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  • Diet Cults vs. Science-Based Healthy Eating (208)
    • Mark Thyme { I think the clear message is that you are attempting to paint a lot of hard working and sincere people as fanatics. Drop your own… } – Sep 08, 6:20 PM
  • Pass the Salt (But Not That Pink Himalayan Stuff) (206)
    • Windriven { @mouse, I’ve used all three approaches with the kitchen knife: the ‘whack’ – a single strike with the broad side of the knife, the ‘crush’… } – Sep 08, 12:35 PM
    • mouse { Mint is also for mojito. Having adapted to switching between children’s favored toothpaste (bubblegum blast anyone?) and adult’s, I can tolerate just about any flavor… } – Sep 08, 10:01 AM
    • mouse { I do not whack my garlic with a knife. I cut off the end, then place the flat of the blade on the clove, put… } – Sep 08, 9:53 AM
  • An Egregious Example of Ordering Unnecessary Tests (169)
    • Marilyn Mann { http://online.wsj.com/articles/a-fast-growing-medical-lab-tests-anti-kickback-law-1410143403 Apparently, the company is under investigation for possible violations of the Stark anti-kickback law. } – Sep 08, 9:37 AM
  • “Atavistic oncology” revisited: Dr. Frank Arguello responds (163)
    • Badly Shaved Monkey { Dr G, has it all gone quiet on the Arguello front after his splurge of emails? } – Sep 07, 3:24 AM
    • nutrition prof { I keep going back & forth refreshing comments from here and Dr G’s not so secret blog o’ controversy! I gotta stop this and get… } – Aug 31, 10:13 PM
    • simba { I think one of the best ways to embarrass Dr Arguello would be just to post up his letters, no commentary . They are patently… } – Aug 31, 10:13 PM
    • Gemman Aster { How is he feeling? I don’t know; perhaps as entertained as the rest of us? } – Aug 31, 7:54 PM
    • LouVeha { Tsk, tsk, pay attention. He is not a shill, he is a magnate. I don’t even see why there would be a need to “spin”… } – Aug 29, 10:32 AM
  • A Touch to Fear: Chiropractic and the Newborn Baby (114)
    • Calli Arcale { The person who requested the chiropractor obviously was of low intellect and/or wanted quackery. I think both of those possibilities are unlikely. Studies of people… } – Sep 05, 12:19 PM
    • Shay Simmons { ‘Hundreds of thousands even millions of people can’t be wrong’ That lots of people believe in something for a long time does not make it… } – Sep 05, 2:01 AM
    • EBMOD { I attended Pacific University in Portland, OR for optometry school. Not only do they have an excellent PT/OT program, about 1/3 of their students are/were… } – Sep 03, 5:25 PM
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { If a crystal healer came to help with the child would you have been more or less upset?Less. A crystal healer is going to wave… } – Sep 03, 12:32 PM
  • Bad Science Journals (54)
    • Vasileios Anagnostopoulos { In the electrical engineering world we have exactly the same problem. The whole paper must be modularized as a chain of trust and apply verification… } – Sep 05, 9:35 AM
    • Thor { AND PERHAPS YOU SHOULD REFRAIN FROM USING AD HOMINEM IN SUCH KNEE-JERK FASHION. ALSO, SEE HOW ANNOYING GRATUITOUS USE OF CAPS IS? BOTH ARE UNPLEASANT… } – Aug 30, 4:45 PM
    • Chris { Who is David Deutsch? Also, please strive for more coherence. } – Aug 29, 9:16 PM
    • Brent Williams { “problem is the gatekeepers (the journal editors and peer reviewers) do not have expertise at the cutting edge” You nailed it exactly. The problem is… } – Aug 29, 2:38 PM
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { Jane, where are those “GOOD EXPLANATIONS” published that got them attention? And please restrict comments to explanations from the past 100 years? Testability is pretty… } – Aug 29, 11:14 AM
  • Naturopathy vs. Science: Facts edition (436)
    • Andrey Pavlov { An interesting perspective. Basically a gussied up, “Cuz I wanna!” } – Sep 04, 11:37 PM
  • Medical marijuana as the new herbalism, part 2: Cannabis does not cure cancer (250)
    • MadisonMD { Wouldn’t it be a more true scientific stance to say – perform clinical trials and see what happens? Not really. Because scientists needs to triage… } – Sep 04, 10:41 PM
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { The only take-away for me is that none (or very few) clinical trials exist which therefore justify the conclusion that cannabis doesn’t cure cancer. In… } – Sep 04, 1:26 PM
    • Geza Csikasz { Interesting read. The only take-away for me is that none (or very few) clinical trials exist which therefore justify the conclusion that cannabis doesn’t cure… } – Sep 04, 6:17 AM
  • Clinical trials of integrative medicine: testing whether magic works? (136)
    • Windriven { Most of them wouldn’t have the stones. } – Sep 04, 2:52 PM
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { Question: Has anyone else noted that these homeopathy and alternative medicine types are generally rather cranky folk?They’re not used to calm challenge and probing questions…. } – Sep 04, 1:19 PM
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { Did you just say that human engineering is better than nature in this case. That is a delusion of epic proportions and you are too… } – Sep 04, 11:37 AM
