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April 25, 2015

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10:29 PM | Want organic livestock? No real medicine allowed.
Homeopathy – it’s just water. And it’s just stupid. EU orders Britain’s organic farmers to treat sick animals with homeopathy British organic farmers are being forced to treat their livestock with homeopathic remedies under new European Commission rules branded ‘scientifically illiterate’ by vets. Although homeopathy has been branded as ‘rubbish’ by the government’s Chief Medical… Source: Doubtful News Related posts:Boiron […]
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4:30 PM | “America’s Quack” strikes back
Those of you who read my not-so-super-secret other blog (or who follow the news) familiar with this, but I feel that what happened over the last couple of weeks with respect to a man to whom I like to refer as “America’s Quack” is worth posting right here, in modified form. Last week, a group […]

April 24, 2015

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10:00 AM | America’s quack counterattacks by calling his critics industry hacks
Last week, a group of ten doctors led by Dr. Henry Miller, most of whom were affiliated either with the Hoover Institution or the American Council on Science and Health (ACSH)—or both—wrote a letter to Lee Goldman, MD, the Dean of the Faculties of Health Sciences and Medicine at Columbia University complaining that Dr. Mehmet…
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2:21 AM | Less benefit and more risk. What you assume about health care may be wrong.
I’m a health professional, but sometimes a patient as well. And like most patients, I generally don’t want health decisions being made without my input. Yes, I want the best medical information, and the advice of medical professionals, but ultimately I want to make my own decisions about my care. That’s the norm in health […]

April 22, 2015

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6:45 PM | Magic placebo more effective than ordinary placebo
Researchers find placebo combined with more care is better than a drug alone.
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7:00 AM | Regulating the magic that is homeopathy: The sabotage of poor reporting and false balance
Well, it’s over. I’m referring to the two day hearing held by the FDA in Bethesda seeking public comment regarding how it should modernize its regulation of homeopathic products. Actually, as I discussed before (as did Jann Bellamy over at my favorite other blog, Science-Based Medicine), in fact it’s arguable wither there is currently much,…
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7:00 AM | Regulating the magic that is homeopathy: The sabotage of poor reporting and false balance
Well, it’s over. I’m referring to the two day hearing held by the FDA in Bethesda seeking public comment regarding how it should modernize its regulation of homeopathic products. Actually, as I discussed before (as did Jann Bellamy over at my favorite other blog, Science-Based Medicine), in fact it’s arguable wither there is currently much,…

April 21, 2015

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3:13 PM | Homeopathic Products Under FDA Scrutiny
The Food and Drug Administration is revisiting its decision not to regulate homeopathic products. Continue reading →

April 20, 2015

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6:46 PM | FDA May Start Regulating Homeopathy
Homeopathy--an alternative theory of medicine founded on the notion that “like cures like”--has so far gotten a free pass in the U.S. Although studies suggest homeopathic…

April 17, 2015

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10:00 AM | America’s quack, dissected yet again
If there’s one doctor who irritates me possibly more than any other, it’s got to be “America’s Doctor,” a.k.a. Dr. Mehmet Oz, thanks to The Dr. Oz Show. He’s been an all too frequent topic on this blog and at my not-so-super-secret other blog. Of course, I refer to him as “America’s quack,” because, well,…
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10:00 AM | America’s quack, dissected yet again
If there’s one doctor who irritates me possibly more than any other, it’s got to be “America’s Doctor,” a.k.a. Dr. Mehmet Oz, thanks to The Dr. Oz Show. He’s been an all too frequent topic on this blog and at my not-so-super-secret other blog. Of course, I refer to him as “America’s quack,” because, well,…

April 16, 2015

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5:15 PM | Homeopaths tour festivals for punters
As Homeopathy Awareness Week comes to a close today, I am pleased to see that many people have taken the opportunity to raise awareness by sharing accurate information about homeopathy. And the main headlines are that robust and widely publicised evidence shows that homeopathy is not effective for treating any condition and potentially runs a […]
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11:00 AM | Regulating the magic that is homeopathy: I have a very bad feeling about the upcoming FDA public hearing
Once again, repeat after me: Homeopathy is quackery. In fact, it’s what I like to refer to as The One Quackery To Rule Them All. You would think that, in a modern world and given the incredible advancements in our scientific understanding of biology, physiology, chemistry, and physics over the course of the over 200…
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6:24 AM | Episode 218 – Wrong in Space
00:00:00 – Turns out our excitement of the detection of really old gravity waves was a bit premature, mostly because it didn’t exactly happen. Ben explains. A duck appears. The next segment begins. 00:22:36 – Ryan kicks things off by going with a Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger from his local brewery Altitude (but don’t expect […]

