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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. Is there a natural treatment for tinnitus?
    Ear Tone is a supplement claimed to help tinnitus. Does it work? “Why do you bother blogging?” asked a colleague. “You take hours of your personal time to write, and you do it for free. You’re not even getting any citations for all that work.” I admit I found the ques…
  3. Vaccine Whistleblower: BS Hooker and William Thompson try to talk about epidemiology
    “Vaccine Whistleblower” – a highly edited misrepresentation of the facts. Here we go again with the whole “CDC Whistleblower” thing, this time with a book about the recorded conversations between Brian J. Hooker and William Thompson. Well, not the whole conversations, of …
  4. Vaccine Whistleblower: An antivaccine “exposé” full of sound and fury, signifying nothing
    Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player That struts and frets his hour upon the stage And then is heard no more: it is a tale Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, Signifying nothing. – Shakespeare’s Macbeth, Act 5, Scene 5   “Vaccine Whistleblower”? More …
  5. Review of Vaccine Whistleblower: A Legal Perspective 
    “Vaccine Whistleblower”? More like the next Andrew Wakefield in the making. This post addresses some legal issues raised in the Vaccine Whistleblower book. The first part explains whistleblower protections and how Dr. Thompson’s allegations fit into them. The second part addresse…
  6. Medical marijuana as the new herbalism, part 4: Cannabis for autism
    When I first started writing about the claims made for medical marijuana and the cannabis oil derived from it, it didn’t take long for me to characterize medical claims for cannabis as the “new herbalism,” as opposed to pharmacognosy, the branch of pharmacology devoted to the study…
  7. Rehydrating with an appeal to nature
    Ski faster with coconut water? I don’t tend to worry too much about hydration, except when I exercise. I’ve been running regularly for over 15 years, and since I started I’ve usually carried water, or for longer runs, I drink old-school Gatorade. The formulation is basic: sugar, …
  8. The evolving story of the harms of anti-inflammatory drugs
    Owing to summer vacation, today’s post updates a 2011 post and a 2013 post with some new information. Anti-inflammatory drugs are among the most well-loved products in the modern medicine cabinet. They can provide good pain control, reduce inflammation, and eliminate fever. We give non-steroi…
  9. Should physicians and managed care organizations offer homeopathy?
    Anyone who reads Science-Based Medicine on even a semi-regular basis will know our collective opinion of homeopathy. Basically, at its core, homeopathy is pure quackery. I don’t care if it’s repetitive to say this yet again because it can’t be emphasized enough times that homeopat…
  10. The uncertainty surrounding mammography continues
    Mammography is a topic that, as a breast surgeon, I can’t get away from. It’s a tool that those of us who treat breast cancer patients have used for over 30 years to detect breast cancer earlier in asymptomatic women and thus decrease their risk of dying of breast cancer through early i…
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