Archive for December, 2010

I’m preparing a presentation on the evidence-based use of over-the-counter (OTC) medications. The audience will be pharmacists. Given the breadth of the topic, I’m going to focus on OTC treatment myths – and I’d like your input. What are some myths about OTC medications that refuse to die, despite evidence to the contrary? What conditions, […]


A regular reader of SBP describes a common reaction to the provision of science-based information, which I’ll paraphrase: What do we do if someone is insisting on anecdotal evidence? In particular, someone who is positive that arnica, or Traumeel helped their joint issue? If someone says, “I couldn’t move my hand, or my finger, and […]


Colds and the flu (influenza) are among the most frequent and universal illnesses we all experience. Yet we don’t have any truly effective treatments for them. Sure, there are plenty of products available to treat the symptoms. And there are vaccines and some prescription treatments for influenza, which have modest effects.  But it would be nice if there was something that reliably […]


As much as I support vaccines, I see the short term consequences. Vaccines can be painful. Kids don’t like them, and parents don’t like seeing their children suffer. That this transient pain is the most common consequence of gaining protection from fatal illnesses seems like a fair trade-off to me. But that’s not the case […]


A high school teacher in Kitsilano is looking for a pharmacist to speak to his critical thinking class. The topic of interest is the MMR vaccine manufactroversy. Email sciencebasedpharmacy [at] gmail [dot] com for more information.


Crossposted at Science-Based Medicine, today’s post expands on a prior SBP post. Our desire to practice in a science-based way can face many hurdles, and can even be thwarted at the last possible moment – in the form of dosing errors. The workup may have been comprehensive, the diagnosis could be correct, the most clinically […]


The holidays are upon us, and it’s traditionally the time of year when celebrate our good fortune, and pause to give thanks. Exchanging gifts is a big part of of the holidays, and it can sometimes be challenging to find something meaningful, that the recipient will appreciate.  Chocolates, toys, and gifts sometime become our “go-to” […]



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