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Friday, 18 August 2017

Are critics of chiropractic ‘carpet bombers’?

A recent comment by a chiropractor told us this: “If the critics do not take step 2 [point out what’s right and support] then they are entrenched carpet bombers who see reform and reformers as acceptable collateral damage. That makes them just as much a part of the problem when it comes to reform as […]

Read the rest here: Are critics of chiropractic ‘carpet bombers’?

Thursday, 17 August 2017

California SB277 lawsuit update – judge rejected Torrey-Love

On August 15, 2017 Judge Charles D. Wachob from the Placer County Superior court granted the state’s demurrer to the California SB277 lawsuit (known as Torrey-Love).  In lay terms, dismissed the suit without leave to amend. Demurrer is generally granted when, assuming all the facts plaintiffs claimed are true, the court sees no legal basis for the suit, in technical terms, no cause of action...

Read on: California SB277 lawsuit update – judge rejected Torrey-Love

American Loon #1885: Tim LeFever

Tim LeFever is a two-time Republican nominee for Congress in the Sacramento area, chairman of the board of the Capitol Resource Institute, member of the board of directors of The Pacific Justice Institute – both fundie anti-gay organizations, if you wondered – and occasional writer for Townhall...

Read the full lunacy: #1885: Tim LeFever Encyclopedia of American Loons

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Chiropractic for kids: a pack of offensive lies

It is bad enough to mislead adult patients into believing that chiropractic is effective for conditions for which it is clearly not. However, it is far worse, in my view, to do that for paediatric conditions.

There is no doubt that chiropractors continue to treat children and advertise their services for childhood conditions. I am […]

Read the rest here: Chiropractic for kids: a pack of offensive lies

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

American Loon #1884: Sin Hang Lee

Sin Hang Lee is an MD and formerly pathologist at the Milford Hospital pathology laboratory (where he received the boot in 2010), who has gained a reputation for himself for scaremongering about the Gardasil vaccine (facts here). His ideas about HPV DNA are silly and have been widely...

Read the full lunacy: #1884: Sin Hang Lee Encyclopedia of American Loons

Monday, 14 August 2017

Alternative medicine kills cancer patients – Science-Based Medicine

Alternative medicine, by definition, consists medicine that either has not been shown to work or has been shown not to work. To paraphrase an old adage yet again, medicine that has been shown to work with an acceptable risk-benefit ceases to be “alternative” and becomes simply “medicine.”

Unlike the case for many conditions commonly treated with alternative medicine, whether or not a treatment works against cancer is determined by its impact on the hardest of “hard” endpoints: Survival...

Read more: Alternative medicine kills cancer patients – Science-Based Medicine

Is chiropractic subluxation a notion of the past? SADLY NOT!

How often have we heard that chiropractic has moved on and has given up the concept of subluxation/malalignment? For sure there is no evidence for such nonsense, and it would be high time to give it up! But, as has been argued here and elsewhere, if chiros give it up, what is there left? What […]

Read the rest here: Is chiropractic subluxation a notion of the past? SADLY NOT!

Sunday, 13 August 2017

American Loon #1883: Richard Lee

Most people are aware of conspiracy theories surrounding 9/11 or the JFK shootings, but it turns out to be difficult to find a major event in history that has not been subjected to conspiracy theory. There is a whole industry of conspiracies surrounding the suicide of Kurt Cobain, for instance, and...

Read the full lunacy: #1883: Richard Lee Encyclopedia of American Loons

Friday, 11 August 2017

Use of Alternative Medicine for Cancer and Its Impact on Survival | JNCI: Journal of the National Cancer Institute | Oxford Academic

Abstract
There is limited available information on patterns of utilization and efficacy of alternative medicine (AM) for patients with cancer. We identified 281 patients with nonmetastatic breast, prostate, lung, or colorectal cancer who chose AM, administered as sole anticancer treatment among patients who did not receive conventional cancer treatment (CCT), defined as chemotherapy, radiotherapy, surgery, and/or hormone therapy. Independent covariates on multivariable logistic regression associated with increased likelihood of AM use included breast or lung cancer, higher socioeconomic status, Intermountain West or Pacific location, stage II or III disease, and low comorbidity score. Following 2:1 matching (CCT = 560 patients and AM = 280 patients) on Cox proportional hazards regression, AM use was independently associated with greater risk of death compared with CCT overall (hazard ratio [HR] = 2.50, 95% confidence interval [CI] = 1.88 to 3.27) and in subgroups with breast (HR = 5.68, 95% CI = 3.22 to 10.04), lung (HR = 2.17, 95% CI = 1.42 to 3.32), and colorectal cancer (HR = 4.57, 95% CI = 1.66 to 12.61). Although rare, AM utilization for curable cancer without any CCT is associated with greater risk of death...

More details here:Use of Alternative Medicine for Cancer and Its Impact on Survival | JNCI: Journal of the National Cancer Institute | Oxford Academic

NB: full paper is behind paywall.

Use of alternative medicine hastens death of cancer patients

This press-release caught my eye today. It relates to an article that does not seem to be available yet (at least when I looked it was not on Medline). As it is highly relevant to issues that we have repeatedly discussed on this blog, let me quote the important sections of the press-release instead:

To […]

Read the rest here: Use of alternative medicine hastens death of cancer patients

This post discusses the paper referenced by us here (abstract only)

Do Babies Get Too Many Vaccines?

American Loon #1882: Dennis Lee (II)

Almost certainly not the same person as last entry’s Dennis Lee, this entry’s Dennis Lee is senior pastor of Living Waters Fellowship in Mesquite. Interestingly, “Living Waters” is also the name of Ray Comfort’s publishing company. This may or may not be a coincidence; we sort of suspect it’s not....

Read the full lunacy: #1882: Dennis Lee (II) Encyclopedia of American Loons

Thursday, 10 August 2017

This Canadian doctor is going head-to-head with Gwyneth Paltrow over Goop | Toronto Star

Dr. Jen Gunter has been blogging about health and evidence-based medicine for seven years. But it’s her willingness to call out celebrity pseudo-science — in sometimes colourful language — that appears to be getting under Gwyneth Paltrow’s skin...

Read more: This Canadian doctor is going head-to-head with Gwyneth Paltrow over Goop | Toronto Star

What CHARLATANS don’t tell you (WCDTY)

I just came across a new article entitled ” Vaccinated children four times more likely to suffer from ADHD, autism“. It was published in WDDTY, my favourite source of misleading information. Here it is:
Vaccinated children are nearly four times more likely to suffer from learning disabilities, ADHD and autism, a major new study has […]
Read the rest here: What CHARLATANS don’t tell you (WCDTY)

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Measles outbreaks – time to stop the madness of the anti-vaccinationists

We have repeatedly discussed on this blog the fact that many alternative practitioners are advising their patients against vaccinations, e. g.:

  • Governments take action to prevent vaccination-rates from falling 
  • Use of alternative medicine is associated with low vaccination rates 
  • Integrative medicine physicians tend to harbour anti-vaccination views 
  • Vaccination: chiropractors “espouse views which aren’t evidence based” […]

Read the rest here: Measles outbreaks – time to stop the madness of the anti-vaccinationists

American Loon #1881: Dennis Lee (I)

A legend in pseudoscience circles, Dennis Lee is the head of Better World Technologies and United Community Services of America, a company that markets pretty much every piece of ridiculous nonsense technology or “technology” you can imagine, from healing devices that use zero-point energy to...

Read the full lunacy: #1881: Dennis Lee (I) Encyclopedia of American Loons

AVN achieves precedent-setting government immigration ban for overseas antivaxers | reasonable hank

When I first encountered the anti-vaccination pressure group, the Australian Vaccination-skeptics Network, over 8 years ago, as a part of Stop the Australian (Anti) Vaccination Network, one of the first things which became apparent was that the anti-vaccination activists would become self-fulfilling prophecies – due to their verbose, unearned hubris, along with their vilification of bereaved families, and their attacks on doctors and other public health workers, and their attacks on the media, and their attacks on politicians – who would succeed in bringing about that which they were, at that stage, strawmanning for business: fighting against (then-nonexistent) compulsory vaccination and the censure of their as-yet unchecked and lucrative, awful behaviour...

Read on: AVN achieves precedent-setting government immigration ban for overseas antivaxers | reasonable hank

Monday, 7 August 2017

What is fake news? – Lynne McTaggart, Wakefield fan, explains

This was a blog post committed by the Blessed Lynne (Saint & Martyr)™, of WDDTY infamy, back in May of this year. The only reason I’ve left it so long is that I couldn’t stop laughing long enough to excoriate the fuckwittery within, which basically consists of whining, ego, antivax stupidity and defending arch-arsehole Andrew Wakefield. No beating about the bush with witty preamble for once; let us fire up the trusty WTFometer and see what transpires.
Broadcast journalism has landed many low blows before when it comes to alternative views about medicine. 
On the contrary, it tends to be inadvisably tolerant of unproven and unscientific braindribble.
I was eight months pregnant with our first child when we launched WDDTY, and a few moments before I was due to have a live debate with a media doctor, he leaned over and murmured, sotto voce: ‘Did you know that your obstetrician was … 
Read the full story at: What is fake news? – Lynne McTaggart, Wakefield fan, explains

Gerson therapy: a treatment to avoid at all cost

The Gerson therapy, CANCER RESEARCH UK correctly informs us, is an alternative therapy which means it is usually used instead of conventional cancer treatment. It aims to rid the body of toxins and strengthen the body’s immune system. There is no scientific evidence that Gerson therapy can treat cancer. In fact, in certain situations Gerson […]

Read the rest here: Gerson therapy: a treatment to avoid at all cost

Sunday, 6 August 2017

This gynecologist is taking on Trump, Goop — and wacky health trends | STAT

... In her war with Goop, Gunter positions herself above the fray because she’s not selling anything. She doesn’t take money from drug companies. She writes, she said, because she’s alarmed by the growing rift between evidence-based medicine and alternative therapies....