April 14, 2015

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6:09 PM | Have your say to the FDA on homeopathic products!
The US FDA will hold a public hearing on homeopathic products. What does this mean? It means the agency is considering adjusting the current enforcement policies to reflect changes in the homeopathic product marketplace over the last approximately 25 years. That sounds like a PLAN and a great opportunity! Homeopathic Product Regulation: Evaluating FDA’s Regulatory… Source: Doubtful News Related posts:‘What Doctors Don’t Tell You’ mag threatens legal action […]
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12:10 PM | FDA and Homeopathy
The skeptical community is abuzz with the announcement by the FDA’s announcement that they are reviewing the “regulatory framework” of homeopathic products and are open to public input. We have written about this at Science-Based Medicine, and as you can imagine, this is a serious topic of discussion among the editors. Background The FDA regulates [...]
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2:04 AM | Press Council rules on knowing readers minds?
Today the New Zealand Press Council released it’s rulings on complaints filed by Mark Hanna and the Science Media Centre about an article on homeopathy in the Wairarapa Times-Age. Mark and Peter have already covered the back story and how these rulings would seem to ‘allow’ newspapers to write inaccurate or unbalance coverage on the [...]

April 13, 2015

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1:18 PM | Good thinking about homeopathy funding
In February 2015, The Good Thinking Society in the UK, headed by Simon Singh, challenged Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Groups’s decision to approve spending on homeopathic treatments under the contention that it was potentially unlawful and contrary to the best interest of local patients. Public funds for health care are precious and should not be wasted… Source: Doubtful News Related posts:Tide turning: Getting complementary therapies out of university education system […]

April 12, 2015

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8:25 PM | Your personal pseudoscience detector
The Skeptical Raptor, stalking pseudoscience in the internet jungle. Updated 12 April 2015 Pseudoscience is like bubble gum. It tastes pretty good, it’s fun to blow bubbles, and it annoys some people. But eventually, the flavor leaves, and you find that you’re just chewing on some nutritionally dubious substance. Now you have to find a place to spit it out. Or I guess you … Continue reading Your personal pseudoscience detector →Continue reading «Your personal […]

April 10, 2015

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2:05 AM | salon: Not too long ago, homeopathic formulas were only sold in...
salon: Not too long ago, homeopathic formulas were only sold in health food stores. You might have seen them: Little blue vials with tiny little pills in them. You might have thought good things come in small packages. Then homeopathy hit the mainstream, and became available in just about every drugstore. One of its biggest selling points is the lack of side effects, the way it works naturally with your body, how clinically effective it is. The lack of side effects is true enough—because […]

April 08, 2015

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12:36 PM | Homeopathy's Shaky Science Gets Boost From New Law
A new Canadian law regulates the homeopathy, but critics fear it legitimizes the disproven treatment. Continue reading →

April 06, 2015

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7:00 AM | Integrative medicine, naturopathy, and David Katz’s “more fluid concept of evidence”
Dr. David Katz is undoubtedly a heavy hitter in the brave new world of “integrative medicine,” a specialty that seeks to “integrate” pseudoscience with science, nonsense, with sense, and quackery with real medicine. In fairness, that’s not the way physicians like Dr. Katz see it. Rather, they see it as “integrating” the “best of both […]

April 03, 2015

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5:29 AM | FDA and Homeopathy: Part Two.
Friends, FDA, countrymen, lend me your ears; I come to bury Homeopathy, not to praise it. The evil that homeopaths do lives after them; The good is oft interred with their bones; So let it be with Homeopathy. The noble Ullman Hath told you homeopathy was effective: If it were so, it was a grievous […]

April 02, 2015

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12:06 PM | How should the FDA regulate homeopathic remedies?
The FDA announced recently that it is holding a public hearing on April 21 and 22, to obtain information and comments from stakeholders about the current use of human drug and biological products labeled as homeopathic, as well as the Agency’s regulatory framework for such products. These products include prescription drugs and biological products labeled […]
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7:00 AM | An anonymous Canadian foundation grants $3 million to study naturopathic oncology
It’s no secret that I don’t have a high opinion of naturopathy. Just enter the word “naturopathy” into the search box of this blog, and you’ll quickly see what I mean. Indeed, when last I mentioned the topic a couple of weeks ago, I was discussing the revelations of Britt Marie Hermes, a former naturopath…

March 31, 2015

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5:30 AM | Curious Bends – homeopathy’s Nazi connections, painful science, the HepC bombshell and more
1. Standing up for the truth about homeopathy and Nazi medicine “Few people would doubt the Nazi atrocities constituted the worst violations of ethics in the history of medicine. They were possible because doctors had disregarded the most elementary rules of medical ethics. Using unproven, disproven or unsafe treatments on misinformed patients, as in alternative […]

March 30, 2015

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4:43 PM | FDA Reviews Its Regulation of Homeopathy-Now is Your Chance to Comment!
The FDA is reviewing its regulation of homeopathic products, both prescription and over-the-counter. The current regulatory structure essentially no evidence of safety or efficacy since the products were grandfathered into the legislation in 1938 by its author, a Senator who … Continue reading →
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