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The final push to pass a federal version of the cruel sham of “right-to-try” is under way

Right-to-try laws are a cruel sham that claim to help terminally ill patients by providing them with earlier access to experimental therapeutics, even though they do very little in this regard. Promoted primarily by the libertarian think tank the Goldwater Institute, in reality they are a strategy to weaken the FDA’s regulatory power to assure […]

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Remembrance of Things Past

Well maybe not  “memorializing his dandyism and parvenu hijinks even as he revealed their essential hollowness” but Flies in the Ointment: Essays on Supplements, Complementary and Alternative Medicine (SCAM)  is now available on Amazon and is A carefully selected and edited compendium of the best of Dr. Mark Crislip (the Puswhisperer’s) blog posts from sciencebasedmedicine.org. The […]

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Legionnaires’ Disease: The Other Disneyland Outbreak

Late last year, multiple news outlets covered an outbreak of a serious infectious disease traced to Disneyland. No, it wasn’t another cluster of measles cases, or even of pixie dust-induced lung cancer. This time it was an even deadlier infection, and thankfully one that is much more difficult to catch, known as Legionnaires’ disease. A […]

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Medical Marijuana: Where is the evidence?

This year will bring a Canada Day for the history books. Only July 1, 2018, recreational marijuana (also called cannabis) will be legalized and regulated in Canada. The federal Cannabis Act creates a legal framework for producing, possessing and selling marijuana across Canada, meaning that each Canadian province will set its own rules to oversee […]

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Focus on keeping your vision clear

Glaucoma is a group of diseases that can cause permanent vision loss and blindness. Some forms of glaucoma don’t have any symptoms, so you may still have glaucoma even if you don’t have any trouble seeing or feel any pain. If you find and get treatment for glaucoma early, you can protect your eyes from […]

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Cancer Deaths Continue to Decline

Cancer remains the number 2 killer in the US, causing 22% of all deaths, just behind heart disease at 23%. The American Cancer Society carefully tracks all cancer statistics as a way of gauging how we are doing in all aspects of the fight to reduce the cancer burden in the population. The latest statistics […]

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 Five Fatal Foods

I get a lot of emails offering dubious health advice and dubious products. I recently got one with the alarming title “Five Fatal Foods” and a link to a video. It had a warning in big red capitals: WARNING: YOUR LIFE IS IN DANGER! DON’T EAT THESE FIVE FOODS BEFORE YOU WATCH THIS VIDEO. “A […]

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The characteristics of antivaccine networks on Facebook

[Ed. Note: Sharp-eyed readers might note that this post seems familiar. That’s because, due to circumstances and general craziness, I updated and expanded a post that recently appeared elsewhere. Blogging will return to normal next week.] Social media has become a cornerstone in the strategy of antivaxers to promote their message. Of course, antivaxers are […]

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Legislative Alchemy 2017: Chiropractic

Legislative Alchemy State legislatures routinely incorporate pseudoscience into health care practitioner licensing laws, a process I call “Legislative Alchemy.” These laws allow health care practitioners to use bogus diagnostic methods, diagnose fabricated diseases and conditions, and sell useless remedies to their patients. Legislatures credulously adopt the self-regulated educational and testing requirements of these practitioners instead […]

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