Be careful what you wish for…

Science-Based Medicine - November 19, 2018 - 3:00am
A "naturopathic oncologist" on Twitter challenged me to examine the work of his two "naturopathic oncology" mentors. It did not go well...for him.
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The Influence of Kinesiology Tape Color on Athletic Performance: An Actual Published Study…Seriously

Science-Based Medicine - November 16, 2018 - 7:00am
Does the color of kinesiology tape effect athletic performance or neuromuscular function? This serious research, published in a legitimate medical journal, asks this non-satirical question. The answer is pretty much what you would expect. No, it doesn't.
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IgG food intolerance tests continue to mislead consumers into unnecessary dietary restrictions

Science-Based Medicine - November 15, 2018 - 9:00am
IgG food intolerance testing is ineffective. Yet they continue to be promoted to consumers. CBC Marketplace recently investigated two Canadian companies that sell these tests.
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Why People Deny Science

Science-Based Medicine - November 14, 2018 - 8:01am
A new study further shows that people are inconsistent in how they justify their beliefs.
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Molecular Phylogenetics: A New Way to Tell the Story of Evolution

Science-Based Medicine - November 13, 2018 - 3:00am
The new science of molecular phylogenetics tells the story of evolution with no need to consult the fossil record. It has produced some surprises, including a whole new domain of life, the archaea.
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Are placebo effects genetically determined?

Science-Based Medicine - November 12, 2018 - 3:33am
We frequently write about placebo effects here at SBM because understanding placebo effects is essential to understanding a lot of clinical trial science and, most relevant to the topics of this blog, how those promoting unscientific medicine misunderstand and misuse placebo effects to promote quackery. Last week, the NYT published an article asking if placebo effects are genetically determined. The evidence supporting this hypothesis, thus far at least, is underwhelming.
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Wrong About Polio: A Review of Suzanne Humphries, MD and Roman Bystrianyk’s “Dissolving Illusions” Part 1 (the long version)

Science-Based Medicine - November 10, 2018 - 3:00am
This is a longer version of my post on Friday, November 9th, 2018. It is a lengthy discussion of why Suzanne Humphries, MD and Roman Bystrianyk's book Dissolving Illusions misrepresents the dangers of polio, one in a series of posts that should comprehensively show the problems with their claims. It covers far more than just polio, but is worthwhile for those interested in the details.
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Goop and Dr. Mark Hyman join forces for some functional medicine heavy metal fear mongering

Science-Based Medicine - November 8, 2018 - 1:00am
Goop and the Cleveland Clinic's Dr. Mark Hyman join forces for some functional medicine heavy metal fear mongering featuring bogus diagnostic testing and discredited treatments. Experts crush their pseudoscience.
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Update on Low Calorie Sweeteners

Science-Based Medicine - November 7, 2018 - 8:14am
An updated review of the science finds that artificial sweeteners are still a safe and effective option for weight management.
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Human Flaws Demonstrate Evolution, Not Intelligent Design

Science-Based Medicine - November 6, 2018 - 3:00am
The human body is clearly not the product of an intelligent designer. Its many flaws tell the fascinating story of evolution's accidents and constraints.
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More, please! A victim of cancer quack Robert O. Young wins a $105 million settlement

Science-Based Medicine - November 5, 2018 - 3:21am
Robert O. Young is a cancer quack who claims to be a naturopath who promotes what he calls "pH Miracle Living." He claims that cancer is caused by excess acid and that the way to prevent and cure cancer is to "alkalinize the blood." Two and a half years ago, he was convicted of practicing medicine without a license. Last week, a woman whose breast cancer progressed to incurable while being treated by Young won a $105 million settlement in a lawsuit against him. Maybe civil suits can succeed where state medical boards have failed.
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Tweak the Vote

Radiolab Podcasts - November 5, 2018 - 12:42am

Democracy is on the ropes.  In the United States and abroad, citizens of democracies are feeling increasingly alienated, disaffected, and powerless.  Some are even asking themselves a question that feels almost too dangerous to say out loud: is democracy fundamentally broken?  

