Category: Commentary

Don’t Blame the Patient

When patients are diagnosed with cancer, or a terminal illness of any kind, they report that there are a couple of near universal reactions by the people around them. First, everyone has advice for them. Everyone thinks they know what caused their illness and what will cure it. The floodgates of free advice and misinformation open. Everyone also wants them to stay...

/ April 24, 2024

What Is Somatic Therapy?

Is modern medicine descending into pseudoscience, or is scientific medicine still going strong? Unfortunately, I think both of these things can happen at the same time. On the one hand, scientific research in medicine is progressing nicely. We are seeing the results of scientific breakthroughs made decades ago, with monoclonal antibody therapies, new therapeutic targets, the beginning of real genetic therapy, brain-machine...

/ February 28, 2024

More Unneeded Adjectives

This is going to be a mostly reference free blog entry. Mostly a rambling opinion about my biases and opinions about science. And you know what they say about opinions. I seem to fret an inordinate amount about adjectives. So often they do not belong in front of the nouns found here at the blog. I remain a touch annoyed at the...

/ February 20, 2024

Medical Science in 2024

What medical breakthrough are likely in the near future?

/ January 3, 2024

SBM in 2023

Some thoughts as we complete our 15th year of science-based medicine.

/ December 20, 2023


When a placebo is called 'powerful', what is meant? Nothing.

/ November 21, 2023

Ozone Therapy

Ozone therapy sits in the border zone between science and pseudoscience.

/ November 8, 2023

Placebo Effect Revisited

The New York Times and Ted Kaptchuk feed into more confusion about placebo effects.

/ October 11, 2023

Why Is American Healthcare So Expensive?

It's not as complicated as you may think.

/ September 20, 2023

Update on Dr. AI

Studies have found large language model AIs to have impressive medical knowledge, but they are not quite there yet.

/ August 23, 2023