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  • Vani Hari, a.k.a. “The Food Babe,” finally responds to critics (433)
    • David { What a joke….the blind leading the blind. The issue is about trusting the food we eat. Thanks to Ancel Keys, we know we can’t. I… } – Jan 11, 7:09 PM
    • weing { “These companies cannot by law say what the product does because if they say that this herb cures diabetes, then the Food and Drug Administration… } – Jan 05, 8:15 PM
  • Does the Movie Fed Up Make Sense? (748)
    • Macrauchenia { And no comment on my direct response above with the quote from Medscape? “obesity, the most common cause of insulin resistance, is associated mainly with… } – Jan 11, 3:57 PM
  • 2014: Chiropractors, naturopaths and acupuncturists lose in state legislatures (34)
    • Thor { The “growing body of evidence” is quite weak, though: zero evidence for acupuncture and a small bit for needling. And there’s a vast difference between… } – Jan 11, 2:02 PM
    • Tressing { I’d like to add that there is a growing body of evidence for using needles (whether you call it dry needling or acupuncture is really… } – Jan 11, 12:01 AM
    • Ginckgo { Meanwhile in Australia: http://www.theage.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/taxpayers-to-fund-teaching-of-pseudoscience-20150110-12i8fa.html } – Jan 10, 6:00 PM
    • MadisonMD { And speaking of mumbo jumbo Jann, go ahead and Google ” do PTs use acupuncture?” and tell us what you find. The relevant comparison would… } – Jan 10, 9:39 AM
  • SfSBM at NECSS (6)
    • Windriven { Thanks Fredrick. The timing is bad for me as I have to be back in NYC a couple of weeks later and it is a… } – Jan 11, 7:24 AM
    • Frederick { They have special for the Hilton, go on necss web site, there’s a rebate code, but there’s lot of hotel in that area, i found… } – Jan 10, 7:22 PM
    • Windriven { Is there a conference hotel? Recommendations for hotels in the area? } – Jan 10, 7:14 PM
    • Frederick { I thought I could go, but i can’t, my budget won’t allow it (registration, plus hotel, car expenses etc). And i would have go from… } – Jan 10, 6:13 PM
  • Glyphosate – The New Bogeyman (270)
    • Sawyer { Without the methods section at my fingertips it’s going to be impossible to tell how accurately this research mimics actual farmer application levels. Well, that… } – Jan 10, 10:01 AM
    • John Dooley { EXCERPT: The scientists who conducted the new study used field-realistic levels of glyphosate, similar to what honeybees may encounter on a farm growing GMOs. They… } – Jan 10, 2:29 AM
    • Sawyer { Nonsense. All you have to do is go back to the article by Dr. Hall from a few weeks ago to see that we are… } – Jan 10, 1:32 AM
    • AJB { There are also plenty of people who have spent years investigating free energy machines and have built “working” prototypes (the “inventors” often even have advanced… } – Jan 09, 5:50 PM
  • Is the Ebola Crisis a Reason to Skip RCTs? (50)
    • Badly Shaved Monkey { Thanks, Dr Hall, for this article. Before I read it I think I was edging in a vague hand-wavy kind of way towards thinking that… } – Jan 10, 5:29 AM
    • Matthew Rollosson { That’s certainly possible and we have to remain vigilant for emerging infectious diseases, however, pathogens that are transmitted between humans via the airborne route (e.g.,… } – Jan 09, 11:53 AM
    • Lawrence { Of course it isn’t airborne – but eventually we’ll be faced with a serious disease that is airborne, is extremely contagious, and will be the… } – Jan 09, 5:46 AM
    • Matthew Rollosson { Smallpox, which has been eradicated, was airborne. Measles, which has been eliminated from the Americas, is airborne. Ebola is not. http://fullyvaccinated.blogspot.com/2014/10/is-ebola-airborne.html } – Jan 08, 6:30 PM
    • Lawrence { It will always be difficult for diseases like Ebola to become truly endemic or become a large epidemic – but, throw in “airborne” and easy… } – Jan 08, 6:02 PM
  • The Health Benefits of Moderate Drinking (70)
    • julie { Exactly! Even with practice, I can’t build any tolerance. I enjoy a glass of wine or two with a special dinner, or a cocktail occasionally,… } – Jan 09, 4:29 PM
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { That was very interesting, thanks for that. Really looks like things shade towards the “harm” end of things. } – Jan 04, 2:06 PM
  • Detox: What “They” Don’t Want You To Know (297)
    • RiftPoint { If he’d be willing, so would I! Not sure how to go about direct contacting someone… Meaning no offense to SBM, but the comment system… } – Jan 09, 2:44 PM
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { Try Andrey, if he can make the time! He’s provided guest posts in the past. } – Jan 09, 1:25 PM
