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  • “Quackery: A $10 Billion Scandal” (143)
    • weing { “The problem, of course, is that the physician is now telling outright lies instead of subcontracting that job to the quack.” That is a quandary…. } – Nov 04, 12:08 AM
    • Windriven { “Thus, depending upon medical context, and the available options, doing nothing for a given complaint could often be the best option in cost/risk/benefit terms” Indisputably… } – Nov 03, 11:00 PM
  • Using the fear of Ebola to promote the placebo legislation that is “right to try” (76)
    • Andrey Pavlov { To be fair, certain specialties essentially never need to prescribe home narcotics. Cardiology, for example. My attending on that service made it a point that… } – Nov 03, 10:45 PM
    • NotADoc { “I have never met a doctor who had a blanket policy never to prescribe opiates, and I don’t see how anyone who did that could… } – Nov 03, 10:02 PM
    • Andrey Pavlov { This has bewildered me for quite some time how we ended up with such a messed up system (I’m sure it is tied to discounts… } – Nov 03, 8:42 PM
  • Ebola conspiracy theories: Same as it ever was (96)
    • Nell on Wheels { The Gates Foundation isn’t being sued. The writ petition filed with the Supreme Court of India in 2012 was filed against the Drug Controller General… } – Nov 03, 3:04 AM
    • Ed Whitney { “Fluoride, in low doses, is a safe and effective way” … to sap and impurify all of our precious bodily fluids. Have you ever seen… } – Nov 01, 12:02 AM
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { The name of your photobucket account is punny. } – Oct 31, 2:48 PM
  • Brian Hooker and Andrew Wakefield accuse the CDC of scientific fraud. Irony meters everywhere explode. (282)
    • Chris { Also, the fact that Walker Smith managed to convince the GMC that he was mislead by Wakefield and was able to save his license, has… } – Nov 02, 11:04 PM
    • Windriven { The law and science are different things. Smith wiggled out but that means only that he keeps his license. And your claim that his legal… } – Nov 02, 10:50 PM
    • Chris { “Dr Brian Hooker” Do tell us where he got his medical degree and the status of his medical license. Also tell where Andrew Wakefield is… } – Nov 02, 7:46 PM
    • Athina { Irony? You realize you are calling a perfectly credible/ reputable doctor a fraud ( Dr Brian Hooker) and then proceed to argue we should trust… } – Nov 02, 7:21 PM
  • Placebo Speculations (75)
    • Andrey Pavlov { Well said Dave. } – Oct 30, 4:00 PM
    • Andrey Pavlov { Cancer quackery actually thrived during the period of the mainstream’s most intense hostility and towards CAM. I know of no evidence that its more dangerous… } – Oct 30, 10:45 AM
    • Dave { The patients I’ve seen in the situation I’ve mentioned, refusing chemo for potentially curable cancers, (and I’ve seen several) were not motivated by mainstream medicine’s… } – Oct 30, 10:02 AM
    • KayMarie { Your very welcome! } – Oct 29, 11:33 PM
    • PMoran { Good question, Dave, if you are implying that being selectively and conditionally tolerant of some aspects of CAM risks encouraging some patients to abandon conventional… } – Oct 29, 10:09 PM
  • Mirror Neurons and the Pitfalls of Brain Research (14)
    • BA { SP: Every now and again an idea from science escapes from the lab and takes on a life of its own as an explanation for… } – Oct 30, 3:36 PM
    • Laurenak { Thank you for this great review Dr Hall, mirror neurons have been frequently mentioned at some of the recent courses I’ve been to about autism… } – Oct 30, 5:16 AM
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { I use more than 10% of my brain every single day. In fact, I use 100% of my brain 100% of the time. Of course,… } – Oct 29, 4:11 PM
    • Windriven { “If we were able to use more than 10 % of our brains mirror neurons would be fully understood now ; )” And Steve Rodrigues… } – Oct 28, 8:12 AM
  • A TCM Challenge (80)
    • KayMarie { I think you do have have concerns about comparing entire systems. Our rural health in the US is often pretty poor as there is little… } – Oct 30, 11:02 AM
    • Andrey Pavlov { Well, that and their general health is more poor than most other developed nations, particularly amongst the poor who do use TCM more than modern… } – Oct 30, 10:24 AM
    • KayMarie { Because most Chinese use the same modern medicine most of the rest of the world use. I worked with a physician from China who came… } – Oct 30, 7:00 AM
    • Ronnie { I’ve long wondered – if TCM is such an inferior health care modality, why isn’t the overall health status of the Chinese populous really inferior… } – Oct 29, 11:25 PM
    • Björn Geir { What does TCM say about having no pulse? That 100% of them are dead? } – Oct 27, 3:50 PM
  • Questions and Answers about Chiropractic: The Bottom Line (133)
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { Injuries are guarantee to heal based on the laws of biology and the healing cycles.What an amazing statement to make, so startlingly at odds with… } – Oct 29, 4:33 PM
