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  • Diet Cults vs. Science-Based Healthy Eating (212)
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { Why not count calories using one of many smartphone apps? That’s structured. Follow the my plate guidelines emphasizing fresh fruits and vegetables. Learn to cook… } – Nov 11, 6:24 PM
    • Counterpoint { Old thread so excuse my input. I personally got myself in great shape and health just following a “macros” diet which is a certain level… } – Nov 11, 4:09 PM
  • Ebola conspiracy theories: Same as it ever was (96)
    • Ebola { Please use the comments to demonstrate your own ignorance, unfamiliarity with empirical data and lack of respect for scientific knowledge. Be sure to create straw… } – Nov 11, 9:54 AM
    • 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
  • Why Does This Immunologist Reject Vaccinations? (147)
    • Sawyer { The polio vaccine for instance has no side effects while other have horrible side effects Wow, mega fail. You can’t even get your anti-vaccine talking… } – Nov 10, 10:17 PM
    • Harriet Hall { “3 years old which is the age where our immunity system has built up sufficiently” False! “The one that puzzles me is that they are… } – Nov 10, 9:38 PM
    • MadisonMD { warn that 1 in every 250k people exposed to the vaccine will suffer everything from brain damage to grand mal seizures just to name a… } – Nov 10, 9:15 PM
    • Chris { “So I printed every write up off of the cdc website on every vaccine” You know you could just read them from your computer screen…. } – Nov 10, 9:13 PM
  • False Memory Syndrome Alive and Well (104)
    • Jeremy Praay { Oops. No, I was pointing out that one of the keynote speakers at the NCSBS conference also believes in repressed memories. This was an effort… } – Nov 10, 11:26 AM
    • EBMOD { Ah, sorry I misinterpreted your reason for posting the link supporting it then. } – Nov 10, 10:30 AM
    • Sawyer { I’m a bit late to the party, but I want to second WLU’s recommendation of Remembering Satan. I was lucky enough to read this book… } – Nov 09, 9:16 PM
  • Conspiracy theories and Ebola virus transmission (49)
    • LouV { Regarding this “Department of defense” study : https://www.metabunk.org/threads/colloidal-silver-and-ebola.4689/#post-130098 } – Nov 10, 4:46 AM
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { I have department of defense studies that show conclusively that colloidal silver in vitro severly damages Ebola and prevents it from infecting healthy tissue”In vitro”… } – Nov 09, 3:58 PM
    • Ed Whitney { Laproxdoc: The commie thug Obama wants to infect the American people with Ebola, allowing him to declare a national emergency with dictatorial powers. which is… } – Nov 09, 11:27 AM
    • Laproxdoc { Very interesting article and discussion. On a side note I was quite surprised that the fear inflaming Right wing noisemaking machine didn’t elevate nurse Hickox… } – Nov 08, 3:45 PM
    • MadisonMD { studies that show conclusively that colloidal silver in vitro severly damages Ebola and prevents it from infecting healthy tissue Bleach and ethanol will do this… } – Nov 08, 2:53 PM
  • Pass the Salt (But Not That Pink Himalayan Stuff) (212)
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { Salt, when mixed with water, dissociates into individual atoms, rendering pink salt identical to all other types of salt. The amount of time the salt… } – Nov 09, 3:43 PM
    • Dave { A little off topic, but several years ago one of the most highly acclaimed films at the Banff Mountain Film Festival was “Himalaya”, centered around… } – Nov 09, 8:30 AM
    • Chris { It is pink because of the salt loving microbes. } – Nov 09, 8:28 AM
    • MadisonMD { the crystalline structure of Himalayan Pink salt, is very simple since it has been preserved for 250 million years Simpler than NaCl? I think not…. } – Nov 09, 8:09 AM
    • Chandralal Kalansooriya { Everybody explains the biochemical aspect of Himalayan Pink Salt. i.e. 84 minerals, but nobody knows about the biophysical aspect of the Himalayan Pink Salt. Compared… } – Nov 09, 6:49 AM
  • Mirror Neurons and the Pitfalls of Brain Research (14)
    • Chris { The works of Daniel Goleman and the research done by V.S. Ramachandran led me to become a true believer of mirror neuron theory. If Hickok… } – Nov 08, 7:40 AM
    • 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
  • SBM on Wikipedia in Every Language (182)
    • Chris { “Because to me it’s just a pretty picture.” You should see an echocardiogram. At least with a cardiac MRI you can make out the heart,… } – Nov 07, 11:32 AM
    • LouV { simba, I said that most of the medical advances in recent decades have actually been the result of technological advances. Improvements in surgical and imaging… } – Nov 07, 3:45 AM
    • EBMOD { Man, what a great article. Fantastic read. I must say that trying to talk science with Whoa is summed up well by this: http://pandawhale.com/post/8219/turtle-falling-like-a-panda-gif } – Nov 06, 2:49 PM
    • EBMOD { Why do cranks always have a hard time with self assessment of their beliefs. Anti-vaxxers hate being considered anti-vaccine. Vitalists hate being called vitalist. If… } – Nov 06, 1:22 PM
  • Salk’s swansong: renaissance of the injected polio vaccine (112)
    • Interrobang { Funnily enough, as someone who knows a tiny bit (literally) about such things, the Talmud has quite a lot to say about business ethics, all… } – Nov 07, 12:27 AM
    • MadisonMD { I wonder if SBM can attract more Nazi fascist antivaxxers. How many are out there? I wonder what the Venn diagram between Nazi fascists and… } – Nov 05, 7:30 PM
    • Windriven { Save your breath, Drey. I believe he has been banned. } – Nov 05, 9:53 AM
    • LouV { The new Chris obviously ; I was commenting on “Dissolving illusions”. The graphs are on Humphries’site. } – Nov 05, 3:09 AM
  • “Quackery: A $10 Billion Scandal” (143)
    • PMoran { “So in the end Peter, our disagreement seems more ethical than medical.” As with the other responders. Yet these ethical considerations apply to doctors and… } – Nov 06, 6:08 PM
    • Andrey Pavlov { I keep coming back to that phrase as I think about this. Is it the physician’s role to enable or reward treatment seeking behavior? Isn’t… } – Nov 04, 6:48 AM
    • 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)
    • Trish { I would love to see SBM do some research – about how the concept of addiction is being used and morphed in the wider community,… } – Nov 05, 5:15 PM
    • downpak { Dr. Gorski, “In brief, you’re wrong. I’m right about this. IRB approval is needed for single patient INDs.” You are right. IRB approval is required… } – Nov 04, 6:05 PM
    • 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
  • 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
  • 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
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