14, 3:26 PM
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