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  • The DC as PCP? Drug Wars Resume (26)
    • NewcoasterMD { sorry for the double post. } – Mar 22, 3:01 PM
    • NewcoasterMD { As a PCP myself, ( College of Family Physicians of Canada) serving in a rural area, I support all your comments. It is true that… } – Mar 22, 2:55 PM
    • NewcoasterMD { As a PCP myself, ( College of Family Physicians of Canada) serving in a rural area, I support all your comments. It is true that… } – Mar 22, 2:54 PM
  • Medical marijuana as the new herbalism, part 3: A “cannabis cures cancer” testimonial (185)
    • Andrey Pavlov { The data does not support marijuana causing schizophrenia. That sort of data to demonstrate a causal relationship does not exist. However what the data does… } – Mar 22, 12:27 PM
  • Shred360: The Weight Loss Product with the Stupidest Hype Ever (95)
    • Jopari { Ah, okay then. } – Mar 22, 8:47 AM
    • Chris { “Though it did note that Y is degenerate, it is degenerate relative to it’s ancient form. I could be wrong though.” It was just to… } – Mar 22, 1:15 AM
    • Jopari { Chris, it doesn’t seem to mean what you think it means, from what I understand from the passage, it said that they share the same… } – Mar 22, 1:10 AM
    • Andrey Pavlov { I’m mobile at the moment, so I’m sorry for no links, but for those who are interested in Y chromosomes and sexual reproduction from an… } – Mar 20, 3:24 PM
  • Personal Belief Exemptions for Vaccines (221)
    • Chris { Since I am a parent of child with cognitive disabilities I strongly oppose your use of the word “retard.” He was called this on the… } – Mar 22, 1:34 AM
    • Chris { Mark: “If vaccines are so effective and profitless, why the government force?” Which government, and how do they force? “Why don’t people you?” What does… } – Mar 22, 1:24 AM
    • MadisonMD { Why does the government force? It doesn’t. Many people think it should force to improve public health. But it doesn’t. Was it quack medicine that… } – Mar 21, 10:10 PM
    • Mark { Having 63% percent in a poll means only that much of the retards who were polled want forcible vaccination. } – Mar 21, 9:35 PM
    • Mark { If vaccines are so effective and profitless, why the government force? Why don’t people you? Could it be that only the antibiotics and that Vaccines… } – Mar 21, 9:32 PM
  • “Naturopathic Diaries: Confessions of a Former Naturopath” (158)
    • Thor { Hey WLU, you’ve praised this book more than once so temptation got the better of me and I just ordered it. It didn’t even make… } – Mar 21, 11:36 PM
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { If you liked it, you should really, really, really, really read Mother Nature is Trying to Kill You. A better example of nature’s indifference to… } – Mar 20, 11:02 AM
    • Public Health RN (Scott) { WLU, I was going to reply to Ashley, then I read your comments. Well said :-). Much better than I could have done. } – Mar 19, 2:09 PM
  • What do we do about politicians and physicians who promote antivaccine misinformation? (396)
    • robin { You know what’s “unamerican” – your F U attitude towards everyone who doesn’t agree with your opinion. Your selfish, just like the Dr’s mentioned. It… } – Mar 21, 7:26 PM
  • The Straw Protocol: A Chiropractor’s Aggressively Promoted Neuropathy Treatment (29)
    • Susan { Phil Straw and his Optimal Health Straw Chiropractic also has commercials airing on TV. I know they used to have them on during Dr. Oz… } – Mar 21, 12:59 AM
  • Bias and Spin (114)
    • weing { “And as a scientist, I object to your using the word “science” as a description of what you are promoting.” Do you object to a… } – Mar 20, 9:10 PM
    • weing { “Your idea of critical thinking is to sort out CAM from non-CAM-tainted medical claims, and to give unquestioning support to the latter, without actually investigating… } – Mar 20, 9:02 PM
    • weing { “Again, It’s okay for a clinician to humbly and quietly follow the currently dominant academic experts. But to simultaneously cultivate the notion that this kind… } – Mar 20, 6:20 PM
    • Graham { Sounds like a fairly accurate description of what goes on here. Dr hall said the same to me defending the opinion of her pay firewall… } – Mar 20, 2:44 PM
    • Harriet Hall { There is a difference between blindly trusting authorities and benefiting from the expertise and the diligent work of experts. When I agree with standardized guidelines… } – Mar 20, 2:01 PM
  • Stem cells versus Gordie Howe’s stroke (70)
    • Peter H. Proctor, PhD,MD { Here is the court case affirming the FDA’s authority to regulate adult stem cell therapy. http://www.cadc.uscourts.gov/internet/opinions.nsf/947528CDDA0B9A5A85257C7500533DF4/$file/12-5254-1478137.pdf Less here than meets the eye. A close reading… } – Mar 19, 5:31 PM
