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  1. CAM on campus: Naturopathy
    The latest event sponsored by “integrative medicine” proponents on my medical school campus featured the naturopath “Dr.” PB, a 2003 graduate and valedictorian from Bastyr University. Advertisements all over campus billed the lecture as “Stress, nutrition, and the GI tract…
  2. Naturopathy and Liberal Politics: Strange Bedfellows
    Yesterday’s post by Wally Sampson and an offline discussion with David Gorski have moved me to post something that I wrote in 2001. At the time, I was a member of the Massachusetts Special Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medical Practitioners. I’ve previously mentioned that e…
  3. Prenatal Multivitamins and Iron: Not Evidence-Based
    When I was pregnant, I obediently took the iron pills and prenatal vitamins prescribed by my obstetrician. And I prescribed them for every pregnant patient I took care of as a family physician. I never questioned the practice. It seemed intuitively obvious that it was a good thing; we know pregnanc…
  4. Legislative Alchemy 2015: Another losing season for CAM practitioners
    One of the main, but perhaps underappreciated, reasons quackery thrives in the United States is that the states legalize it by licensing practitioners of pseudoscience as health care providers. These practitioners are placed under the regulatory jurisdiction of, well, themselves. I call the whole d…
  5. The one thing you need to know before you detox
    New Year, New You, right? Here’s a perennially popular post, revised for 2016. With 2016 upon us, it’s finally time get serious about your health. You’re resolving to eat better and exercise more. But first, you need to reset your body – and purge yourself of all of your lifest…
  6. Guess who pioneered chemoprevention through diet?
    Listen to your science: Eat your vegetables. This is an expansion of a post I did over on the Society for Science-Based Medicine blog about this time last year. The original post, which got far more traffic than is usual for the SFSBM, is a good example of how science works and the good that it ca…
  7. How not to debate a “pro-vaxer”
    When people debating against vaccines win, children lose. To say that the relationship that antivaccine activists have with science and fact is a tenuous, twisted one is a major understatement. Despite mountains of science that says otherwise, antivaccinationists still cling to the three core tene…
  8. No, Purell Does Not Breed Super-Anything
    Pictured: Superbug spawner, or savior to us all? Neither! Recently, I was sitting in a meeting and reached for the dispenser of Purell hand sanitizer sitting on the conference room table. A colleague of mine gave a small, rueful shake of her head to the person on her other side. Apparently I had e…
  9. Announcing: Video Lecture Course on Science-Based Medicine
    A couple of years ago, the James Randi Educational Foundation commissioned me to develop a series of 10 video lectures on Science-Based Medicine. After a lot of work and many vicissitudes, it has finally gone live on YouTube. http://web.randi.org/educational-modules.html The lecture titles are: Sc…
  10. Stanislaw Burzynski and Robert O. Young: How two quacks of a feather illustrate how poorly states regulate medical practice
    Stanislaw Burzynski (upper panel) and Robert O. Young (lower panel), two quacks whose activities reveal the weaknesses in how the practice of medicine is regulated. One of the weaknesses in our system of regulating the practice of medicine in the United States is that, unlike most countries, we do…
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