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Supplements, Lies, and a Lengthy Transcript

Posted by Jann Bellamy on May 26, 2016 Thanks, Congress, for making bull testicles available as a dietary supplement! On October 21, 1993, there was a hearing before the U.S. Senate Committee for Labor and Human Resources, with the long-winded title: Examining How the Federal Government Should Regulate the Marketing and Use of Dietary Supplements […]

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Pushback on Chiropractic

Posted by Steven Novella on May 25, 2016 From time to time we respond directly to reader comments or e-mails in an article, when it seems that doing so would be a useful teachable moment. One of the strengths of social media is that it is interactive – it is part didactic and part interactive. […]

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Uncertainty in Medicine

Posted by Harriet Hall on May 24, 2016 Medicine is an uncertain business. It is an applied science, applying the results of basic science knowledge and clinical studies to patients who are individuals with differing heredity, environment, and history. It is commonly assumed that modern science-based doctors know what they are doing, but quite often […]

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Why you can’t afford to get Part B wrong

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article focuses on Medicare enrollment rules for people turning 65, but millions of Americans qualify before that age based on disability – and the rules can be different. Those issues will be addressed in future articles. While Americans can encounter a seemingly unlimited number of problems when enrolling in Medicare, the complexities associated […]

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Tai Chi versus physical therapy for osteoarthritis of the knee: How CAM “rebranding” works

Posted by David Gorski on May 23, 2016 “Complementary and alternative medicine” (CAM), now more frequently referred to as “integrative medicine” by its proponents, consists of a hodge-podge of largely unrelated treatments that range from seemingly reasonable (e.g., diet and exercise) to pure quackery (e.g., acupuncture, reiki and other “energy medicine”) that CAM proponents are […]

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CAM use and chemotherapy: A negative correlation

Posted by David Gorski on May 22, 2016 It turns out that the use of certain forms of CAM makes it less likely that breast cancer patients will receive the chemotherapy they need. So-called “alternative” medicine is made up of a hodge-podge of health care practices and treatments based on beliefs that are unscientific, pre-scientific, […]

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Change.org Petition: “Naturopaths are not physicians: stop legitimizing pseudoscience”

Posted by Jann Bellamy on May 22, 2016 Britt Hermes, a Bastyr graduate, renounced her practice as a naturopathic doctor when she could no longer tolerate the pseudoscience and patient harm that characterizes naturopathy. On this blog and her own, Naturopathic Diaries, she has chronicled the insufficient education and training students receive before being allowed […]

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Where science meets supplements

Posted by Scott Gavura on May 19, 2016 Various herbal remedies and supplements. For those of you that missed the Science-Based Medicine day at NECSS last week, I’ve put the highlights in the following post: The supplement industry is big business, and the popularity of these products seems to keep growing. I once worked at […]

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National Academy of Sciences Report on GMOs

Posted by Steven Novella on May 18, 2016 Despite the fact that numerous scientific and health organizations around the world have examined the evidence regarding the safety of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and found them to be completely safe, there remains a public controversy on this topic. In fact a Pew Poll found that while […]

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