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  • The Diet Fix (259)
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { Geez. Eat a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and beans. Exercise. Get enough sleep. Don’t waste time chasing down immortality and the false… } – Apr 13, 9:15 PM
    • Harriet Hall { Nutrigenomics makes claims that go beyond the currently available evidence. The potential is there, but it’s not ready for prime time, and the companies that… } – Apr 13, 4:35 PM
    • Marga { Science in the nutrigenomics domain has shown that some people have variations in the genetic make up that would lead to constant eating and have… } – Apr 13, 12:10 PM
  • More questions about acetaminophen: Does it cause ADHD? (58)
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { No idea, I’m not a doctor and I wouldn’t pretend to be one. But that being said, body temperature can reach a point that it… } – Apr 13, 3:29 PM
    • Chris { http://www.webmd.com/first-aid/fever-in-children-treatment } – Apr 13, 10:58 AM
    • Iqbal { WilliamLawrenceUtridge ….. or to avert high fevers (which are in fact dangerous). .. What is high fever in degrees? } – Apr 13, 10:36 AM
  • Ridiculous Warning from Chiropractors About Alleged Health Effects of Texting (99)
    • weing { “The proper question would be why does Chiro work and why does it fail. NOT illogically, since we can’t figure it out so lets trash… } – Apr 13, 12:18 AM
    • Harriet Hall { No, the question was whether “the chiropractors were right to claim that the nervous system is the system that “controls and regulates every single function… } – Apr 12, 9:02 PM
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { The correct question is “does chiropractic work”. And the answer is “for acute back pain, yes; for nothing else though”. This is shameful for two… } – Apr 12, 8:08 PM
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { Sounds like you’re blaming the victim. Pain that isn’t going away? It’s your fault, you just can’t relax enough. } – Apr 12, 8:05 PM
  • Oil Pulling Your Leg (150)
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { Steve, are you seriously saying there is a coherent, readable thought in that post? That it’s easy to read? That trying to parse what Tana… } – Apr 12, 7:45 PM
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { Actually, the NIH funds many billions of dollars worth of studies. Concerned about the pernicious effects of Big Pharma on medical research? Try to get… } – Apr 12, 7:43 PM
    • Stephen S. Rodrigues, MD { @Windriven Focusing on the text, words and messenger ignoring the concepts and ideas are the best way to shut down dialogue and thus end the… } – Apr 12, 5:22 PM
    • Windriven { Wrap the tinfoil a little tighter. Then Learn how Not To use Punctuation. The “content” of your comment is too absurd to warrant response. } – Apr 12, 3:54 PM
  • Water Birth (Again) (43)
    • Harriet Hall { And you know this is true because…? Do you ever wonder why so many women died in childbirth throughout human history and how many still… } – Apr 12, 7:44 PM
    • Chris { Oops; “my baby and myself would have died.” Though the two younger ones were fine. The first one had a huge head that ripped me… } – Apr 12, 7:12 PM
    • Chris { By the hammer of Thor, which god? And truthfully, I don’t like your god because without medical intervention both by baby and myself would have… } – Apr 12, 7:07 PM
  • Mammography and the acute discomfort of change (51)
    • rork { I was adviser to my mom with a mammography-detected lump at age 75, and poured through the literature at the time (5 years ago), with… } – Apr 11, 11:10 AM
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { The great rise in breast cancer risk with age has yet to be linked with a specific feature of the ageing processWhat, you mean aside… } – Apr 10, 2:22 PM
  • More Measles Myths (115)
    • Windriven { No arguments from me. There are a few commenters who happen by whose ignorance is so all-encompassing and so painfully refractory that no amount of… } – Apr 11, 10:38 AM
    • Sawyer { I would suggest people stop responding to lq. The link he provided me did not answer my questions at all. He either isn’t interested in… } – Apr 11, 9:48 AM
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { If you put strengthening of immune system at the center of medical activity, some simple answers will emerge.Really. That’s what you think. Because the immune… } – Apr 10, 2:37 PM
    • Chris { Iqbal, mice lie, monkeys exaggerate and ferrets are not people… and those are all mammals. Alligators are not mammals. Plus antibiotics do nothing for viral… } – Apr 10, 1:46 AM
    • Iqbal { Sawyer: Please read: http://news.nationalgeographic.co.in/news/2008/04/080407-alligator-blood_2.html WilliamLawrenceUtridge: If you put strengthening of immune system at the center of medical activity, some simple answers will emerge. An American… } – Apr 10, 1:26 AM
  • Antivaccine happenings ten years time ago (44)
    • Windriven { Smallpox. Polio. Pertussis. If that was all it would be more than enough. Douche. } – Apr 11, 7:08 AM
    • Chris { Yep. he is just that kind of jerk. Trying to post before commenting is cut off. } – Apr 11, 3:48 AM
    • Chris { Here is Mr. Alber, the “World’s Worst Person, trying to tell us vaccines never prevented anything. Let’s see if he will ever return to answer… } – Apr 11, 3:47 AM
