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Chiropractor Lost His License; Patient Lost Her Uterus

Science-Based Medicine - February 27, 2018 - 3:00am
Practicing after he lost his license, chiropractor Nicholas LeRoy used escharotics to treat a woman's cervical dysplasia. As result, she lost her uterus. Ex-naturopath Britt Hermes was taught to use escharotic treatments at Bastyr; she has since realized that they are "unproven, dangerous, and very stupid."
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The So-Called Vaccine Debate: False Balance in The San Diego Union-Tribune

Science-Based Medicine - February 26, 2018 - 3:00am
A recent article in The San Diego Union-Tribune presents a pair of articles that gives a false balance regarding vaccinations. Those who oppose vaccination do so on the basis of ideology rather than science, thus placing the public's health at risk.
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Radiolab Presents: More Perfect - The Gun Show

Radiolab Podcasts - February 23, 2018 - 6:00pm

The shooting in Parkland, Florida on February 14, 2018, reignited an increasingly familiar debate about guns in this country. Today, we’re re-releasing a More Perfect episode that aired just after the Las Vegas shooting last year that attempts to make sense of our country’s fraught relationship with the Second Amendment.

For nearly 200 years of our nation’s history, the Second Amendment was an all-but-forgotten rule about the importance of militias. But in the 1960s and 70s, a movement emerged — led by Black Panthers and a recently-repositioned NRA — that insisted owning a firearm was the right of each and every American. So began a constitutional debate that only the Supreme Court could solve. That didn’t happen until 2008, when a Washington, D.C. security guard named Dick Heller made a compelling case.

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The Six Month Dental Recall – Science or Legend?

Science-Based Medicine - February 23, 2018 - 8:23am
The evidence to support dental cleaning every six months is...less than ideal, but it still may be a good idea for many people.
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Are we all contaminated with chemical toxins?

Science-Based Medicine - February 22, 2018 - 10:30am
Are we all being gradually poisoned by environmental toxins? And what is the evidence for detoxification kits and cleanses?
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Gun Violence as a Public Health Issue

Science-Based Medicine - February 21, 2018 - 8:10am
Gun violence is a serious public health issue in America but is not getting the research that it deserves. This needs to change.
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A Cornucopia of Crislip

Science-Based Medicine - February 20, 2018 - 3:00am
Mark Crislip has written three books. They are full of wisdom, science-based thinking, and hilarious humor. Highly recommended.
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The Curious Case of the Russian Flash Mob at the West Palm Beach Cheesecake Factory

Radiolab Podcasts - February 20, 2018 - 1:53am

We don’t do breaking news. But when Robert Mueller released his indictment a few days ago, alleging that 13 Russian nationals colluded to disrupt the 2016 elections, we had a lot of questions. Who are these Russian individuals sowing discord? And who are these Americans that were manipulated?? Join us as we follow a trail of likes and tweets that takes us from a Troll Factory to a Cheesecake Factory.

This episode was produced by Simon Adler and Annie McEwen with reporting help from Becca Bressler and Charles Maynes. 

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True believers, entrepreneurs, and scammers in alternative medicine

Science-Based Medicine - February 19, 2018 - 3:17am
In the online echo chamber promoting alternative medicine, there are varying degrees of deception. There are true believers (who are often victims), entrepreneurs (who are often true believers who found a profitable business), and scammers. The categories are not mutually exclusive.
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Inside Chiropractic: Yesteryear and Today

Science-Based Medicine - February 16, 2018 - 3:00am
In the 123 years since its inception, the core beliefs of the chiropractic profession have not changed. Chiropractic continues to exist as a form of alternative medicine that embraces a variety of questionable procedures and treatment methods. The chiropractic profession in the United States is still defined by the vertebral subluxation theory that gave it birth and independence as an alternative to conventional medical care. Chiropractors resist changes that would allow development of their profession as a conservative back-care specialty.
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Cleveland Clinic genetic experts call out functional medicine on worthless genetic testing and supplement prescribing

Science-Based Medicine - February 15, 2018 - 1:00am
Cleveland Clinic genetics experts call out functional medicine on worthless genetic testing and dietary supplement prescribing: "Poor science, leading to even worse medicine."
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Science-Based Medicine - February 14, 2018 - 8:16am
For most people, common health goals are best approached with as simple a strategy as possible. This avoids cognitive overload and non-compliance. Get the basics right, as there are diminishing returns from increasingly arcane details.
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Smarty Plants

Radiolab Podcasts - February 13, 2018 - 11:42pm

Do you really need a brain to sense the world around you? To remember? Or even learn? Well, it depends on who you ask. Jad and Robert, they are split on this one. Today, Robert drags Jad along on a parade for the surprising feats of brainless plants. Along with a home-inspection duo, a science writer, and some enterprising scientists at Princeton University, we dig into the work of evolutionary ecologist Monica Gagliano, who turns our brain-centered worldview on it’s head through a series of clever experiments that show plants doing things we never would've imagined. Can Robert get Jad to join the march?

This episode was produced by Annie McEwen. 

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Answering Our Critics – Again!

Science-Based Medicine - February 13, 2018 - 3:00am
Critics of Science-Based Medicine keep making the same old tired arguments, despite the fact that their arguments have been repeatedly demolished. Here is a list of recurrent memes, with counterarguments.
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Quackademic medicine and the delusion of being “science-based”

Science-Based Medicine - February 12, 2018 - 3:52am
Last week, I was interviewed by the a reporter from the Georgetown student newsletter about its integrative medicine program. It got me to thinking how delusion that one's work is science-based can lead to collaborations with New Age "quantum" mystics like Deepak Chopra.
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The 2018 Flu Epidemic: Hives and other Influenza Related Nonsense

Science-Based Medicine - February 9, 2018 - 7:58am
While it isn't likely to be the flumaggedon, it is shaping up to be a really bad flu season. Unfortunately there is a lot of overzealous news coverage that I fear is causing more anxiety among parents than is warranted.
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Anti-vaccine sentiment associated with belief in conspiracy theories

Science-Based Medicine - February 8, 2018 - 9:00am
A recent survey examined the relationship between opposition to vaccines, belief in conspiracy theories, and other factors. The results suggest that we may need to modify how we address concerns about the safety and effectiveness of vaccines.
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What Not To Write in an E-mail to SBM

Science-Based Medicine - February 7, 2018 - 8:27am
What to do, and what not to do, when sending a critical e-mail to SBM or elsewhere - assuming you want to be taken seriously.
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MyMedLab Offers Expensive, Useless, Nonstandard Lab Tests

Science-Based Medicine - February 6, 2018 - 3:00am
Direct to consumer lab testing is good marketing but not good medicine. For instance, there is no reason to spend $199 to measure glyphosate levels in your blood.
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Death by Gardasil? Not so fast there…

Science-Based Medicine - February 5, 2018 - 3:33am
There is a type of "vaccine injury" story promoted by the antivaccine movement that is particularly pernicious, a narrative I call "death by Gardasil." The stories, which use tenuous connections between vaccination against HPV to prevent cervical cancer and the unexpected death of a teen or young adult, are always tragic, and you can't help but feel incredible empathy for the parents. However, none of these stories constitute compelling evidence that Gardasil kills young people. Basically, antivaxers exploit the grief of these parents and their understandable desire to find a cause for their child's demise to demonize HPV vaccinations as dangerous and deadly.
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