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { No. The joints were replaced under quite clear conditions. Hell no! Don’t you see that this is body part snatching!!?? You really think that a… } – Sep 04, 11:18 AM
    • Andrey Pavlov { It just blows my mind that SSR could post photos of knees with scars and actually think that demonstrates something. What it demonstrates is that… } – Sep 04, 7:38 AM
  • Why People Continue to use SCAMs (302)
    • Teodor Lewi { I was getting a little confused by why “scam” was being capitalized, before realizing that it was shorthand for complementary and alternative medicine. I still… } – Sep 04, 9:51 AM
  • Antibiotics vs. the Microbiome (118)
    • Robert christ { I think my position is more one from the point of desperation. Willing to try anything that has a reasonable chance of success. Which means… } – Sep 03, 5:45 PM
    • KayMarie { It is actually really hard to completely and totally wipe out the flora. If you have GI distress it may be worth seeing if you… } – Sep 03, 7:41 AM
    • Andrey Pavlov { Don’t know weather I need wipe out my flora and start over or not. Don’t even know I have an imbalance of flora or weather… } – Sep 03, 7:15 AM
    • Robert christ { Don’t know weather I need wipe out my flora and start over or not. Don’t even know I have an imbalance of flora or weather… } – Sep 03, 2:13 AM
    • KayMarie { If you were actually able to completely and totally wipe out all the bacteria in your colon (and had your appendix removed so the ones… } – Sep 01, 1:35 PM
  • Vitamin K Refusal – The New Anti-Vax (183)
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { The people who clean the rooms do move between the labour ward and other wards. There are opportunities for transmission, and evidence it occurs: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/14651858.CD007462.pub2/abstract… } – Sep 02, 11:15 AM
    • Lacri { The people with serious diseases aren’t usually in the labour ward. I don’t think there’s much evidence for hospital acquired infections during or after delivery. } – Sep 02, 4:58 AM
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { Thus, I’d prefer a urologist I am unlikely to get an erection in front of.I strongly doubt that getting an erection in front of a… } – Sep 01, 4:48 PM
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { Hospitals, however, are more likely to contain more deadly or more resistant bacteria. More patients with serous diseases and more patients on antibiotics. Post-delivery infection… } – Sep 01, 4:38 PM
    • Windriven { “just barely black” = 50%?” Just barely black = light skinned and lacking pronounced stereotypical features. ““no qualifications” = United States Senator, State Senator from… } – Sep 01, 4:16 PM
  • Naturopathy vs. Science: Prenatal Vitamins (85)
    • Ariann { Just a correction – pregnant women do not have a higher requirement for calcium than other pre-menopausal women, although lactating women do. http://lpi.oregonstate.edu/infocenter/lifestages/pregnancyandlactation/ “Although 200-250… } – Sep 01, 3:53 PM
  • Tens of millions for CAM research — and it’s all on your dime (143)
    • aada { The Gaylrade refutation is old, this is a response for the skeptikal arguments (note: In Spanish Mexico): http://homeopatiayseudoescepticismo.wordpress.com/2014/01/30/20-anos-del-desinformador-mauricio-jose-schwarz/ } – Aug 31, 11:54 PM
    • Peter S { If God gave people the innate ability to heal, why does he or she give them subluxations that interfere with said ability? I guess the… } – Aug 29, 8:20 AM
    • Anna { I have had several range of motion exams and they are similar to what a chiropractor does. I am very happy to have been helped… } – Aug 28, 10:36 PM
    • KayMarie { While an anecdote sometimes one good crack and restore function depending on how something is out of position. My Mom had severe hip pain after… } – Aug 28, 10:20 PM
  • John Oliver skewers Dr. Oz for his hawking of diet supplements (84)
    • Cathy Louise { Yep, agree. As a newbie to this site, I appreciate getting some good sound science-based info (and a little honest humour makes it fun). Thank… } – Aug 31, 7:06 PM
  • The false dichotomies of CAM and “integrative medicine” (82)
    • Cathy Louise { “As we’ve tried to teach and demonstrate, there are so many factors that confound the human brain into leaping to incorrect conclusions about their health… } – Aug 31, 1:43 PM
  • Another Lawsuit To Suppress Legitimate Criticism – This Time SBM (151)
    • Nancy { Steve, don’t you and SGU/SBM have a liability insurance policy which would defend you against defamation/libel allegations? } – Aug 30, 6:19 PM
  • Vani Hari (a.k.a. The Food Babe): The Jenny McCarthy of food (347)
    • Greg { All of the stuff about needing to have a “special pull” and pour Guinness a special way is just bs itself. All of those notions… } – Aug 30, 5:26 PM
    • The Polymerist { Great article. On the topic of propylene glycol, it should also be noted that it was actually introduced to the world of antifreeze BECAUSE of… } – Aug 28, 3:38 PM
  • NuVet: Pet Supplement Snake Oil (68)
    • GCG { Nothing worse than people who try to shame you for getting a dog from a reputable breeder. I’ve had rescue dogs and dogs from reputable… } – Aug 29, 11:20 AM
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