Read all about it here: This gynecologist is taking on Trump, Goop — and wacky health trends

Addressing misconceptions on measles vaccination | ecdc

Since the introduction of vaccination, myths and misconceptions regarding vaccination have been present. Scientific research in psychology has shown that addressing these misconceptions is difficult: mere reading about a myth, even about a myth’s refutation, can strengthen the myth, rather than weaken its influence. Likewise, an explicit and strong negation of a risk can paradoxically increase rather than decrease the perception of risk in readers. The steps outlined below, proposed in the scientific literature, aim to help public health professionals address vaccination misconceptions in the best possible way.
  • Core facts: a refutation should always emphasize the facts, not the myth. The introduction should only present key facts easy to memorize.
  • Explicit warnings: before any mention of a myth, text, visual or oral cues should clearly warn that the upcoming information is false.
  • Alternative explanation: any knowledge gaps left by addressing misconceptions linked to vaccination should be filled by providing an alternative casual explanation for why the myth is false.
  • Graphics: core facts should be displayed graphically when possible.
  • Careful language: moderate language and formulations should always be used when saying that there is no risk as strong negations of risk may backfire and lead to a higher risk perception.

Measles is a serious disease ...

Read on: Addressing misconceptions on measles vaccination (European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control)

Saturday, 5 August 2017

Inside the anti-vax cult: Cathering and Greg Hughes bombarded with vicious attacked 24 hours after their baby son Riley’s death | Herald Sun

WITHIN 24 hours of their baby boy’s death, Catherine and Greg Hughes were confronted with the ugliness that drives the misinformed anti-vax warriors.

The grieving parents were bombarded with vicious attacks claiming they were “baby-killers” and that their infant son Riley had died because they did not treat him with vitamins and essential oils...

Full exposé here: Inside the anti-vax cult: Cathering and Greg Hughes bombarded with vicious attacked 24 hours after their baby son Riley’s death | Herald Sun

New review confirms: neck manipulations are dangerous

On this blog, we have often discussed the risks of spinal manipulation. As I see it, the information we have at present suggests that:
  • mild to moderate adverse effects are extremely frequent and occur in about half of all patients; 
  • serious adverse effects are being reported regularly; 
  • they occur usually with chiropractic manipulations of the […]
Read the rest here: New review confirms: neck manipulations are dangerous

Encyclopedia of American Loons #1880: Bill Ledbetter

Bill Ledbetter is the pastor of Fairview Baptist Church in Oklahoma, wingnut, creationist and proponent of David Barton-style pseudohistory and Christian Nation nonsense. As such, he has for instance been invited to serve as the weekly chaplain for the Oklahoma legislature, and his 15-minute sermon there sums up his lunacy pretty well (discussion here and here and here; follow the links if you for some reason want to hear the original – it is gloriously insane): Ledbetter started off by claiming that “America is the only nation in history that’s been under one governing document her whole history,” which is false...

Full glorious lunacy here: Encyclopedia of American Loons - #1880: Bill Ledbetter

Friday, 4 August 2017

Bastyr University sent me a cease and desist letter - Naturopathic Diaries

On Friday, July 21, 2017, I received a cease and desist letter from Bastyr’s lawyer, which alleges I have defamed the university by making willfully false statements that hurt its reputation. They are demanding that I remove purported defamatory material from the internet. You can read the letter below...

Bastyr University sent me a cease and desist letter - Naturopathic Diaries

Just the Vax: All Those HPV Vaccine Deaths Aren't After All

The Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System or VAERS is a surveillance program designed to monitor post-market vaccine safety.  It is a passive surveillance system which means that entries are largely self-reported although healthcare professionals and vaccine manufacturers are required by law to report any adverse events from vaccines...

Full details: Just the Vax: All Those HPV Vaccine Deaths Aren't After All

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Alex Jones: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

Alex Jones is known for pushing conspiracy theories, but he also spends a lot of time promoting his own products. John Oliver and a “doctor” “from” M.I.T. test out his marketing strategy.





(for my money, the best line is "only found in comets... and trace amounts in blueberries" - AT)

Chiropractic is excellent … for comic relief!!!

Chiropractic may not be effective (as discussed often here); it also is not nearly as safe as chiropractors claim (as discussed often here), but it is excellent for making me – and I hope many others too – laugh heartily. If you doubt it, please read this article:

START OF QUOTE

… “People come in with […]

Read the rest here: Chiropractic is excellent … for comic relief!!!

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

A response to Why you can fuck off when you say I NEED to vaccinate my children… – Vaccinate Your Damn Kids

This is my first blog post! Yay! I am going to respond to the oh so popular blog entitled, “Why you can fuck off when you say I NEED to vaccinate my children…”
“Below are not my words, they are words of a friend, I have been given permission to use them. I am not going to be bullied any longer. I am not going to put up with “well, my child is fully vaccinated and fine.” Because I am not fine and I refuse to put my children at risk because your child is fine...”
Read on: A response to Why you can fuck off when you say I NEED to vaccinate my children… – Vaccinate Your Damn Kids

Mainstream medicine is partly to blame for the 'treatments' Goop promotes

It is easy to mock the ridiculous and potentially harmful health advice and product lines promoted by Gwyneth Paltrow and her team at Goop. Sleeping near healing crystals, lugging around jade eggs in the vagina, swilling moon juice, undergoing raw goat milk cleanses, dabbing on sex dust, and snapping photos of your aura are just some of the ridiculous treatments and remedies offered at high prices to those looking for health ideas from a movie star.

The mocking may be a bit understated. How does this company and other equally daffy outfits pull off these highly lucrative health scams?

Read on: Mainstream medicine is partly to blame for the 'treatments' Goop promotes

Universal Medicine small town woes & GLOBAL gossip July 2017 | Universal Medicine SCAM Exposed

Unfortunately Tenterfield, a small town near the border of NSW and Queensland, will have to deal with the Girl to Woman Festival on August 27 and all the Universal Medicine/Esoteric Women’s Health cult parasites that come with it.

A reader found this poster in a local shop and the shopkeeper was happy for her to take it down. The shopkeeper had never heard of UM, or Esoteric Breast Massage and like most people, she didn’t want a bar of it...

Universal Medicine small town woes & GLOBAL gossip July 2017 | Universal Medicine SCAM Exposed

No alternative medicine ever disappears when shown to be ineffective: The case of laetrile – Respectful Insolence

... In the early 1980s, clinical trials showed that laetrile had no appreciable anticancer effect in humans and that it was also toxic. (The reason, of course, is the cyanide.) In science-based medicine, that would have been that. The treatment would have been abandoned. But that’s not how alternative medicine works....

Read more: No alternative medicine ever disappears when shown to be ineffective: The case of laetrile – Respectful Insolence

Paul Offit MD – debunking the anti-vaccine tropes and myths

... Unfortunately, since Dr. Offit is considered one of the “leaders” of the pro-vaccine majority, his name has been demonized by the anti-vaccine cult. These people use the Big Lie, a Nazi propaganda technique where a known falsehood is repeatedly stated, then treated as if it is self-evidently true in hopes of swaying the course of an argument in a direction that takes the big lie for granted rather than critically questioning it or ignoring it....

Read the full post: Paul Offit MD – debunking the anti-vaccine tropes and myths

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

This blog may not be what you think it is

Someone alerted me to this article – and I was delighted, of course:
While social media might feel at times like it is all about food, fashion and celebrities, there can be much more to it than that. You can transform your feeds into places of scientific discovery, if you just follow the right people […]
Read the rest here: This blog may not be what you think it is

Sunday, 30 July 2017

It would be wrong to get used to the untruths told by proponents of alternative medicine or anybody else

‘Alternative truth’ is a term that I used first in 2013 . Since then I had to employ it with increasing frequency. Disturbingly, since then similar terms, such as ‘alternative facts’, ‘alternative science’ etc., have become ‘en vogue’. In an NEJM-editorial on the subject, Alta Caro from the University of Wisconsin Law School, Madison, US recently concluded: […]

Read the rest here: It would be wrong to get used to the untruths told by proponents of alternative medicine or anybody else

Petition to US Govt: Do Not License Naturopaths As Doctors




Saturday, 29 July 2017

Goop touted her as one of 'our doctors.' Dr. Aviva Romm rejects that label | Statnews

The headline on Gwyneth Paltrow’s wellness site, Goop, looked straightforward enough: “Uncensored: A word from our doctors.”

It featured a defense of the alternative medical practices that Goop has promoted, such as tucking a jade egg in the vagina to enhance sexual pleasure. An attack on an OB-GYN who has publicly slammed Goop’s advice. And then, open letters from two doctors who have written for Goop in the past...

Read on: Goop touted her as one of 'our doctors.' Dr. Aviva Romm rejects that label

Aviva Romm, Big Farma shill | The Skeptical OB

Why is it that in the world of “alternative” medicine (aka quackery), shilling for Big Pharma is viewed as the ultimate disqualification by aficionados, but those same people simultaneously turn a blind eye to shilling for Big Farma (herbs and supplements)?

