All excerpted posts are © the original author. Please consult their blog for the full story and to comment.

rampant

Saturday, 21 July 2018

Andrew Wakefield, Donald Trump, SCAM, and the anti-vaccination cult

The fact that many SCAM-practitioners are latent or even overt anti-vaxxers has often been addressed on this blog. The fact that the anti-vaccination guru, Andrew Wakefield, has his fingers deep in the SCAM-pie is less well appreciated. In case you forgot who Wakefield is, let me remind you. As a gastroenterologist at the London Royal […]

Read the rest here: Andrew Wakefield, Donald Trump, SCAM, and the anti-vaccination cult

Friday, 20 July 2018

More evidence that the use of SCAM shortens the life of cancer patients

We Have previously seen that SCAM use can shorten the lives of cancer patients. A new article now confirms this notion. The investigators wanted to find out what patient characteristics are associated with use of SCAM for cancer and what is the association of SCAM with treatment adherence and survival. They thus  compared the overall […]

Read the rest here: More evidence that the use of SCAM shortens the life of cancer patients

Thursday, 19 July 2018

“Non-reproducible single occurrences are of no significance to science”. The example of the homeopathic diarrhoea trials

“Non-reproducible single occurrences are of no significance to science”, this quote by Karl Popper often seems to get forgotten in medicine, particularly in alternative medicine. It indicates that findings have to be reproducible to be meaningful – if not, we cannot be sure that the outcome in question was caused by the treatment we applied. […]

Read the rest here: “Non-reproducible single occurrences are of no significance to science”. The example of the homeopathic diarrhoea trials

American Loon #2044: Amy Myers

Amy Myers has, over the course of recent years, risen to become something resembling a bigshot in the worthless-supplement industry, with a brand that promises to sell nonsense for often vaguely defined conditions. Now, Myers is, indeed, an MD, but she markets herself as a functional...

Read the full lunacy: #2044: Amy Myers Encyclopedia of American Loons

Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Random thoughts on meditation

Having yesterday been to a ‘Skeptics in the Pub’ event on MEDITATION in Cambridge (my home town since last year) I had to think about the subject quite a bit. As I have hardly covered this topic on my blog, I am today trying to briefly summarise my view on it. The first thing that […]

Read the rest here: Random thoughts on meditation

American Loon #2043: Dave Mustaine

Dave Mustaine is the co-funder of Megadeth and thus a celebrity loon in the tradition of such luminaries as Ted Nugent. Mustaine has voiced his support for an impressive range of wingnut conspiracy theories and is, for instance, a birther, having claimed that Obama was born outside of the US and...

Read the full lunacy: #2043: Dave Mustaine Encyclopedia of American Loons

Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Medical research is often unreliable. But research into alternative medicine is much worse, and here is why

On this blog, we constantly discuss the shortcomings of clinical trials of (and other research into) alternative medicine. Yet, there can be no question that research into conventional medicine is often unreliable as well. What might be the main reasons for this lamentable fact? A recent BMJ article discussed 5 prominent reasons: Firstly, much research […]

Read the rest here: Medical research is often unreliable. But research into alternative medicine is much worse, and here is why

Monday, 16 July 2018

American Loon #2042: Mark Musser

Rev. Mark Musser is an anti-environmentalist and author of the book Nazi Oaks: The Green Sacrifice of the Judeo-Christian Worldview in the Holocaust. The purpose of the book is to “expose the integral, indeed indispensable, role the ‘Green’” movement played, from the late 1800s into the 1940s,...

Read the full lunacy: #2042: Mark Musser Encyclopedia of American Loons

Lymph-drainage: we need more and better research

I have mentioned lymph drainage before. It is a gentle massage technique applied along the lymph vessels and nodes to stimulate lymph flow. All sorts of extraordinary claims are made for this treatment. In  particular, lymphoedema after surgery for breast cancer, which can be a debilitating complication, is claimed to be preventable with this approach. […]

Read the rest here: Lymph-drainage: we need more and better research

Sunday, 15 July 2018

Homeopathy for cancer? No, most definitely not!

Doctor Jens Wurster is no stranger to this blog; previously I discussed his claim that he has treated more than 1000 cancer patients homeopathically and we could even cure or considerably ameliorate the quality of life for several years in some, advanced and metastasizing cases. So far, his claims were based not on evidence published […]

Read the rest here: Homeopathy for cancer? No, most definitely not!

Saturday, 14 July 2018

Homeopathy for psychiatric patients? Yes, apparently, it is ‘advisable’, even in severe cases!

The two German authors start their article (it is in German but has an English abstract to which I refer here) by claiming that “homeopathy is steadily gaining in sympathy in the population.” This is a very odd statement, considering that the sales figures in Germany and elsewhere have, in fact, been declining. Any homeopathy-paper […]

Read the rest here: Homeopathy for psychiatric patients? Yes, apparently, it is ‘advisable’, even in severe cases!

American Loon #2041: Abdul Alim Musa

A.k.a. Clarence Reams (original name) Imam Abdul Alim Musa is a Muslim activist, director of Masjid Al-Islam in D.C., member of the Institute of Contemporary Islamic Thought, popular speaker and, perhaps most notably, founder and director of As-Sabiqun, an anti-Semitic Muslim group (more here)...

Read the full lunacy: #2041: Abdul Alim Musa Encyclopedia of American Loons