    • K Chang { At its heart, the “detox” or “Cleanse” thing is selling fear (you have “toxins!”) and offer hope (here’s something to get rid of them!) It’s… } – Jan 08, 2:16 PM
    • RiftPoint { I might be tempted into doing something like that… Maybe if one of the MDs who frequent this blog would be interested in co-authoring something?… } – Jan 08, 2:10 PM
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { I’ve actually been wondering if SBM would ever consider doing articles that go over in better detail how aspects like liver function, kidney function, and… } – Jan 08, 12:28 PM
  • Neuroscience and Destiny (19)
    • Scarabei { Ergo Proxy coming live } – Jan 09, 2:31 PM
    • Sawyer { The mere fact that this article by Dr. Novella even exists pretty much invalidates your claim that neurology is akin to phrenology. Don’t hold you’re… } – Jan 08, 8:46 PM
    • crs { Neuroscience is today’s phrenology! All right, maybe there’s more basis, there are some suggestive correlations. But I’m waiting for a grand debunking. Too much credence… } – Jan 08, 7:46 PM
    • kgartner714 { This is fascinating to me because my 16-year old daughter has just had a bunch of these tests as part of evaluation for epilepsy surgery…. } – Jan 08, 1:05 PM
    • rork { Stats wonk talk: “The training error is always an under-estimate of the test error.” says paper, and perhaps the post’s “such correlations are always overestimates”… } – Jan 08, 8:00 AM
  • Connecticut “modernizes” naturopathic scope of practice (39)
    • Changeisneeded { Exactly, with one of the highest rates of infant and child mortality. } – Jan 08, 8:54 PM
    • Changeisneeded { Yes! } – Jan 08, 8:53 PM
  • Product B: Here We Go Again (55)
    • Madison Lowe { Hello (: THIS IS NOT A PRO-ISAGENIX comment even though I am on it… not for much longer. I have just read and re-read all… } – Jan 08, 7:45 PM
  • Acupuncture for Withdrawal Symptoms in Critically Ill Infants (245)
    • Andrey Pavlov { So out of curiosity, what was the design of the studies that established that inserting a stent had an actual effect? Why don’t you look… } – Jan 08, 5:25 PM
    • Graham { And I don’t think cardiologists are special in this respect. People tend to prefer their own experience over published trials which to me explains why… } – Jan 08, 4:02 PM
    • Graham { Andrey, I don’t think a meta analysis is able to retrospectively determine whether the patient had objective evidence of ischemia or not. The fact that… } – Jan 08, 3:57 PM
    • Ella Mentry { “But only after actual rigorous studies have established that an effect exists in the first place . . . Pragmatic studies of acupuncture is “Cinderella… } – Jan 08, 3:38 PM
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { Isn’t having a clear understanding and definition of terms important to science based medicine?I agree, which is why I think that claiming the authors said… } – Jan 08, 1:27 PM
  • Acupuncture Odds and Ends (166)
    • Calli Arcale { “And there is a good argument to be made that sticking needles into birds is “torture”.” Yes, especially since I would expect birds to be… } – Jan 08, 1:16 PM
    • Calli Arcale { Why is your opinion better than mine? Because it isn’t his. That’s the long and short of it. Everything is judged by whether it bolsters… } – Jan 08, 1:03 PM
    • MadisonMD { Oops, you can ignore it! But it is still there. } – Jan 05, 9:53 PM
    • MadisonMD { I will be wondering if it would be feasible to sue someone for malice, fraudulent claims, slander and file a civil lawsuit for defamation. Truth… } – Jan 05, 9:52 PM
    • Andrey Pavlov { On any account once it is cleared, I will be wondering if it would be feasible to sue someone for malice, fraudulent claims, slander and… } – Jan 05, 4:18 PM
  • Merry Christmas from SBM! (78)
    • simba { Capers come from a different plant, but I think you can pickle them together? Apparently they can be used in stock. Hmmm…. } – Jan 04, 3:51 PM
    • Windriven { “Words are fun.” They are indeed. A joy we share. } – Jan 04, 2:32 PM
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { Also, I don’t care if I’ve said it before. It’s a love song to all the new readers out there. } – Jan 04, 2:20 PM
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { Fun fact – “corn” used to be a generic term for any grain (which is why English-speakers use it rather than maize or some other… } – Jan 04, 2:14 PM
  • No, the HPV vaccine does not cause promiscuity (385)
    • Tazia K. Stagg { What “holidays” are detaining the anonymous parent/chemist who wanted to teach me a lesson? } – Jan 04, 3:19 PM
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