Weekend Reading

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Links, posts and articles of interest to the science-based health practitioner or advocate:

From Science-Based Medicine

A great summary in the New York Times of the mirage of CCSVI (the “liberation procedure”) to treat multiple sclerosis.

Interesting comparison of Canada vs. USA. Compare this statement from the FDA:

Federal judge grants permanent injunction against Oregon herb and supplement manufacturer

A federal judge has granted the U.S. Food and Drug Administration a permanent injunction against Truman J. Berst, doing business as Alternative Health & Herbs Remedies of Albany, Ore., for selling products represented as herbs and supplements with claims for treating diseases.
Berst markets the products on his website, www.healthherbs.com, as alternative herbal medicine for serious disease conditions, such as cataracts, viral and bacterial infections, and cancer. Under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, a product is a drug if it is intended for use in the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease. Berst’s products are drugs which have not been approved by FDA for their claimed uses.
“This company has ignored previous FDA warnings and has continued to produce and distribute products in violation of federal law,” said Melinda Plaisier, FDA’s acting associate commissioner for regulatory affairs. “The FDA continues to protect public health by seeking enforcement action against companies that are identified as violating our manufacturing and drug approval requirements.”

Now compare this to Health Canada’s endorsement of pseudoscience and inaction over misleading claims, as documented over at Skeptic North:  Prostacaid, promoted to prevent prostate cancer, homeopathic insect repellent Mozi-Q, other absurd homeopathic “remedies”,  and almost every product manufactured by Bell Lifestyle Products. Disappointing and frustrating for science advocates.

This hour costs 22 minutes. On average, every single hour of TV viewed after the age of 25 reduces the viewer’s life expectancy by 21.8 (95% UI: 0.3-44.7) min. Via @picardonhealth.

Fan of Dr. Oz? I hope not. Think the show tells stories honestly? Read on: Letter to Dr. Oz Show Producers by Bruce Chassy, PhD. Via @dgardner.

A Canadian naturopath recommends women dip their pelvis in hot boiled water and then lake water to treat urinary tract infections. Unbelievable but true. Via @SkepticNorth.

Baffled by global warming misinformation? Ten useful charts.

When it comes to health care, Greece worries about becoming the United States.

More contaminated natural health products in Canada:  “Pollen Allergy” contaminated with arsenic, also unlabelled acetaminophen and chlorpheniramine.

Brian Dunning of the Skeptoid podcast, writing in the Ottawa Citizen: Anti-fluoride claims don’t hold water.

Need more evidence of the power of vaccines? Check out this great infographic from the Gates Foundation.

Why would there be a barrel of urine at a drug manufacturer? Are they making Premarin?

Sad this myth had to be debunked. HPV vaccine does not increase promiscuous behavior.

Photo from flickr user F. Tronchin used under a CC licence.