Science-Based Medicine

The Science Behind the Roundup Lawsuit (Mi, 15 Aug 2018)
A jury has awarded a man $289 million for allegedly contracting cancer from exposure to Roundup, but the science is not on their side.
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Naturopathy Textbook (Di, 14 Aug 2018)
The Textbook of Natural Medicine reveals what students of naturopathy are taught. It claims to be a scientific presentation, but it reveals just how unscientific naturopathy is. It mixes good science with bad science, pseudoscience, outright errors of fact, vitalism, philosophy, ancient history, superstition, gullibility, misrepresentations, metaphysics, religion, hearsay, opinion, and anecdotes.
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J.B. Handley versus vaccine science. Again. Not surprisingly, J.B. loses. (Mo, 13 Aug 2018)
Our old friend anti antivaccine activist J. B. Handley invokes the "vaccines didn't save us" gambit. It doesn't go well for him.
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A London Chiropractor Gets His Undeserved Fifteen Minutes of Fame (Fr, 10 Aug 2018)
Thanks to his anti-science and anti-medicine worldview, and a complete misunderstanding of evolution, a London chiropractor is getting some undeserved attention from the media.
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Brief Announcement: SkepDoc’s Website (Do, 09 Aug 2018)
I have a newly-revamped website!
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Open thread: The floor is yours (Do, 09 Aug 2018)
What topics do you want to see addressed by SBM's contributors? The floor is yours today.
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No Benefit from Fish Oil (Mi, 08 Aug 2018)
A new systematic review of clinical trials shows no clear benefit to consuming omega-3 fatty acids in food or supplements.
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The Trans Fat 51-Day Half-Life Myth (Di, 07 Aug 2018)
Various websites repeat the myth that trans fats are slowly metabolized, with a 51-day half-life. There is no evidence for that claim.
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Are antivaxers “holding science hostage”? (Mo, 06 Aug 2018)
Melinda Wenner Moyer published an article in The New York Times arguing that fear of how antivaxers will react to scientific findings is leading scientists to self-censor. I'm not convinced that this is the case.
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Double standards in hematology for integrative and complementary medicine: a case study (Fr, 03 Aug 2018)
In this post I discuss several yoga studies that were presented to a gathering of some of the world’s best MPN researchers and clinicians. They illustrate an apparent double standard in hematological cancer research, which allows integrative and complementary treatments to skip over the normally high rigor and standards typical of the sub-specialty.
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FDA blacklists cesium chloride, ineffective and dangerous naturopathic cancer treatment (Do, 02 Aug 2018)
The FDA recently issued an alert warning of significant safety risks associated with cesium chloride. It is a mineral salt promoted by naturopathic “doctors” and “integrative” medicine practitioners as an alternative treatment for cancer, despite the lack of evidence of safety and efficacy in treating cancer or any other disease.
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Electromagnetic Fields at Work Show No Brain Tumor Risk (Mi, 01 Aug 2018)
A new study finds no significant correlation between workplace exposure to radio frequency (RF) or intermediate frequency (IF) electromagnetic waves and the most common brain tumors. This is more reassuring evidence that non-ionizing EMFs are probably safe.
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Cowabunga! Can Cow Therapy Cure Cancer? (Di, 31 Jul 2018)
A hospital in India offers to cure cancer in 11 days with Ayurveda and cow therapy, giving patients a drink of desi cow milk, yogurt, ghee, urine, and dung. It's very unlikely that cow therapy can cure cancer; but in another sense, the author of the book Holy Cancer says it "healed" him.
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Angelina Jolie’s surgeon peddles misinformation about…breast cancer! (Mo, 30 Jul 2018)
Dr. Kristi Funk is a surgeon to the stars in Beverly Hills who operated on Sheryl Crow and Angelina Jolie for breast cancer. This year, she published a book about breast health and breast cancer. Unfortunately, it's full of misinformation and radical advice with little or no basis in science.
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More Marijuana More Problems for Young Children (Fr, 27 Jul 2018)
Young children explore their environment with their mouths. As more marijuana edibles make their way into homes, more potentially dangerous unintentional ingestions are going to happen.
