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  • PMoran { “There is much other data on the subject, including that of Benedetti, which I find much more interesting and compelling. ” It was indeed the… } – Mar 02, 3:47 AM
  • PMoran { “You both succumb to the popularity fallacy; people use it so we some of the pretences must … do something! Well I don’t think we… } – Mar 02, 3:21 AM
  • PMoran { “And you Peter … how disingenuous can you get? You praise sadmar’s fantasy of integrative medicine with doctors and science in control but have said… } – Mar 02, 2:49 AM
  • weing { “The truth is there is evidence to prove both arguments.” Just show us the friggin evidence. We’ll judge what it proves for ourselves. } – Mar 02, 1:46 AM
  • EBMOD { I have mentioned my personal exposures to the Gerson therapy before, but feel it proper to recount them. I grew up in a charismatic Christian… } – Mar 02, 1:40 AM
  • PMORAN { I meant to say “forequarter amputation”, where the axilla and shoulder is also removed. Anything less would expose her to the risk of local recurrence. } – Mar 02, 12:28 AM
  • PMORAN { In retrospect, we can say that it is very likely that a forequarter operation would have cured her unusual type of cancer, albeit with potentially… } – Mar 02, 12:24 AM
  • Chris { This is just me being silly: my nine year old desktop is finally recording HD broadcasts on Window Media Center (it used to have lots… } – Mar 01, 11:37 PM
  • sadmar { Wind: I hope you know the IRL author of ‘sadmar’ LIKES the internet persona known as ‘Windriven’ and imagines he’d like ‘Windriven’s author IRL, too…. } – Mar 01, 9:31 PM
  • Stephen S. Rodrigues, MD { WilliamLawrenceUtridge Your place in Agendaville is confirmed. You do not have an open mind to reality. What is your claim to existent in the complexities… } – Mar 01, 9:12 PM
  • Stephen S. Rodrigues, MD { You are ridiculous!! There are a lot of SoC options that were valid in 1580, 1980 and they probably will be in 2080. Depending what… } – Mar 01, 9:02 PM
  • The Truth { The main question is “are there alternative methods for healing cancer and other diseases without the use of drugs?” Some very intelligent people say no… } – Mar 01, 9:02 PM
  • Stephen S. Rodrigues, MD { “Science is to observe and report!” Thanks Bruce Miller!! } – Mar 01, 8:56 PM
  • Stephen S. Rodrigues, MD { For clarity — don’t be freakin ridiculous!!! Trigger point injections are the treatment of choice for stubborn torticollis. This is a 1 to 1 relationship…. } – Mar 01, 8:50 PM
  • sadmar { Madison: Bruce seems a little confused. If we used a metaphor of a syllogism to describe his comment, the major premise about the nature of… } – Mar 01, 8:46 PM
  • brewandferment { Travis–the search button at the top of this page produced this: http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/cochrane-reviews-the-food-babe-of-medicine/ Be sure to read the comments and you will find Dr. Gorski’s comments… } – Mar 01, 8:39 PM
  • David Gorski { That’s nice. Do you have anything substantive to say about the actual content of the post? No? Goodbye, then. You never read this blog before;… } – Mar 01, 7:34 PM
  • C { This was quite the lengthy post which I wouldn’t have minded reading if it actually provided useful information but instead just slams a girl who… } – Mar 01, 7:26 PM
  • Steve { I’m just grateful to Dr. Novella for this post in particular and for the blog in general. It would have taken me a while to… } – Mar 01, 7:18 PM
  • Windriven { I’m sorry for your loss. My mother too died of smoking and much too young. People in my family who dont do stupid sh!t tend… } – Mar 01, 7:14 PM
  • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { One thing that would help would be organizations like the CDC, WebMD and universities not pretending CAM has been tested and found effective. A tremendous… } – Mar 01, 7:14 PM
  • Morgan Levy, MD { I heard Dr. Gawande give a fantastic TED talk about changing the practice of medicine into a team sport. I am very glad he wrote… } – Mar 01, 7:11 PM
  • Simon Clark { May I have permission to reproduce this in a New Zealand veterinary magazine? Maybe summarize it? I am a Masters of Veterinary Medicine student, and… } – Mar 01, 7:05 PM
  • Windriven { They could get Casper Weinberger to run it. He’s dead, but that shouldn’t matter. He’s a Republican though. That could be a problem. } – Mar 01, 6:57 PM
  • sadmar { THAT is the dumbest comment in the thread. The purpose of education is the OPPOSITE of turning students into functional members of society with useful… } – Mar 01, 5:59 PM