Indeed, as Aviva Romm, MD demonstrates, one of the most effective tactics in shilling for Big Farma is criticizing Big Pharma. Romm, former homebirth midwife, and current herbalist and functional “medicine” physician, is a walking, talking financial conflict of interest. She monetizes fear of Big Pharma to shill for Big Farma...

Read the rest: Aviva Romm, Big Farma shill | The Skeptical OB

Dr. Aviva Romm: Distancing herself from Goop after defending it – Respectful Insolence

It’s been over a month now since I started paying real attention to that wretched celebrity hive of scum and quackery founded by Gwyneth Paltrow known as Goop. It was a long time coming, and I feel a bit guilty for not really paying much attention to the “wellness,” “lifestyle,” and, of course, expensive quackery being sold by Paltrow and her minions through Goop. It began when Goop caught flack for selling pricey magic energy healing stickers. Well, it wasn’t so much for that as much as for the amusing intervention of NASA, which slapped down Goop’s claims that these stickers were made with a carbon compound that was developed for use in spacesuits used by astronauts.

Then it was a mere three weeks later that Goop decided to strike back against Dr. Jen Gunter...

Read more: Dr. Aviva Romm: Distancing herself from Goop after defending it – Respectful Insolence

Friday, 28 July 2017

The sale of alternative medicines: proper regulation of nonsense will inevitably result in nonsense

This post is based on an article by Ken Harvey, Associate Professor, School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University, Australia. I took the liberty of slightly modifying his text for the purpose of this blog. The article informs us about the regulation of nonsense which, as I have often argued, is likely to result in […]

Read the rest here: The sale of alternative medicines: proper regulation of nonsense will inevitably result in nonsense

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

‘Chiropractors are Bullshit’: a rebuttal of a rebuttal

In her article “Chiropractors are Bullshit” SciBabe discussed her views on the chiropractic profession. Now the chiro ‘Dr’ Michael Braccio has published a rebuttal (excerpts from it are below). Here I will provide a rebuttal of his rebuttal. For clarity, the bold quotes are by SciBabe (as quoted by the ‘Dr’), what follows is the […]

Read the rest here: ‘Chiropractors are Bullshit’: a rebuttal of a rebuttal

Gwyneth Paltrow and Goop: Another triumph of celebrity pseudoscience and quackery – Science-Based Medicine

Earlier this month, the hostilities between Gwyneth Paltrow’s den of celebrity pseudoscience and quackery, her “lifestyle” website and store Goop, and skeptics erupted into open warfare, as Goop attacked Dr. Jen Gunter, an OB/GYN, blogger, and frequent critic of the pseudoscience published and sold by Goop. This leads to the question: Who are the physicians facilitating Paltrow and Goop? And does debunking nonsense as ridiculous as that peddled by Paltrow and her minions do any good?

Full post by Dr David Gorski at Gwyneth Paltrow and Goop: Another triumph of celebrity pseudoscience and quackery – Science-Based Medicine

Monday, 24 July 2017

The NHS ban of homeopathy … and what the UK press made of it. Could it be that UK journalists are slowly learning?

In my previous post, I reported that the NHS has included homeopathy and herbal medicine on the list of medications that might no longer get reimbursed. The news was reported by most newspapers in the UK. All of the papers correctly quote NHS England giving their reasons for black-listing homeopathy and herbal remedies. Some papers […]

Read the rest here: The NHS ban of homeopathy … and what the UK press made of it. Could it be that UK journalists are slowly learning?

Sunday, 23 July 2017

SECOND OPINION | It's war! Debunkers take on Gwyneth Paltrow's GOOP and celebrity pseudoscience - Health - CBC News

Goop is actor Gwyneth Paltrow's online lifestyle company, a "homespun weekly newsletter" that has grown into a lucrative alternative health enterprise, spawning an equally passionate anti-Goop movement. And now, the long-simmering Goop hostilities have broken out into a full scale war of words.

On one side there are the "debunkers," including Canadian gynecologist Jennifer Gunter, University of Alberta professor Timothy Caulfield and comedian Stephen Colbert...

Read on: SECOND OPINION | It's war! Debunkers take on Gwyneth Paltrow's GOOP and celebrity pseudoscience - Health - CBC News

Gwyneth Paltrow's Goop under fire after sharing phony information

Goop, actress Gwyneth Paltrow's lifestyle website, removed a claim about a brand it was promoting after NASA debunked it.

Gizmodo first reported on the Goop-NASA situation.

A blog post on Goop raved about Body Vibes, wearable stickers that "optimize brain and body function" by emitting a "bio-frequency that resonates with the body's natural energy field," according to Body Vibes' website...

Read on: Gwyneth Paltrow's Goop under fire after sharing phony information

Saturday, 22 July 2017

How Dr. Jen Gunter got on Gwyneth Paltrow's bad side

Last week, a dispute erupted between Canadian-born Dr. Jen Gunter and actor Gwyneth Paltrow’s lifestyle site Goop, throwing pseudo-science and the role it plays in women’s health into the spotlight. In one corner there is Paltrow, a self-styled celebrity wellness guru and founder of the website featuring e-commerce, fashion, cooking and travel tips, with a side of highly dubious health-related advice. In the other corner is Gunter, an OB/GYN who is board certified in both Canada and the United States. Gunter recently landed on Goop’s Most Wanted list after crying foul over a number of the site’s most objectionable assertions and recommendations. Missed the media frenzy? Here’s what you need to know about the Gunter-Goop feud...

Read on: How Dr. Jen Gunter got on Gwyneth Paltrow's bad side

The end of homeopathy on the NHS? [but wait for the ‘spider memos’]

NHS England have published a list of medicines that they propose to stop funding. Items were considered for inclusion if they were:
  • Items of low clinical effectiveness, where there is a lack of robust evidence of clinical effectiveness or there are significant safety concerns;
  • Items which are clinically effective but where more cost-effective […]
Read the rest here: The end of homeopathy on the NHS? [but wait for the ‘spider memos’]

Friday, 21 July 2017

The Goop Has Hit The Fan – Pencils and Popcans

Gwyneth Paltrow is in hot water – and not the exfoliating and pore-cleansing kind. This time, the former A-list actress/turned health beauty and wellness guru and her website Goop are under attack for the alleged fake science behind many of her acclaimed beauty and medicinal regimens.

This isn’t the first time Paltrow has courted controversy and it most probably won’t be the last. From naming her first born after a nutritious snack to consciously uncoupling from her rockstar husband Chris Martin, Paltrow definitely has a knack for getting under some serious skin. And now this Goopy goddess has caught the eye of the medical community with some of her brand’s health and wellness tips offered up to her legion of loyal followers...

Read on: The Goop Has Hit The Fan – Pencils and Popcans

Chinese acupuncture research: is there hope?

The current Cochrane review of acupuncture for polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) included 5 RCTs and concluded that thus far, only a limited number of RCTs have been reported. At present, there is insufficient evidence to support the use of acupuncture for treatment of ovulation disorders in women with PCOS. 

A new study was aimed at […]

Read the rest here: Chinese acupuncture research: is there hope?

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

The Natural Alternative Part 3 - The Bullshit Menace Awakens

Extreme Ketoquackery

As the below-the-line comments on Parts 1 and 2 clearly show, the ketogenic diet is certainly an emotive subject. Today I will also be talking about cancer, perhaps the most emotive subject of all, so I expect things to get pretty nasty after posting. My deep and lasting thanks are due to anyone who has been defending me below the line on the blog, in the comments section of the two Guardian pieces, and elsewhere in social media land...

Read full post: The Natural Alternative Part 3 - The Bullshit Menace Awakens

Acupuncture research: more wishful thinking than good science

This new RCT by researchers from the National Institute of Complementary Medicine in Sydney, Australia was aimed at ‘examining the effect of changing treatment timing and the use of manual, electro acupuncture on the symptoms of primary dysmenorrhea’. It had four arms: low frequency manual acupuncture (LF-MA), high frequency manual acupuncture (HF-MA), low frequency electro […]
Read the rest here: Acupuncture research: more wishful thinking than good science

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Goop Tried To Defend Vagina Eggs And The Internet Had A Field Day | HuffPost

Hold on to your vagina eggs, people. Goop and its medical advisors tried to come for the site’s critics, and it isn’t going over well.

Before now, Gwyneth Paltrow and her lifestyle site simply pressed on in the face of massive criticism over its questionable health and science claims (ahem, “energy balancing” stickers). But this week, the site published a three-part post that attempted to rebut the blowback it receives for dubious recommendations and products, including a $66 jade egg women are told to insert in their vaginas, then “recharge” with the power of a full moon...

Read on: Goop Tried To Defend Vagina Eggs And The Internet Had A Field Day | HuffPost

Monday, 17 July 2017

I Went on a Quest for Legit Health Tips at Gwyneth’s Goop Summit | LifeHacker

Gwyneth Paltrow used to be best known as an actress, but in the last decade she’s built an even bigger reputation as a health guru. Her newsletter venture, Goop, peddles an enviable lifestyle—travel, fashion, anything that looks gorgeous in photographs—but with a central message of living a clean, healthy life.

When she decided to bring Goop to life with a “summit” in Los Angeles, the focus was the thing she’s best known for, and happens to get the most shit about: health. Goop embraces novelty, including alternative therapies that range from useless to harmful. I went to the Goop health summit to see whether there was any real health advice to be had, and if not, what takes its place...

