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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. Should you try a “natural alternative” before medication?
    Natural and herbal remedies are often promoted as a substitute for drug therapies. But do they actually work? The idea of taking medication can be frightening. And as consumers and patients that want to make our own informed health decisions, it’s understandable and even appropriate to quest…
  3. A systematic review about nothing
    There is dubious content in PubMed that you won’t find unless you look for it, or stumble across it inadvertently. It’s the entire field of alternative medicine which is abstracted and complied along with the actual medical literature. In this world, the impossible is accepted as fact, …
  4. The rise and inevitable fall of Vitamin D
    Is vitamin D a panacea? The evidence says otherwise. It’s been difficult to avoid the buzz about vitamin D over the past few years. While it has a  long history of use in the medical treatment of osteoporosis, a large number of observational studies have linked low vitamin D levels to a ran…
  5. The ROCA Screening Test for Ovarian Cancer: Not Ready for Prime Time
    Ovarian cancer Ovarian cancer is relatively rare but deadly. The lifetime risk of ovarian cancer is 1.5% compared to 12% for breast cancer, but it is the 5th most common cause of cancer death for women. Since the ovaries are hidden deep in the pelvis and the symptoms of ovarian cancer are non-spec…
  6. The Primo Vascular System: The N-rays of Acupuncture?
    Is this a PVS structure or something else? Acupuncture meridians and acupoints are imaginary until proven otherwise. Anatomists have never been able to detect them by microscopy or autopsy, and they are not mentioned in anatomy textbooks. For decades, acupuncturists have been trying to prove that …
  7. Fooling Myself
    Nothing says opportunistic like selling water for pain control. The first principle is that you must not fool yourself — and you are the easiest person to fool. –Richard Feynman I like to think of myself as a rational person, but I’ve been fooled by my own experience again and agai…
  8. Therapeutic Touch Pseudoscience: The Tooth Fairy Strikes Again
    When tested, therapeutic touch (TT) practitioners failed to detect the human energy field they thought they could feel. Experimental setup from Rosa et al., from JAMA, 1998, 279 (13) A study out of Iran titled “Therapeutic touch for nausea in breast cancer patients receiving chemotherapy: Co…
  9. CAM use and chemotherapy: A negative correlation
    It turns out that the use of certain forms of CAM makes it less likely that breast cancer patients will receive the chemotherapy they need. So-called “alternative” medicine is made up of a hodge-podge of health care practices and treatments based on beliefs that are unscientific, pre-s…
  10. Acupuncture does not work for menopause: A tale of two acupuncture studies
    Women looking for relief from hot flashes will be disappointed if they think acupuncture will help them. Arguably, one of the most popular forms of so-called “complementary and alternative medicine” (CAM) being “integrated” with real medicine by those who label their specia…
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