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  • Kellyboat { ” Certain things in alternative medicine are only assumed to be true by a very small percentage of the population. That is not a scientific… } – Apr 21, 4:19 AM
  • B S { Every time you pick up something over 10lbs there’s about a 50/50 chance you could drop it on your foot and break all your toes…. } – Apr 21, 3:29 AM
  • B S { I’m noticing a lot of “is said to” and “are said to”s in conjunction with health benefits that are probably statistically no different from placebo… } – Apr 21, 3:04 AM
  • Lytrigian { Obviously, placebo effect does work when delivered through a rubber hand. So what? } – Apr 21, 1:29 AM
  • alabasterjones { Sure, perception is neither infallible nor an unmediated experience of objective reality. But, nerves exist and the fact that perception of touch can be tricked… } – Apr 21, 12:29 AM
  • Shizuppy { Terror of death is a powerful motivator.. } – Apr 20, 9:11 PM
  • Shizuppy { Except, of course, that now with FMRI technology, they can “show where thoughts can be seen in the brain.” No luck, yet, with spirit ;) } – Apr 20, 9:10 PM
  • knotfreak { Don’t worry–they don’t. } – Apr 20, 8:29 PM
  • Windriven { “Can anyone tell me why my paragraphs aren’t spacing correctly?” I’m not sure, Peter. Have you tried acupuncture? :-P } – Apr 20, 8:18 PM
  • mouse { I’m afraid I’ve only ever been to the Tokyo airport on the way to Hong Kong (and back from Guangzhou). Pretty much all I remember… } – Apr 20, 7:26 PM
  • Pmoran { “– small subjective benefits.” It has been well-established that it depends upon how hard you work to elicit them. http://www.postoppain.org/reference.aspx?rid=1277 It is also not difficult… } – Apr 20, 7:05 PM
  • Lytrigian { Might be a browser problem, if the input form isn’t working as expected. When I inspect your post using Firefox’s developer tools, your paragraphs are… } – Apr 20, 7:02 PM
  • Lytrigian { To a degree, our everyday sense of touch *is* an illusion. It’s something constructed in the brain, not some infallibly objective report of finely calibrated… } – Apr 20, 6:55 PM
  • Pmoran { Can anyone tell me why my paragraphs aren’t spacing correctly? I thought I was inserting two CRs between them then. . } – Apr 20, 6:48 PM
  • Pmoran { I agree with much of what Sadmar says. He expresses a view close to one I have heard from many CAM users, that they don’t… } – Apr 20, 6:36 PM
  • DevoutCatalyst { Shhhh. Nobody outside of Wisconsin is supposed to know about the name Cream City. } – Apr 20, 5:54 PM
  • knotfreak { Yes, the same happened to Seattle and Portland since the olden days when I grew up there. Now I’m finding them retreating from the glut… } – Apr 20, 5:32 PM
  • sadmar { Thanks for the update, Doc. Sometimes the real people at the center of these stories occupy our attention for awhile, then our gaze moves on…. } – Apr 20, 4:49 PM
  • Windriven { “Even assuming things like the hidden hand of the market works out…” And given a long enough time frame, it nearly always does. But even… } – Apr 20, 4:02 PM
  • linn { ohhh no, now you are using even more incorrect sience!!!! another day i wish to finde more time to give you som proper replies…. but… } – Apr 20, 3:53 PM
  • EBMOD { Just last week I had an eye exam on a 14 year old pediatric cancer patient who had undergone a stem cell transplant and was… } – Apr 20, 3:42 PM
  • MTDoc { Brings to mind a patient of mine with ankylosing spondylitis (Marie-Strumpell Disease), who read the fine print in the PDR on the low dose butazolodine… } – Apr 20, 3:16 PM
  • WLU { I’ve never understood the cognitive dissonance whereby LF types think that absolute power in the hands of government is absolutely evil (and I do think… } – Apr 20, 2:53 PM
  • WLU { The tyranny of the majority may be far worse than that of a dictator. Yet over the long term, it turns out that democracy is… } – Apr 20, 2:49 PM
  • WLU { There is zero IP protection for vitamins, yet still clinical trials are conducted, sometimes with tens of thousands of patients, and drug and supplement companies… } – Apr 20, 2:41 PM
  • alabasterjones { It isn’t clear how the rubber hand phenomenon disproves acupuncture. That is, you mention that the same effect can make someone feel cold when an… } – Apr 20, 2:41 PM
