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  • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { So money is the primary issue??Do you charge your patients for sticking them with needles? Sounds like money is an issue for you. You all… } – Feb 27, 9:35 PM
  • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { Truth needs no proof!!!Um…yes it does. The unique thing about a true fact is that consistent tests will result in consistent results. The truth is… } – Feb 27, 9:28 PM
  • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { Apparently some view the mere willingness to conduct scientific inquiry into CAM as an embarrassing endorsement.You should learn about that which you speak. Much of… } – Feb 27, 9:18 PM
  • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { I don’t know what it’s made out of, but it’s definitely the house that lies built. } – Feb 27, 9:04 PM
  • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { Growing distrust among the public of the scientific medical establishment is driving both trends.Then how do you explain things like pseudoscientists and pseudodoctors citing quantum… } – Feb 27, 9:03 PM
  • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { Hah! They sure wore down the censor button in that one :) } – Feb 27, 8:52 PM
  • n brownlee { @NELL! You are my heroine. Brava!! When I was 22 and living in LA, the D’Oyly Carte Company, on a road tour, did 2 weeks… } – Feb 27, 8:51 PM
  • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { And boom goes the dynamite. } – Feb 27, 8:51 PM
  • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { CAM is gaining popularity on every front, largely in response to failings–perceived and real– in the medical establishment.You don’t think it’s perhaps a little more… } – Feb 27, 8:50 PM
  • MadisonMD { Apparently some view the mere willingness to conduct scientific inquiry into CAM as an embarrassing endorsement. Clinical trials are extremely expensive (in cost and human… } – Feb 27, 8:43 PM
  • Bob { You’re acting like CAM hasn’t already been studied. The US government alone funnels about $100 million a year into CAM studies. There have been tens… } – Feb 27, 8:15 PM
  • Lynn { make tht, “data” } – Feb 27, 7:55 PM
  • Lynn { ” it appears that the real problem is not so much people who don’t get vaccinated, it’s people who travel to countries where the disease… } – Feb 27, 7:54 PM
  • Sawyer { But I’ve never heard a peep from them about trying to prevent the disease from getting here in the first place. Wrong. 100%. You’re just… } – Feb 27, 7:54 PM
  • sadmar { OT: Leonard Nimoy, 1931-2015 Leonard Nimoy died on Friday morning at his home in the Bel Air section of Los Angeles. He was 83. His… } – Feb 27, 7:10 PM
  • Jonathan Graham { “You seem to be forgetting that absence of proof does not equal proof of absence.” Actually when you are talking about likelihood that’s exactly what… } – Feb 27, 7:01 PM
  • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { Did you know that pain in the knee can be treated without surgery?Sure, some pain, but I’m pretty sure bone-on-bone ostoearthritis has few treatment options… } – Feb 27, 6:29 PM
  • n brownlee { Rodriguez, all the research has shown that CAM does NOT work. (Sticking a needle into someone and then telling them that they feel better is… } – Feb 27, 6:24 PM
  • downpak { As far as measles goes, it appears that the real problem is not so much people who don’t get vaccinated, it’s people who travel to… } – Feb 27, 6:23 PM
  • Andrey Pavlov { As Mouse said Peter, your flame proof straw men have birds roosting in them. But you’ve, yet again, given the “Jesus argument.” The CAM will… } – Feb 27, 6:18 PM
  • Andrey Pavlov { some random computer error so I wasn’t able to leave the other pearl of wisdom from Peter…. So there is no misunderstanding, I believe that… } – Feb 27, 6:12 PM
  • Andrey Pavlov { I was just now feeling a little smug for not having crowed too much, or named names when my “effluvia” on certain aspects of the… } – Feb 27, 6:03 PM
  • mouse { “If it was so perfect, why did it cause her such pain? If the replacement was so flawed, why is she now pain-free?” Well the… } – Feb 27, 5:32 PM
  • Andrey Pavlov { This supports what I have said in the past about placing too much weight upon the Hrobjartsson meta-analyses. They describe findings under the restrictive conditions… } – Feb 27, 5:31 PM
  • MadisonMD { We have to do better if we want to rehabilitate science’s place in our culture. How do we do better, then? It certainly isn’t by… } – Feb 27, 5:28 PM
  • mouse { Nah – I’m pretty sure it’s not based on individual browsing history. If it was I’d be getting a lot more boot, clothing, cellphone and… } – Feb 27, 5:18 PM
