This is a panel showing some of the pathologic criteria for distinguishing invasive encapsulated follicular variant of papillary thyroid carcinoma from noninvasive. This is real science. Sayer Ji's rant is not.

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/ December 21, 2016
Alan Sokal

OHNOMOPOMO! Justifications and Unsolicited Advice

People who have a chronic debilitating disease often have to deal with well-meaning people suggesting that they try treatments that are unproven or outright quackery. Consideration of the Sokal hoax can help.

/ December 20, 2016
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Oh, look. Naturopathic oncologists are pretending that theirs is a real medical specialty again.

Naturopaths labor under the delusion that theirs is a real medical specialty. It is not, and never will be. Nothing shows that better than when a bunch of naturopaths get together to examine the state of their specialty. Unfortunately for them, if it quacks like a duck...

/ December 19, 2016
Gentler new ACOG guidelines on water immersion during labor and delivery attempt to fix what wasn't broken in 2014 statement

The ACOG Releases Watered Down New Guidelines on Immersion During Labor and Delivery

In its new report, the ACOG remains clear on the lack of solid evidence in support of claimed benefits of water immersion during the first stage of labor. Inexplicably, though, it has inappropriately softened its stance on restricting underwater delivery to proper clinical trials.

/ December 16, 2016
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Cranberries to prevent urinary tract infections: Another alternative medicine zombie that’s impervious to evidence

How much evidence will it take before the idea of cranberries for urinary tract infections is finally dead and buried?

/ December 15, 2016
American life expectancy for 2015

American Mortality Ticks Up

Life expectancy in the US decreased slightly in 2015. While this is a one-year phenomenon, and the long term trend continues to be one of increasing life expectancy, there are some interesting lessons in the data.

/ December 14, 2016
Linda Hazzard (1867-1936)Quack, thief, serial killer

Natural Medicine, Starvation, and Murder: The Story of Linda Hazzard

History is replete with doctors who practiced quackery. Here is the story of one such quack whose fasting therapy resulted in many deaths, a story that is so bizarre and horrific that it's hard to believe it really happened, but it did.

/ December 13, 2016
Yes, it's true that placebos are just as powerful as homeopathy. Unfortunately, that doesn't mean what believers in integrative medicine think it does.

Can the mind really heal the body? The false narrative of placebo “healing” revisited

Placebo effects are inextricably bound to the question of whether the alternative medicine modalities that are being “integrated” into medicine actually have any useful therapeutic effects or not; i.e., whether they are merely placebos. Here, I examine an article in National Geographic that peddles the false narrative that placebo effects have real "healing" powers against diseases like Parkinson's disease.

/ December 12, 2016
Server Migration

Announcement: Server migration this weekend

Our long-needed server migration has begun. While we were at it, we threw in modernization of the SBM template for mobile-friendliness, cooler-looking images, and, we hope, an overall better reading experience. Enjoy.

/ December 9, 2016
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Reiki and Therapeutic Touch. Compare and Contrast.

What? I’m not on vacation? I have to write a post? Crap. Remember those college essays? Compare and Contrast two topics and fill a Blue Book with your wisdom. Well, let's compare and contrast reiki and therapeutic touch, henceforth known as RATT.

/ December 9, 2016