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  • Another Review Finds Homeopathy Worthless (329)
    • Harriet Hall { You couldn’t be more wrong! Edzard Ernst earned an MD and A PhD. He was taught homeopathy in medical school and was hired by the… } – Mar 28, 11:29 PM
    • Avijit { Harriet Hall says: …Demonstrably untrue. His first job as a doctor was in a homeopathic hospital. Later, as a researcher, he evaluated the evidence for… } – Mar 28, 11:03 PM
    • Andrey Pavlov { So now Peter’s complaint is that it is a failure on the parts of the editorship (and others whom he so decides) if they don’t… } – Mar 28, 8:22 AM
    • Harriet Hall { If I were to have a “quiet word” with anyone, it would be with you. I would say please stop writing posts like these that… } – Mar 27, 6:13 PM
    • PMoran { ” We have little sympathy for doctors who advocate quackery; we have plenty of sympathy for patients who use it.” Then why not have a… } – Mar 27, 5:54 PM
  • Should the FDA crack down on homeopathic “remedies”? (120)
    • thetentman { Greg, your comment is anecdotal not empirical. But on the bright side having water cure your back ailments is great. Maybe you have something, before… } – Mar 28, 10:27 PM
    • Graham { Lunacy } – Mar 28, 4:21 AM
    • John { I have had adverse reactions to herbs. If you have an alternative medication *that actually works* then you usually don’t want to take too much… } – Mar 28, 3:57 AM
    • BB { Yes. It’s all quackery, and it could be dangerous! } – Mar 28, 3:42 AM
    • R. Miller { “First. No one is going to spend millions testing a natural substance for FDA approval over something you can’t patent.” Meaningless – they don’t apply… } – Mar 28, 3:18 AM
  • Separating Fact from Fiction in the Not-So-Normal Newborn Nursery: Chiropractic and Craniosynostosis (27)
    • windriven { Chump change. Move up to bytecoins. } – Mar 28, 1:50 PM
    • Graham { Do bitcoins work? } – Mar 28, 2:19 AM
    • Clay Jones { The dime around the belly is one I’ve encountered before, although it was a silver dollar. Has to be silver to work. Of course without… } – Mar 27, 10:14 PM
    • n brownlee { Oh- it’s like the Flathead Indians, the Salish. Very similar deliberate deformity. } – Mar 27, 8:57 PM
    • n brownlee { My grandmother taught me to switch the baby around in the crib- lay him with his head at one end one night, then at the… } – Mar 27, 8:52 PM
  • What Is Brain Death? (107)
    • Mike3674 { It is absolutely disgusting that the family is just keeping this poor girl’s body alive so that they can sue for more money! } – Mar 28, 4:41 AM
    • simba { I read a book called ‘Bad Language’ about the history of language and what is considered ‘correct’ or not, and it made me want to… } – Mar 27, 7:37 PM
    • Thor { You’re both excellent, exhibiting skills the other may not be as strong in. I cherish you both here in the SBM comments section – it… } – Mar 27, 7:14 PM
    • Public Health RN (Scott) { I am very sorry for your loss Bill C. I believe that you are correct though. It is hard for anyone to let go of… } – Mar 27, 1:05 PM
    • Bill C { Have you ever lost a child? It’s the worst possible anguish a parent can feel, if one can hold on to any shred of hope… } – Mar 27, 11:39 AM
  • ND Confession, Part 1: Clinical training inside and out (132)
    • Harriet Hall { In 1970 in my internship I was taught to use forceps. In 1978, in my family practice residency, I was not even allowed to use… } – Mar 28, 2:36 AM
    • n brownlee { Nell- does anyone ever consider the many, many unpleasant complications and consequences of vaginal birth that make themselves manifest years- or decades- after said births… } – Mar 27, 9:44 PM
    • Graham { One of the reasons that c section rates are rising is that using forceps skilfully is difficult, and fraught with complications. So an easier, but… } – Mar 27, 9:35 PM
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { Much of the issues with contemporary American medical care could be powerfully addressed if some of the economic incentives were changed and doctors could spend… } – Mar 27, 1:03 PM
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { MDs who are PCP’s will find it impossible to practice effective medicine in the the vast majority of pain and dysfunction cases. This is because… } – Mar 27, 12:54 PM
  • Scientology’s War on Medicine (117)
    • Windriven { @Nancy “I have an old friend- friends for more than 50 years- who “took up” advanced mathematics, as a hobby, when he was over fifty.”… } – Mar 27, 7:46 PM
    • mouse { :) n brownlee – Someone I used to work with was an incredible mathematician/computer science guy (like Ivy League academic type). His dad was a… } – Mar 27, 1:33 PM
