Authority versus science on integrative medicine
Should we respect David Katz’s authority?
David Katz doesn’t much like us here at Science-Based Medicine. In fairness, I can’t say that I much blame him. We have been very critical of his writings and talks over the years, dating back as far as Steve Novella’s deconstructio…
Matt Ridley’s not-so-mythical “myth” of basic science
Matt Ridley: Specious arguments against government research funding.
I’m a clinician, but I’m actually also a translational scientist. It’s not uncommon for those of us in medicine involved in some combination of basic and clinical research to argue about exactly what that means.…
The elusive “potential” of integrative medicine
The Integrative Medicine Wheel
UPDATE: Dr. Katz has responded to this post in his usual venue, The Huffington Post.
Alternative medicine was all about “potential” from the get go:
In 1991, the Senate Appropriations Committee responsible for funding the National Institutes of He…
October is National Chiropractic Health Month!
October is National Chiropractic Health Month (NCHM) and chiropractors can’t resist the opportunity to overstate, obfuscate, and prevaricate in celebration.
They do this in the face of some unfortunate (for them) statistics revealed by a recent Gallup Poll. The Poll was paid for by Palmer Col…
The Federal Trade Commission takes on homeopathy—maybe
FTC vs. homeopathy: Cage match?
Well, I’m back.
OK, returning from London isn’t nearly as epic as Sam Gamgee’s final words in The Lord of the Rings returning to his wife and daughter after having accompanied Frodo, Gandalf, Bilbo, and key elves of Middle-Earth to the Grey Havens,…
The Alternative Medicine Racket
ReasonTV just put out a new video called, “The Alternative Medicine Racket: How the Feds Fund Quacks,” Produced and edited by Todd Krainin. The video is a documentary about the rise of alternative medicine in the US, and is a must-watch for anyone interested in the issue.
Bastions of quackademic medicine: Georgetown University
The cover of Georgetown Medicine Spring/Summer 2015 issue. This image will drive Mark Crislip crazy, as it features yet another acupuncturist not using gloves while sticking needles into people. Dr. Gorski loves watching Dr. Crislip’s reactions to such photos.
We frequently discuss a disturb…
Should physicians and managed care organizations offer homeopathy?
Anyone who reads Science-Based Medicine on even a semi-regular basis will know our collective opinion of homeopathy. Basically, at its core, homeopathy is pure quackery.
I don’t care if it’s repetitive to say this yet again because it can’t be emphasized enough times that homeopat…