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  • Reporting Research Misconduct (36)
    • scott allen { For those of you who think 2% is acceptable low number, think in terms of this. Would you accept a 2% failure rate in your… } – Feb 21, 6:11 PM
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { The Women’s Health Initiative trial resulted in a dramatic, sudden and widespread discontinuation of hormonal therapy for post-menopausal women. So much so that it formed… } – Feb 20, 3:23 PM
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { This very article, this whole discussion, is rather visible evidence of the failure of this approach to protect customers or even provide them with ingredients… } – Feb 20, 1:12 PM
  • 2015 NHIS Report on Complementary Health Approaches (whatever that means) (44)
    • Wzrd1 { While my initial impulse has always been to desire to reject CAM entirely, I also recall my SF medical training strongly suggesting we check with… } – Feb 21, 4:51 PM
    • Andrey Pavlov { I’ve told the story before about my classmate who himself is incredibly intelligent and knowledgeable and his parents both hold doctorates in chemistry – yes!… } – Feb 21, 2:39 PM
    • simba { The thing is that most of the people who talk about your particular CAM are those who use it. You can dismiss the tiny percentage… } – Feb 21, 9:22 AM
  • Significant Ruling Against Conversion Therapy (189)
    • mouse { WLU “So his point, which he repeated to a Lenin-like degree, was always wrong.” I could not agree more. } – Feb 21, 4:41 PM
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { My precision could have been enhanced by noting it makes no difference if plastic surgery is “important” or “trivial” – it does what it says… } – Feb 21, 9:26 AM
    • mouse { WLU “It was never an apt comparison to conversion therapy, and attempting to make it seem “serious” or “important” or “valid” was unnecessary in my… } – Feb 18, 10:51 PM
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { My comment wasn’t specifically aimed at anyone, I was just irked that there seemed to be a need to say “yeah, but plastic surgery can… } – Feb 18, 3:09 PM
    • mouse { Since my son’s craniofacial surgeon has students trailing him, I figure he’s got some sorta in depth education. :) But beyond that I’d guess that… } – Feb 18, 10:35 AM
  • Acupuncture, Organic Food, and Other Questions (550)
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { Thanks for the book reference, I started reading it, and it looks interesting, but flipping through it, it clearly doesn’t answer my original questions or… } – Feb 21, 3:01 PM
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { Madison, I find your reply dumb, cocky and laughable, so much so that it is kind of insulting that you would write this.But is she… } – Feb 21, 2:47 PM
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { If there was a “like” button, I would press it. } – Feb 21, 9:54 AM
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { In my own experience, acupuncture often includes massage, kind of like deep tissue. It also includes heat lamps, burning some kind of incense/plant, and suction… } – Feb 21, 9:51 AM
    • weing { “Thanks for the book reference, I started reading it, and it looks interesting, but flipping through it, it clearly doesn’t answer my original questions or… } – Feb 19, 1:12 AM
  • The Food Babe’s war on “chemicals” heats up again (56)
    • Patty { kitchenette.jezebel.com/the-food-babe-is-a-raving-lunatic-1685840128/+sbedwards Here’s another interesting write-up about the “food babe” from last week. He references Orac’s 2/12 article about Ms. Hari. I’m happy to see that… } – Feb 20, 8:12 PM
    • Macrauchenia { All the posts I see on social media these days about hidden dangers in common household products has really caught me off guard. I know… } – Feb 20, 3:47 PM
    • Brett Williamson { Thought I would add a link to an interesting take down of The Food Babe and her obsession with Beaver’s butts and coal tar. Slate… } – Feb 19, 11:04 PM
  • The Disneyland measles outbreak: “Dr. Bob” Sears says measles isn’t that bad, and an antivaccine activist invokes the Brady Bunch fallacy (647)
    • KayMarie { Typically our outbreaks do come from other countries but because we allow our unvaccinated to go to countries with high incidence of measles and let… } – Feb 20, 3:36 PM
    • Windriven { “Recently, the USA has had about 100 cases of measles. That is not an epidemic.” Actually, it is an epidemic. What you mean is that… } – Feb 20, 3:26 PM
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { I don’t think anyone here has an issue with rational, evidence-based issues with vaccination (and I’ll note – the Nature article you link to suggests… } – Feb 20, 3:21 PM
  • Detox: What “They” Don’t Want You To Know (376)
    • Chris { Cool! You know it all just by having a human body. Do tell me what the best treatment for obstructive hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is, especially if… } – Feb 18, 2:40 AM
