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  • John Oliver skewers Dr. Oz for his hawking of diet supplements (83)
    • 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
    • Henning { Jees christ, I didnt even check the author of this page, just assumed since I got here from SGU… just ignore me… showing myself out. } – Jul 03, 12:15 AM
  • Precision Medicine: The Coolest Part of Medicine (44)
    • 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
  • 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 (328)
    • Dan { Great article. It’s about time the intelligent people start debunking the misconceptions of the ill-advised. } – Jul 10, 8:54 PM
    • Christian { Why not fight fire with fire? Write a petition to mainstream media outlets demanding that they stop covering Food Babe. Cite how her science has… } – Jul 04, 1:53 AM
  • 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
    • i need to start reading this blog again { organic does NOT mean its free from pesticides, only synthetic pesticides and the “natural” pesticides are often less effective and so you need to use… } – Jul 06, 11:31 AM
  • Gluten-free skin and beauty products: Extracting cash from the gullible (125)
    • 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
  • 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 (141)
    • 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
  • Why Doctors Order Too Many Tests (126)
    • 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
  • 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
    • Windriven { What Chris means Joey, is show some hard evidence that “the government tried to patent antineoplastons. Cite the application so that we can go to… } – Jul 09, 7:39 AM
  • Beware the Integrative Pharmacy (99)
    • KayMarie { My grandpa and his little dog were on the same heart pills. Radically different doses, but the same drug. I knew you were supposed to… } – Jul 08, 1:27 PM
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { The funny thing is Jacy, that true scientists don’t believe it works. They think it’s stupid. And if homeopathy is actually effective, why do well-controlled… } – Jul 08, 1:14 PM
    • Chris { Um, that is just a short blog post that is just an argument from blatant assertion. Where is the actual randomly controlled test on rats… } – Jul 08, 12:32 PM
    • jacy { Any true scientist and believer in science would love homeopathy as it really works, see the truth at http://adidarwinian.com/father-of-human-pharmacology/ to know why it works. } – Jul 08, 2:06 AM
    • RetailPhm { Being a relatively new pharmacist in Canada, it was a bit of a culture shock being forced into a pharmacy that sold homeopathic and naturopathic… } – Jul 05, 10:38 PM
  • What Whole Foods Markets Doesn’t Tell You (200)
    • D.Edwards { Was in their Kensington store today. A woman was giving out drinks samples. I asked what is it? She said, ‘It contains superfoods – ‘… } – Jul 08, 11:12 AM
  • Acupuncture for Macular Degeneration: Why I Reject the Evidence (95)
    • Noori { Thank you for this article. I’ve had macular degeneration since I was 30 years old and now after 19 years of progressive degradation I was… } – Jul 07, 1:00 PM
  • The Center for Inquiry weighs in on the FDA’s mishandling of Stanislaw Burzynski’s clinical trials (4)
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { That’s an excellent question. The answer seems to be primarily “asshole politicians”. See here. } – Jul 05, 8:29 PM
    • James Peters { Why hasn’t he been struck off and his scam been closed down by now?. } – Jul 05, 6:57 PM
    • Skeptical Medicine { The only way I can see this as justified would be if there were ultimatums attached. It is time for him to release 15 years… } – Jul 05, 11:29 AM
    • SpaceTrout { Assuming these allegations of billing patients for “operational costs” are true and the FDA doesn’t nut up and take action, is there any other federal… } – Jul 03, 11:44 PM
  • Turmeric: Tasty in Curry, Questionable as Medicine (171)
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { though there is considerable in vitro and animal based research available Thaldiomide is a potent anti-nausea medication and is perfectly safe in rats. A solution… } – Jul 03, 9:30 AM
    • Dave { Looking at the site and going over the citations, there are a lot of papers on rodents (mice, rabbits, hamsters) and some pilot studies otherwise…. } – Jul 03, 8:54 AM
    • Windriven { Following up on Dr. Pavlov’s excellent response, did you trouble yourself to follow the citations to their original source documents? I didn’t check them all… } – Jul 03, 8:23 AM
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