Search Results for "echinacea"

  1. Belief in Echinacea
    Note: The study discussed here has also been covered by Mark Crislip. I wrote this before his article was published, so please forgive any repetition. I approached it from a different angle; and anyway, if something is worth saying once it’s probably worth saying twice. Echinacea purpurea, o…
  2. Echinacea for Cold and Flu
    Echinacea purpurea, an ineffective form of treating and preventing colds. Echinacea continues to be a popular herbal product, used primarily for treating and preventing colds and flus. Sales were estimated at $132 million in the US alone in 2009, an increase of 7% over the previous year. Reports o…
  3. Parents Convicted in Death of Toddler
    David and Collet Stephan, parents to the now-deceased Ezekiel Stephan. This is a very sad and tragic case, and I have great sympathy for the extended family of Ezekiel Stephan, the 19-month-old who died of meningitis four years ago. In my opinion, there are many victims in this case. The jury, app…
  4. Oregon Health & Science University SCAM Day
    From the Wikimedia Commons, originally posted by Flickr user Alex E. Proimos (link).  Oy. I was looking over a recent class catalog from my alma mater, University of Oregon. I see the Astronomy Department is having a day devoted to astrology, inviting astrologers to talk about their profession. A…
  5. Ezekiel Stephan: Another Pediatric Death by World View
    Reports of a disturbing chain of events that ended in the likely preventable death of a 19-month-old Canadian child have made the rounds this week. The case was discussed by friend of Science-Based Medicine Orac (who I believe is some kind of a protocol droid) on Respectful Insolence two days ago. …
  6. Weston Price’s Appalling Legacy
    Weston A. Price Foundation: Not recommended One of our readers requested a post about the Weston A. Price Foundation (WAPF). I knew it was not a trustworthy source of medical information, but I had not imagined just how atrocious it really was. After spending some time on the website, I realized t…
  7. 2015 NHIS Report on Complementary Health Approaches (whatever that means)
    Formerly known as “relaxing,” now known as a “complementary health approach.” Gustav Courbet, “Young ladies on the banks of the Seine,” 1857. Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons. Back in 2004, data from the 2002 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) appeared …
  8. Searching for the supplement in your supplement
    Is what’s on the label really in the capsule? Most of us are fortunate to live in countries where we don’t have to worry about counterfeit drugs. We can be confident that the prescription we receive, or the drugs we purchase from the pharmacy, are of high quality and contain exactly wh…
  9. Ebola outbreaks: Science versus fear mongering and quackery
    “Ebola virus particles” by Thomas W. Geisbert, Boston University School of Medicine – PLoS Pathogens, November 2008 doi:10.1371/journal.ppat.1000225. Licensed under CC BY 2.5 via Wikimedia Commons. Without a doubt the big medical story of the last week or so has been the ongoing …
  10. Herbal Center at Cleveland Clinic
    The infiltration of pseudoscience and simply bad medicine into mainstream medicine continues. Hospitals are an easy breech point because they are run by administrators who may have more talent and interest in marketing than in science. Many hospitals in my area, for example, proudly display their &#…
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