  • Strovenovus { This quote is taken from the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Medicine, under the heading “Evaluating Complementary and Alternative Medicine”: “Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM)… } – Feb 27, 5:16 PM
  • Robert Ewalt { I learned to do hypothesis testing in the mid-1970’s in a business or economics context. I later taught it at the undergrad level. Of course… } – Feb 27, 5:05 PM
  • Strovenovus { Conflating homeopathy with the anti-vaccination movement, and insisting that such movements should be rejected is fine– you have no quarrel from me. But this does… } – Feb 27, 5:02 PM
  • Andrey Pavlov { If I acceded to a patient making use of acupuncture when in distress and when there are no obviously better conventional options, (as most doctors… } – Feb 27, 4:58 PM
  • Nell on Wheels { What’s the Gilbert & Sullivan quote from Mikado about unconvincing narratives to spin a fabulous story?Pooh-Bah. Merely corroborative detail, intended to give artistic verisimilitude to… } – Feb 27, 4:57 PM
  • brewandferment { ah yes…lest we forget. Well, then, like seasons or else a separate pair on a perpendicular orbit. } – Feb 27, 4:47 PM
  • Angora Rabbit { This isn’t about squalene but about that dreadful study that SS linked to. More details on why it’s appalling. As background, my doctorate research was… } – Feb 27, 4:41 PM
  • Science Mom { Liz, 1. Is there any age-stratification of risk? For example, are infants who are infected with measles before the age of 12 months (or so)… } – Feb 27, 4:29 PM
  • wjr { Hear, hear. For many years I have had the opinion that the term “social science” was an oxymoron. Here we see “statistically” significant support for… } – Feb 27, 4:29 PM
  • Strovenovus { I didn’t suggest that Homeopathy et al. get a “free pass” or that scientific medicine lower its standards. Straw man arguments. CAM is gaining popularity… } – Feb 27, 4:09 PM
  • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { How else would you describe deceiving an old lady by taking her living natural body part that is a perfect design and replacing it with… } – Feb 27, 4:07 PM
  • Henry Madison { What’s a person to believe? When it comes to chronic pain folks find very little that works. There are reports that 85% of the medical… } – Feb 27, 4:01 PM
  • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { Acupuncture produces gains indistinguishable from placebo. Americans could save a few bucks by not getting it. } – Feb 27, 3:58 PM
  • sadmar { I don’t know how SBM’s ads work, but a lot of web advertising these days is targeted to the user, not just the site. The… } – Feb 27, 3:45 PM
  • Windriven { No stan, the correct formulation is: No matter how many times complimentary medicine is claimed to work, readers here will not believe it until there… } – Feb 27, 3:44 PM
  • Public Health RN (Scott) { Well done Andrey! And thank you to all of the contributers. Keep up the good work! I know it seems like an insurmountable task sometimes… } – Feb 27, 3:40 PM
  • mouse { That’s funny Stan, because I have known folks with cancer who say that the pressure to be positive is a huge and pointless burden and… } – Feb 27, 3:38 PM
  • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { I think what I am saying is that public policy will never quite match what some sceptics desire.Doesn’t mean it’s not worth trying, even if… } – Feb 27, 3:33 PM
  • mouse { @shannon – I don’t see anyone shaming the patients who have sought treatment. The shame goes to practitioners who use deceptive tactics to discourage effective… } – Feb 27, 3:31 PM
  • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { No matter how many times complimentary medicine works, readers here will not believe it because there’s no proof.The problem isn’t the lack of proof, it’s… } – Feb 27, 3:31 PM
  • KayMarie { If you ever manage to make it work while a scientist is watching in a well-designed trial with appropriate controls… But if it only hides… } – Feb 27, 3:25 PM
  • KayMarie { As if your house is made of anything else? } – Feb 27, 3:23 PM
  • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { That’s a stunning lack of irony coming from someone who sells unproven supplements. Stanmrak, you sell supplements, which have no proof behind them, and you… } – Feb 27, 3:22 PM
  • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { I personally went to Hippocrates after doing my researchI regret to inform you that you wasted both time and money; you were either already cured,… } – Feb 27, 3:19 PM
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