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  1. Help a reader out: Abstracts that misrepresent the content of the paper
    Earlier this week, a reader of ours wrote to Steve and me with a request: First off, I just want to say thank you for everything you gentlemen do. I find that your sites are extremely helpful when trying to figure out what level of information is BS, and what is real. In short, I was wondering if e…
  2. Did chiropractic neck manipulation kill Katie May?
    Well, we’re back. Yes, after having our WordPress database somehow borked to the point where no new posts could be added and no existing posts could be edited since Friday, Science-Based Medicine is back in business—finally! As a result, some of you might have seen this post elsewhere, as i…
  3. The cost of repealing mandatory motorcycle helmet laws
    It’s a seldom mentioned aspect of my professional history that I used to do a lot of trauma surgery in my youth. I did my residency at a program that included a county hospital with a busy trauma program where I saw quite a bit of vehicular carnage and an urban hospital (which has since close…
  4. Is “harnessing the power of placebo” worthwhile to treat anything?
    We frequently write about placebo effects here on Science-Based Medicine. The reason is simple. They are an important topic in medicine and, at least as importantly, understanding placebo effects is critical to understanding the exaggerated claims of advocates of “complementary and alternativ…
  5. Intermittent Fasting
    Fasting can mean anything from total abstinence from food and beverages to restricting specific foods or the hours of food intake. Many religions have traditions of fasting, with various restrictions. There is a good summary of those traditions on Wikipedia. The reason for religious fasting is not…
  6. Worshiping at the altar of the Cult of the Brave Maverick Doctor
    One of my favorite television shows right now is The Knick, as I described before in a post about medical history. To give you an idea of how much I’m into The Knick, I’ll tell you that I signed up for Cinemax for three months just for that one show. (After its second season finale airs…
  7. Influenza Eye Roll
    Look! A metaphor! I don’t know the best metaphor. What comes around goes around. The more things change, the more they say the same. Sisyphus. Whack-A-Mole. So what to do when the same old same old rears its head yet again? There are 2,545 posts on this blog, and I suppose I could just point to…
  8. “Electromagnetic hypersensitivity” and “wifi allergies”: Bogus diagnoses with tragic real world consequences
    Is there such a thing as an “allergy to wifi”? Lots of people claim there is; science, not so much. I debated about writing about this topic, given that I just wrote about it last week on my not-so-super-secret other blog. However, as I thought about it during the weekend, I realized t…
  9. Holding the supplement industry to account: Can we learn from tobacco regulation?
    When it comes to supplements, you can’t trust what’s on the label The idea that “natural” products are safe and effective has been so effectively marketed to us that many don’t recognize it as a fallacy. Much of the supplement industry is built around an appeal to nat…
  10. How not to debate a “pro-vaxer”
    When people debating against vaccines win, children lose. To say that the relationship that antivaccine activists have with science and fact is a tenuous, twisted one is a major understatement. Despite mountains of science that says otherwise, antivaccinationists still cling to the three core tene…
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