  • sadmar { How much effort? Not that much. And, as a matter of FACT, doctors have included ‘safer smoking’ as part of medical care. Smoking was a… } – Mar 01, 5:40 PM
  • sadmar { Thanks for posting the link to the syllabus. It reaffirms she’s not ‘real’ faculty, and as on campus only one afternoon a week. It’s a… } – Mar 01, 5:15 PM
  • JD { However, ethical principles and scientific ones do demand some degree of plausibility so that human research is not capricious. We should not be testing homeopathy…. } – Mar 01, 4:58 PM
  • Jeff Daniels { The above article begins to present the transformation in thinking regarding medical research that was started in 2005 by Dr. John P. A, Ioannnidis MD,… } – Mar 01, 4:44 PM
  • Sawyer { Minimizing the practice of CAM, when roughly 40% of American adults use it, is nothing short of an ostrich approach to the problem Uh oh…. } – Mar 01, 4:27 PM
  • MadisonMD { It means we need more research on ghosts apparently. Can we open a new Institute or office at the nih? Call it the Bogeyman Ontology… } – Mar 01, 3:54 PM
  • Windriven { “Even if CAM were universally worthless, there is still a widespread perception problem. Minimizing the practice of CAM, when roughly 40% of American adults use… } – Mar 01, 3:27 PM
  • Windriven { “For example, you argue that Echinacea has been shown to be worthless. Really?” Did you bother to read the citation? Do you understand the “possibly… } – Mar 01, 3:23 PM
  • Windriven { Happily, the barbarians at the gate are armed with fear and superstition while we are armed with science and technology. Who are you betting is… } – Mar 01, 3:13 PM
  • MadisonMD { …and then again, if we are to take your medieval analogy at face value, should we go with your fantasy plot that the barbarians at… } – Mar 01, 1:31 PM
  • Andrey Pavlov { So rather than lamenting the institutional study of CAM, we should all be demanding rigorous application of the scientific method and the rooting out of… } – Mar 01, 1:07 PM
  • MadisonMD { Hurling rocks from the castle walls at the barbarians outside, with shouts of “science!” will not keep the fortress from crumbling, or keep the villagers… } – Mar 01, 1:06 PM
  • Andrey Pavlov { Secondly, you can only claim to be measuring maximal placebo responses if you design a study that sets out to maximise them. Hrobjartsson is reporting… } – Mar 01, 1:03 PM
  • Andrey Pavlov { Andrey I am sure that that quote from me was explaining why integrative medicine would be a safer way of permitting patients some use of… } – Mar 01, 12:40 PM
  • Andrey Pavlov { Good questions, but they are based upon the assumption that I envisage some kind of formal arrangement between the mainstream and CAM as the result… } – Mar 01, 12:33 PM
  • Andrey Pavlov { @Self Skeptic: I agree that in many cases it is indeed necessary to trust those who have the understanding on something where we lack it…. } – Mar 01, 12:30 PM
  • Sawyer { Thanks for the followup Michael. I’ll have to dig up my old stats book to see the exact wording, but I suspect you’re correct that… } – Mar 01, 11:58 AM
  • Sawyer { Strov you’re only proving my point. Plate tectonics, which is widely recognized to be one of the LONGEST rejected ideas in the world of modern… } – Mar 01, 11:40 AM
  • Windriven { “Alfred Wegener’s 1923 theory was mocked … until shown to have merit in the 1950s.” So what??? Science works. Sometimes it doesn’t embrace radical new… } – Mar 01, 11:28 AM
  • Strovenovus { Nothing to see here, huh? Pretending that CAM is a definitional problem or that the matter has been definitively resolved sidestep the real problem, loss… } – Mar 01, 11:27 AM
  • MadisonMD { And as for Madison MDs contention that an example of “ancient wisdom” would somehow be more persuasive … uh, is that because the scientific method… } – Mar 01, 11:08 AM
  • Strovenovus { Alfred Wegener’s 1923 theory was mocked … until shown to have merit in the 1950s. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfred_Wegener And as for Madison MDs contention that an example… } – Mar 01, 10:58 AM
  • Chris { weing: ” You need to examine the evidence. If the evidence is extraordinary, the scientific consensus will have to change.” And if the claim is… } – Mar 01, 10:52 AM
  • weing { “If we simply disregard anything that challenges the status quo, and validate this by ‘deferral to the experts’, then we are at that point no… } – Mar 01, 10:27 AM
  • Windriven { “I am trying to say even if one thinks they are on the right side of a debate, it goes against what it means to… } – Mar 01, 10:27 AM
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