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  1. Eric Merola and Ralph Moss try to exhume the rotting corpse of Laetrile in a new movie
    Note: Some of you have probably seen a different version of this post fairly recently. I have a grant deadline this week and just didn’t have time to come up with fresh material up to the standards of SBM. This left me with two choices: Post a “rerun” of an old post, or recycle som…
  2. Clinical trials of homeopathy versus “respect for science”
    A few months ago, Steve Novella and I published an article in Trends in Molecular Medicine entitled “Clinical trials of integrative medicine: testing whether magic works?” It was our first foray together into publishing commentary about science-based medicine versus evidence-based medic…
  3. The Gerson protocol, cancer, and the death of Jess Ainscough, a.k.a. “The Wellness Warrior”
    The Wellness Warrior website now redirects to this photo. Less than four days ago, a young Australian woman died of a very rare type of cancer. Most of my American and probably many of my European readers have never heard of her, but in Australia she had become quite famous over the last seven yea…
  4. Selective pressures on alternative medicine
    (Editor’s note: I was away at Skepticon over the weekend, where I gave a talk entitled “The Central Dogma of Alternative Medicine”. (When the talk’s up on YouTube, I’ll provide a link, of course.) Because of all the fun and travel delays I didn’t get a chance to turn my slides a…
  5. Ketogenic diet does not “beat chemo for almost all cancers”
    One of the difficult things about science-based medicine is determining what is and isn’t quackery. While it is quite obvious that modalities such as homeopathy, acupuncture, reflexology, craniosacral therapy, Hulda Clark’s “zapper,” the Gerson therapy and Gonzalez protocol f…
  6. Of the Trial to Assess Chelation Therapy, Bayes, the NIH, and Human Studies Ethics
    An experiment is ethical or not at its inception; it does not become ethical post hoc—ends do not justify means. ~ Henry K. Beecher A couple of weeks ago, Dr. Josephine Briggs, the Director of the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), posted a short essay on the NCCA…
  7. Stanislaw Burzynski’s propaganda victory on antineoplastons: The FDA caves
    Mark Crislip, founder of the Society for Science-Based Medicine, whose board of directors I’m proud to be serving on, an organization that you should join if you haven’t already, sometimes jokes that our logo should be an image of Sisyphus, the king of Ephyra whom Zeus punished by compel…
  8. When healing turns into killing: religious and philosophical exemptions from parental accountability
    Parents have a fundamental right to guide the upbringing of their children protected under the Due Process Clause of the U.S. Constitution. This includes the choice of medical care for the child. They also have a First Amendment right to the free exercise of their religious beliefs, including the ri…
  9. pH Miracle Living “Dr.” Robert O. Young is finally arrested, but will it stop him?
    Being a cancer surgeon and researcher, naturally I tend to write about cancer a lot more than other areas of medicine and science. It’s what I know best. Also, cancer is a very common area for unscientific practices to insinuate themselves, something that’s been true for a very long time…
  10. An update on the case of Sarah Hershberger: Parental rights trump the right of a child with cancer to live
    Five weeks ago, when last I touched on the case of Sarah Hershberger, the now 11-year-old Amish girl from Medina County, Ohio near Akron with lymphoblastic lymphoma whose parents had taken her off of chemotherapy after only two rounds, reports had been coming out of the cancer quackery underground t…
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