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  • Mind Over Matter: The Brain’s Way of Healing (52)
    • Strovenovus { Because people are not cars. Your argument is sharply reductive and only serves to add credence to purveyors of questionable CAM. } – Mar 12, 9:25 AM
    • KayMarie { “How many decades did it take, for example, for mainstream research to decide that physical exercise has many benefits? ” Um my pediatrician in the… } – Mar 12, 8:59 AM
  • Screening for disease in people without symptoms: The reality (66)
    • Jennifer L. { Does anyone here know of a gynecologist in L.A./Orange County who understands the risks of mammograms and doesn’t think I am crazy for not wanting… } – Mar 12, 3:44 AM
  • Treating Migraines (99)
    • Jeff { I’ve been dealing with migraines my whole life,Eight years ago I Slept for three weeks straight on my stomach like I was in a coma… } – Mar 11, 9:44 PM
  • Detox: What “They” Don’t Want You To Know (387)
    • simba { http://uk.glam.com/ohso-probiotic-chocolate-too-good-to-be-true/ This is the type I saw. The ‘7 day’ bar covers what I would eat in about five minutes though. } – Mar 11, 2:24 PM
    • mouse { Excellent! – One of my favorite combos is ginger and lemon. I’m pinning that. } – Mar 11, 1:45 PM
    • simba { Best. Comparison. Ever. I sometimes use the parboiled stuff because I am lazy and like not to spend my entire life in the kitchen. https://keitopotato.wordpress.com/2011/07/24/khatte-chhole-sour-indian-chickpeas/… } – Mar 11, 8:30 AM
    • mouse { That sounds good! Although I must admit, my instinctive soulful response to brown rice was “but damn, brown rice takes so long to cook.” Many… } – Mar 11, 8:25 AM
    • simba { And Whoah has already suggested living off candy bars… } – Mar 11, 7:32 AM
  • Is cancer due mostly to “bad luck”? (477)
    • Angora Rabbit { Be my guest. Although it isn’t clear whether you have the background to actually understand the topic. Are you a biomedical researcher? In what field?… } – Mar 10, 9:44 PM
    • Graham { David, regarding your article https://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/ketogenic-diets-for-cancer-hype-versus-science/ ( comments closed so I’m replying here ), you discuss the two astrocytoma cases, and mention that one survived 1… } – Mar 10, 4:42 PM
    • Graham { AR, I’ve invited the primary author of that paper to respond here to your criticisms. If he doesn’t respond, I’ll have a crack. BTW, I… } – Mar 10, 4:32 PM
  • Psychology Journal Bans Significance Testing (116)
    • Sturla Molden { This ban should not be interpreted as yet another argument in the Bayesian vs. non-Bayesian debate. The editors of Basic and Applied Social Psychology do… } – Mar 10, 9:05 PM
    • Sturla Molden { The p value is the probability to obtain an effect equal to or more extreme than the one observed presuming the null hypothesis of no… } – Mar 10, 8:49 PM
    • Glen Sizemore { Ryan Reece says: Science is really disempowered if one cannot quantify their confidence. Glen says: What does this have to do with p-values? A p-value… } – Mar 09, 5:53 AM
    • BillyJoe { You have simply misquoted the following: The p value is the probability of obtaining an effect at least as extreme as that observed assuming the… } – Mar 08, 10:53 PM
    • Glen Sizemore { Michael says: If your false alarm rate is 5% it is 5%–the math cannot workout any differently. GS: I assume that a “false alarm” is… } – Mar 08, 8:33 PM
  • IOM Recommends Replacing CFS with SEID (322)
    • mouse { It does make sense that finding daily tolerable exertion level, which stops at a point before triggering relapse would make sense. It seems it would… } – Mar 10, 1:54 PM
  • Alternative Medical Alert Systems in the News (81)
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { Until recently there was no scientific proof meditation did anything–didn’t stop people from getting great results.But now there is proof that it’s good (though the… } – Mar 10, 9:41 AM
    • Windriven { “What about meditation? Until recently there was no scientific proof meditation did anything–didn’t stop people from getting great results. ” You have totally missed the… } – Mar 10, 9:12 AM
    • Morgsn { I totally get western medicine’s frustration with “woo” diagnosis but I find the level of distaste for fairly widely accepted treatments such as Acupunture kind… } – Mar 10, 2:48 AM
  • Pseudoscience North: What’s happening to the University of Toronto? (187)
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { I think it can be summarized as “YEBLARG SCIENCE IS EVIL AND I AM A BRILLIANT GENIUS HEALER!!!!1111!” } – Mar 07, 8:56 AM
    • KayMarie { You may have and ad blocker add on installed on your browser. } – Mar 07, 8:34 AM
    • David Drummond { “NOPE! The driving force are waste, fraud and abuses of CM providers.” how is waste a “driving force”, no really dude WTF are you trying… } – Mar 07, 2:41 AM
    • Lynn { I don’t see any ads .. why is that? } – Mar 07, 2:38 AM
    • weing { “But a belief by 40% of Americans that CAM has value is bound to have a significant effect on the practice of medicine, whether directly… } – Mar 04, 10:31 PM
