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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. Diet and exercise versus cancer: A science-based view
    One of the most effective spin techniques used by advocates of “integrative medicine” (also sometimes called “complementary and alternative medicine,” or CAM for short) to legitimize quackery has been to claim basically all non-pharmacologic, non-surgical interventions as “integrative,”…
  3. The Fluoride Dragon Cometh! Or does he?
    Fluorine atom showing its 1S and 2S/2P electron orbitals (hybridized) with atomic nucleus at centre [Editor’s note: With no further ado, and with no introduction necessary, here is a second post from Craig Pearcey; Witness his science and despair, quacks of the world!] First for the basic ch…
  4. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Systemic Exertion Intolerance Disease Speculcation
    I knew humans could resemble worms, but this? My wife and I are entering an age where our aches and pains are becoming a major ongoing topic of conversations. The pain of raising kids has transitioned into the pains of growing older. These aches and pains are, in the scheme of things, minor and in…
  5. Nada for NADA: “acudetox” not effective in addiction treatment
    The National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA) teaches and promotes a standardized auricular acupuncture protocol, sometimes called “acudetox.” NADA claims acudetox encourages community wellness . . . for behavioral health, including addictions, mental health, and disaster &…
  6. Do pill organizers help or hurt?
    “Blister packs” help people take their medication on the correct schedule. In order for medication to work, getting a prescription filled isn’t enough. You have to actually take the medication. And that’s where you (the patient) come in. Estimates vary based on the populati…
  7. The stem cell hard sell
    It’s generally not a good indication that their treatments work when doctors use the same hard sell techniques as used car salesmen. Stem cells are magical. Stem cells are all-powerful. Stem cells cure everything. Stroke? No problem! Paralysis? Stem cells’ll fix it. Autism? Yes, even a…
  8. 3-Bromopyruvate: The latest cancer cure “they” don’t want you to know about
    3-BP: A “safe” and “nontoxic” cancer cure targeting the Warburg effect that quite possibly killed three cancer patients in Germany. I’ve not infrequently written about various dubious and outright quack clinics in different parts of the word with—shall we say?—som…
  9. Pharmacy and homeopathy: Will the profession change, or will change be forced upon it?
    Retail pharmacy is giving itself a credibility problem. While pharmacists are highly trusted health professionals, there are increasing questions about the products sold in pharmacies. Many of the non-prescription products that you can find aren’t backed by good evidence. And the number of du…
  10. On the pointlessness of acupuncture in the emergency room…or anywhere else
    “This patient’s qi isn’t flowing the way it should. Consult Acupuncture, STAT!!” Sometimes there is a strange confluence of events that dictate what I feel that I need to write about when my turn here at SBM rolls around each Monday. Last week, a reader sent me a rather biz…
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