Today on Radiolab, just a day before the American midterm elections, we ask a different question: how do we fix it?  We scrutinize one proposed tweak to the way we vote that could make politics in this country more representative, more moderate, and most shocking of all, more civil.  Could this one surprisingly do-able mathematical fix really turn political campaigning from a rude bloodsport to a campfire singalong? And even if we could do that, would we want to?

This episode was reported by Latif Nasser, Simon Adler, Sarah Qari, Suzie Lechtenberg and Tracie Hunte, and was produced by Simon Adler, Matt Kielty, Sarah Qari, and Suzie Lechtenberg.

Special thanks to Rob Richie (and everyone else at Fairvote), Don Saari, Diana Leygerman, Caroline Tolbert, Bobby Agee, Edward Still, Jim Blacksher, Allen Caton, Nikolas Bowie, John Hale, and Anna Luhrmann and the rest of the team at the Varieties of Democracy Institute in Sweden.

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Wrong About Polio: A Review of Suzanne Humphries, MD and Roman Bystrianyk’s “Dissolving Illusions” Part 1 (the short version)

Science-Based Medicine - November 4, 2018 - 3:03pm
Suzanne Humphries and Roman Bystrianyk's book Dissolving Illusions make numerous egregious errors or deceptive statements about polio. Here is part 1 in a series about the truth and true impacts of polio.
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A Common Virus Wrecks Uncommon Havoc in a New Jersey Nursing Home for Medically Fragile Children

Science-Based Medicine - November 2, 2018 - 7:00am
Ten children have died in the past few weeks as a result of a common viral infection that typically causes mild symptoms. But there is much more to the many adenoviruses than meets the eye.
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Billions on herbal remedies – and for what?

Science-Based Medicine - November 1, 2018 - 8:17am
Consumers spend billions each year on herbal remedies, with little to show for it.
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Alkaline Water Surges Despite Lack of Evidence

Science-Based Medicine - October 31, 2018 - 7:59am
Alkaline water is pure BS – there is no plausibility to the claims of any health benefits, and what evidence we have is negative. Its popularity grows despite this.
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War of the Worlds

Radiolab Podcasts - October 30, 2018 - 6:00pm

It's been 80 years to the day since Orson Welles' infamous radio drama "The War of the Worlds" echoed far and wide over the airwaves. So we want to bring you back to our very first live hour, where we take a deep dive into what was one of the most controversial moments in broadcasting history. "The War of the Worlds," a radio play about Martians invading New Jersey, caused panic when it originally aired, and it's continued to fool people since--from Santiago, Chile to Buffalo, New York to a particularly disastrous evening in Quito, Ecuador.

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Antivaccine propaganda from Dr. W. Gifford-Jones in The Toronto Sun

Science-Based Medicine - October 29, 2018 - 12:01am
On Saturday, The Toronto Sun published a syndicated column by a pseudonymous Canadian doctor, Dr. W. Gifford-Jones. The column was packed with antivaccine misinformation and pseudoscience. Apparently due to complaints, the article was taken down sometime Sunday, but is still available on the websites of several other Canadian newspapers, its misinformation still there to frighten parents out of vaccinating.
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A Review of Flipping The Script: Parents Fight Back

Science-Based Medicine - October 26, 2018 - 4:08pm
Jeff Witzeman has released a new documentary on cancer, Flipping the Script: Parents Fight Back. It is terrible and dangerous.
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In the No Part 3

Radiolab Podcasts - October 25, 2018 - 10:06pm

In the final episode of our “In The No” series, we sat down with several different groups of college-age women to talk about their sexual experiences. And we found that despite colleges now being steeped in conversations about consent, there was another conversation in intimate moments that just wasn't happening. In search of a script, we dive into the details of BDSM negotiations and are left wondering if all of this talk about consent is ignoring a larger problem.

This episode was reported by Becca Bressler and Shima Oliaee, and was produced by Bethel Habte.

Special thanks to Ray Matienzo, Janet Hardy, Jay Wiseman, Peter Tupper, Susan Wright, and Dominus Eros of Pagan's Paradise. 

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