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  • Calli Arcale { I know a guy who gets blood drawn regularly for hemachromatosis. He calls it bloodletting, but that’s because he’s a goofball with a penchant for… } – Apr 23, 11:26 PM
  • Calli Arcale { How would possible efficacy discount safety concerns? Those are two different things, so it doesn’t really follow. Tylenol is famously hepatotoxic; nobody denies that. So… } – Apr 23, 11:24 PM
  • Windriven { Russian Catholics! } – Apr 23, 11:04 PM
  • Doug { Yep me too. My original point was that everyone was using the n=1 justification for why it is good/not. I wandered in here looking for… } – Apr 23, 10:54 PM
  • Chris { Last night’s dinner: Dug into my small chest freezer for two bags from Costco. I took one piece of cod from one bag, and a… } – Apr 23, 10:43 PM
  • Iqbal { WilliamLawrenceUtridge …, do you mean this book from 1868? Yeah…I doubt it’s right about anything. Venereal diseases, in fact all diseases from 1868 lacked any… } – Apr 23, 10:42 PM
  • n brownlee { Mine thought it was the Catholics. In her last year (age: 89) we were watching TV news, and there was a story about a volcanic… } – Apr 23, 9:43 PM
  • Harriet Hall { “Bloodletting” was a medieval treatment intended to balance the 4 imaginary humors. Today we do therapeutic phlebotomies for certain conditions like hemochromatosis, but we don’t… } – Apr 23, 9:39 PM
  • n brownlee { Sensitivity to comfrey is not at all unusual- every herb gardener knows it, or should. A considerable percentage of people who handle the leaves will… } – Apr 23, 9:37 PM
  • Dave { I don’t think JSN reads the comments. I’ve posted the standard exercise advice copied directly from the American Heart Association website, we’ve talked about permanent… } – Apr 23, 9:35 PM
  • Dave { Want to elaborate a little on conditions people don’t have for which they take medications they don’t need? The following are the most commonly prescribed… } – Apr 23, 9:21 PM
  • AriadneCrete { Not a note on herbs, but on bloodletting. You probably know this, but I just learned that it’s an actual medical treatment for some conditions…. } – Apr 23, 9:04 PM
  • Windriven { Interesting article. If the suit is successful I wonder if the corporation will have enough assets to pay damages. The smart play for companies like… } – Apr 23, 9:01 PM
  • n brownlee { Or… the unforgivable… rotisserie chicken and bag o’ salad. The diabetic’s pal. This is where Whole foods gets my buck. Or Fifty. } – Apr 23, 8:57 PM
  • n brownlee { Those suggestions were just the simplest, easiest things I could think of – that kids were likely to eat and like. The more you do… } – Apr 23, 8:54 PM
  • Sawyer { “Some of the posters and commenters here really need an education on the subject of metabolic syndrome, diabetes 2 and lifestyle.” Perhaps. But you’ve essentially… } – Apr 23, 8:40 PM
  • Michael Busch { “So if someone does go gluten free and feels better, what is the possible reason for this?” Possible reasons include undiagnosed sensitivity, placebo, or making… } – Apr 23, 8:37 PM
  • Dave { I entered practice in 1979. Even then we did not get paid by the minute. I agree, the system could be gamed. However, I think… } – Apr 23, 8:36 PM
  • Windriven { I’m happy for your daughter but terribly sorry that she has a credulous dufus for a mother. } – Apr 23, 8:29 PM
  • Windriven { You know, you’re really boring. For a while it was amusing reading your stupidities. But now it is just repetitive and numbing. Congratulations, you’re as… } – Apr 23, 8:27 PM
  • Windriven { @Lucario When you’ve exhausted Nancy Brownlee’s excellent suggestions you might try pasta primavera, chicken wraps (saute onions, peppers, ‘shrooms, chopped chicken; serve in warmed tortillas… } – Apr 23, 8:23 PM
  • Windriven { My grandmother didn’t believe anything she didn’t read in the National Enquirer. Whenever she felt ill she ascribed it to “the Russians putting something into… } – Apr 23, 8:06 PM
  • Windriven { “atheist comes to mind.” And proud of it. } – Apr 23, 8:02 PM
  • Windriven { :-) ! } – Apr 23, 7:58 PM
  • n brownlee { I haven’t canned for years… okay, decades. I’m almost 67 and have only 2 to cook for, usually. But there were years when I staggered… } – Apr 23, 7:54 PM
  • Epiphyllum { I have a friend who makes cosmetics for sale at the local Farmers’ Markets and we have discovered that I am ridiculously sensitive to the… } – Apr 23, 7:53 PM
