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  • Beware The P-Value (175)
    • Jay { The above is a reply to Michael. } – Jul 16, 5:35 PM
    • Jay { There are a few papers I can think of. A Practical Solution to the Pervasive Problem of P-values, which is freely available from the website… } – Jul 16, 5:34 PM
    • Michael { Thanks for the detailed reply. Can you recommend a good book that delves into these subjects in more detail? } – Jul 15, 8:20 AM
    • Jay { Oops. Typo. Sentence should read: “You’ve made two mistakes in your analysis: a relatively minor one, and a big one. The relatively minor mistake is… } – Jul 14, 5:06 PM
  • Ketogenic diet does not “beat chemo for almost all cancers” (98)
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { My mother-in-law’s oncologist refused to prescribe anti-nausea medication for months despite massive nausea and weight lossWhy on earth not? } – Jul 16, 4:13 PM
    • Heidi { Dr. Gorski, Thank you for this article. I was considering suggesting a ketogenic diet for my mother-in-law, who has metastatic breast cancer. I was trying… } – Jul 16, 2:29 PM
  • Moxibustion (52)
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { Marketing, deception and profits is what you are witnessing. If the laser works then the needles has to also work. It is all in you… } – Jul 16, 4:13 PM
    • Windriven { “The key in my opinion is in the stainless steel surgical tools, that is where the power lives.” So exactly which type of stainless has… } – Jul 16, 3:35 PM
    • Windriven { “So you fell into that trap of the 3-card monte, we all get tricked now and again.” Steve. Really? C’mon now, even you can’t be… } – Jul 16, 3:30 PM
    • Stephen S. Rodrigues, MD { @doug There are so many variations on the discipline it is mind boggling. The key in my opinion is in the stainless steel surgical tools,… } – Jul 16, 1:55 PM
  • The Truth? (115)
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { You are correct it is not Acupuncture theory. That is because there is no one theory but many based on your wishes. yes the concepts… } – Jul 16, 4:11 PM
    • Windriven { Yeah Peter, what Steve-o means is that acupuncture is whatever he wants it to be. It is kind of like the guy that trips over… } – Jul 16, 3:40 PM
    • Stephen S. Rodrigues, MD { @peter You are correct it is not Acupuncture theory. That is because there is no one theory but many based on your wishes. yes the… } – Jul 16, 2:09 PM
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { you might as well suggest someone read Penthouse to learn about algebra!Well, you would implicitly learn something about the relationship between radius, diameter and perimeter…. } – Jul 14, 10:14 AM
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { As an aside, any chance we’ll see your commentary over at the Neurologica Blog, WLU ?????Have you seen how many comments I leave here? When… } – Jul 14, 10:09 AM
  • The Buzzy: Revolutionary Acute Pain Management or Simple Distraction… (57)
    • Windriven { @Madison Actually, it appears that they do still claim it to be FDA approved. So it would appear my note went nowhere. } – Jul 16, 11:37 AM
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { I love how they are “quite literally FDA-approved”. } – Jul 16, 11:17 AM
    • MadisonMD { We have seen that spam before. Good to see that they no longer claim FDA approval. It’s registered with the fda as a cold pack…. } – Jul 15, 10:34 PM
  • Did Facebook and PNAS violate human research protections in an unethical experiment? (128)
    • Maree { exactly! I was wondering what was happening to my real-life friends because we did use FB a lot to coordinate getting together – and I’d… } – Jul 15, 11:26 PM
    • Maree { Having read this article, I am now sure I was among the subjects: The description of the experimental protocol explains odd stuff that kept happening… } – Jul 15, 11:08 PM
    • E-rook { I cannot speak regarding Cornell. I work in the UC system and the UCSF researcher has zero excuse for being involved in a human research… } – Jul 11, 2:54 AM
    • E-rook { I too was particularly struck by the lack of an opt out and the blatantly described coercion. Part of informed consent is the ability to… } – Jul 10, 3:43 AM
  • PETA Embraces Autism Pseudoscience (477)
    • Johnb932 { It is really a nice and helpful piece of info. Im glad that you shared this helpful information with us. Please keep us up to… } – Jul 15, 10:14 PM
  • An Egregious Example of Ordering Unnecessary Tests (162)
    • jimmy { Lipidology in an otherwise NORMAL healthy 21 yo male….silly rabbit, tricks are for kids….oh by the way – what’s your VISA card number again? Follow… } – Jul 15, 10:07 AM
    • Tim Bartik { If you want more statistical evidence on this issue, see my comment at the website prostatecancerinfolink a few years ago, at http://prostatecancerinfolink.net/2012/03/15/updated-data-from-erspc-trial-still-shows-no-impact-on-all-cause-mortality/ In addition, look… } – Jul 14, 9:49 PM