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The Primum non nocere principle in psychotherapy: A science based approach (Do, 26 Jul 2018)
Is the principle of primum non nocere, to do no harm, applied by psychotherapists?
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Marijuana Beliefs Outstrip Evidence (Mi, 25 Jul 2018)
There is a lot of hype surrounding medical marijuana, but the clinical science is very preliminary. The risks and benefits have not been researched enough to make science-based recommendations.
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NES Health: Tooth Fairy Marketing (Di, 24 Jul 2018)
NES Health claims to scan the human biofield, detect imbalances, and correct them with infoceuticals. It's not science, it's clever marketing based on fantasy.
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Alternative medicine kills cancer patients, “complementary” edition (Mo, 23 Jul 2018)
By definition, alternative medicine has not been shown to be effective or has been shown to be ineffective. Thus, alternative medicine is ineffective against cancer and can best be represented as either no treatment at all or potentially harmful treatment. It is thus not surprising that cancer patients who choose alternative medicine have a higher risk of dying from their cancer. A followup study to one done last year expands upon previous findings and comes to the same conclusion yet again.
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CVS sued for deceiving consumers in sale of homeopathic remedies (Do, 19 Jul 2018)
A lawsuit claiming pharmacy giant CVS fraudulently deceives consumers in the sale of worthless homeopathic remedies has been filed by the Center for Inquiry (CFI), acting on behalf of the general public. CFI says co-mingling ineffective homeopathic products with science-based treatments on CVS's retail shelves and online confuses consumers.
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Homeopathic Arnica in Plastic Surgery (Mi, 18 Jul 2018)
Homeopathic Arnica is clearly pseudoscience and does not work for wound healing, so why are so many cosmetic surgeons recommending it?
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Coffee Enemas: A Latte Nonsense (Di, 17 Jul 2018)
A humorous take on coffee enemas.
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Bad Faith: When conspiracy theorists play academics and the media for fools (Mo, 16 Jul 2018)
Does a recent study of changes in brain cancer rates indicate we should fear our cell phones? Or does the problem lie elsewhere?
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What’s the Truth behind The Truth About Pet Cancer? (Fr, 13 Jul 2018)
The Truth About Pet Cancer (TAPC) is a slick bit of propaganda. Although it contains some interesting, even promising ideas, these are unfortunately served with a heavy seasoning of misinformation and fear-mongering. Hypotheses and opinions are presented as established facts, and anyone who disagrees is suggested to be ignorant at best, venal and corrupt at worst.
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Supplements for Osteoarthritis – Evaluating the Evidence (Do, 12 Jul 2018)
A new review evaluates the evidence for supplements to treat osteoarthris
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Multivitamins and Vascular Disease (Mi, 11 Jul 2018)
Yet another massive meta-analysis shows no health benefit to routine supplementation with vitamins or minerals.
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Aloe Vera (Di, 10 Jul 2018)
Many claims are made for the health benefits of aloe vera, used both topically and orally. The scientific evidence is lacking.
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Clínica 0-19: False hope in Monterrey for brain cancer patients (part 3 of 3) (Mo, 09 Jul 2018)
This is the conclusion of my series on Clínica 0-19, the cancer clinic where Drs. Alberto Siller and Alberto Garcia see patients with DIPG, a deadly brain tumor, whom they treat at Hospital Angeles in Monterrey Mexico with an unproven combination of intra-arterial chemotherapy with up to 11 drugs and a poorly defined dendritic cell immunotherapy. Some people have asked me: What's the harm? In this concluding post, I attempt to answer that question.
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Alternative Flea Control Products (Fr, 06 Jul 2018)
Every natural pet health website has their recommendations for flea treatments that don’t use harsh chemicals. The evidence for their claims is nonexistent. It’s appropriate that they’re talking about parasitic organisms, but I don’t think they see the irony.
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Respected health news media watchdog to shut down, citing lack of funding (Do, 05 Jul 2018)
The only U.S. media watchdog devoted exclusively to health news, HealthNewsReview.org, will shut down at the end of the year for lack of funding, a huge loss to the science-based medicine community.
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