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  1. Is there a reproducibility “crisis” in biomedical science? No, but there is a reproducibility problem
    NOTE: Anyone who has seen several derogatory articles about me on the web and is curious about what the real story is, please read this and this. Most scientists I know get a chuckle out of the Journal of Irreproducible Results (JIR), a humor journal that often parodies scientific papers. Back in th…
  2. The hijacking of evidence-based medicine
    One of our heroes at SBM: John Ioannidis. It’s no secret that I’m a fan of John Ioannidis. So, I daresay, are pretty much all of the editors and regular contributors to this blog. (If you don’t believe me, just type Ioannidis’ name into the blog search box and see how many …
  3. Is scientific peer review a “sacred cow” ready to be slaughtered?
    I’ve frequently noted that one of the things most detested by quacks and promoters of pseudoscience is peer review. Creationists hate peer review. HIV/AIDS denialists hate it. Anti-vaccine cranks like those at Age of Autism hate it. Indeed, as a friend of mine, Mark Hoofnagle, pointed out sev…
  4. American Academy of Family Physicians Home Study Course Recommends Non-Science-Based Treatments
    Strong medicine…along with a little nonsense Since passing my board exams in family practice in 1979 I have relied heavily on the American Academy of Family Physicians for continuing medical education via the American Family Physician and the AAFP home study programs. The AAFP prides itself on i…
  5. NCCIH and the true evolution of integrative medicine
    There can be no doubt that, when it comes to medicine, The Atlantic has an enormous blind spot. Under the guise of being seemingly “skeptical,” the magazine has, over the last few years, published some truly atrocious articles about medicine. I first noticed this during the H1N1 pandemic…
  6. Integrative medicine, naturopathy, and David Katz’s “more fluid concept of evidence”
    The Integrative Medicine Wheel Dr. David Katz is undoubtedly a heavy hitter in the brave new world of “integrative medicine,” a specialty that seeks to “integrate” pseudoscience with science, nonsense, with sense, and quackery with real medicine. In fairness, that’s n…
  7. Bias and Spin: Acupuncture and Chiropractic
    We all construct our narrative based on our biases and spin the facts so that the narrative confirms our biases. Among other characteristics, what separates an SBM provider from a SCAM provider is realizing that biases are always active and apply to me as well as everyone else. My biases are simple:…
  8. Screening for disease in people without symptoms: The reality
    One of the most contentious questions that come up in science-based medicine that we discuss on this blog is the issue of screening asymptomatic individuals for disease. The most common conditions screened for that we, at least, have discussed on this blog are cancers (e.g., mammography for breast c…
  9. Skeptic’s Guide to Debunking Claims about Telomeres in the Scientific and Pseudoscientific Literature
    The New Year starts with telomeres as the trendiest of trendy biomarkers. As seen in Time, telomeres are the means to monitor our well-being so we can protect ourselves from all sorts from threats, including early death. A skeptic needs to do considerable homework in order to muster the evidence nee…
  10. Mel asks and I do my best to answer. On acupuncture.
    Several snarks were painfully maimed in the writing of this blog post I read a lot of the pseudo-medical websites. The writing is at best pedestrian, often turgid, and, at its worst, incoherent. It is rarely either engaging or clever. Wit, the clever bon mot, the amusing turn of phrase or retort, …
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