  • Vani Hari, a.k.a. “The Food Babe,” finally responds to critics (474)
    • Windriven { “Well said, Lorna” What exactly was well-said, goofball12? Was it this: ““Food Babe” clearly didn’t pay attention during high school chemistry – but that doesn’t… } – Mar 06, 2:43 PM
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { We are an obese, allergic & unwell nation. I am in my 30’s and basically know no one that doesn’t have some auto immune problem,… } – Mar 06, 1:16 PM
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { But its as easy to pick and choose science to deconstruct parts of her claim, as it is to construct her claim which is at… } – Mar 06, 12:53 PM
    • KayMarie { I do think certain training programs (not just doctors) tend to accumulate people with that type of memory. The trick is to be able to… } – Mar 05, 9:30 AM
    • Chris { “I can’t imagine how all you real doctors can accurately recall where you learned something.” The “you” is obviously not directed towards me. I am… } – Mar 05, 12:50 AM
  • Stem cells versus Gordie Howe’s stroke (70)
    • Windriven { @Michael Candella I’m sorry Michael, but your Parkinson’s is no an excuse for the ignorance manifest in your comment. ” I’ve watched the Jerry Lewis… } – Mar 06, 10:06 AM
    • Michael Candela { Hello, while all of the doctors, researchers and scientists are sitting around discussing these issues it’s not making anyone out there who has any of… } – Mar 06, 3:04 AM
  • Searching for the supplement in your supplement (145)
    • Nell on Wheels { I think perhaps she’s referring to this article of Scott’s from September 27, 2012: https://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/iron-supplements-for-fatigue/ Comments are closed on that article, so she probably decided… } – Mar 05, 5:27 PM
    • Sawyer { Sarah what article are you referring to? I found no mention of iron and fatigue in this article, nor in anything Scott has published here… } – Mar 05, 2:13 PM
  • No, the CDC did not just “admit” that this year’s flu vaccine doesn’t work (253)
    • Dave { I hope you’ve read some of the replies. I’ve hospitalized a number of people this year with the flu and it is possible to die… } – Mar 05, 9:37 AM
    • Sawyer { Flu is generally not that bad, the chances of catching it are not that high and the chances of it actually protecting you are also… } – Mar 04, 2:03 PM
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { As far as I can see, it is correct that each new flu vaccine is not tested for either efficacy or safety – both are… } – Mar 04, 12:23 PM
    • philip Kaye { As far as I can see, it is correct that each new flu vaccine is not tested for either efficacy or safety – both are… } – Mar 04, 11:52 AM
  • The Straw Protocol: A Chiropractor’s Aggressively Promoted Neuropathy Treatment (29)
    • n brownlee { I have spent many happy times with Unca Scrooge and the nephews. Of course, I was seven years old… My current taste in comics runs… } – Mar 05, 9:27 AM
    • Windriven { I was thinking more along the lines of Donald Duck. } – Mar 05, 9:21 AM
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { Then the case will need needles, thin needling if it case has not deteriorated past a point. So there is also a finite limit to… } – Mar 05, 9:19 AM
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { I actually read a lot of comic books, they’re delightful and getting quite sophisticated these days. They did an entire Daredevil story arc with absolutely… } – Mar 05, 9:17 AM
  • Traditional Chinese Pseudo-Medicine Hodgepodge (263)
    • simba { So you support consumer fraud if those who are defrauded don’t know they’re being lied to? Does that apply to the even-more-harmless substitution of horsemeat… } – Mar 03, 5:44 AM
    • simba { I understand the competing ethical imperatives, my concern is that you appear not to recognise them at all. That is why I keep asking that… } – Mar 02, 8:36 PM
  • NECSS and SfSBM: A weekend of science and skepticism (7)
    • Travis { Thanks a ton, I’ll check it out. This article looks like it came out around the time I just started to read this blog or… } – Mar 02, 12:11 PM
    • Chris { This is just me being silly: my nine year old desktop is finally recording HD broadcasts on Window Media Center (it used to have lots… } – Mar 01, 11:37 PM
    • brewandferment { Travis–the search button at the top of this page produced this: https://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/cochrane-reviews-the-food-babe-of-medicine/ Be sure to read the comments and you will find Dr. Gorski’s comments… } – Mar 01, 8:39 PM
  • Are skin-lightening glutathione injections safe and effective? (35)
    • Henry { You may find this Interesting article about gut bacteria, diet and pathogens helpful. http://www.hindawi.com/journals/jir/2013/872632/ } – Mar 02, 7:29 AM
    • Mark { Absolutely correct. It is about her self-esteem. I have a gorgeous brown skinned girlfriend. No matter how many times I tell her that it doesn’t… } – Mar 02, 3:52 AM
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