Read on: I Went on a Quest for Legit Health Tips at Gwyneth’s Goop Summit

Applied Kinesiology: implausible, unproven, and yet incredibly popular

An article by Rabbi Yair Hoffman for the Five Towns Jewish Times caught my eye.

Here are a few excerpts:
  • “I am sorry, Mrs. Ploni, but the muscle testing we performed on you indicates that your compatibility with your spouse is a 1 out of a possible 10 on the scale.” 
  • “Your son being around his father is bad for his energy levels. You should seek to minimize it.”[…]
Read the rest here: Applied Kinesiology: implausible, unproven, and yet incredibly popular

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Defense of Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop offers case study on how to sell snake oil | Ars Technica

This week, Gwyneth Paltrow’s high-profile lifestyle and e-commerce site, Goop, gave birth to a beautiful gift to the Internet—and it wasn’t a moon-powered vagina egg that invigorates our mystical “life force.” No, it was a perfectly crafted reference guide for how to sell snake oil.

It’s really quite impressive.

In case you’re unfamiliar—or just need an empowering refresher—Goop is a site directed mostly toward affluent women that peddles pricy products and overuses the word “empower” while dabbling in many forms of pseudoscience and quackery...

Read on: Defense of Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop offers case study on how to sell snake oil | Ars Technica

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop calls criticism from scientists “dangerous” - Salon.com

Gwyneth Paltrow — the actress most famous for her alternative lifestyle practices — has always brushed off the criticism she has faced for promoting unconventional remedies on her wellness blog, “Goop” (even after admitting she has no idea what she’s doing).

But now, Paltrow and the Goop team are fighting back their toughest critics and defending their more controversial treatments.

In a post titled, “Uncensored: A Word from Our Doctors,” the wellness site defends its contributing doctors and calls the criticism they receive “dangerous.”

“As goop has grown, so has the attention we receive,” begins the overtly passive-aggressive post. “We consistently find ourselves to be of interest to many — and for that, we are grateful...

Read on: Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop calls criticism from scientists “dangerous” - Salon.com

Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop Issues a Rare Response to a Critic | Vanity Fair

It’s difficult to pinpoint exactly why Jen Gunter was the one to face the unusual ire of Goop and the Goop-adjacent. It could be because, unlike Colbert or even Caulfield, Gunter, as an unknown target, was easier to lash out at...

Read on: Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop Issues a Rare Response to a Critic | Vanity Fair

Toxic Rock Syndrome – Roxanne Porozinski – Medium

As time goes on, Gwyneth Paltrow is recognized less and less for her acting prowess, and more and more for her rotten health advice. Her latest? Urging women to vaginally insert a jade egg, a stone the size of a ping-pong ball, and hold it there. All day. Every day. Yet another new spin on the Amish rock tumbler...

Read more: Toxic Rock Syndrome – Roxanne Porozinski – Medium

Paltrow’s Goop Doctors Keep Quacking Along – Ars Longa Vita Brevis – Medium

It goes without saying (but I’m saying it anyway) that Gwyneth Paltrow is not the person to go to for medical advice. She is not a medical professional. She doesn’t even play one on TV. She is simply a famous person who sells snake oil. But it’s hard to fault her for being a good capitalist. After all, it’s caveat emptor, right?

Read on: Paltrow’s Goop Doctors Keep Quacking Along – Ars Longa Vita Brevis – Medium

Gwyneth Paltrow's Goop tries to hit back at doctor critic | The Independent

Gwyneth Paltrow’s wellness brand Goop has fired back against their vociferous critics in a post defending their products such as the infamous vaginal jade egg.

On Thursday, Goop took aim at gynaecologist Dr Jen Gunter in the first of a new series of posts in which the company plans to discredit their critics...

Read on: Gwyneth Paltrow's Goop tries to hit back at doctor critic | The Independent

Sorry, Gwyneth Paltrow. Science will always beat goopy junk - The Globe and Mail

And who are we kidding? Goop isn’t a benevolent aggregator of health information. It is a for-profit company seeking to move product. In fact, Ms. Paltrow admitted on Jimmy Kimmel Live! that she doesn’t know “WTF” (throwing down her own f-bomb) they talk about on Goop. That hardly sounds like someone motivated by the provision of meaningful information for the enhancement of autonomy. (And damn if those $66 (U.S.) vagina rocks didn’t originally sell out. Ms. Paltrow’s noble crusade to enhance your autonomy is likely making her millions.)...

Read more: Sorry, Gwyneth Paltrow. Science will always beat goopy junk - The Globe and Mail

Paltrow’s Goop hits back at Canadian doctor critic, defends vaginal jade eggs | Lifestyle from CTV News

In one post earlier this spring, Dr. Gunter pointed out several health concerns with the eggs. She was particularly concerned that jade is porous and could harbour bacteria that could put users at risk for all sorts of infections, including potentially fatal toxic shock syndrome.

She said not only is there no science to back up the use of the eggs, “selling women biologically implausible devices and unstudied practices under the guise of reclaiming sensuality is harmful.”
In its post Thursday, the Goop editors call the doctor’s concerns “strangely confident.”

Read on: Paltrow’s Goop hits back at Canadian doctor critic, defends vaginal jade eggs | Lifestyle from CTV News

Friday, 14 July 2017

Goop expert Dr Steven Gundry mansplains to critic Dr Jen Gunter in open letter


Earlier Maria covered the goop open letter that challenged Dr Jen Gunter and whether or not it was good business strategy. I name-checked Dr. Gunter in my write-up of the In Goop Health event held last month, as she has been one of the most vociferous and articulate critics of goopology. The goop/Gunter feud kicked off when Gwyneth Paltrow said in an interview that “if you want to f*ck with me, bring your A game”. Dr. Gunter responded with “we’re not f*cking with you, we’re correcting you”. And now we have rebuttals written by two goop experts, Dr. Steven Gundry—the one who said “don’t eat” at In Goop Health—and Dr. Aviva Romm, author of The Adrenal Thyroid Revolution.

Goop expert Dr Steven Gundry mansplains to critic Dr Jen Gunter in open letter

Gwyneth Paltrow and goop take on critic Dr Jen Gunter in open letter | Lainey

This week, goop decided to start a fight. And the fight isn’t with spray can cheese or on sugar, but Gwyneth Paltrow and co. want to take on Dr. Jen Gunter, a vocal critic of goop’s medical recommendations.

As Lainey said, it’s a RUMBLE!

First, if you want to read Dr. Gunter’s goop analysis, expressing her skepticism and incredulousness at goop’s recommendations, click here. There are a lot of interesting posts that dispute Gwyneth’s claims about everything from jade eggs to toxic tampons to the Tracy Anderson diet plan to the medical validity of adrenal fatigue.

But who is Dr. Gunter to give medical advice? Well her full title is Jennifer Gunter MD, FRCS(C), FACOG, DABPM. She’s an OB/GYN certified in both Canada and the US. You can check her credentials here...

Read more:
Gwyneth Paltrow and goop take on critic Dr Jen Gunter in open letter


Yes, another gossip site showing more journalistic integrity than the GOOP editorial team. At least this time it's written by a woman.

GOOP’s misogynistic, mansplaining hit job | Dr. Jen Gunter

GOOP and Gwyneth Paltrow have a case of GOOPitis, which according to Dr. Steve Gundry is due to my potty mouthed facts. Or tomato skins. Or something. I find it all very disjointed, inadequately researched, bloated, and mainsplainy.

I first saw this GOOP letter thing on the train back from a wonderful day in Manchester visiting with family (I’m over in the U.K. on holiday) when my phone almost blew up with Twitter notifications, partly because GOOP dedicated their first ever fighting words to little old me (apparently I have some gall suggesting women should not listen to second hand health advice from a ghost) and partly because even High Priestess Paltrow had descended from her bespoke, wooden vagina steaming throne to tweet among the mortals....

GOOP’s misogynistic, mansplaining hit job | Dr. Jen Gunter

Gwyneth Paltrow’s quack empire goop strikes back against Dr. Jen Gunter – Respectful Insolence

You know how you know when you’ve been effective deconstructing quackery or antivaccine pseudoscience? It’s when quacks and pseudoscientists strike back. It’s when they attack you. As much as Mike Adams’ near daily tirades against me last year caused problems and poisoned my Google reputation (which was, obviously, the goal), I could reassure myself with the knowledge that his attacks meant that I had gotten to him. When Steve Novella was sued by a quack, as much as I didn’t want to be sued by anyone, I knew that the fact that someone would sue him was testament to his effectiveness. Basically, counterattacks, character assassination, and, occasionally, legal threats are the price skeptics pay when they are effective...

Read more: Gwyneth Paltrow’s quack empire goop strikes back against Dr. Jen Gunter – Respectful Insolence

NeuroLogica Blog | Goop Strikes Back

Gwyneth Paltrow has been using her celebrity to promote a “lifestyle brand” she calls “Goop.” The site recommends all sorts of medical nonsense, like detox, earthing, putting stuff up your vagina, and the usual scaremongering about “toxins” or whatever. Recently I wrote about Goop’s promotion of magical stickers that are alleged to align and balance your vibrations.

Deservedly she has received push back from science communicators who are trying to raise the level of scientific literacy and critical thinking in the world. The concern is that she is spreading misinformation and pseudoscience, which is increasingly harmful in our modern technological world.