    • Erwin Alber { Vaccines have never prevented anything apart from health, sanity and common sense. http://www.vaccinationinformationnetwork.com/dr-russell-blaylock-vaccine-program-based-upon-nonsense-fear-fairy-tales/ Here is the real story behind the increase in autism: Deadly Immunity… } – Apr 11, 2:46 AM
  • Hickey (93)
    • Dennis Kovacich { I don’t know about your request, Windriven, but my Portuguese relatives told me eons ago that “dull knife” in Portuguese is “faca mal.” It lets… } – Apr 09, 11:36 PM
    • Lytrigian { I’m pretty sure that if it wasn’t coming from me, Steve would approve of this guy. His office reeked of moxibustion fumes, but apart from… } – Apr 09, 6:25 PM
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { Ah, but Lytrigian, you weren’t getting real acupuncture. If you were getting real acupuncture, the kind that Steve provides, based on ancient wisdom and some… } – Apr 09, 10:05 AM
  • Accused of Lying about ASEA: Not Guilty (64)
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { Well, that’s a mediocre very-first-step, but at least it’s a step. Now I would like to see it published in an actual peer-reviewed journal, the… } – Apr 09, 8:57 PM
    • Harriet Hall { The journal may be peer reviewed, but that item was not peer-reviewed. It was a meeting abstract, and meeting abstracts are not peer reviewed. Also,… } – Apr 09, 4:38 PM
  • Autism prevalence: Now estimated to be one in 68, and the antivaccine movement goes wild (128)
    • JD { Long time fan of SBM and Dr. Crislip’s fine work over at Rubor, Dolor, Color, Tumor. Just a general question, what do you see as… } – Apr 09, 2:05 PM
    • Jon Brewer { While we’re talking about autism, I want to mention, what’s really dreadful about April is, first, let’s consider the groups typically profiled in the MSM…. } – Apr 08, 2:55 PM
  • Maryland legislature passes naturopathic licensing bill, but with damage control (22)
    • Socks { Sharing a patient with a naturopath is awkward. How do you call someone on the phone who thinks vaccines are poison and your patient has… } – Apr 09, 2:11 AM
    • Jon Brewer { Oh, fun fact: I was over at the drugstore the other day, and I saw some sort of herbal remedy. (I think it was turmeric.)… } – Apr 08, 2:59 PM
  • An Update on Water Immersion During Labor and Delivery (133)
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { I wonder if you, and the midwives, truly appreciate the speed with which low-likelihood, high-risk events can occur. Yes, most births could have taken place… } – Apr 08, 3:13 PM
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { For some reason I apparently get you and brewandferment mixed up. Is it a compliment? Is it an insult? I enjoy both your comments, perhaps… } – Apr 08, 3:01 PM
  • Stanislaw Burzynski’s propaganda victory on antineoplastons: The FDA caves (60)
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { Where’s the data to support all your hearsay and invented explanations?Wrong question. The right questions are, where is Burzynski’s evidence to support the effectiveness of… } – Apr 08, 12:31 PM
    • Mong H Tan, PhD { RE: The FDA doesn’t cave at all, it simply applies its “blue sky law” onto the unscrupulous physician’s untested and undocumanted non-RCTs of “antineoplastons”!? I… } – Apr 07, 3:17 PM
  • The Canadian National Breast Screening Study ignites a new round in the mammography wars (234)
    • MadisonMD { From your link to Dr. Gorski’s article: I suspect that most surgeons, medical oncologists, and radiation oncologists who actually specialize in breast cancer will be… } – Apr 07, 7:55 PM
    • PMoran { SS: http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/do-22-of-mammography-detected-breast-cancers-spontaneously-regress/ } – Apr 07, 6:15 PM
  • Bob and I are now published in Skeptical Inquirer (18)
    • Chris { Nope. I have been told that they change the problems, but for math books that does not make sense because you have to “show your… } – Apr 07, 7:01 PM
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { Elevatorgate and T-shirtgate were both wonderful and instrumental events in the history of the skeptical movement. To me what they said was “we are not… } – Apr 07, 11:59 AM
  • Medical Conspiracies (162)
    • Windriven { Understood and agreed. But what is the alternative? Sometimes imperfect is better than nonexistent. } – Apr 07, 2:32 PM
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { But what about prospective studies using children unvaccinated because of religious or other parental stupidity reasons?Without randomization, you would have an uphill battle to attribute… } – Apr 07, 2:14 PM
  • Measles gets a helping hand (67)
    • MadisonMD { I think the effect is strong enough in the Expected Deaths group to grant doing the RCT first and try to pinpoint the mechanism afterwards…. } – Apr 07, 11:56 AM
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { Hi Andres, It’s great that you’ve done all this research and minutely scrubbed through any and all comments for all errors great and small. But… } – Apr 07, 10:20 AM
    • Andrés { MadisonMD said: Prior plausibility would be higher if you were able to select an appropriate subgroup of patients with a specific diagnosis rather than IV… } – Apr 07, 3:58 AM
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