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  • 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 (61)
    • 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    • Harriet Hall { The journal may be peer reviewed, but that item was not peer-reviewed. It was a meeting abstract, and meeting abstracts are not peer reviewed.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
    • Windriven { “I believe this would qualify as peer-reviewed ppublication…right?” Yes. Low impact but peer reviewed. So what’s your point? } – Apr 09, 4:30 PM
    • Bobby Martin { Check out this link: http://www.fasebj.org/cgi/content/meeting_abstract/27/1_MeetingAbstracts/713.1 I believe this would qualify as peer-reviewed ppublication…right? } – Apr 09, 3:22 PM
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { Basically anything with actual evidence behind it that isn’t proprietary information kept from public scrutiny and out of the peer-reviewed discussion, which shows over a… } – Apr 08, 8:26 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
    • vince { isnt it possible that vaccine coverage was higher a few years ago before the anti vaccine movement got going? If so then we have a… } – Apr 06, 9:07 PM
    • Anon { Not sure this will help any with the marijuana discussion but here’s the FDA sheet on medical THC, aka dronabinol. http://www.drugs.com/pro/marinol.html One case isn’t much… } – Apr 06, 8:47 PM
    • scribblingTiresias { Hey, FBA- It’s actually the other way around. It’s not that white communities are “better” at diagnosing autistic children, it’s that non-white kids with autism… } – Apr 04, 12:58 PM
  • Maryland legislature passes naturopathic licensing bill, but with damage control (21)
    • 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
    • TBruce { If I were practising with a naturopath, I would be so tempted to refer certain patients to him or her to take advantage of their… } – Apr 04, 9:44 AM
    • Andrey Pavlov { It’s part of this mindset I don’t get, but probably because I know better. “Serious people are investigating it… so it probably works and I… } – Apr 04, 8:09 AM
    • Jann Bellamy { That is a provision in the statute that worried the physicians board too. From their report: “It is unclear what naturopathic practitioners expect of the… } – Apr 04, 7:38 AM
  • An Update on Water Immersion During Labor and Delivery (131)
    • 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
    • Treetababy { Harriet Hall, My daughter is several years old now, and when I went to my ob-gyn at a large hospital in Portland, Oregon. Some choices… } – Apr 02, 7:20 PM
    • brewandferment { Everytime I try to explain my reasons for wanting an unmedicated labor and delivery I somehow make it come out wrong but I’ll try again…. } – Apr 02, 12:58 PM
    • Harriet Hall { I covered “The Business of Being Born” back in 2008. See http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/the-business-of-being-born/ You say you chose water birth because there was “no shaving, no episiotomies,… } – Apr 02, 12:03 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 (231)
    • 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
    • Self Skeptic { PMoran, Would you mind reposting that citation? I’m having a hard time picking it out of the crowd. Thanks, and also for the interesting discussion. } – Apr 07, 8:23 AM
    • PMoran { “Can you provide the citation? I’m happy to change my mind, but I find it hard to accept the assertion that 22% of invasive breast… } – Apr 07, 3:07 AM
    • MadisonMD { Hi Peter, That is a very interesting idea that some invasive cancers never progress. It even harkens back to the extreme view of the systemic… } – Apr 06, 3:47 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
    • The Old Portland { I agree that Skep Inq has been struggling to stay relevant, but it still has some good material in it. They’ve been doing less of… } – Apr 05, 1:03 PM
    • Denise { After more than twenty years out of school, I was compelled to refresh my knowledge of calculus before entering graduate school in 2008. What I… } – Apr 05, 11:16 AM
    • Andrey Pavlov { Much too kind Thor. I’ll admit my thoughts on EG and all that at the time were much less clear. It forced me to pull… } – Apr 04, 8:23 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
    • Windriven { I’m sometimes tonedeaf to these types, Andrey. Good catch. } – Apr 04, 11:41 AM
    • Chris { Vaccination Status and Health in Children and Adolescents Lewis K, Cherry JD, Holroyd HJ, et al. A double-blind study comparing an acellular pertussis-component DTP vaccine… } – Apr 04, 10:55 AM
    • Andrey Pavlov { @windriven: Yes, which is why I followed it up. I assume that Bill is trying to by sly and use the good ol’ anti-vaccine trope… } – Apr 04, 9:18 AM
  • 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
  • Different Strokes for Different Folks: Assessing Risk in Women (17)
    • chiropractor Los angeles { Wow, this is so interesting to me, I’ve kind of got the opposite of your problem, my spine has almost no curve to it, and… } – Apr 07, 11:32 AM
  • The illusions of “right to try” laws (62)
    • Bill { You certainly bring up some valid concerns, but neglect to consider the fact, that not all of these “drugs,” or therapies, show toxic side effects…. } – Apr 04, 12:02 PM
  • Antivaccine happenings ten years time ago (44)
    • Andrey Pavlov { Andres, you do have some solid understanding and clearly a decent grasp on statistics. You are still missing very important points repeatedly addressed. In many… } – Apr 02, 10:22 AM
  • 2013 Legislative Review: placenta take out (76)
    • Sawyer { Um, her name is “Texas Mommy”. We’re not allowed to point out she’s selling something because of her magical mommy marketing powers. } – Apr 02, 9:42 AM
    • Windriven { Clarissa? } – Apr 02, 8:12 AM
    • Bruce { What about a nice Chianti? } – Apr 02, 5:55 AM
  • A little more weekend shameless self-promotion to spread an important message about Stanislaw Burzynski (13)
    • MadisonMD { If about 3 of the 8000+ treated by Burzynski had seemingly miraculous results, that would be a 0.04% success rate. Actually, that’s not far off… } – Apr 02, 12:36 AM
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