One highly vocal critic...

Read more of Steven Novella's post here: NeuroLogica Blog | Goop Strikes Back

This Doctor Says Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop Promotes Bullshit. Goop Just Clapped Back.

Medical experts have long slammed Goop, Gwyneth Paltrow’s e-commerce wellness empire, for endorsing nonscientific and potentially dangerous products — from sex dust to silver nanoparticles — and pseudoscience personalities.

But on Thursday, Goop for the first time singled out one of its most vocal critics, obstetrician-gynecologist Jen Gunter, who routinely takes the site to task on her Twitter and blog. In particular, it defended the vaginal jade eggs that Gunter lambasted earlier this year...

Read on: This Doctor Says Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop Promotes Bullshit. Goop Just Clapped Back.

Yet another study proves vaccines do not cause autism – Depleted cranium

Vaccines don’t cause autism. We know that. We’ve known it for a while. There has never been a shred of evidence that they do. There have been studies done that conclusively show they do not.

Now a new study has come out showing that there is zero increase in the risk of autism in children who are given the MMR vaccine, even in those who are already at high risk for autism. This refutes the claim made by some that vaccines contribute to autism or are a factor that exacerbates it...

Read more: Yet another study proves vaccines do not cause autism – Depleted cranium

goop fights back! | Pharyngula

I guess it was predictable: the quackery on display at Gwyneth Paltrow’s ridiculous goop site has been receiving a lot of well-deserved mockery, and you knew that they weren’t going to simply accept this threat to their credibility and profit by changing their approach and offering legitimate, evidence-based health claims — they’re doubling-down with an extra helping of indignation. So they’ve fished up some people with degrees (please, don’t dignify them by calling them doctors) to defend bullshit. So, for instance, they have a lengthy defense of homeopathy that is straight-up flagrant nonsense...

Read more: goop fights back!

Death by homeopathy?

The Daily Star reported that 9 children have died in Tripura Para of Sitakunda during the last week. At least 46 other children in the remote hilly area are suffering from the same disease which has not yet been identified. The children aged between one and 12 suffer from fever and other symptoms include body […]

Read the rest here: Death by homeopathy?

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Gwyneth Paltrow's 'Goop' Attacks Doctor Who Doubted Vagina Jade Eggs | Inverse

Gwyneth Paltrow is gaslighting America.

A post on Paltrow’s lifestyle website and expensive nonsense shop Goop published Thursday argues that Jennifer Gunter — an OB/GYN and evidence-based medicine advocate who has criticized the company’s potentially dangerous recommendations — disrespected women when she told them not to put Goop’s $55 crystals in their vaginas. Below’s the advertorial for “beauty guru/healer/inspiration/friend” Shiva Rose’s jade eggs...

Read on: Gwyneth Paltrow's 'Goop' Attacks Doctor Who Doubted Vagina Jade Eggs | Inverse

Gwyneth and her medi-shills strike back | The Skeptical OB

Quacktress Gwyneth Paltrow has taken PT Barnum’s advice to heart.

Barnum famously said that you can’t go broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public. Paltrow is channeling Barnum with her website goop and is laughing all the way to the bank.

When quacktresses like Paltrow trade on their celebrity to sell useless, nonsensical and potentially dangerous products, they aren’t empowering women; they’re taking advantage of them.
But not everyone is laughing with Paltrow. Some are laughing at her. Indeed OB-GYN Jen Gunter has made a specialty of skewering Paltrow and she never lacks for material. Highlights include:
  • Gwyneth Paltrow says steam your vagina, an OB/GYN says don’t
  • Dear Gwyneth Paltrow, I’m a GYN and your vaginal jade eggs are a bad idea
  • Gwyneth Paltrow doesn’t have adrenal fatigue because it doesn’t exist
The bad publicity is apparently having an effect...

Read on: Gwyneth and her medi-shills strike back | The Skeptical OB

Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop posted a defense of its jade eggs for vaginas. It’s a mess. - Vox

Goop mockery crystalized into a fervor early this year when the site posted this whopper of a headline: “Better Sex: Jade Eggs for Your Yoni.”

The post featured a Q&A with Shiva Rose, a “beauty guru / healer,” who claimed that inserting egg-shaped jade rocks into the vagina “can help cultivate sexual energy, increase orgasm, balance the cycle, stimulate key reflexology around vaginal walls ... [it goes on for awhile]... and invigorate our life force.” And Goop, of course, would be happy to sell you said eggs for just $66.

The backlash to this absurdity was swift and furious...

Read full article: Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop posted a defense of its jade eggs for vaginas. It’s a mess. - Vox

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

How effective are positive messages?

It used to be called ‘good bedside manners’. The term is an umbrella for a range of attitudes and behaviours including compassion, empathy and conveying positive messages. What could be more obvious than the assumption that good bedside manners are better than bad ones? 

But as sceptics, we need to doubt obvious assumptions! Where is […]

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Those 80 graphs that got used for climate myths

Recent attack on the so-called hockey stick graph is a compilation of 80 graphs from 2017 which consists of 76 graphs that describe local or regional situations, one graph that describes Northern Hemisphere situation, one graph that describes NH extratropics situation, and two graphs that describe global situation. As the hockey stick graph describes the situation in Northern Hemisphere, 80 graphs become 4 graphs, because local/regional graphs are meaningless in comparison to hemispheric/global situation...

Read the full report: Those 80 graphs that got used for climate myths

Monday, 10 July 2017

Recommending homeoprophylaxis is unethical, irresponsible and possibly even criminal

The last time I reported about Kate Birch, I ended my post stating that I became so angry that I was about to write something that I might later regret. Let’s see whether I can restrain myself again. Kate published another book: The Solution Homeoprophylaxis: The Vaccine Alternative. Here is the press-release for her new rant: Modern parents and even […]

Saturday, 8 July 2017

Exposing lies in the realm of quackery

To a significant extent, this blog has always exposed untruths in the realm of alternative medicine – not just one or two, but hundreds. Obviously, some of them are more clear-cut than others. If, for instance, someone claims that acupuncture has been proven to be effective for a given condition, this many seem like a […]

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Bogus healthcare products should have no place in pharmacies

Isn’t it wonderful when your long-held views are confirmed by someone with influence?

This, of course, is a rhetorical question – I can tell you: it is wonderful!

Matthew Stanbrook, MD PhD recently published an editorial in CMAJ which I find delightful; let me present you a few quotes from it:
The multibillion-dollar market for “natural” […]

Read the rest here: Bogus healthcare products should have no place in pharmacies

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

The ‘Society for Integrative Oncology’ puzzles me yet again

This recently published report provides updated clinical practice guidelines from the Society for Integrative Oncology on the use of integrative therapies for specific clinical indications during and after breast cancer treatment, including anxiety/stress, depression/mood disorders, fatigue, quality of life/physical functioning, chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting, lymphedema, chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy, pain, and sleep disturbance. 

The practice guidelines […]

Read the rest here: The ‘Society for Integrative Oncology’ puzzles me yet again

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

The Natural Alternative - Part 2 - Revenge of the Chef

... Last time out we talked about ketosis, a metabolic state that occurs during starvation (yeah, I fucking said it again - it happens during starvation), where our cells switch to an alternative, fat derived fuel in order to limit their dependence on glucose during times of shortage. We also discussed ketogenic diets, where very low carbohydrate protocols are used to induce a state of ketosis without the need for starvation, and the use of these diets in the treatment of drug resistant epilepsy. For new readers, I would seriously recommend reading Part 1 first, but in summary the ketogenic diet is a useful and sometimes miraculous treatment for specific conditions, but should not be considered a harmless natural alternative. It is not a safe diet, and it comes with many serious and well-studied side effects that need to be managed. Part 1 also briefly mentioned that ketogenic diets may have a potential role in the treatment of other conditions, something that we are going to discuss a little more today...

Read the full post: The Natural Alternative - Part 2 - Revenge of the Chef

Monday, 3 July 2017

A new meta-analysis of acupuncture in JACM – no prizes for guessing the conclusion

I have repeatedly cautioned about the often poor quality of research into alternative medicine. This seems particularly necessary with studies of acupuncture, and especially true for such research carried out in China. I have also frequently noted that certain ‘CAM journals’ are notoriously prone to publishing rubbish. So, what can we expect from a paper […]
Read the rest here: A new meta-analysis of acupuncture in JACM – no prizes for guessing the conclusion

Saturday, 1 July 2017

Is God an alternative to healthcare?

In the US, some right-wing politicians might answer this question in the affirmative, having suggested that American citizens don’t really need healthcare, if only they believed stronger in God. Here in the UK, some right-wing MPs are not that far from such an attitude, it seems. 

A 2012 article in the ‘Plymouth Herald’ revealed that […]

Friday, 30 June 2017

Infowars and Goop sell the same exact pseudoscientific "wellness" products — Quartz

There are two Americas, we’ve been told.

There’s Duck Dynasty America and Modern Family America. There’s “gosh” America and “dope” America. Sometimes, though, Americans unite around a common idea. Like the healing powers of eleuthero root, cordyceps mushrooms, and “nascent iodine.”

Near the end of a profile of Amanda Chantal Bacon, founder of the “wellness” brand Moon Juice, the New York Times Magazine noted that many of the alternative-medicine ingredients in her products are sold—with very different branding—on the Infowars store...

Read on: Infowars and Goop sell the same exact pseudoscientific "wellness" products — Quartz

Garlic against infections?

