It’s the peak of summer and much of the Eastern seaboard has been melting under record heat. Here’s some links of interest:
Gluten is the new MSG: Gluten and MSG intolerance may be only in your head. That’s nothing to be ashamed of.
Surprisingly good: Can Natural Products Protect You From Mosquitoes With West Nile Virus? Even the Environmental Working Group acknowledges that DEET is safe and effective.
Pharmacy and Medicine
Did the New York Times give too much credence to claims that “chronic” Lyme disease exists? For more on Lyme, see this last Weekend Reading.
A new site for those with chronic disease: Chronically Skeptical, “The on-line resource specifically intended for those with chronic (and other) illnesses and disabilities who prefer their social support network free of the mystical, the magical, the misinformed, the unproven and the dangerously deluded.”
Alternatives to Medicine
Sprinter Tyson Gay’s chiropractor and “anti-aging specialist” had prescribed a regimen that included: homeopathy, “foot detoxes”, herbals, and vitamins.
Yet more confirmation that blood-based “food intolerance” and “food sensitivity” testing is clinically useless: The UK Advertising Standards Agency issues a ruling on IgG food intolerance testing (sold in Canadian pharmacies as Hemocode and Yorktest):
Although it could conceivably work, consistent evidence that it is accurate or useful is lacking. CAP understands that good-quality clinical studies are needed to prove the efficacy of IgG tests.
Prince Charles is lobbying to see homeopathy funded by the National Health Service. No science wizard, that monarch-in-waiting.
Frustrating: Unproven Chinese Medicine Killing Manta Rays
Is Alternative Medicine Really ‘Medicine’? An interview with Dr. Paul Offit
The big news in vaccines and antivaccinationism is that Jenny McCarthy is going to be on The View. Lots of articles, check out Time Magazine, Salon, Respectful Insolence, and Slate. This is a bad decision for public health.
Extras and Other Stuff
The ADE 651, a bomb detection device, was modeled on a novelty trinket conceived decades before by a former used-car salesman from South Carolina, which was purported to detect golf balls. It wasn’t even good at that.
The terrible and wonderful reasons The Oatmeal is a long distance runner.
Popeye ate spinach because the scientist who analyzed iron content misplaced the decimal.
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