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Psychology and Psychotherapy: How Much Is Evidence-Based?

By Harriet Hall Despite all those Polish jokes, Poland has its share of good scientists and critical thinkers. A superb new book illustrates that fact in spades: Psychology Gone Wrong: The Dark Side of Science and Therapy, by Tomasz Witkowski and Maciej Zatonski, Witkowski is a psychologist, science writer, and founder of Read Full Article…

NECSS and SfSBM: A weekend of science and skepticism

By Mark Crislip A day of Science-Based Medicine, a weekend of science and skepticism NECSS, the North-East Conference on Science and Skepticism, is upon us. Included in the program will be a day of Science-Based Medicine. Full Conference schedule here with Bill Nye as the Keynote speaker. SfSBM speakers will be Harriet Hall, Jann Read…

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Should the FDA crack down on homeopathic “remedies”?

By Scott Gavura In the category of potentially dangerous complementary or alternative medicine, I can think of few products worse than asthma inhalers that don’t actually contain any medicine. Yet these inhalers exist and are sold. Just over a year ago I described what might be the most irresponsible homeopathic treatment ever: Read Full Article…

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Ken Burns Presents Cancer

By Harriet Hall Note: I wrote two posts today to alert readers to two upcoming television events in time for them to plan their viewing. See the second post for an announcement about a film on scientology, along with an article about Scientology’s War on Medicine that I wrote for Skeptic magazine. Ken Read Full…

Scientology’s War on Medicine

By Harriet Hall Note: The film Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief will be available on HBO starting March 29. I haven’t seen it yet, but apparently it profiles former members who reveal details that have elicited a very angry response from the Church of Scientology. I thought I would Read Full Article…

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On the “right” to challenge a medical or scientific consensus

By David Gorski Jenny McCarthy flaunting her “expertise” at the antivaccine “Green Our Vaccines” rally in Washington, DC in 2008 The major theme of the Science-Based Medicine blog is that the application of good science to medicine is the best way to maintain and improve the quality of patient care. Consequently, we spend considerable Read…

Lyme: Two Worlds Compared and Contrasted

By Mark Crislip The practice of infectious diseases (ID) is both easy and difficult. If you read my ID blog on Medscape you are aware of my trials and tribulations in diagnosing and treating infections. ID is easy since, at least in theory, diseases have patterns and infecting organisms have predictable epidemiology Read Full Article…

The DC as PCP? Drug Wars Resume

By Jann Bellamy Chiropractors are once again engaged in intra-fraternal warfare over chiropractic scope of practice, a saga we’ve chronicled on SBM. (See references at end of this post.) Every time it looks like the warring factions have buried their differences, they come rising to the surface like zombies. The International Chiropractors Association (ICA), Read…

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