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  1. American Journal of Public Health article touts “potential public health benefits” of homeopathy
    Homeopathy: It’s just water. An article in the April, 2016 issue of the American Journal of Public Health caught my eye: “Homeopathy Use by US Adults: Results of a National Survey.” I was pleased to see that homeopathy use is actually quite low. The 2012 National Health Survey fo…
  2. Is “harnessing the power of placebo” worthwhile to treat anything?
    We frequently write about placebo effects here on Science-Based Medicine. The reason is simple. They are an important topic in medicine and, at least as importantly, understanding placebo effects is critical to understanding the exaggerated claims of advocates of “complementary and alternativ…
  3. Misinterpreting TACT: No, Chelation Does Not Outperform Statins for Heart Disease
    Chelation with intravenous EDTA (disodium ethylene diamine tetra-acetic acid) has long been used for heavy metal poisoning. It binds the metal ions and facilitates their excretion from the body. In recent years it has been used for many other indications that are not evidence-based, such as autism …
  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. 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…
  6. 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.…
  7. 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…
  8. 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…
  9. 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,…
  10. 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. The documentar…
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