    • Lloyd { I had a spinal cord stroke and cannot walk without a walker. However, I can walk onto a plane quite easily by holding onto the… } – Mar 19, 3:37 PM
  • New FDA regulatory role threatens bogus diagnostic tests (81)
    • Fibrmyass { It’s ridiculously hard to try to report a problem with a diagnostic test. I spent 2 hours of my life yesterday listening to hold music… } – Mar 18, 12:47 PM
  • Florida tells Brian Clement to stop practicing medicine (68)
    • Kiran Ramaswamy { Looks like this isn’t over yet: http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/world/Florida+drops+charges+against+clinic+that+treated+Canadian/10897969/story.html Sad day :/ } – Mar 18, 6:57 AM
    • Graham { How lucky of them. It gets cold where I am, and having part of my body phase in and out of a warm sunny location… } – Mar 15, 7:58 PM
  • IOM Recommends Replacing CFS with SEID (322)
    • Henry { Honestly, I think it’s all in their head that anyone has actually told them it’s in their head Honestly, it is all in your head…. } – Mar 18, 5:10 AM
    • kultakutri { Well, I haven’t heard exactly this phrase but I’ve had a history of gastric whoknowswhat. My GP repeatedly kept telling me things like Hey, you’re… } – Mar 18, 2:14 AM
  • Clinical trials of homeopathy versus “respect for science” (339)
    • MadisonMD { But when that evidence is presented, the ship of science turns to embrace it. It may not turn as quickly as we might like. But… } – Mar 17, 10:35 AM
    • Windriven { ” That topic really is outside the scope of this discussion.” I can’t imagine why. “Suffice it to say that the vast majority of our… } – Mar 17, 9:27 AM
    • KayMarie { Funny all the Nobel prize winning advances that I understand the science and the story of how it came to be discovered well enough all… } – Mar 17, 8:49 AM
    • Jopari { When the science that is used as a base has been used to hypothesize conclusions, many conclusions I might add, and those conclusions are shown… } – Mar 17, 2:59 AM
    • MadisonMD { Please link to the scientific article and I’ll have a look (if it is not behind a paywall). } – Mar 16, 6:36 PM
  • Placebo, Are You There? (79)
    • Nell on Wheels { ;-) } – Mar 15, 5:10 PM
    • Windriven { Thanks Nell! } – Mar 15, 4:50 PM
    • Nell on Wheels { Dammit! I should just give up tagging: http://www-personal.umd.umich.edu/~dmoerman/aim_plac.pdf } – Mar 15, 2:11 PM
    • Nell on Wheels { Here’s the paper; no paywall: <a href="http://www-personal.umd.umich.edu/~dmoerman/aim_plac.pdf"Deconstructing the Placebo Effect and Finding the Meaning Response } – Mar 15, 2:10 PM
    • Windriven { Thanks. For much less than the price of scaling the paywall I purchased a used copy of his book. Maybe I’ll finally figure out what… } – Mar 15, 1:04 PM
  • Searching for the supplement in your supplement (145)
    • Raiden { The topic is not effectiveness. The topic is whether these extracts were indeed extracted from the right plant (or extracted from anything at all). I… } – Mar 14, 11:10 PM
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { The actual effectiveness of most herbal supplements is quite pertinent to the discussion. DSHEA means that no supplement needs to be proven before it is… } – Mar 13, 10:24 AM
    • Raiden { WilliamLawrenceUtridge – “Not to mention the fact that for many of the herbal supplements sold, it’s not a matter of finding the constituents that are… } – Mar 12, 1:50 PM
  • Mind Over Matter: The Brain’s Way of Healing (52)
    • simba { I can buy the dyslexic being at the top of his class. I have a very good friend who struggled enormously with reading. The first… } – Mar 14, 4:36 PM
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { Not really. Brew’s argument takes the complicated human body that most people are pretty unfamiliar with on a biological level, and analogizes it to the… } – Mar 13, 10:26 AM
    • Irish { “A dyslexic boy listened to Mozart and to recordings of his mother’s voice and is now at the top of his class.” How many other… } – Mar 12, 3:48 PM
    • Strovenovus { Because people are not cars. Your argument is sharply reductive and only serves to add credence to purveyors of questionable CAM. } – Mar 12, 9:25 AM
  • Lies, fraud, conflicts of interest, and bogus science: The real Dr. Oz effect (81)
    • Windriven { “The problem is free speech,” The problem is credulous dolts, eager to believe in today’s miracle diet because they can’t quite bring themselves to pass… } – Mar 14, 8:55 AM
    • Linda Kittler { Conn Suits: I agree with you that “Dr. Oz” should be taken off the air. The problem is free speech, and he can say practically… } – Mar 14, 3:54 AM
  • Treating Migraines (99)
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { I don’t know any of the specifics, only that you can get a lethal dose from over the counter caffeine supplements if you take too… } – Mar 13, 10:07 AM
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