Weekend Reading

Posts, columns, and other reading from the past several weeks that I enjoyed – and you may, too.

From Science-Based Medicine

When it comes to evaluating “alternative” medicine, Consumer Reports gets a black circle

Can a chiropractor be a family doctor? Harriet Hall argues no.

Cancer care in the U.S. versus Europe: Is more necessarily better?

Low-Back Pain: Causes, Care, and Consequences

There is the widespread but fallacious belief that herbal products, because they are “natural”, are inherently safe. The science says otherwise.

Jann Bellamy points out that there is little consumer protection for users of CAM.

Mark Crislip on detoxification, probiotics, and colonics: The species in the feces.

The persistent meme of the hidden cancer cure.

From Skeptic North

Class Action Lawsuit Filed against Homeopathy Manufacturer Boiron and Shoppers Drug Mart. See the CFI video, too.

How effective is ASC at resolving a complaint about medical devices? Not very effective.

Homeopaths use Legal Thuggery Against Australian and Portuguese Bloggers.

Deepak Chopra Endorphinate®: The Doctor has a Pill Problem

The opposite of stumped: 9 unanswerable anti-vax questions answered

Other links of Interest

Great essay by Siddhartha Mukherjee: The Science and History of Treating depression

Interested in learning more about vaccines? This free online course offered by Dr. Paul Offit looks excellent.

Dr. Yoni Freedhoff reviewed two books that are in on my “to read” list: Drop Dead Healthy and The Cure for Everything.

New chemical rule: If I can’t pronounce it, it must be evilFeaturing The. best. Graph. Ever. (I need to use it in a future post.)

Thank you, Andrew Wakefield, for making measles endemic again in the United Kingdom: Olympics-bound Canadians warned of measles risk

Julia Belluz looks at the “sugar is toxic!” argument and is underwhelmed by the evidence. She also eviscerates the  Carb Sensitivity Program by naturopath Natasha Turner. She also wrote on the daytime television purveyor of pseudoscience, Dr. Oz.

“Spice” it Up – A New Way to Get High – What Pharmacists Need to Know from the University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy. For background, see Dr. David Kroll’s post What’s the buzz?: Synthetic marijuana, K2, Spice, JWH-018.

Parents Wary of Childhood Vaccines? Here’s how to persuade them.

Whenever I hear the term “superfood” I think white veal.

Alternative medicine that works? It’s called “medicine”. From the CMAJ: Patients driving alternative medicine boom

There’s a lot of pseudoscience when it comes to obesity and weight management. A very credible source of information is Calgary’s Dr. Arya Sharma, and his post Is Exercise More About “Calories In” Than “Calories Out”? is one example of looking at common perceptions from a scientific perspective. As both Dr. Sharma and Dr. Yoni Freedhoff regularly point out, there are numerous health benefits to exercise, but weight loss is not one of them.

Not medicine related, but interesting:

Are Local Salad Greens Safer Than Packaged Salad Greens?

First burger shop ad I’ve seen that exploits the medicare sustainability myth: Dangerous Dan’s

We’re walking in the air: Time-lapse photography from the International Space Station.

Photo from flickr user Kevin McShane used under a CC licence.