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  • NuVet: Pet Supplement Snake Oil (68)
    • enkidu { My vet keeps suggesting supplements for my 10 year old tripod dog, as she is missing a back leg and I am starting to notice… } – Sep 19, 9:07 AM
    • Kim Wolterman { Thanks for the great article. It is not just the breeders and vets hawking it either. Our groomer just recommended it for our dog, who… } – Sep 15, 1:16 PM
  • The “CDC whistleblower saga”: Updates, backlash, and (I hope) a wrap-up (331)
    • KayMarie { A lot of data sets require you be able to pass the basic HIPPA regulation training and other things to protect the individuals in the… } – Sep 18, 11:45 PM
    • Chris { So have you submitted your proposal and done all the paperwork? } – Sep 18, 11:25 PM
    • Doro { hi ! you stated in your text that the CDC has the data from the controversial study available for everyone to have a look, so… } – Sep 18, 2:27 AM
    • Chris { Argh. Misplaced comment, so I’ll repeat: I could go into an explanation of a bacteriophage known about by 1930 that makes strep more virulent. But… } – Sep 18, 12:14 AM
    • Chris { I could go into an explanation of a bacteriophage known about by 1930 that makes strep more virulent. But it is pointless with someone who… } – Sep 17, 11:58 PM
  • Ketogenic diet does not “beat chemo for almost all cancers” (305)
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { I’ve been eating a ketogenic diet for 18 months and none of my scans have shown progression of my tumour to date. But it hasn’t… } – Sep 18, 9:06 PM
    • MadisonMD { Hi Alix, Thank you for sharing your experience. It’s fantastic that you are doing well. There could well be other individuals out there who tried… } – Sep 18, 7:25 PM
    • AlixHayden { At the risk of sounding like one of the quacks, I wanted to contribute my perspective. I was diagnosed two years ago with a grade… } – Sep 18, 5:16 PM
  • Legislating Ignorance (255)
    • AJB { In grumpy’s defense, I don’t think he is saying he chooses to like science when he agrees with it and ignore when he doesn’t, but… } – Sep 17, 1:00 PM
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { I’m going to echo this – I’m assuming there is some research or press discussion on the topic, but I would be very happy if… } – Sep 17, 12:38 PM
  • Medicine past, present, and future: Star Trek versus Dr. Kildare and The Knick (55)
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { My last reading on the topic was that they were staving off colony collapse by breeding in new lines from Europe…producing its own problems as… } – Sep 17, 12:21 PM
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { You can’t really accuse the fluoride and vaccination threads of being threadjacked though, they’re merely being tediously prolonged by liars and the ignorant. And no… } – Sep 17, 12:19 PM
    • Jopari { It seems to be doing just that now, or maybe it’s just a lull in the flow. Another topic that doesn’t die easy is vaccination,… } – Sep 17, 1:05 AM
    • brewandferment { and apparently neither do fluoride threads… } – Sep 16, 6:58 PM
    • Petticoat Philosopher { Yeah, I love Star Trek, but I always found McCoy kind of an obnoxious hothead exactly because of scenes like this. I remember watching that… } – Sep 16, 6:23 PM
  • The Texas Medical Board vs. Stanislaw Burzynski, 2014 edition (71)
    • MadisonMD { I find Brett Snodgrass, MD rather creepy. Everytime he posts, I see dead people. } – Sep 16, 11:01 PM
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { Burzynski is a bad, greedy, unethical asshole. You shouldn’t be defending him in any way, shape or form. His ideas are terrible, they are not… } – Sep 16, 11:16 AM
    • MadisonMD { Hi Brett, Dr. Burzynski started selling ANP in the late 1970s and by 1997 was selling to 963 patients per year. He has continued to… } – Sep 16, 8:07 AM
    • Brett Snodgrass, MD { Okay, I thought my prior comment was deleted, I may be mistaken, I apologize for the ambiguous, possibly misleading request. Kind regards, -Brett } – Sep 16, 12:11 AM
    • Brett Snodgrass, MD { Thank you for your reply. If Burzynski has sold ANPs to many people, than that should be what the Texas Medical Board takes Dr. Buryznski… } – Sep 16, 12:10 AM
  • Only two months until Skepticon (14)
    • mouse { “Carriers” – Ahhh, I had not heard that one. } – Sep 16, 9:45 PM
    • Windriven { Hah! You always have a good attitude. Almost always ;-) } – Sep 16, 8:45 PM
    • Windriven { @mouse “Hope I didn’t offend.” I am all but unoffendable when barbs are aimed my way, especially when they are intended in good humor. He… } – Sep 16, 8:44 PM
