Articles in the syndicated Category

Shiitake Mushrooms and Cervical Cancer
By jaycueaitch
Posted in syndicated on 18 April 2014
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The Daily Mail’s Project Oncology appears to have appears to have discovered shiitake mushrooms with an item headlined “Could MUSHROOMS prevent cervical cancer?” Inevitably, this possible natural cancer cure has been picked up by Natural News. In fact it is not the mushrooms themselves but an extract of shiitake mushrooms called active hexose correlated compound […]

Deadly Medicines and Organised Crime: a review
By David Colquhoun
Posted in syndicated on 16 April 2014
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This is a web version of a review of Peter Gotzsche’s book. It appeared in the April 2014 Healthwatch Newsletter. Read the whole newsletter. It has lots of good stuff. Their newsletters here. Healthwatch has been exposing quackery since 1989. Their first newsletter is still relevant.a Most new drugs and vaccines are developed by the […]

#StopCombatingMe: A New PSA from ASAN
By Sullivan (Matt Carey)
Posted in syndicated on 16 April 2014
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Guardian Publishes Article On Vitamin Pills Written By Vitamin Pill Salesman
By jdc325
Posted in syndicated on 7 April 2014
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The note at the bottom of this Guardian article ‘the science behind dietary supplements’ states that the website mentioned in the article is “an independent encyclopedia on supplementation and nutrition. It does not accept advertising.” However, nowhere in the article does it mention any other website that the author is involved with. Well, I found one that looked […]

IACC Meeting this Tuesday
By Sullivan (Matt Carey)
Posted in syndicated on 6 April 2014
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Crazy Hypothesis Amnesty
By jdc325
Posted in syndicated on 5 April 2014
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I’m interested in daft, unlikely, or outright weird ideas (there used to be a non-peer-reviewed journal for this) and would like to read yours. I like daft ideas and I think as long as you don’t assume they’re true, they’re probably pretty harmless (as well as having the benefit of entertaining me for literally minutes). Here […]

Weird Cold Symptoms ? Is It Just Me?
By jdc325
Posted in syndicated on 4 April 2014
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The symptom checker at webmd.com gives the following symptoms for the common cold: Cough Pain or discomfort Decreased appetite Fatigue Hoarse voice Runny nose Sore throat Nasal congestion Fever Body aches or pains Decreased smell Weirdly, I get some slightly odd symptoms not mentioned here. And one that contradicts the final symptom listed by webmd. […]

WDDTY: Dr Verkerk, Evil Big Pharma, and Supplements
By jdc325
Posted in syndicated on 28 March 2014
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Dr Robert Verkerk has written an opinion piece for the April 2014 issue of What Doctors Don’t Tell You. Verkerk’s article is essentially a complaint about Big Pharma being involved in selling vitamin pills, and he ends by recommending that people use ‘natural’ forms of supplements not made by Big Pharma as these are never found to […]

On the hazards of significance testing. Part 2: the false discovery rate, or how not to make a fool of yourself with P values
By David Colquhoun
Posted in syndicated on 24 March 2014
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This post shows that if you declare that you have made a discovery when a significance test give P = 0.047, you will be wrong at least 30% of the time, and up to 80% of the time is the experiment is small.

Bad Environmental Science
By jaycueaitch
Posted in syndicated on 23 March 2014
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Like many local authority housing blocks we have a recycling bin. We used to have three but two were taken away, with the result that the remaining one is permanently overflowing. I contacted Lewisham Council’s waste disposal team to point out the problem. I was told that the other two bins were removed because wrong […]

Yep, measles is still a killing disease
By Sullivan (Matt Carey)
Posted in syndicated on 21 March 2014
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On the hazards of significance testing. Part 1: the screening problem
By David Colquhoun
Posted in syndicated on 11 March 2014
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This post is about why screening healthy people is generally a bad idea. It is the first in a series of posts on the hazards of statistics.

More Canary Party financial documents
By Sullivan (Matt Carey)
Posted in syndicated on 2 March 2014
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WHO TCM Strategy
By jdc325
Posted in syndicated on 27 February 2014
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The World Health Organisation has published this document: PDF. It’s their traditional medicine strategy for 2014-23. Here’s just one of the things that raised an eyebrow or two: Strategic actions for Member States: 1. Based on the greatest potential risks and/or benefits attributable to T&CM used in their country: a. monitor the safety of T&CM; b. identify […]

The Myth of Big Pharma
By majikthyse
Posted in syndicated on 21 February 2014
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Forty years ago this year (god, can it be so long?), I joined the pharmaceutical industry. Its reputation then was little better then than it is now, various companies having weathered scandals in the previous two decades. In the 1950s Pfizer was top UK company by a long way, on the back of its tetracycline […]

Did an Earthquake Create the Turin Shroud?
By jaycueaitch
Posted in syndicated on 18 February 2014
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Last week I read a claim that the Turin Shroud could in fact date from the time of Christ and is not a medieval forgery. The reason for believing it to be a forgery is the fact that three independent tests have “concluded with 95% confidence that the shroud material dated to 1260–1390 AD”. So […]

Some pharmacological history: an exam from 1959
By David Colquhoun
Posted in syndicated on 6 February 2014
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Last year, I was sent my answer paper for one of my final exams, taken in 1959. This has triggered a bout of shamelessly autobiographical nostalgia. The answer sheets that I wrote had been kept by one of my teachers at Leeds, Dr George Mogey. After he died in 2003, aged 86, his widow, Audrey, […]

La Trobe University (Melbourne) takes money to promote quackery
By David Colquhoun
Posted in syndicated on 5 February 2014
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This post is the original version of a post by Michael Vagg. It was posted at the Conversation but taken down within hours, on legal advice. Sadly, the Conversation has a track record for pusillanimous behaviour of this sort. It took minutes before the cached version reappeared on freezepage.com. I’m reposting it from there in […]

Charities, Evidence and Vulnerable Minors
By majikthyse
Posted in syndicated on 29 January 2014
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It’s about a year since Neon Roberts was famously spirited away by his mother to a holistic therapy refuge, in defiance of the courts, because she disagreed with the treatment options offered by his oncologist. As ever, it’s not a black and white case, and I have some sympathy with Mrs Roberts regarding one aspect […]

The Not So Clear Cut Link Between Mouthwashing and Heart Attacks
By jaycueaitch
Posted in syndicated on 27 January 2014
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According to the Mail on Sunday, mouthwashes are a major health hazard. I’m not convinced. The item opens by saying: Using mouthwash is a ‘disaster’ for health, increasing the risk of heart attacks and strokes, scientists are warning. Sounds pretty bad. Anybody reading beyond that scary first paragraph will learn that: Professor Amrita Ahluwalia, who […]