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Categories: Science

Heartworms, fear-mongering, and perilous advice. The bad recommendations of Dr. Peter Dobias regarding heartworm disease in dogs.

August 17, 2018 - 3:00am
A veterinarian is claiming to expose the pharmaceutical industry by helping you avoid parasite-preventing medications. His message is based on a dangerous misunderstanding of heartworm biology, carries several contradictory claims, and will lead to some serious risk for your dogs if followed. But on the plus side, if you’re a heartworm, this is great news!
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Report: Health Care Sharing Ministries pose risks to consumers and insurance markets

August 16, 2018 - 1:00am
Health care sharing ministries are exempt from virtually all regulation, do not guarantee payment, and offer extremely limited coverage. Because their features closely resemble traditional insurance products, they can confuse consumers into thinking they are buying conventional health insurance.
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The Science Behind the Roundup Lawsuit

August 15, 2018 - 7:52am
A jury has awarded a man $289 million for allegedly contracting cancer from exposure to Roundup, but the science is not on their side.
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Naturopathy Textbook

August 14, 2018 - 3:00am
The Textbook of Natural Medicine reveals what students of naturopathy are taught. It claims to be a scientific presentation, but it reveals just how unscientific naturopathy is. It mixes good science with bad science, pseudoscience, outright errors of fact, vitalism, philosophy, ancient history, superstition, gullibility, misrepresentations, metaphysics, religion, hearsay, opinion, and anecdotes.
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J.B. Handley versus vaccine science. Again. Not surprisingly, J.B. loses.

August 13, 2018 - 4:19am
Our old friend anti antivqccine activist J. B. Handley invokes the "vaccines didn't save us" gambit. It doesn't go well for him.
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A London Chiropractor Gets His Undeserved Fifteen Minutes of Fame

August 10, 2018 - 7:00am
Thanks to his anti-science and anti-medicine worldview, and a complete misunderstanding of evolution, a London chiropractor is getting some undeserved attention from the media
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Brief Announcement: SkepDoc’s Website

August 9, 2018 - 11:50am
Just a brief note to announce that my website,, has been completely re-vamped. The old site was a Do-It-Yourself list of my writings with links to most of what was available online. The new site is professionally designed and has the complete text of everything I have written since I first began in 2002, more than 720 articles, including magazine articles, book chapters, […]
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Open thread: The floor is yours

August 9, 2018 - 7:00am
What topics do you want to see addressed by SBM's contributors? The floor is yours today.
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No Benefit from Fish Oil

August 8, 2018 - 7:57am
A new systematic review of clinical trials shows no clear benefit to consuming omega-3 fatty acids in food or supplements.
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The Trans Fat 51-Hour Half-Life Myth

August 7, 2018 - 3:00am
Various websites repeat the myth that trans fats are slowly metabolized, with a 51-hour half-life. There is no evidence for that claim.
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Are antivaxers “holding science hostage”?

August 6, 2018 - 7:02am
Melinda Wenner Moyer published an article in the New York Times arguing that fear of how antivaxers will react to scientific findings is leading scientists to self-censor. I'm not convinced that this is the case.
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Double standards in hematology for integrative and complementary medicine: a case study

August 3, 2018 - 3:00am
In this post I discuss several yoga studies that were presented to a gathering of some of the world’s best MPN researchers and clinicians. They illustrate an apparent double standard in hematological cancer research, which allows integrative and complementary treatments to skip over the normally high rigor and standards typical of the sub-specialty.
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FDA blacklists cesium chloride, ineffective and dangerous naturopathic cancer treatment

August 2, 2018 - 1:00am
The FDA recently issued an alert warning of significant safety risks associated with cesium chloride, a mineral salt promoted by naturopathic “doctors” and “integrative” medicine practitioners as an alternative treatment for cancer, despite the lack of evidence of safety and efficacy in treating cancer or any other disease.
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Electromagnetic Fields at Work Show No Brain Tumor Risk

August 1, 2018 - 7:54am
A new study finds no significant correlation between workplace exposure to radio frequency (RF) or intermediate frequency (IF) electromagnetic waves and the most common brain tumors. This is more reassuring evidence that non-ionizing EMFs are probably safe.
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Cowabunga! Can Cow Therapy Cure Cancer?

July 31, 2018 - 3:00am
A hospital in India offers to cure cancer in 11 days with Ayurveda and cow therapy, giving patients a drink of desi cow milk, yogurt, ghee, urine, and dung. It's very unlikely that cow therapy can cure cancer; but in another sense, the author of the book Holy Cancer says it "healed" him.
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Angelina Jolie’s surgeon peddles misinformation about…breast cancer!

July 30, 2018 - 3:01am
Dr. Kristi Funk is a surgeon to the stars in Beverly Hills and operated on Sheryl Crow and Angelina Jolie for breast cancer. This year, she published a book about breast health and breast cancer. Unfortunately, it's full of misinformation and radical advice with little or no basis in science.
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More Marijuana More Problems for Young Children

July 27, 2018 - 7:00am
Young children explore their environment with their mouths. As more marijuana edibles make their way into homes, more potentially dangerous unintentional ingestions are going to happen.
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The Primum non nocere principle in psychotherapy: A science based approach

July 26, 2018 - 9:30am
Is the principle of primum non nocere, to do no harm, applied by psychotherapists?
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Marijuana Beliefs Outstrip Evidence

July 25, 2018 - 8:05am
There is a lot of hype surrounding medical marijuana, but the clinical science is very preliminary. The risks and benefits have not been researched enough to make science-based recommendations.
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