    • MadisonMD { I found your comment below that answers my question. } – Jul 14, 5:26 PM
    • MadisonMD { Harriet’s cite had sample size with N=182,160. Are you saying the all-cause mortality ‘goalpost’ is just unrealistic, especially when you demand a large effect? Is… } – Jul 14, 5:24 PM
    • Tim Bartik { We don’t actually “know” that PSA testing has no effect on all-cause mortality, as the sample size in the available studies results in inadequate power… } – Jul 14, 2:27 PM
  • Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine research conference disappoints even NCCAM (23)
    • Draal { about 2 months ago, I asked Dr Collins in person about the future of NCCAM; he was very supportive of the center. … He left… } – Jul 14, 9:59 PM
    • Angora Rabbit { Well, AND is supposed to have specific knowledge bases and endpoints. We’re developing one ourselves and it is definitely science heavy (as well as popular,… } – Jul 10, 10:36 PM
  • Why Doctors Order Too Many Tests (126)
    • OleanderTea { I’ve been the patient refusing a test “just in case” before. Yes, I’m asthmatic. But if my peak flow is fine, my colour is fine,… } – Jul 14, 3:53 PM
  • Multiple Chemical Sensitivity: Separating facts from fiction (297)
    • mouse { I figured. That’s why I told you. I’m generous that way. } – Jul 14, 1:45 PM
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { Just so you know, your envy will make me enjoy my trip even more. } – Jul 14, 11:44 AM
    • mouse { You forgot the wine. Yeah…If I wasn’t already pissed at you for having such an awesome happy life I’d be pissed at you for going… } – Jul 14, 11:39 AM
  • John Oliver skewers Dr. Oz for his hawking of diet supplements (83)
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { Really? Supplements are well-regulated? Aren’t the regulations purely voluntary? Isn’t the industry essentially self-regulated to adhere to GMP, with no external validation the companies actually… } – Jul 14, 10:55 AM
    • KayMarie { Really, then why do they typically find for any given specific vitamin, herb, etc. a fair percentage of product that does not have the amount… } – Jul 13, 10:10 PM
    • Thomas Lartin { Supplements actually are well regulated, that is total myth that I’m not surprised a corporate tool like Oliver would promote that though. } – Jul 13, 6:15 PM
  • Precision Medicine: The Coolest Part of Medicine (44)
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { Unlike the normal parade of quacks insisting mainstream medicine is evil, I suspect some of the questions about Lyme diagnostics are actually worth looking into,Certainly,… } – Jul 14, 10:51 AM
    • MadisonMD { Anthony, are you aware of how B cells engage in heavy chain class switching from IgM to IgG shortly after antigen stimulation? It seems that… } – Jul 13, 10:27 PM
    • Sawyer { “Your activism and belittling, like you did here, do not help your cause – it just makes you look like a zealot and makes you… } – Jul 13, 6:31 PM
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { Incidentally, I am not expecting that you publish my remarks, but it was no longer possible to post a response to your original article.Oh snap,… } – Jul 13, 4:45 PM
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { Making that kind of assertion on the basis of appeal to authority alone is equivalent to endorsing faith healing.An appeal to authority is appropriate when… } – Jul 13, 4:36 PM
  • Gluten-free skin and beauty products: Extracting cash from the gullible (125)
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { But mmmm, soooo delicious! Not to mention many processed foods, restaurant meals and even condiments have gluten in them. Soy sauce for instance. It can… } – Jul 14, 10:10 AM
    • Lee { You don’t have to get any special foods that are gluten free — just stop eating things with gluten in them. Just like you wouldn’t… } – Jul 14, 2:43 AM
    • amy { My sister in law and brother have their children on a gluten and dairy free diet and have been doing so for at least 3… } – Jul 10, 1:58 PM
  • Vani Hari (a.k.a. The Food Babe): The Jenny McCarthy of food (328)
    • Dan { Great article. It’s about time the intelligent people start debunking the misconceptions of the ill-advised. } – Jul 10, 8:54 PM
  • Food Fears (186)
    • mouse { Aaaargh! } – Jul 10, 5:58 PM
    • Chris { Another reason to be careful when buying organic food: you may be supporting a person who denies contraceptive coverage to female employes: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/07/07/eden-foods-insurance-fight-hobby-lobby/12321525/ It says:… } – Jul 10, 5:51 PM
  • TCM Hodgepodge (59)
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { Rule 34, one could easily masturbate to a poster of Olive Oyl. } – Jul 10, 10:25 AM
    • Windriven { I was going for the difference between fantasizing about boning someone with actually doing the deed. I suppose one could masturbate to a poster of… } – Jul 09, 9:37 PM
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