Many garlic supplements are heavily marketed as a treatment of infections. 

But are they really effective? 

To answer this question, we clearly need clinical trials. 

The aim of this RCT was to examine the impact of garlic tablets on nosocomial infections in hospitalized patients in intensive care units. It was carried out on 94 patients, […]

Read the rest here: Garlic against infections?

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Over-sexed? Under-sexed? Homeopaths have the all the answers!

The homeopath and homeopathic entrepreneur Fran Sheffield has made appearances on this blog before; for instance, I quoted her stating that homeoprophylaxis has a remarkable record of safety – vaccines less so. From the homeopath’s point of view they are still associated with risks: the dose is too strong, they have toxic additives, and they’re […]

Monday, 26 June 2017

Vaccines: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

The benefits of vaccines far outweigh the minuscule risks, but some parents still question their safety. John Oliver discusses why some people may still feel uncertainty about childhood vaccinations.

Promotion masquarading as science: the example of chiropractic pseudo-research

Systematic reviews are aimed at summarising and critically evaluating the evidence on a specific research question. They are the highest level of evidence and are more reliable than anything else we have. Therefore, they represent a most useful tool for both clinicians and researchers. But there are, of course, exceptions. Take, for instance, this recent systematic review […]

Saturday, 24 June 2017

Terminal stupidity about ADHD and Bach Flower Remedies

After almost a life-time of exposure to seriously compact BS about alternative medicine, you would expect me to be used to it. And it’s true, I usually don’t bat an eyelash when someone writes nonsense about this or that therapy. But every once in a while, I come across an exception, some statement that is outstanding in its ‘naiveness’ (see below) or ground-breaking in its stupidity. When I found this article, for instance, I almost fell off my chair. So, please hold on tight, if you want to […]
Read on: Terminal stupidity about ADHD and Bach Flower Remedies

Friday, 23 June 2017

Dlisted | NASA Vs. GOOP

I wish I could say this was a story about how Gwyneth Paltrow called up NASA and asked if they could get to work on creating a zero-gravity vaginal steaming booth for her. Rather, this is about NASA calling out the dubious claims of something dumb and expensive that was shilled on Goop.com.

This week, Goop promoted a cheap-looking wearable sticker called Body Vibes that claims to target imbalances in energy. They cost $60 for a pack of ten, and look like something you’d peel off a tomato bought from an Illuminati grocery store...

Read more at: Dlisted | NASA Vs. GOOP.

Yes, Dlisted. A site dedicated to celebrity gossip and snark. That's how bad GOOP are.

Scientology detox? No thanks!!!

I was surprised to receive this email yesterday: “Hello Edzard Ernst, You may remember I got in touch last week regarding losing a loved one to the ravages of drugs or alcohol. I just wanted to remind you that Narconon is here to help. For over fifty years Narconon drug and alcohol rehabilitation centres have been successfully reversing the tide of addiction for men and woman from all walks of life. The Narconon programme has saved them from the misery of addiction, and the potential of an early grave. We not only address the cause of the addiction, we resolve them…”

The email was signed by a man from ‘Narconon International’. […]

Read the rest here: Scientology detox? No thanks!!!

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Cannabis for cancer?

The claim that Cannabis can cure cancer is all over the Internet. Such promotion is regularly enhanced by announcements of VIPs that they intend to try Cannabis when affected by cancer. 

As her back pain turned out to be caused by metastases from her earlier breast cancer, Olivia Newton-John now intends to complete a course […]

How realistic is the assumption that Cannabis does anything for cancer patients? Read the rest here: Cannabis for cancer?

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

The Natural Alternative? Part 1

...As interest grows, there are an increasing number of charlatans trying to highjack the [ketogenic]diet for financial gain, muddying its name and spreading the most brutal and dangerous forms of pseudoscience imaginable. These people range from poorly trained nutritional therapists giving out advice way beyond their station, through to narcissistic researchers, chasing results, willing to side-step the usual rules of evidence based practise...

Read full post: The Natural Alternative? Part 1

Trying to understand a doctor homeopath: “homeopathy is helpful for any condition”!?!?

Dr Gabriella Day is a GP in England who describes herself and her beliefs as follows: “I began training in homeopathy as it is clear that for many conditions conventional treatment options are not effective and can have unwanted side effects. It seemed to me that there must be another way to help people suffering from […]

Monday, 19 June 2017

Pharmacists’ responsibilities vis a vis alternative medicine: the violation of healthcare ethics continues.

Alternative medicine differs from conventional medicine in numerous ways. One important difference is that patients often opt to try this or that product without consulting any healthcare professional at all. In such cases, the pharmacist might be the ONLY professional who can advise the patient who is about to purchase such a product. 

Saturday, 17 June 2017

I watched Alex Jones give his viewers health advice. Here’s what I learned. - Vox

There's a "fungus epidemic." And Infowars’ Jones has just the supplements to stop it.


... If you know anything about the HPV vaccine or vaccine safety, it’s easy to dismiss this video as fringe lunacy. But Infowars is no longer a peripheral media player. The website now reaches more than 6 million unique US users each month. The YouTube channel has more than 2 million followers — about as many as Vox ... Read full article here: I watched Alex Jones give his viewers health advice. Here’s what I learned. - Vox

Is homeopathy ‘nano-medicine’?

“Highly diluted homeopathic remedies cannot possibly work beyond a placebo effect because there is nothing in them”. This is the argument, we often hear. It is, I think correct. But homeopaths have always disagreed. Hahnemann claimed that the healing power of his remedies was due to a ‘vital force’, and for a long time his […]

Friday, 16 June 2017

What The Fuck Is Goop? - A Scarlet Investigation - scarlet brigade

Goop is a lifestyle brand, created by Paltrow in 2008 that aims to empower and enlighten women. It does so by selling women jade eggs to shove up their vagina and promoting, “death detoxes,” which slowly starve you to death on a diet of privilege and room temperature water.

These are actual instructions from the detox section on the website...

Read the rest of this NFSW dissection: What The Fuck Is Goop? - A Scarlet Investigation - scarlet brigade

Refreshingly honest words from a pharmacist: ‘Homeopathy could be pharmacy’s saviour’

David Needleman, a pharmacist at Wilkinson Chemist in Barnet, UK, has published a brilliant article explaining that complementary medicine such as homeopathy, nutrition and aromatherapy could make smaller pharmacies “more viable and competitive”, as they look to “survive” the funding cuts across England. In doing so, he made it clear that retail pharmacists are shop-keepers, not healthcare professionals, as previously assumed. […]

The Wonderful World of Tong Ren Therapy - Plague of Mice

Tong Ren therapy, or the art of hitting dolls with hammers to magically cure all sorts of Stuff because of the Fundamental Interconnectedness of All Things. This started out as a bit of light relief for a hot and muggy day enlivened by a splitting ophthalmic headache. I should have stuck with the headache.

I’ve covered this lunatic therapy before. For those who missed the previous episode and can’t be arsed to go back and read it, here’s a fresh presentation of this most egregious fuckwittery..

Read the full post: The Wonderful World of Tong Ren Therapy - Plague of Mice

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Recklessly stupid TCM-promotion by the ‘Daily Mail’

The ‘Daily Mail’ is not a paper famed for its objective reporting. In politics, this can influence elections; in medicine, it can endanger public health. A recent article is a case in point, I think. 

START OF QUOTE 
Traditional Chinese medicines could help prevent heart disease and the progression of pre-diabetes, according to research. Some herbal […]

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Quackademia down under

Quackademia is an apt term for the teaching or promotion of quackery in universities. Sadly, this is a serious problem, and we have therefore discussed it already several times (see here, here and here). If you have read my memoir, you know that I had my fair share of quackademia ‘hands-on’, so to speak. This article from Australia has more on the subject […]

Read the rest here: Quackademia down under

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Shamefully misleading drivel about homeopathy by the German BPI

According to Wikipedia, “the Bundesverband der Pharmazeutischen Industrie (BPI) with headquarters in Berlin is an Eingetragener Verein and the German industry association/trade group for the pharmaceutical industry. It represents 240 German pharmaceutical and Biotech companies in with altogether approximately 70,000 employees. BPI has an office in Brussels. The focus of the BPI is on political […]

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Monday, 12 June 2017

Post number 1000 !!!

Yes, it’s hard to believe, but it’s true: this is the 1000th post on this blog. Form the outset, I intended to critically comment on as many alternative modalities (treatments and diagnostic methods) as I can. This is the (probably not totally complete) list of what we covered:
  • Acupressure
  • Acupuncture
  • Agrohomeopathy
  • Anthroposophic medicine
  • Alexander technique […]
Read the rest here: Post number 1000 !!!

Saturday, 10 June 2017

How to protect yourself from bogus claims about so-called alternative medicine

Currently, over 50 000 000 websites promote alternative medicine, and consumers are bombarded with information not just via the Internet, but also via newspapers, magazines and other sources. This has the potential of needlessly separating them from their cash or even seriously harming their health. As there is little that protects us from greedy entrepreneurs and over-enthusiastic therapists, we should think about protecting ourselves. Here I will provide five simple tips that may fortify you against fake news in the realm of alternative medicine […]

Read the rest here: How to protect yourself from bogus claims about so-called alternative medicine>

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Six reasons to AVOID a wheatgrass colonic

The title of the article actually was ‘SIX REASONS TO TRY A WHEATGRASS COLONIC’. I will only repeat parts of the introduction, but please do take the time to read the full text, particularly if you feel sad or depressed – it is hilarious!

