Absurd medical claims

White Coat Underground

Category archives for Absurd medical claims

Naturopaths getting it wrong in Canada

Over at Skeptic North there has been an ongoing discussion about naturopathy. Since it looks like naturopaths are going to get prescribing privileges in Ontario, it’s reasonable to subject their practice to some pretty intense scrutiny. One naturopath left some interesting comments about treatment of heart disease, citing relevant literature, but failed to show an…

A news item this week profiles a northeast naturopath who is using thermal imaging to screen for breast cancers. This is a frightening development. The news about conflicting mammogram recommendations has women wondering what the right approach really is. The question in the new USPSTF recommendations is one of values. The science says that a…

Fake medicine to get Ontario’s imprimatur

I live about ten miles due north of “Canada’s automotive capital”. We often look across the straits to the medical system in Ontario, one in which all citizens have a provincial insurance card. We see how everyone has access to care—or at least some care. I’ve treated many Canadian patients who have access to American…

We already know about the Huffington Post’s war on science and its shameless publication of snake oil ads disguised as journalism. Now, Mark Hyman, an evangelist for the cult known as “functional medicine”, is giving even more bad flu advice (and shilling for his books). He begins his blathering, misleading sales pitch with this bit…

Kid’s got autism? Get ‘em high!

Today over at Science-Based Medicine, Dr. Novella has a review of the so-called “biomed” movement in autism treatment. Anyone should be able to understand the desperation of parents with sick kids, but grief can lead to very bad decisions. As physicians, one of our jobs is to guide people away from these decisions and not…

There are a couple of quotes circulating widely claiming that major players in flu vaccine development are “denouncing” the vaccine. From (shudder!) mercola.com: “Dr. Anthony Morris, a distinguished virologist and former Chief Vaccine Office at the U.S. Federal Drug Administration (FDA), states that “There is no evidence that any influenza vaccine thus far developed is…

Doctors are just like military dictators

There’s a number of dangers in carrying an analogy too far. One situation may be analogous to another without being identical, or they may not in fact be analogous at all. Forgetting this principle can get you into a wee bit of trouble. To formalize it a bit, just because you think “A” resembles “B”,…

A crank is a crank

I’m told that mathematicians and physicists get a lot of mail from folks with “big discoveries”. These discoveries are often of the “Einstein was wrong and I figured out the Theory of Everything” variety. Many of us refer to these folks as “cranks”, a catch-all, derogatory term for people who, through their own arrogance and…

One of my dear readers just left the internet equivalent of a flaming bag of turd on my bloggy doorstep: Everybody should read this article by Dr. Russell Blaylock http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2009/11/03/What-We-Have-Learned-About-the-Great-Swine-Flu-Pandemic.aspx These are the facts folks, all information is derived from Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes of Health, the National Institutes of…

A hat-tip to my buddy Abel over at TerraSig for keeping this story alive and inspiring me to chime in.  –PalMD It’s no secret that I find the anti-vaccination crowd to be abhorrent. The public’s health is the first victim, followed closely by individual patients and parents struggling with individual health decisions. I cannot fault…