Category: Critical Thinking

Essential oils smell good, but the claims of health benefits are exaggerated.

On Guard,  DōTERRA, Essential Oils, and a Lesson in Reading Research Studies

A study of On Guard™, a mixture of essential oils, showed that it reduced the infectivity of influenza virus in dog kidney cells in the lab; but that's irrelevant to the question of whether the product has any clinical effect in humans.

/ June 13, 2017
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I Got Nothing

Really nothing here from me this week. Go have a beer. Time better spent.

/ May 26, 2017
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Naturopathic Edumacation: A FAQ

An evaluation of a Naturopathic Education FAQ.

/ May 12, 2017
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Afterword. Chiropractic and The New York Times. Is the newspaper TRYING to prove Trump right?

The New York Times had to go an publish "For Bad Backs, It May Be Time to Rethink Biases About Chiropractors" right after my Friday extravaganza, "Spinal Manipulation and the JAMA Meta-Analysis: An Analysis of Fuel. Sigh. Doody [sic] Calls.

/ May 2, 2017
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Spinal Manipulation and the JAMA Meta-Analysis: An Analysis of Fuel.

Association of Spinal Manipulative Therapy With Clinical Benefit and Harm for Acute Low Back Pain: Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. It is even worse than I thought it would be.

/ April 28, 2017
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Corrigendum. The Week in Review for 04/23/2017

Protection from vampires. An autistic muppet upsets anti-vaxers. Naturopaths want insurance money. Big Chiro: what THEY don't want you to know. This blog is futile. And more.

/ April 23, 2017
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Vitamin C and Sepsis. All Sound and Fury? Much Ado About Nothing?

Is intravenous vitamin C helpful in sepsis? I hope so, but past experience render me skeptical.

/ March 31, 2017
CME

Is the ACCME cracking down on quackery in continuing medical education (CME) offerings? Richard Jaffe thinks so.

Richard Jaffe, a lawyer who has made a career out of defending quacks like Dr. Stanislaw Burzynski, thinks that the ACCME, the main accrediting body for continuing medical education (CME) credits, is cracking down on "complementary and alternative medicine" CME courses. That would be a very good thing indeed, but is it really happening? More importantly, would it be enough?

/ March 20, 2017
A thousand points of pseudo-medicine.

Corrigendum. The week in review for 03/12/2017

Waiting for a vaccine-preventable infection. More lousy acupuncture studies. Medical students interested in homeopathy are not as strong at science. Water wet. TCPM consuming donkeys. What the FDA does, and doesn't do, for now.

/ March 12, 2017
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and Robert De Niro at the antivaccine "challenge."

Prove the scientific consensus and win a prize: A time-dishonored PR ploy used by cranks, quacks, and pseudoscientists (Robert F. Kennedy Jr. edition)

Last week, antivaccine activist Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. teamed up with Robert De Niro to issue a challenge to provide one scientific study that proves thimerosal in vaccines is safe, with a cash prize of $100,000. They thus joined a long line of antivaxers, creationists, and climate science denialists offering money to "prove" the scientific consensus. Science doesn't work that way.

/ February 20, 2017