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  • An Egregious Example of Ordering Unnecessary Tests (162)
    • 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
  • Beware The P-Value (175)
    • 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
  • 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
    • mouse { WLU “Damn, the second deadly nightshade should be mandrake root.” Yes – It’s important to be very careful with your ingredients when mixing a potion(?)… } – Jul 09, 6:02 PM
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { Damn, the second deadly nightshade should be mandrake root. } – Jul 09, 5:10 PM
    • Harriet Hall { I’ve read it. I was not so impressed. He “apologizes” for medical myths that are not based on evidence, and then proceeds to offer a… } – Jul 09, 3:03 PM
    • Matthew Oaks { I would recommend reading A Physician’s Apology by Tom Schneider. Her writes about his experience as a Dr. and a Patient. He talks about medical… } – Jul 09, 2:35 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
  • The Truth? (115)
    • 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
  • 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
  • Medical marijuana as the new herbalism, part 1: Science versus the politics of weed in New York and beyond (184)
    • Andrey Pavlov { Sorry, I don’t know how better to express the many positive experiences people report from cannabis usage. I understand your points about observational data and… } – Jul 12, 8:02 PM
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { Not to pick at nits, he said while nitpicking pedantically, but what would the airplane add? You’re high, so basically numb to the experience on… } – Jul 12, 1:37 PM
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { but for the other 1% the benefits are undeniableMuch like alcohol, which is enjoyed primarily for its intoxicating effects and only slightly for its medicinal… } – Jul 12, 1:33 PM
    • Greg { Sorry, I don’t know how better to express the many positive experiences people report from cannabis usage. I understand your points about observational data and… } – Jul 12, 1:01 PM
  • Did Facebook and PNAS violate human research protections in an unethical experiment? (128)
    • 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
    • Alex Anlyan { The reporting is objective and impartial, however it lacks concision to the point where no conclusions conveying impact. Any individual whether in advertising, marketing, or… } – Jul 08, 9:11 PM
  • Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine research conference disappoints even NCCAM (23)
    • 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
  • Vani Hari (a.k.a. The Food Babe): The Jenny McCarthy of food (326)
    • 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
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { like masturbating while looking at a Christina Aguillera posterUm…you can actually masturbate while looking at a Christina Aguillera poster. I have a friend…who told me… } – Jul 09, 9:28 PM
    • Windriven { ” I would venture a guess that you’re beneath his notice.” To say nothing of his contempt. } – Jul 09, 9:09 PM
    • Windriven { BTW, as an indirect measure of the American mind I’ll note that Mr. Ed ran for 5 1/2 years and 143 episodes were made. That… } – Jul 09, 9:07 PM
  • Traditional Chinese herbalism at the Cleveland Clinic? What happened to science-based medicine? (39)
    • Peter S { Brigham and Women’s in Boston has had a similar center for a few years. I suspect a big part of it is just economics –… } – Jul 09, 11:24 PM
  • Prolotherapy (140)
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { How do you know your shoulder didn’t simply get better over time, as pain often does when it’s at its worst, and hasn’t come back… } – Jul 09, 7:53 PM
    • CJ { I was a patient so all I can offer is my experience. If anecdotes upset you, don’t read further. Because I am not a medical… } – Jul 09, 6:48 PM
  • Ketogenic diet does not “beat chemo for almost all cancers” (98)
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { I’m not high or loaded, but given the option I could easily be a borderline diabetic. } – Jul 09, 10:48 AM
    • Windriven { “even a spoonful of brown sugar.” Next time you bake a galette or a pie, wash the edge with beaten egg and sprinkle with turbinado… } – Jul 08, 10:25 PM
    • Windriven { High on life, Nancy. } – Jul 08, 10:23 PM
  • Stanislaw Burzynski’s propaganda victory on antineoplastons: The FDA really caves (55)
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { I’ve never heard it claimed before that the government ever tried to patent Burzynski’s piss extracts. Can you provide proof of your assertion? Is your… } – Jul 09, 10:41 AM
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { You don’t accept the fact that kids with brain tumors are getting bettor outcomes with ANP.That’s not quite it – my real point is that… } – Jul 09, 10:34 AM
    • MadisonMD { In addition to needing a citation, how are the events of 20+ years ago relevant to effectiveness of ANP? If someone thought B’ s anecdotes… } – Jul 09, 7:51 AM
    • Windriven { “You don’t accept the fact that kids with brain tumors are getting bettor outcomes with ANP.” That “fact” is not in evidence. If someone can… } – Jul 09, 7:43 AM
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