  • Windriven { @Kathy I hope you’ll learn to embrace thighs. Much more flavorful. Much harder to mess up. Breast meat has little fat (other than subcutaneous) and… } – Apr 23, 7:53 PM
  • Windriven { @Angora “we realized that much of what’s going on is a granfalloon.” RIP Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. ” the catsup we make once a year when… } – Apr 23, 7:48 PM
  • Windriven { “A way which would be more applicable to society as a whole would be to ditch the current coding and billing system and pay doctors… } – Apr 23, 7:25 PM
  • Xplodyncow { Is this information available in the “Supplementary Material” section (the protocol, maybe)? Not sure whether this link to the protocol for the Afdahl, Zeuzem, Kwo… } – Apr 23, 7:13 PM
  • Rose Lovell { While I largely agree with you, I don’t think marketing is the only reason for someone to take an herbal supplement. Perhaps I misunderstood you,… } – Apr 23, 6:58 PM
  • Lucario { Once again, there’s where you and I differ. What exactly can one cook that doesn’t take that long, or can be whipped up when one… } – Apr 23, 6:56 PM
  • justsayno { One of the main themes of the comments here has been that patients won’t follow their doctors’ lifestyle advice. But the advice — according to… } – Apr 23, 6:55 PM
  • justsayno { Dr. Hall got a big laugh out of the idea that restricted calorie dieting can cause obesity. She never even heard of the idea. She… } – Apr 23, 6:46 PM
  • Carol M { For all those people who don’t believe it is ok but don’t make Dr Young wrong because my daughter at the age of nine had… } – Apr 23, 6:26 PM
  • Dave { There are ways to do it. One way is for a doctor to have a concierge practice. Numerous doctors have gone this route, and I… } – Apr 23, 6:22 PM
  • Lucario { Correct me if I’m wrong, but wouldn’t the study suggest that eating a lot of salty food would actually make a person lose weight via… } – Apr 23, 6:12 PM
  • doug { So if someone does go gluten free and feels better, what is the possible reason for this? Undiagnosed sensitivity? Whoey? Psychosomatic? Most doctor’s I have… } – Apr 23, 6:01 PM
  • Ed Whitney { PS: The two trials published in the New England Journal that came online a few minutes ago were similar in having the prespecified primary outcome… } – Apr 23, 5:54 PM
  • CrankyEpi { I subscribe to a FDA service called “Health Fraud Scams” which e-mails notifications of product recalls and warning letters. I get about 3-5 per month;… } – Apr 23, 5:47 PM
  • Eldric IV { A lot of it comes down to time. Throughout my time as a pharmacy technician, intern, and resident, the number one thing I was able… } – Apr 23, 5:44 PM
  • Ed Whitney { The Hepatitis C randomized trials were registered with clinicaltrials.gov. As I expected, the study protocols specified the primary outcome of the studies, namely the proportion… } – Apr 23, 5:30 PM
  • Kiiri { For exactly the reasons enumerated I have discouraged many family and friends from taking ‘supplements’. Thankfully most of my family have the sense not jump… } – Apr 23, 5:20 PM
  • Kov { “There is a lesson to be learned. There is a way to practice science-based medicine along with “comfort medicine” that is devoid of pseudoscience, and… } – Apr 23, 4:44 PM
  • letsgo { smart guy! Echinacea for strep throat. Someone needs to polish up on their botanical knowledge. I guess in this case ignorance is ok. When will… } – Apr 23, 3:28 PM
  • Ekko { Actually, I would also disagree that “much of the low-hanging fruit has already been picked” with respect to herbal medicines. For example, the common weed… } – Apr 23, 3:09 PM
  • Michael Busch { “My brother has been anaphylactic to gluten” I do not know the medical history of your brother, but as Dr. Gorski has described, gluten reactions… } – Apr 23, 3:08 PM
  • Dave { Believe it or not your recommendations do not differ in any substantial way from mainstream recommendations. From the AHA website: “The amount of physical activity… } – Apr 23, 2:53 PM
  • Steven Novella { Yea, all we have to do is cure all disease and illness, then we won’t have to worry about con artists and charlatans exploiting patients… } – Apr 23, 2:49 PM
  • n brownlee { The study was about different nutrient levels in different genotypes: “The mineral profile was significantly affected by genotype, head fraction, location and season. Great variation… } – Apr 23, 2:32 PM
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