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  1. Medical science policy in the U.S. under Donald Trump
    When Dr. Oz met Donald Trump: Somehow this photo just seemed appropriate for this post. Last week, in an unexpected upset, Donald Trump won the Presidential election in the Electoral College while losing the popular vote and is now President-Elect. Regular readers of my not-so-super-secret other b…
  2. Positive Psychology and Health
    [Editor’s Note: Dr. Gorski is on a brief vacation this week; in his place we offer new guest contributor Michael Booth’s inaugural post. Enjoy!] Will this help me live longer? The belief that positivity can prolong life or improve health seems ubiquitous. It is a claim that is repeated…
  3. Corydalis: An Herbal Medicine for Pain, with Some Thoughts on Drug Development
    Corydalis. Better than opium? Ever since William Withering published his classic treatise on Foxglove in 1775, science has been testing herbal medicines and trying to establish a scientific basis for the ones that work. As many as half of today’s prescription drugs were derived from plants. A n…
  4. 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…
  5. Parabiosis – The Next Snakeoil
    The pattern has repeated so many times that it is truly predictable. Scientists turn their eyes to one type of treatment that has theoretical potential. However, proper research from theory to proven treatment can take 10-20 years, if all goes well. Most such treatments will not work out – they wi…
  6. Reviewing Andrew Wakefield’s VAXXED: Antivaccine propaganda at its most pernicious
    I’ve finally seen it. I’ve finally seen Andrew Wakefield and Del Bigtree’s “documentary” VAXXED: From Cover-up to Catastrophe, and I didn’t even have to pay to see it! Now, having watched Wakefield and Bigtree’s “masterpiece,” I can quite confid…
  7. The Harm of Integrative Medicine: A Patient’s Perspective
    The Integrative Medicine Wheel: False hope and lies Being an avid reader of SBM and a cancer patient, I have come to deeply appreciate the writing and respect the various contributors for their expertise and attention to detail on a topic as important as cancer treatment. I have unfortunately foun…
  8. Health and Wellness Coaching: cautious optimism and some concerns
    The National Consortium for Credentialing of Health & Wellness Coaches (NCCHWC) and the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) signed an agreement last month for the launch of a national certification for individual health and wellness coaches in the U.S. According to a joint press release,…
  9. No, a rat study with marginal results does not prove that cell phones cause cancer, no matter what Mother Jones and Consumer Reports say
    The zombie story that cell phones cause cancer has risen from the grave yet again. There are certain myths that are frustratingly resistant to evidence, science, and reason. Some of these are basically medical conspiracy theories, where someone (industry and/or big pharma and/or physicians and/or …
  10. What naturopaths say to each other when they think no one’s listening, part 2
    When last I visited this topic, I started out by making a simple observation, namely by quoting John Wooden’s famous adage, “The true test of a man’s character is what he does when no one is watching.” What I was referring to was a private discussion forum for naturopaths kn…
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