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Increase In Supplement Poisonings

One of the core points that we try to promote on SBM is that everything potentially is a toxin.  “Sola dosis facit venenum” – the dose makes the poison – is an adage credited to Paracelcus about 500 years ago. This works both ways – in high enough dose, anything can be a poison, and […]

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AllerVarx: A Questionable Remedy for Allergic Rhinitis

Allergic rhinitis can be treated effectively, but not with dietary supplements A newspaper ad alerted me to a new dietary supplement, AllerVarx, a remedy for seasonal allergy symptoms. It describes AllerVarx as an all-natural, clinically proven blend of three ingredients: Perilla, Quercetin, and Vitamin D3. It promises instant relief, a 70% reduction in allergy symptoms, […]

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The Pink Dragon

Childhood diabetes is a pink dragon. Diabetes in and of itself, but when a child begins life with no candy and cake it rears its ugly head on several fronts. As I sit here waiting the results of my granddaughter’s second hospital visit in two weeks I reflect. First, and foremost Puck has shared her […]

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Johrei: The next energy healing craze?

Readers of SBM are sure to be familiar with reiki, a mystical form of energy healing that promises a plethora of cures and relief by allowing one’s own body to more efficiently heal itself through the manipulation of its vital energy field by a trained user. This miraculous “modality”, as it is often referred to […]

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Naturopathic conquest of New England nears completion

Legislative Alchemy Rhode Island is poised to become the latest state to succumb to the false notion that licensing naturopathic “doctors” will protect the public health, safety and welfare. Via the magic of Legislative Alchemy, and barring a gubernatorial veto, naturopathic doctors will soon be able to diagnose and treat any Rhode Islander with disease […]

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New Review of Artificial Sweeteners

A new systematic review of artificial sweeteners published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal concludes: “Evidence from RCTs does not clearly support the intended benefits of nonnutritive sweeteners for weight management, and observational data suggest that routine intake of nonnutritive sweeteners may be associated with increased BMI and cardiometabolic risk.” Unsurprisingly, this is how the […]

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Most Patients Get No Benefit from Most Drugs

Most of these won’t benefit most of the people who take them. I recently wrote an article about statin denialism for Skeptical Inquirer. I showed that there is compelling evidence that statins reduce the incidence of heart attacks when prescribed for patients with existing disease or at high risk. I addressed some of the ridiculous claims […]

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