    • Jonathan { If you need science to understand health… I pity you. I am not sue if you are all aware we are born with bodies ourselves…. } – Feb 17, 10:54 AM
  • Alternative Medical Alert Systems in the News (78)
    • Windriven { For what it’s worth Pop, I don’t have anything against vegans or veganism. I loves me my veggies. Unfortunately, I have found out (to my… } – Feb 17, 9:24 PM
    • Pop { @Windriven I did not mind Helen Fisher’s reference to “vegans” because of the quotation marks but removing them implies we are all nutters, which seems… } – Feb 17, 6:05 PM
    • LovleAnjel { I often have difficulty paying attention to the road when driving past wind farms. My husband says I’ll be unresponsive to him. But that’s because… } – Feb 17, 11:11 AM
    • RiftPoint { That’s bizarre… This should be the link Does chemotherapy work or not? The “2% gambit”, one of the posts from Respectful Insolence (it might be… } – Feb 17, 9:50 AM
    • mouse { Folks with metal parts beware? } – Feb 16, 6:26 AM
  • A Day of Science-Based Medicine at NECSS (3)
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { why do you feel that alternative ways of treatment are NOT scientifically based?Because generally they’re sold without adequate testing; often no testing whatsoever. Do you… } – Feb 17, 12:16 PM
    • MadisonMD { why do you feel that alternative ways of treatment are NOT scientifically based? If they were scientifically based, they would cease to be alternative. So… } – Feb 17, 1:20 AM
    • larry eames { why do you feel that alternative ways of treatment are NOT scientifically based? Do you feel that these research doctors who have won Nobel prizes… } – Feb 16, 11:25 PM
  • Do two half-truths add up to a complete truth or a complete falsehood? (140)
    • Nell on Wheels { They are two completely different diseases. http://www.cdc.gov/features/rubella/ Rubella Facts Rubella, whose name means “little red,” was thought to be a type of measles until 1814,… } – Feb 14, 4:37 PM
    • ga { @Chris Thanks. Is Rubella less contagious? I take it that when there is an outbreak of one that doesn’t mean there’s an outbreak of the… } – Feb 14, 4:26 PM
    • Chris { That is an easy thing to mix up. Rubeola is the red measles going across North America, and rubella is German measles. } – Feb 14, 1:08 PM
    • ga { I may have mixed up rubeola and rubella? I also hit the send button before editing and forgot to add that I sent my daughter… } – Feb 14, 12:58 PM
    • ga { I’m not sure. I remember my daughter’s pediatrician’s office had a separate waiting area for children who are contagious. What do they do if someone’s… } – Feb 14, 12:49 PM
  • Opposing Chiropractic: Persecution or Justified Criticism? (140)
    • Windriven { You have touched on the secret to life of essentially all pseudo-medicine. If a pseudo-medical treatment is used and the condition improves, the pseudo-medicine must… } – Feb 14, 10:13 AM
    • My Name { So is the spring-loaded stylus actually a valid method of treatment for actual musculo-skeletal issues? I ask because I know someone who wrenched his back… } – Feb 14, 4:43 AM
  • Facing Decline and Death (59)
    • Alia { Well, this was mostly in the region of Galicia, which was notorious for its poverty. Peasants there were so poor that they simply could not… } – Feb 14, 7:59 AM
    • Flabbergastered { We all beat ourselves up too much – would dying in the bosom of your family be so wonderful if your family were medieval peasants… } – Feb 13, 10:11 PM
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { DIPG is not 100% fatal, but I still wouldn’t like those odds. } – Feb 13, 12:54 PM
  • Is cancer due mostly to “bad luck”? (448)
    • Dhiren { Alas there is another factor (probably more important) that requires chance and good luck ie the patients threshhold for reporting and the doctor and/or local… } – Feb 13, 7:54 PM
  • Selling complementary and alternative medicine: An business ethics perspective (20)
    • Windriven { My condolences, Jane. When I moved to the PNW I spent a bit of time researching and then speaking with physicians. The result is a… } – Feb 13, 3:19 PM
    • Jane { Where I live (AZ) over the past several years and switching doctors constantly, it is the norm. I don’t know if it is the doctors,… } – Feb 13, 2:44 PM
    • Windriven { Jane, I don’t know if it is the norm, but it is certainly a disturbing trend. } – Feb 13, 1:54 PM
    • Jane { The lack of evidenced-based treatments is a crisis. Living in the U.S., many physicians are selling procedures that have not been proven to work, and… } – Feb 13, 1:24 PM
  • Hot-Zone Schools and Children at Risk: Shedding light on outbreak-prone schools (314)
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { A booster infection by revaccination-that’s promoting measles REinfection! And the infection-epidemic cycle continues. Too bad, vaccinators would realize the fact that they are the real… } – Feb 13, 3:10 PM
  • Washington bills: Christian Science no longer an excuse for denying medical care (124)
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