About SBM


Exploring issues and controversies in the relationship between science and medicine

Science-Based Medicine is dedicated to evaluating medical treatments and products of interest to the public in a scientific light, and promoting the highest standards and traditions of science in health care. Online information about alternative medicine is overwhelmingly credulous and uncritical, and even mainstream media and some medical schools have bought into the hype and failed to ask the hard questions.

We provide a much needed “alternative” perspective — the scientific perspective.

Good science is the best and only way to determine which treatments and products are truly safe and effective. That idea is already formalized in a movement known as evidence-based medicine (EBM). EBM is a vital and positive influence on the practice of medicine, but it has limitations and problems in practice: it often overemphasizes the value of evidence from clinical trials alone, with some unintended consequences, such as taxpayer dollars spent on “more research” of questionable value. The idea of SBM is not to compete with EBM, but a call to enhance it with a broader view: to answer the question “what works?” we must give more importance to our cumulative scientific knowledge from all relevant disciplines.

SBM’s authors are all medically trained and have spent years writing for the public about science and medicine, tirelessly advocating for high scientific standards in health care.

The Society for Science-Based Medicine

The editors of SBM are proud to announce the founding of a new organization, The Society for Science-Based Medicine (SfSBM.org): a community for like-minded individuals, both in and out of health care, who support the goals of Science-Based Medicine. This website was created to promote and discuss our views — the SfSBM is the next step towards educating consumers, professionals, and legislators. Please support us by joining the SfSBM:

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Further Reading

We deal with many controversial topics on this website, but even the idea of “science-based” medicine itself is often criticized by doctors and scientists, concerned that SBM is an unnecessary challenge to the idealism of EBM. This is a listing of most of the articles on ScienceBasedMedicine.org that explain SBM, its differences from EBM, and the reasons for the existence of the blog, in the order that they have appeared: