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Acupuncture and Endorphins: Not all that Impressive

Posted by Mark Crislip on July 22, 2016 Pictured: A great way to get a staph infection, not a great way to get an endorphin rush.  Try jogging.  Or heroin.* I was reading, and deconstructing, a particularly awful bit of advice for acupuncture by Consumer Reports. It was the same old same old, but it […]

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Health Wonk Review for July 21, 2016

I’ve resigned myself to the fact that there’s pretty much no escaping the pageantry and awe of this week’s Republican Convention. And – since it’s on every network and every blog, I figure, why not right here in Health Wonk Review? Why not a Yuuuuuuuge Edition? Well, I can tell you, this Health Wonk Review really is a luxurious collection […]

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Legislative Alchemy 2016 Update: Acupuncturists win; naturopaths and chiropractors don’t (so far)

Posted by Jann Bellamy on July 21, 2016 Legislative Alchemy Legislative Alchemy is the process by which state legislatures transform pseudoscience and quackery into licensed health care practices.  By legislative fiat, chiropractors can detect and correct non-existent subluxations, naturopaths can diagnose (with bogus tests) and treat (with useless dietary supplements and homeopathy) fabricated diseases like […]

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Pharmacists Selling Snakeoil

Posted by Steven Novella on July 20, 2016 Edzard Ernst published an excellent editorial today addressing the question of why pharmacists sell bogus products. Our own resident pharmacist, Scott Gavura, expressed similar points here on SBM a year ago. Their points are worth emphasizing and expanding upon. Professional Ethics The explicit premise of both editorials is […]

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The Gene: An Intimate History

Posted by Harriet Hall on July 19, 2016 A superb writer, Siddhartha Mukherjee’s books are easier to read than his name is to spell Six years ago I reviewed Siddhartha Mukherjee’s book The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer. It was hands-down one of the best books I have ever read on a […]

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Thinking With Your Emotions About Medicine

Posted by Steven Novella on July 13, 2016 The mental pathway of least resistance, what psychologists often refer to as the “default mode” of human thought, is to go with out “gut feelings.” We evolved emotions, heuristics, and cognitive biases partly so that we could make quick judgments that are good enough and err on […]

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