START OF QUOTE If you’ve ever had a colonoscopy, then you […]

Read the rest here: Six reasons to AVOID a wheatgrass colonic


Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Dlisted | Goopy Paltrow Admits That She Doesn’t Know What The Hell Goop Is Talking About

Organic, cruelty-free snake oil saleslady Goopy Paltrow was on Jimmy Kimmel Live! last night to push her latest scheme, $90 vitamin subscriptions. Since she was there to talk about Goop, Jimmy Kimmel brought up a few of the crazy/dumb/fucked-up/all-of-the-above things that her site has suggested that their readers do. Things like walk barefoot on the earth, squat pee and shove a jade egg up their cooze. Jimmy Kimmel wanted Goopy to explain some of that shit, and with one of them, she couldn’t, because she knew nothing about it. Bless the Goop fans who struggled while holding a jade egg in their cooch as they squat peed into a dirt hole with their bare feet on the soil because they believe Goopy herself did that too...

Read on: Dlisted | Goopy Paltrow Admits That She Doesn’t Know What The Hell Goop Is Talking About (NFSW - swearing by Paltrow)

The “other medicine” … how shall we call it?

In their now famous 1998 NEJM editorial about alternative medicine, Angell and Kassirer concluded that “It is time for the scientific community to stop giving alternative medicine a free ride. There cannot be two kinds of medicine — conventional and alternative. There is only medicine that has been adequately tested and medicine that has not, […]

Monday, 5 June 2017

Are alternative practitioners fear-mongers?

Since more than 20 years, I have been writing about the risks of alternative therapies. One of my first papers on this issue was published in 1995 and focused on acupuncture. Here is its abstract: 
The use of acupuncture is widespread. The procedure is often claimed to be totally, or at least reasonably, safe. The […]

Friday, 2 June 2017

An Open Letter To Gwyneth Paltrow About GOOP | HuffPost

This is the article that started it all:
I’m pretty sure you don’t mean comment on your recipes but rather the growing exasperation from medical professionals and journalists alike at the almost constant debunking of the health “advice” and all around medical bullshit that you and your pals at GOOP promote and sell. No, we don’t have adrenal fatigue we have goopitis.

When I tell you that alcohol is a toxin I am not f*cking with you I am being factual. Do you really think everything in the world is a toxin except alcohol and botulinum toxin...
Read on: An Open Letter To Gwyneth Paltrow About GOOP | HuffPost

Fifteen Children in South Sudan Die During Vaccine Campaign

The Associated Press is reporting that 15 children have died as a result of a vaccination campaign in South Sudan. According to the report:
“Fifteen young children have died in a botched measles vaccination campaign that saw people as young as 12 years old administering the vaccines, South Sudan’s government announced Friday. The United Nations […]

Read more at: Fifteen Children in South Sudan Die During Vaccine Campaign by Reuben

INFORMED CONSENT IN ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE: ethical imperative + practical impossibility

Before starting to treat a patient, all health care professionals – including of course alternative practitioners – have to obtain informed consent. This is not optional but an ethical and legal imperative. Informed consent must usually include full information on: 
  • the diagnosis 
  • its natural history 
  • the most effective treatment options available 
  • the proposed therapy 
  • its effectiveness […]

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Peter Doshi is at it again with (anti?) vaccine article

Remember Peter Doshi? The researcher whose shocking (it isn’t) opinion pieces are used by anti-vaccine zealots almost on a yearly basis? The researcher who presented at an anti-vaccine conference hosted by the notoriously misnamed National Vaccine Information Center? Yeah, you remember. Well, he’s back.

This time, he is apparently outraged that there is a glitch in how certain browsers handle the web address for the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System […]

Read more at: Peter Doshi is at it again with (anti?) vaccine article by Reuben

Olivia Newton-John, cancer and alternative medicine

Olivia Newton-John is postponing her June U.S. and Canadian concert tour dates, as the back pain that initially caused her to postpone the first half of her concert tour, has been diagnosed as bone metastases form her earlier breast cancer. She now intends to complete a short course of photon radiation therapy along with alternative […]

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Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Governments take action to prevent vaccination-rates from falling

In 2006, the World Health Organization and UNICEF created the ‘Global Immunization Vision and Strategy’, a 10-year strategy with 4 main goals:
  1. to immunize more people against more diseases,
  2. to introduce a range of newly available vaccines and technologies,
  3. to integrate other critical health interventions with immunization,
  4. to manage vaccination programmes within the context of global interdependence.
Read the full post: Governments take action to prevent vaccination-rates from falling

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

30 May = World Bedwetting Day

Today is ‘World Bedwetting Day’!

No, don’t laugh; the event is initiated and supported by the World Bedwetting Day Steering Committee, which consists of the International Children’s Continence Society (ICCS) and the European Society for Paediatric Urology (ESPU) along with professional groups across the globe (see website for details).

A good day to remember that […]

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Monday, 29 May 2017

Gems in homeopathy, part 2: pre-clinical research

In my previous post, I mentioned the current volume of the ‘Allgemeinen Homöopathischen Zeitung’ which contains the abstracts of the ‘Homeopathic World Congress 2017’ (btw: the remarkable opening speech for the WORLD CONFERENCE ON HOMEOPATHY 1937, in Berlin might also be of interest; excerpts from it can be found here). Amongst these abstracts, the collector […]

Sunday, 28 May 2017

HOMEOPATHY: the NHMRC report revisited

The NHMRC report on homeopathy is the most thorough, independent and reliable investigation into the value of homeopathy ever. As its conclusions are devastatingly negative about the value of homeopathy, it is hardly surprising that homeopaths tried everything and anything to undermine it. This new article gives what I believe to be a fair account […]

Saturday, 27 May 2017

Gems in homeopathy, part 1: clinical research

The current volume of the ‘Allgemeinen Homöopathischen Zeitung’ contains all the abstracts of the ‘Homeopathic World Congress 2017’ which will be hosted in Leipzig, 14-17 July this year by the ‘Deutschen Zentralvereins Homöopathischer Ärzte’ under the patronage of the German Health Secretary, Annette Widmann-Mauz. As not many readers of this blog are likely to be regular […]

Friday, 26 May 2017

SURPRISE, SURPRISE: some dietary supplements do work! (Chondroitin for OA)

This study tested chondroitin sulfate 800 mg/day (CS) pharmaceutical-grade in the management of symptomatic knee osteoarthritis. It was designed as a prospective, randomised, 6-month, 3-arm, double-blind, double-dummy, placebo and celecoxib (200 mg/day)-controlled trial. The primary endpoints were changes in pain on a Visual Analogue Scale (VAS) and in the Lequesne Index (LI). Minimal-Clinically Important Improvement (MCII), Patient-Acceptable […]
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Thursday, 25 May 2017

A “self-perpetuating motor control problem”: more from the subluxation cult of chiropractic

The Rubicon Group (TRG) is a collaboration of chiropractic educational institutions, emerging educational efforts and interested parties. The seven institutional members include Barcelona College of Chiropractic (Barcelona, Spain); the Chiropraktik Akademie (Dresden, Germany); Life Chiropractic College West (San Francisco, California, USA); Life University (Atlanta, Georgia, USA); McTimoney College of Chiropractic (Abingdon, Oxfordshire, UK); New […]

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

“Apricot Seeds for Cancer Treatment” … or how to confuse vulnerable cancer patients

In my view, the website of ‘FOODS 4 BETTER HEALTH’ should be more aptly called FOOD FOR QUICKER DEATH. At least this is the conclusion that came to my mind after reading their post on ‘Apricot Seeds: Nutrition, Health Benefits, and Their Role in Cancer Treatment’. 

Under the heading ‘Apricot Seeds for Cancer Treatment’, we […]

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

How to kill patients with (‘risk-free’) homeopathic remedies

The website of ‘HOMEOPATHY 360’ has just published a new post offering a handy instruction for killing patients suffering from acute appendicitis. If you do not believe me – I don’t blame you, I too found it hard to believe – read this short excerpt advocating homeopathy for this life-threatening condition (for readers without a medical […]

Monday, 22 May 2017

HAPPILY PROMOTING BOGUS TREATMENTS: the story of animal chiropractic

I am sure you always wanted to know what animal chiropractic is all about! 

This website explains it quite well: 

START OF QUOTES 
…Animal chiropractic (veterinary spinal manipulative therapy) focuses on the preservation and health/wellness of the neuro-musculo-skeletal system. Chiropractic is the science that is centered around the relationship between the spine and the nervous system. […]

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Enforcement Policy Statement on Marketing Claims for OTC Homeopathic Drugs

The US ‘FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION’ has issued an important statement about homeopathic products. The full text with references can be found here; below are a few quotes which I thought were crucial: 

“…Homeopathy, which dates back to the late-eighteenth century, is based on the view that disease symptoms can be treated by minute doses of substances […]

Saturday, 20 May 2017

‘DETOX’ = a danerous and counter-productive illusion

Alternative medicine is deeply rooted in the notion of ‘detox’. This website is one of thousands and displays some of the issues in an exemplary fashion: 

START OF QUOTES 
…There are more than 80,000 chemicals used in the industrialized world. Accumulate enough of these toxins and you might suffer, at the very least, fatigue, headaches, muscle […]

Friday, 19 May 2017

Use of alternative medicine is associated with low vaccination rates

The fact that some alternative medicine (the authors use the abbreviation ‘CAM’) practitioners recommend against vaccination is well-known and often-documented. Specifically implicated are:
  • Physicians practising integrative medicine 
  • Doctors of anthroposophical medicine 
  • Naturopaths 
  • Homeopaths 
  • Chiropractors 
As a result, children consulting homeopaths, naturopaths or chiropractors are less likely to receive vaccines and more likely to get vaccine-preventable diseases. These effects […]

'First Ever' Study Comparing Vaccinated and Unvaccinated Children Shows Harm from Vaccines?

