Here is this week’s roundup of reality-based reading:
Public Health: The Doctor Who Made a Revolution.
Why the data on all drug trials must be released. Results of thousands of clinical trials remain unreported – leading to bad treatment decisions and duplicated research effort
Alternatives to Medicine
Miracle Cancer Cures? Ask for evidence. Excellent post from Cancer Research UK.
Anti-fluoride activists should put their tinfoil hat theories to rest. Believing the ‘fluoride is an industrial poison’ meme requires you to deny decades of evidence that fluoride at low concentrations has no ill effects on our health
When it comes to homeopathy, Health Canada completely misses the point. More on Health Canada’s shameful support for homeopathic nosodes:
The “unfortunate misconception” is that Health Canada cannot keep its story straight. They are deceiving the public about what they actually do with regard to natural health products. They are allowing those who sell such products to have it both ways – they don’t need to prove their products work, but they get to claim that they do because they are licensed. They get to sell products clearly intended to be a substitute for vaccines, but now have the political cover of a disclaimer saying they are not intended as a substitute for vaccines.
Any question about the commitment to scientific evidence from chiropractors? Here’s one that espouses “quantum neurology“. And another that thinks he’s an endocrinologist and can treat diabetes. Oh, and here’s an chiropractor that offers acupuncture over the internet.
Drowning in a sea of misinformation: Chiropractic professional organizations : “instead of self-critical attitudes, chiropractors seem to develop a pathological state of denial.”
The comments from naturopaths on Peter Lipson’s post illustrate the point he’s making: Senate Declares Naturopathic Medicine Week—Wizardry Week Still Under Debate
Homeopaths Without Borders practice exploitation not humanitarianism. Yes, hard as it to believe, opportunistic homeopaths are spreading the delusion of homeopathy in countries where it can kill:
Despite Homeopaths Without Borders’ claims to the contrary, “homeopathic humanitarian help” is a contradiction in terms. Although providing food, water, and solace to people in areas affected by wars and natural disasters certainly constitutes valuable humanitarian work, any homeopathic treatment deceives patients into thinking they are receiving real treatment when they are not. Furthermore, training local people as homeopaths in affected areas amounts to exploiting vulnerable people to increase the reach of homeopathy.
This is appallingly bad, and in a pharmacy trade publication. Shameful: Homeopathic Products: A Growing Segment in OTC?
Homeopathy is a placebo system, and people are getting action in the courts: A plaintiff who opted out of a proposed $12 million false advertising class settlement with homeopathic medicine maker Boiron Inc. launched a separate suit Monday in California state court alleging the company deceptively advertised its Oscillococcinum homeopathic remedy as capable of relieving flu-like symptoms.
Homeopaths also advocate grinding breast cancer cells, diluting them, and then selling them as a cancer treatment. It should be self-evident that anyone that advocates homeopathy doesn’t have the requisite education to offer any credible health advice.
Not a surprise, and not “detox” or “supplements” required. Half of Cancer Deaths are Preventable.
Anti-vaxxers: Can you face facts? Vaccinations credited as chicken pox cases in hospitals drop 74% in only 10 years
Six myths about vaccination via Dr Rachael Dunlop
FDA halts drugs from Ranbaxy’s plant. Health Canada? <<crickets>>
The Surgeon General’s Office of the US Army Special Operations has issued an order to immediately discontinue use of mefloquine. Why? Psychiatric side effects.
You’ve probably seen the new Chipotle advertisement. Is it actually endorsing vegetarianism?
Loved this: Surviving Whole Foods, especially this bit:
Ever notice that you don’t meet poor people with special diet needs? A gluten intolerant house cleaner? A cab driver with Candida? Candida is what I call a rich, white person problem. You know you’ve really made it in this world when you get Candida. My personal theory is that Candida is something you get from too much hot yoga.
So, so good: Monty Python and the Holy Grail: Modern Trailer
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