  • WLU { There’s nothing about it being in Mexico that adds to the clinics dubiousness.In the US, an experimental treatment like stem cells can only be used… } – Apr 20, 2:33 PM
  • KayMarie { ” I’m glad I completed that course not because it made me a good clinician, but because it gave me the insight to become one.”… } – Apr 20, 2:30 PM
  • WLU { See Jann’s posts on legislative alchemy: https://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/legislative-alchemy-naturopathy-2013/ The only reason why it’s legal is because of specfic advocacy by naturopaths of legislators. } – Apr 20, 2:24 PM
  • WLU { Are you taught homeopathy? Are you taught acupuncture? Are you taught to use supplements? Are you taught to use herbal medicine? If you answered yes… } – Apr 20, 2:23 PM
  • Kathleen Maltby { My father had a very similar stroke last year. He was a lot younger than Howe at 58 but he was able to go back… } – Apr 20, 2:20 PM
  • WLU { A meta-analysis of 90 experiments showing an extremely reliable effect counts as good evidence. And you know it, or you should know it. Does the… } – Apr 20, 2:13 PM
  • WLU { These great scientists had one thing in common, IMAGINATIONActually, what they had in common was a robust program of research that verified their theoretical assumptions…. } – Apr 20, 2:08 PM
  • KayMarie { I don’t think the problem with Mexican (or Hungarian or other countries) clinics is about the standard of care and education of the typical doctors… } – Apr 20, 1:21 PM
  • EBMOD { “but Mexican practitioners are as adept as their American and European counterparts. ” As an optometrist who lives in New Mexico and treats many patients… } – Apr 20, 1:07 PM
  • Windriven { “[Y]ou underestimate the pernicious effects of govt bureaucracies.” Perhaps. I have read of some of the abuses. I serve on an Economic Development Council and… } – Apr 20, 1:04 PM
  • WLU { Having been to Nara, this is completely true. Also note – in an apparently horrible-to-watch spring ceremony, all the bucks get their antlers sawn down… } – Apr 20, 12:49 PM
  • EBMOD { That article embodies why I reject the LF economic types. Due to the fact that a priori arguments are ingrained into the very concepts of… } – Apr 20, 12:30 PM
  • EBMOD { “Who said anything about a corporate bottom line?” Uh, you did: ” I think all additional layers of beurocracy merely drive up costs. ” As… } – Apr 20, 12:15 PM
  • Chris Graviss { What did Standard Oil do w their monopoly? (and it wasn’t really a monopoly) I don’t have to look it up, because I already know…… } – Apr 20, 11:48 AM
  • Chris Graviss { Who said anything about a corporate bottom line? Who do think owns registration boards? Who do you think sits on boards of registration and regulation?… } – Apr 20, 11:43 AM
  • Chris Graviss { The tyranny of the majority may be far worse than that of a dictator. I take no comfort in the fact I can vote for… } – Apr 20, 11:37 AM
  • Public Health RN (Scott) { Hi Kellyboat, First I am sorry for your loss. I don’t know if the ketogenic diet would have worked as there is conflicting evidence. Just… } – Apr 20, 11:31 AM
  • mother goddam { There’s great food all over NYC and surroundings- but Brooklyn is now so full of new-minted foodies from Topeka and Abilene that you can’t move… } – Apr 20, 11:25 AM
  • KayMarie { Thinking of study design I wonder if the whole trying to measure a change in people who aren’t likely to change during the study if… } – Apr 20, 10:42 AM
  • realinterrobang { Marlene Dietrich in her tuxedo. Bill Nye. } – Apr 20, 10:16 AM
  • JQ { Interesting article. It does seem as though they are trying to take advantage of his celeb status to get the word out. And more importantly… } – Apr 20, 10:14 AM
  • KayMarie { I’m unclear how one is to do replicate protocols which have not been published by the one making the claims for them. Usually the one… } – Apr 20, 9:36 AM
  • David Gorski { Fixed. Somehow WordPress borked the original HTML, which was just fine. It took me several tries to change it so that it renders correctly. As… } – Apr 20, 9:13 AM
  • David Gorski { There’s nothing about it being in Mexico that adds to the clinics dubiousness. There is if it’s a stem cell clinic in Tijuana, which is… } – Apr 20, 9:11 AM
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