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { He gave you an ankle injury protocol? If so, that means that Derek might have been lucky enough to find one of the chiropractors who… } – Oct 29, 4:09 PM
    • reasonablehank { That was possibly me :) http://reasonablehank.com/?s=anti-vaccine+chiropractors } – Oct 29, 6:52 AM
    • Wiliam { @ Adam, Your post is very reasonable and not unlike how I might approach a patient. } – Oct 27, 11:55 AM
  • One more time: No, wearing a bra does not cause breast cancer (310)
    • brewandferment { It’s also possible that your doctor and you could make a medical case that the overabundance is causing/potentially causing physical disability and you could have… } – Oct 29, 3:22 PM
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { In third world countries, most notably African and old Amazonian tribes, and as far as I know, they don’t have bra cancer lurking around the… } – Oct 29, 12:48 PM
    • Chris { “Let’s say it like it is – women can live without needing a bra. In third world countries, most notably African and old Amazonian tribes,… } – Oct 29, 11:05 AM
    • Rain { Let’s say it like it is – women can live without needing a bra. In third world countries, most notably African and old Amazonian tribes,… } – Oct 29, 5:28 AM
  • Ebola outbreaks: Science versus fear mongering and quackery (392)
    • MadisonMD { Random mooks on the internet never get anything wrong… which is why I can’t understand the origin of all the arguments in blog comments everywhere. } – Oct 29, 2:51 PM
    • Pere H Proctor, PhD,MD { NIH grant: “Ebola virus VP24_a novel inhibitor of interferon and oxidative stress signaling NIH:8585806″ “We also observed that VP24 inhibits the induction of cellular antioxidant… } – Oct 29, 1:42 PM
    • Pere H Proctor, PhD,MD { It is true that since the US patent office went “first to file”, it is important that the CDC files first so somebody else does… } – Oct 29, 1:07 PM
    • Pere H Proctor, PhD,MD { Got several drug patents myself, issued and pending, You always file for a patent because without patent protection no pharmaceutical company will invest the hundreds… } – Oct 29, 12:58 PM
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { Maybe it is bc of the history of DOCTORS getting things wrong!! Your medical arrogance is nauseating.I’m not a doctor Dianne, perhaps that will make… } – Oct 29, 11:11 AM
  • Lessons from the dubious rise and inevitable fall of green coffee beans (29)
    • family doctor brooklyn { Lessons from the dubious rise and inevitable fall of green coffee beans. News this week that a randomized controlled trial of green coffee bean (GCB)… } – Oct 29, 11:40 AM
  • Delaying School Start Times for Sleep Deprived Teens (61)
    • Altus { I am concerned about sleep deprivation with both of my kids. My son’s school starts at 7 a.m. and if he has an away game… } – Oct 28, 12:26 PM
  • Quackademia update: The Cleveland Clinic, George Washington University, and the continued infiltration of quackery into medical academia (284)
    • simba { Why would the prescientific ‘medicine’ of other countries get treated preferentially to the prescientific ‘medicine’ (i.e. superstition) of one’s own? Why would we use either… } – Oct 28, 2:56 AM
    • Peter H Proctor, PhD,MD { But here you-all are just preaching to the choir. I wondered by accidentally. If you really, truly, believe what you are claiming about fraudulent behavior,… } – Oct 27, 7:51 PM
    • MadisonMD { Good idea. Yet vitamin C quackery is bound to pop up somewhere else. BTW, most of us are here to out the truth, not to… } – Oct 27, 3:29 PM
    • Peter H Proctor, PhD,MD { If you-all honestly believe that George Washington University is committing medical fraud and abuse, you have an obligation as physicians to file a complaint with… } – Oct 27, 2:23 PM
  • Upper Neck Manipulation: Caveats for Patients and Providers (131)
    • Kelly Luckman { Hi, I was very interested in your article regarding the tricks of Chiropractors, as I have just started seeing a Chiro again, the one I… } – Oct 27, 6:44 PM
  • A little shameless self-promotion and a plea (1)
    • Betty { If only… Please let us know if you are speaking anywhere else. } – Oct 27, 5:43 PM
  • The “It’s All Good!” Fallacy of Complementary and Alternative Medicine….. (70)
    • Kelley { Windy: this is perhaps the best quick explanation I have encountered for why folks turn to CAM. Thanks for posting. } – Oct 27, 5:06 PM
  • An Overly Pessimistic View of Medicine (120)
    • MadisonMD { Still, the cardiologist’s bill for $1800 was sent to Medicare and my father’s private insurance. Maybe he took a phone call from one of the… } – Oct 27, 4:26 PM
    • AnotherGuest { My father went to the hospital by ambulance with back pain, and was dead within a few hours. He was elderly; his death was not… } – Oct 27, 3:54 PM
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