In April 2017, anti-vaccine groups seemed to have finally gotten what amounted to the Holy Grail for their cause: an allegedly large-scale, peer-reviewed study showing the links between vaccines and autism among a large population of children. Vaccine skeptic groups, who reject the wide body of scientific literature refuting that link between vaccines and autism, have long sought such a study, but they’ve been hampered by practical concerns, most notably the ethical implications of withholding vaccines from a large group of children...

Read on: 'First Ever' Study Comparing Vaccinated and Unvaccinated Children Shows Harm from Vaccines? - Snopes.com

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Adverse events of (chiropractic) spinal manipulations: the unethical behaviour persists

How often have I pointed out that most studies of chiropractic (and other alternative therapies) are overtly unethical because they fail to report adverse events? And if you think this is merely my opinion, you are mistaken. This new analysis by a team of chiropractors aimed to describe the extent of adverse events reporting in published RCTs of […]

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

More BS from the BMJ

A recent post discussed a ‘STATE OF THE ART REVIEW’ from the BMJ. When I wrote it, I did not know that there was more to come. It seems that the BMJ is planning an entire series on the state of the art of BS! The new paper certainly looks like it:
Headaches, including primary headaches […]

Read the rest here: More BS from the BMJ

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Alan Schmukler's Homeopathy Handbook - Plague of Mice

... Anyway, back to Homeopathy: An A-Z Home Handbook, to give it its full title. There is a webshite misnamed healgently-dot-com that punts it to all and sundry, and yes: it makes all the usual false claims for the sugar pills it promotes. I may use up another post to go further into Schmukko’s site, as it’s small, but rich in WTF. Let’s start with the book. As a precautionary measure, please place a pillow in front of you to reduce the risk of concussion from repeated headdesking. You may also need something eminently punchable, like an inflatable Andrew Wakefield doll...

Full post here: Alan Schmukler's Homeopathy Handbook - Plague of Mice

Insisting on evidence in alternative medicine is hypocritical, isn’t it?

The website of BMJ Clinical Evidence seems to be popular with fans of alternative medicine (FAMs). That sounds like good news: it’s an excellent source, and one can learn a lot about EBM when studying it. But there is a problem: FAMs don’t seem to really study it (alternatively they do not have the power of comprehension to […]
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Monday, 15 May 2017

EU Launching New Health Award for NGOs Working on Vaccination

Vytenis Andriukaitis, aka Facepalm Man and Seat 123, has a lot to say about the harm anti-vaccination activists do:


UniMed Cult Cartel – Naming Names | Universal Medicine SCAM Exposed

Universal Medicine Affiliated Medical Professionals, Allied Health Professionals, Complementary Health Practitioners, Unqualified ‘Healers’, Meditation groups & businesses referring to UM practitioners

Practitioners and groups listed are recruiters for the Universal Medicine Cult. Unqualified ‘healers’ listed believe themselves to be accredited ‘Esoteric Healing’ practitioners through Universal Medicine’s bogus accreditation body, the Esoteric Practitioners’ Association...

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Harms of Nonpharmacologic Therapies

The new guidelines by the American College of Physicians entitled ‘Noninvasive Treatments for Acute, Subacute, and Chronic Low Back Pain: A Clinical Practice Guideline From the American College of Physicians’ have already been the subject of the previous post. Today, I want to have a closer look at a small section of these guidelines which, I think, […]

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Acupuncture for back pain: an open letter by a Canadian therapist

Concerned about the new ACP guidelines on ‘Noninvasive Treatments for Acute, Subacute, and Chronic Low Back Pain: A Clinical Practice Guideline From the American College of Physicians’, Andrea MacGregor asked me to publish her ‘open letter’:
I am a student about to graduate and register as a massage therapist in Canada, and I am writing to […]
Read the rest here: Acupuncture for back pain: an open letter by a Canadian therapist

Saturday, 13 May 2017

The harm and hypocrisy of Gwyneth Paltrow and GOOP distilled to 1 image | Dr. Jen Gunter

GOOP is obviously oblivious to the fact that alcohol is carcinogenic. Don’t know or don’t care? Probably don’t care to know as talking about the health risks of alcohol interferes with their brand of wasted worried wellness. GOOP needs you afraid of fake toxins, not real ones. Unlike facts alcohol has a prominent position on GOOP...

 Read the full post: The harm and hypocrisy of Gwyneth Paltrow and GOOP distilled to 1 image | Dr. Jen Gunter

After “knocking the hell out of alternative medicine”, let me offer you some real solutions

I recently got this comment which might seem reasonable to some readers: 

“What is most humorous about the author and this website is how he knocks the hell out of alternative medicine and therapies yet never provides readers with any alternatives, despite claiming to be an expert. For example: it’s like needing new tyres for […]

Friday, 12 May 2017

UK Homeopathy Regulation: Homeopathy and Autism - Part Three

The potential implications of the accreditation of the Society of Homeopaths (SoH) as a voluntary register by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA) were discussed in a previous post. As discussed in the last post, the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) did rule against Teddington Homeopathy's promotion of CEASE Therapy. Teddington Homeopathy chose not to comply.

This ruling does set a precedent and one that the SoH would do well to take notice of...

Read more: UK Homeopathy Regulation: Homeopathy and Autism - Part Three

Thursday, 11 May 2017

A method of ending discussions with belligerent twits

It has been pointed out that many of the discussions we have on this blog are like pigeon chess. The term comes from a comment made by Scott D. Weitzenhoffer about Evolution vs. Creationism: An introduction: “Debating creationists on the topic of evolution is rather like trying to play chess with a pigeon — it knocks the […]

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

UK Homeopathy Regulation: Homeopathy and Autism - Part Two

The previous post outlined (probably with some errors) the basics of the diagnosis and causation of Austistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD). It also touched on the prognosis for those diagnosed. It raised questions about the competence of lay homeopaths in terms of their ability to diagnose ASD, whether their ideas about causation bear any relationship to reality and hinted at the ethics of offering treatment.

This post will examine the nature of homeopathic treatment of autism, in particular CEASE therapy...

Read more: UK Homeopathy Regulation: Homeopathy and Autism - Part Two

Is the Royal College of Nursing promoting quackery?

You might think that the question asked in the title of this post is a bit impertinent. Let’s see whether you change your mind after reading on.

“Come along for a ten minute taster sessions and experience the Bowen Technique. It is appropriate for a wide range of acute and chronic conditions, including back pain, sciatica, neck, shoulder and knee […]

Read the rest here: Is the Royal College of Nursing promoting quackery?

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Alternative medicine for chronic pain: ‘State of the Art’ review in the BMJ

The BMJ has always been my favourite Medical journal. (Need any proof for this statement? A quick Medline search tells me that I have over 60 publications in the BMJ.) But occasionally, the BMJ also disappoints me a great deal. 

One of the most significant disappointments was recently published under the heading of STATE OF THE […]

Monday, 8 May 2017

Inside the brain of a homeopath

The website of the HOMEOPATHY HUB gives us intriguing access to the brain of a homeopath. It tells us that “protecting patient choice is at the heart of everything we do. Homeopathy, which is the second largest system of medicine in the world, is a form of treatment which plays a vital role in the lives of hundreds […]Read the rest here: Inside the brain of a homeopath

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Brain Dust and other surprises

I know, many of you think that proponents of alternative therapies are a bit daft, intellectually challenges or naïve. This may be true for some of them, but others are very much on the ball and manage things that seemed almost impossible. Who, for instance, would have thought it possible to combine all of the following features, concepts and […]

Read the rest here: Brain Dust and other surprises

Saturday, 6 May 2017

"UK Homeopathy Regulation": Qualified to judge?

After this morning's traditional Edzard Ernst reblog, this happened:
So it seemed like an ideal time to reblog that excellent post as well. It begins thusly:

Qualified to judge?

One of the claims that is frequently made by some homeopaths is that the ASA has used expert witnesses who are not in a position to draw conclusions about homeopathy because they have no qualifications in homeopathy. It is often an accusation made of anyone who criticises homeopathy.

Not Occult
Occult can be defined as "knowledge of the hidden". It seems apt in this context as some have accused homeopathy of being "occult" in the common sense of the word.
The idea put forward that homeopathy can only be judged by those "qualified" in homeopathy is strange. There is a vast amount of "information" (some of which is wildly contradictory) on homeopathy in the public domain...

Read the full, informative and comprehensive post here: UK Homeopathy Regulation: Qualified to judge?

Who is an EXPERT in homeopathy?

Regular readers of this blog will have noticed: when homeopathy-fans run out of arguments, they tend to conduct an ‘ad hominem’ attack. They like to do this in several different ways, but one of the most popular version is to shout with indignation: YOU ARE NOT QUALIFIED!!! 

The aim of this claim is to brand the opponent as someone who […]

Read the rest here: Who is an EXPERT in homeopathy?