    • n brownlee { I have an old friend- friends for more than 50 years- who “took up” advanced mathematics, as a hobby, when he was over fifty. He’s… } – Mar 27, 12:51 PM
    • mouse { The paper’s name is “Absence of Black Holes at LHC due to Gravity’s Rainbow” I’m totally jealous of physicists. If it weren’t for the whole… } – Mar 27, 8:09 AM
    • Frederick { ( Going to test the nerd/gamer out here) I wonder how Xenu and his crowd could have survived to the 50 000 years harvesting cycles… } – Mar 26, 11:19 PM
  • On the “right” to challenge a medical or scientific consensus (131)
    • Windriven { And he should have, i tracked down the Cook study and, while I didn’t carefully do the math, Reade’s 18% looks about right if objectively… } – Mar 27, 7:39 PM
    • simba { Yup. Although my doctor tends to actually take 20-30 mins, and I got an hour’s counselling last time on lifestyle, health management, general prevention, not… } – Mar 27, 5:25 PM
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { I wonder how much of this is impacted by economics; a vet probably doesn’t have to worry about managed care, insurance companies and billing in… } – Mar 27, 3:44 PM
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { That all sounds very great. You should publish it in the peer-reviewed literature, rather than on a blog. If you can muster convincing arguments supported… } – Mar 27, 3:19 PM
    • Chris { It’s notable that you provide no references. (by the way being a chemical engineer does not make you a climatologist, just like my degree in… } – Mar 27, 3:00 PM
  • Evaluating milk and its substitutes (499)
    • mouse { Good Clip DevoutCatalyst – He handles that question really well. One thing that he refers to but doesn’t say explicitly is something that my mom… } – Mar 27, 2:07 PM
    • Nell on Wheels { FWIW, The New York Times had an op-ed piece this morning, “Give Breast Milk” as a follow-up to last Friday’s “Breast Milk Becomes a Commodity,… } – Mar 27, 10:18 AM
    • David Drummond { “My favorite is MeatEater and here is the host, at a book signing, answering a vegan on the question of hunting:” Wow this guy is… } – Mar 26, 4:31 PM
  • Making One’s Own Reality – Food Babe Edition (289)
    • David Drummond { “Instead of looking it up, you try to shoot the messenger, hmmmmm……” i did look it up, not very interesting. bam bam! it’s still twitching… } – Mar 26, 4:16 PM
  • Glyphosate – The New Bogeyman (375)
    • Public Health RN (Scott) { When you say “Monsatan” you have lost all credibility. Oh and thank you for the dose of conspiracy theory paranoia. } – Mar 26, 3:14 PM
  • Ken Burns Presents Cancer (49)
    • KayMarie { Mouse, you may want to check with the insurance as Flonase very recently went over the counter so you may be better off buying it… } – Mar 26, 2:30 PM
    • mouse { Actually, I hadn’t realized until you all started talking about allergies, how bad my typical change of season, non-allergic rhinitis had gotten. I actually can… } – Mar 26, 1:58 PM
    • KayMarie { I still remember my Mom coming over to check why I hadn’t gotten out of bed yet one spring morning. My one eye was glued… } – Mar 26, 1:20 PM
    • Chris { Mouse: “allergies shots won’t help me and antihistamines have very limited affect,” Yikes. You have an immune system with learning disabilities! KayMarie: “Too many of… } – Mar 26, 1:05 PM
    • mouse { Vaccines are great, unfortunately allergies shots won’t help me and antihistamines have very limited affect, while making my eyes even dryer. I think I need… } – Mar 26, 12:53 PM
  • Is cancer due mostly to “bad luck”? (477)
    • Nell on Wheels { <a href="http://www.cancer.org/acs/groups/cid/documents/webcontent/002048-pdf.pdf"=The History of Cancer Human beings and other animals have had cancer throughout recorded history. So it’s no surprise that from the dawn of… } – Mar 26, 11:38 AM
    • Graham { Another curiosity, why is it so rare to find cancer in premodern times? If it is found, then it gets a big press release eg…. } – Mar 26, 10:59 AM
  • An aboriginal girl dies of leukemia: Parental “rights” versus the right of a child to medical care (210)
    • Graham { Your inability to comprehend text, misunderstanding of the words you use, and personal attacks places you firmly in the altie camp. You’d be less of… } – Mar 26, 12:07 AM
    • Chris { Reading comprehension fail. You are the one playing word games instead of coming up with data. Try playing your petty Dunning-Kruger contests elsewhere. } – Mar 25, 9:53 PM
    • Graham { Oh yeah, forgot how irrelevant data is to you. } – Mar 25, 8:55 PM
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