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Primary Care Challenge, Part II

Some time ago I issued a naturopath challenge in which I invited naturopaths to analyse a typical primary care problem. Today, I’d like to issue a broader challenge. With health care reform in the works, it would be wise to look north (or in my case, south) to our Canadian neighbo(u)rs, but not for the…

Remember the Zicam debacle? To catch you up, Zicam has been promoted for years as a “homeopathic cold remedy”. It is of course neither. Since it contains measurable amounts of zinc, it isn’t “homeopathic”, and since there is no cure for the common cold, it’s not a remedy. In addition to having neither of it’s…

Jenny McCarthy not dumb enough for ya?

Yes, that’s right, the Huffington Post, that broadsheet of blarney, that tabloid of medical trumpery has done it. Not content to risk our mental health by lending legitimacy to all kinds of pseudoscientific charlatans, they just let Jim Carrey write a piece on vaccines and autism. Yes, the boyfriend of uber-fukwit Jenny McCarthy has drunk…

Just when you think the Huffington Post can’t get any more inane and idiotic, just when you think your synapses might be starting to heal, they come out with another post that simply makes your ears bleed. Sure, HuffPo regularly comes down on the side of superstition, for example in the vaccine manufactroversy; and sure,…

Overheard—evidence is for suckers

Overheard from the 210th annual emergency meeting of the Society for Evidence-Free Healing. Chair: The meeting will come to order. Some Dude: Seconded. Chair: Um, I’m the Chair. I don’t need a “second”. Some Other Dude: That sounds like an oppressive application of the dominant paradigm. Chair: Fine, fine. Would anyone object coming to order?…

Answer this question…

A colleague of mine asked a great question: if you have one question to ask a booster of so-called alternative medicine in a public forum, what should it be? I’ll give you my answer below the fold, then open the thread to see what you think.

My regular readers know that I hold the Huffington Post in the lowest possible regard when it comes to its medical writing. HuffPo offers a daily platform for the worst pseudo-science and infectious disease promotion. Apparently that was getting to hard, because now I think their down to phoning it in. Last week’s post by…

Naturopathy—a final word

First, I’d like to thank everyone who participated in the naturopaty primary care challenge. It was far more successful than I could have hoped. A number of naturopaths and their supporters responded, most of them quite rationally. It takes guts to walk into the fire. It also takes fanaticism. I have always rather assumed that…

The death and rebirth of vitalism

One of the common themes in biology and medicine is the feeling that somehow there must be more. Creationist cults simply know that life must be more than matter, and mind-body dualists (which includes most alternative medicine advocates) are certain that humans are more than an “ugly bag of mostly water” (sorry for the geek…

Naturopath challenge

Yesterday’s piece about naturopathy lead to a nice conversation, but I realized we’re missing something. We don’t actually have a naturopath to defend the profession. You see, if, for example, you are curious what your primary care physician might recommend to you, you can go to the American College of Physicians website, or the US…