109 thoughts on “Resistance is futile? Hell, no! (A call to arms)

  1. qetzal says:

    I have read a lot about alternative science, not specifically about energy healinig.

    Fine. Give us a compelling citation or two for some other alternative science that you’re more familiar with. I only asked you about energy healing because you claimed there was legitimate research.

    It is not all low quality and to claim that about such a vast quantity of research, especially when you have at most minimal knowledge of it, is ridiculous.

    Did I claim it was all low quality? I think not. I only asked you to back up your claim that at least some energy healing research was high quality. Considering how much you whine about evidence to support cancer claims, one might expect you’d take more care with your own claims.

    But like I said, if energy healing isn’t your area of expertise, feel free to choose a different area. Whatever you’re most familiar with. Then show us the evidence that suggests we should take it seriously.

    (Funny though – as ‘minimal’ as my knowledge may be, I had no problem finding better references on energy healing that what you’ve provided. Not that they’re necessarily good, you understand, but vastly better than n=3 rat studies. Maybe you should brush up on your literature searching skills.)

  2. JD says:

    Pec, the NCCAM receives funding of $120 million a year from Congress (source: ). And they’ve proven precisely dick, and disproven just as much. Should the government throw more money at them until the numbers come up right? Consider your answer very carefully – if you say “we need more research” one more time I’m going to insist that we start piling money into antigravity, faster-than-light travel and teleportation, and keep throwing money at it until it works.

  3. ama says:

    A nice idea in Britain:

    Website of the Department of Health

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    Medical revalidation – principles and next steps: the Report of the Chief Medical Officer for England’s Working Group

    Document type: Report
    Author: Department of Health
    Published date: 23 July 2008
    Publication format: Electronic only
    Gateway reference: 10221
    Copyright holder: Crown

    This report, by an expert working group chaired by Sir Liam Donaldson, set out the principles and next steps for implementing revalidation in the United Kingdom. It is based on wide-ranging discussions of the proposals in the Government White Paper, ‘Trust, assurance and safety – the regulation of health professionals in the 21st century’.

    A new revalidation system is being established in response to concerns raised by the Shipman inquiry, and the inquiries into the conduct of a number of other doctors. In future, doctors will be required to demonstrate to the General Medical Council that they are up-to-date, and fit to practise medicine. Doctors who take part in revalidation will be granted a license to practise, and will be reassessed every five years.

    The expert working group met five times between July 2007 and February 2008.

    Download Medical revalidation principles and next steps (PDF, 288K)

  4. Danarra says:

    1 – people are voting with their feet for CAM
    2 – it’s obviously not about positive results – cause there aren’t any
    3 – doctors are behaving like the scientists in Flock of Dodos

    CAM is perceived as cheaper, less intrusive, less painful, and less dangerous than science-based medicine. And a good part of the time it is. That’s why they’re winning, folks.

    Doctors keep stomping their feet and thinking that this is about the science and results – it isn’t. It’s about dealing with the basic human fears of pain, helplessness and death. Deal with those gently and humanely and you’ll start making progress, cause that really is the only place that CAM is running rings around you, and unfortunately for a good part of the population, it is the root issue.

  5. Groovydoc says:

    I think I’m only half joking here when I suggest one possible way of promoting SBM, and that’s through what I’m coining “CBM,” or “celebrity based medicine.”

    Focus in on getting real science through by cultivating the celebrity crowd. Like what Amanda Peet seems to be doing for vaccines. If you could somehow get someone Oprah likes promoting this stuff, perhaps the tide could be turned.

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