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  • An aboriginal girl dies of leukemia: Parental “rights” versus the right of a child to medical care (215)
    • KayMarie { I do hope the surgery goes well and you are cured. I take no pleasure in the results being what I would have expected however… } – Mar 31, 9:59 AM
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { Perhaps, but it does need emphasis since it’s the correct option to choose. Plus, it places more emphasis on the true motivation behind people who… } – Mar 31, 9:56 AM
    • Meryl Bainbrige { Satiate in my conviction that naturopathic medicine can be as efficacious as conventional science-based medicine, I am moderately stymied by the latest turn of events…. } – Mar 31, 9:08 AM
  • Traditional Chinese Pseudo-Medicine Hodgepodge (264)
    • jayw { Would someone please comment on this page? http://www.ngaom.org/acupuncture-research.html It is maddening. And acupuncturists everywhere are “high-fiving” each other as if they are entitled to take… } – Mar 31, 5:09 AM
  • NECSS and SfSBM: A weekend of science and skepticism (8)
    • Jane Smith { That is a lot of egomaniacs in one room. } – Mar 30, 10:01 PM
    • Goddy { I would like to make a correction. This website claimed “negative ions are a scam” https://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/pseudoscience-sells/ Indeed bracelets are indeed a scam, but not air… } – Mar 23, 7:52 AM
    • Fergus { My birthday. Wish I could attend } – Mar 23, 7:41 AM
  • On the “right” to challenge a medical or scientific consensus (136)
    • Walter Reade { I’ve provided the data to back up my claim about John Cook’s study. Anyone with a spreadsheet and 10 minutes can verify that he spun… } – Mar 30, 8:22 PM
    • Chris { “Everything I’ve stated has already been published in peer-reviewed journals.” You will understand our reluctance to accept argument from blatant assertion with a statement that… } – Mar 30, 4:03 PM
    • Walter Reade { Everything I’ve stated has already been published in peer-reviewed journals. If there is a particular point that is troubling you, point it out and I’ll… } – Mar 30, 9:19 AM
    • Walter Reade { Whether or not I’m a climatologist has nothing to do with my ability to count. (Should we point out that Cook is not a climatologist… } – Mar 30, 9:10 AM
  • ND Confession, Part 1: Clinical training inside and out (148)
    • Harriet Hall { I tried to answer this before, but apparently WordPress ate my comment. Any surgery without a clear indication is a bad idea because there are… } – Mar 30, 4:54 PM
    • mouse { ha! n brownlee – like that screen name. :) } – Mar 30, 2:43 PM
    • KayMarie { Are we sure that you end up with the exact same number of deaths and complications (maternal or infant) in both cases? I thought some… } – Mar 30, 2:42 PM
  • “Naturopathic Diaries: Confessions of a Former Naturopath” (161)
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { Looking over the study, there are 133 subjects, broken into three groups from what I can see – “real” homeopathy and placebo prozac, real prozac… } – Mar 30, 11:53 AM
    • Chris { Not exactly non-self-limiting, and quite prone to placebo effects. What you need is to prove it for something that does not go away on its… } – Mar 29, 8:39 PM
    • Bee { A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial showing homeopathy statistically significant: http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0118440 Cue the conventional apologists please. } – Mar 29, 8:05 PM
    • Roman { @WLU and Thor: Ditto here. I couldn’t resist. Downloaded the book and put it at the top of my ever-growing “to read” list. As is… } – Mar 23, 7:51 AM
  • Separating Fact from Fiction in the Not-So-Normal Newborn Nursery: Chiropractic and Craniosynostosis (32)
    • Scubadoc { Sorry, I really meant on initial assessment. } – Mar 29, 11:40 PM
    • Dancin Bransen { I’m on my second of three biostats/research methodology courses in my medical degree, and while it’s great to review this basic stuff, these courses still… } – Mar 29, 10:27 PM
    • Thinking_Chiro { In reply to ScubaDoc: On do it on a weekly basis. I work in a medical centre and focus on chronic pain. New Patients are… } – Mar 29, 6:19 PM
    • Clay Jones { Of course. After their treatment. But more treatments are needed for the spine to hold. } – Mar 29, 5:35 PM
    • Scubadoc { Has anyone ever heard of a chiropractor telling a patient that they had a normal X-ray. } – Mar 29, 5:46 AM
  • Medical marijuana as the new herbalism, part 3: A “cannabis cures cancer” testimonial (186)
    • rourkedecker { Candice Marie-Fox, 31, claims to have beat thyroid cancer by eating pineapples and ditching her “toxic” husband. Like all the rest, she now runs her… } – Mar 29, 6:59 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
  • 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
    • mouse { @WLU – You can rent Chef streaming on Amazon. But not sure what your media preferences are (streaming, dvd, neuro-implant, etc) @Devout Catalyst – I’m… } – Mar 23, 1:28 PM
    • DevoutCatalyst { Did anybody watch any of these movies over the weekend ? The SBM Food AV Club doesn’t meet all that often so was wondering… } – Mar 23, 11:20 AM
  • Making One’s Own Reality – Food Babe Edition (290)
    • 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
    • simba { Every day I learn the world is stranger and more interesting than I thought it was that morning. Even cilantro, or earwax. } – Mar 24, 8:40 PM
    • simba { While we’re on genetics, LovleAnjel- how’s your earwax? Sticky or flaky? http://udel.edu/~mcdonald/mythearwax.html } – Mar 24, 8:37 PM
    • LovleAnjel { Yup, genetics. I’m a supertaster, cilantro-soaper and BO-dead-fish-smeller. I’m sure there’s more that I haven’t heard of yet. } – Mar 24, 3:21 PM
  • Glyphosate – The New Bogeyman (376)
    • 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
    • Graham { You seem to have rather poor reading comprehension. Let me have you re-read what I wrote: And, though not in the same field, I am… } – Mar 25, 3:57 PM
    • Mlema { and that amphibians are irrelevant to the ecosystem } – Mar 25, 2:17 PM
    • Mlema { How do you use both a system that reduces pesticides and increases diversity and soil health AND use glyphosate-resistant GE monocultures? It’s not a false… } – Mar 25, 2:09 PM
    • Andrey Pavlov { Oh, and Mark Lynas himself discusses it, along with evidence and references, to show why it is indeed unlikely that “organic farming” could feed the… } – Mar 25, 7:46 AM
  • Is cancer due mostly to “bad luck”? (478)
    • 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
  • The Disneyland measles outbreak: “Dr. Bob” Sears says measles isn’t that bad, and an antivaccine activist invokes the Brady Bunch fallacy (649)
    • Hildegard of Bingen { No, they claim there is an increase in shingles and that the chickenpox vaccine is causing it. I had chickenpox twice–I wish there had been… } – Mar 24, 3:00 PM
  • Shred360: The Weight Loss Product with the Stupidest Hype Ever (96)
    • skepticRD { Sigh. I wouldn’t be surprised if this is the next product on Dr. Oz as it does sound right up his alley. Thanks for the… } – Mar 24, 10:19 AM
  • IOM Recommends Replacing CFS with SEID (322)
    • DW { I don’t think you know what a “theory of disease” is, if you think I’ve proposed one. } – Mar 23, 3:24 PM
    • DW { It wasn’t a generalization, it was an example. } – Mar 23, 3:11 PM
  • The Hippocrates Health Institute: Cancer quackery finally under the spotlight, but will it matter? (209)
    • n brownlee { @Nell “BUT, over the years I have come to trust but verify, and double and triple check even then. The lack of communication and coordination… } – Mar 23, 12:49 PM
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