    • mouse { Also, I don’t really have a good attitude either. } – Sep 16, 8:18 PM
  • Chiropractic “pediatrics” firmly in the anti-vaccination camp (67)
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { I think the history is a little more complicated than that, but I’ll note two things: 1) Actual testing of chiropractic care indicates that the… } – Sep 16, 11:14 AM
  • Medical marijuana as the new herbalism, part 2: Cannabis does not cure cancer (251)
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { This author is clueless. The science does exist, he chooses to ignore it. Cannabis oil *does* cure cancer. I know dozens of people told to… } – Sep 16, 11:02 AM
    • Bill Syrjala { This author is clueless. The science does exist, he chooses to ignore it. Cannabis oil *does* cure cancer. I know dozens of people told to… } – Sep 15, 9:20 PM
  • Ebola SCAMs (204)
    • Jopari { Same person?! I thought it was another? *sigh* } – Sep 16, 3:06 AM
    • AdamG { I’m sad to report that this one completely for real, and completely bonkers: http://scienceblogs.com/insolence/2014/08/12/homeopathy-for-ebola-virus-disease-too-irresponsible-for-even-mike-adams/#comment-346643 } – Sep 16, 12:22 AM
    • Woo Fighter { He’s been spamming comments on blogs about cancer and AIDS for ages. The Ebola thing is new. He used to call his miracle the Personal… } – Sep 15, 10:31 PM
    • Nell on Wheels { He’s all over the comments of any stories about Ebola. The text is pretty much the same, but in some he does claim that “everybody… } – Sep 15, 8:21 PM
  • An Egregious Example of Ordering Unnecessary Tests (169)
    • jdiabla { Some of those tests should comprise a basic chem 20 and shouldn’t be separate tests ( the potassium and sodium and all). The lipids and… } – Sep 15, 9:16 PM
  • Yet another plague panic (267)
    • mouse { @Jopari – (shrug) Nope, I was done anyway. The thread is all yours. } – Sep 15, 4:33 PM
    • Jopari { Mouse, while I may agree with your sentiment on chit chat, I generally do not think it’s appropriate here, I mean, if someone actually has… } – Sep 15, 2:51 PM
    • mouse { Thor “Anyway, I wanted to add that I didn’t want to leave the readers in general with the impression that this site is about a… } – Sep 15, 10:33 AM
    • Andrey Pavlov { Andrey – I actually knew what you looked like, from a picture you posted years ago. If my subconscious had thought of your hemp necklace… } – Sep 15, 12:58 AM
    • Thor { As is par for the course for me, I just posted under Andrey’s first ‘random’ comment instead of under simba’s. Tell you what – this… } – Sep 12, 6:35 PM
  • The Unpersuadables (224)
  • Side effects may include liver failure (36)
    • MadisonMD { OK, 65% of companies audited are out of compliance… that doesn’t mean 65% of products. It could be a higher or lower fraction of products… } – Sep 14, 9:51 AM
    • Jeff { “The 65% out of compliance figure came from all FDA audits, not just audits of small firms as you claim.” Precisely my point — 65%… } – Sep 14, 4:49 AM
    • MadisonMD { OK, Jeff, now you are getting dumb. I might have been born at night.. but it wasn’t last night. You are just trying to obfuscate…. } – Sep 13, 9:17 PM
    • Jeff { MadisonMD, The supplement GMPs for small companies only took effect in June, 2010 (earlier for larger companies). For their inspections the FDA almost certainly targets… } – Sep 13, 7:06 PM
    • Vicki { I don’t see any way to do that without either accusing the patient of dishonesty, or lying to them about the purpose of the blood… } – Sep 13, 5:59 PM
  • Tens of millions for CAM research — and it’s all on your dime (143)
    • BrettMD { No worse than the Missouri Medical Board wasting upwards of 100,000 dollars of Tax-payer money to reprimand the cardiologist Dr. Antoine Adem for providing good… } – Sep 13, 11:03 AM
  • Dr. Oz and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (178)
    • Jopari { Interesting. Thanks. } – Sep 12, 6:35 AM
    • Nell on Wheels { Try this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GgdWFbeBnyY } – Sep 11, 2:10 PM
  • Turmeric: Tasty in Curry, Questionable as Medicine (174)
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { Any herbal supplement that works would have significant side-effects. It would either increase your metabolic rate considerably (which means you would be at risk for… } – Sep 11, 7:25 PM
    • Harriet Hall { “any herbal supplement that works – even a little – to lose weight?. ” Anything with caffeine in it might have a very tiny effect,… } – Sep 11, 2:54 PM
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