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Chiropractic pediatrics conference features anti-vaccination ideology . . . as usual

“Adjusting” an infant. For the third time in four years, a chiropractic pediatrics conference will feature anti-vaccination propaganda as part of its program. The International Chiropractors Association (ICA) Council on Chiropractic Pediatrics Annual Conference, scheduled for December in New York City, includes a session titled: Vaccines Revealed: A Film Producer’s Perspective Participants will view portions […]

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0.05 or 0.005? P-value Wars Continue

Over the years Major League Baseball has tweaked the dimensions of the field, specifically the distance and height of the pitcher’s mound and the area of the strike zone. They did this in order to adjust the balance between pitchers and hitters, mostly to shift the balance toward hitters to make games more exciting for […]

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The Antithesis of Science-Based Medicine:  The Medical Medium’s Fantasy-Based Health Advice

Anthony William calls himself the Medical Medium. He claims to have helped tens of thousands of patients heal from ailments that have been misdiagnosed or ineffectively treated. He says he can see into the body like a supercharged MRI scan to diagnose “all blockages, infections, trouble areas, past problems, and even soul fractures.” He hears […]

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Protecting yourself from pneumonia is easy

Did you know that 674,000 Americans go to the emergency room with pneumonia every year? Pneumonia is a lung infection caused by pneumococcal disease, which can also cause blood infections and meningitis. The bacteria that causes pneumococcal disease spreads by direct person-to-person contact. There’s a vaccine to help prevent pneumonia, but only 64% of adults […]

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Abraham Cherrix is alive and well because of science-based medicine

One of the gratifying things about having been blogging so long—nearly 13 years now!—is that you start to see stories that you wrote about a long time ago resurface, allowing you to see the resolution. For instance, I’ve not infrequently written about people who, mistakenly believing the blandishments of alternative medicine practitioners that they could […]

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Medicare helps protect you from hepatitis

Did you know viral hepatitis is one of the leading causes of death globally, accounting for 1.34 million deaths per year? Together, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C cause 80% of liver cancer cases in the world. Hepatitis, which is an inflammation of the liver often caused by viruses, affects millions of people worldwide. Fortunately, Medicare […]

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Are drug expiry dates really a myth?

Drug expiry dates have been in the news following a ProPublica report on July 18. While Scott is taking a blogging break, here’s an update of his post on expiry dates from 2012. Imagine that’s the contents of your medicine cabinet above. All of the products are expired. Would you still consider taking any of […]

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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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