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  • Comment by Lenny on Schuessler Salts: “Any expenditure on the purchase of these salts will be money wasted” Wednesday 16 October 2019: 07:10 ..you have no idea of my credentials or knowledge.. Yes we do, Malkit. Minimal in both cases as you have demonstrated repeatedly.
  • Comment by Edzard on “Heal”, the documentary: nonsense and cruelty on health and disease Wednesday 16 October 2019: 07:10 "a person with a scientific mindset should be able to acknowledge, that there is something that cannot be proven, and which must therefore be left open." no, treatments either work or they don't; if they do, I can be demonstrated with science.
  • Comment by Edzard on “Heal”, the documentary: nonsense and cruelty on health and disease Wednesday 16 October 2019: 07:10 "amazing results curing deadly cancer" where is this published?
  • Comment by Carl Lowery on ‘Foods that will naturally cleanse your arteries’ Wednesday 16 October 2019: 06:10 What I mean by that statement is that it is just as problematic to overstate health benefits as it is to understate good studies that support the research. One out of 20 is not a lot...but it is still significant enough to be given consideration with the people who need to know this. Even a strong critical thinker could easily get the wrong idea from this article. I will research the others on the list and see what else I can come up with. Thanks for the observation. I was focused on asparagus because of my own research.
  • Comment by Eve on “Heal”, the documentary: nonsense and cruelty on health and disease Wednesday 16 October 2019: 03:10 The Energy Cure. William Bengston. Studies effects of energy on cancer in a college research setting St. Joseph’s in Ny. Has had amazing results curing deadly cancer. Everything can not be explained by science. Like the nature of electricity. However some people like to claim they know something does not work because well, science.
  • Comment by Malkit on Schuessler Salts: “Any expenditure on the purchase of these salts will be money wasted” Wednesday 16 October 2019: 02:10 One that’s not under the control of big pharma and it’s puppets the medical association. Try not to be so patronizing next time, you have no idea of my credentials or knowledge. There are more things out there than you’ll ever know. Live in your small smug world and continue to miss the opportunities that exist outside your bubble. Have a nice life.
  • Comment by Karin on “Heal”, the documentary: nonsense and cruelty on health and disease Wednesday 16 October 2019: 01:10 I have no energy to try to convince anyone or try to prove anything for anyone. And I don't need it either. Why should I? As things are arranged in the universe, each person has to find his or her own way and in time, experience his own evidence. The existence of God cannot be proved with the tools of the physical world. But that does not rule out the existence of God. There is, as far as I could see, a single person here in this conversation, who had the courage to realize that although life cannot be proven to be eternal, it cannot be disproved either. I respect that person very much. Sorry I can't remember your name. But respect from me. In my opinion, it's a little foolish to believe, that anyone can be sure that physical life is the only life we ​​have. To me, it illustrates a limited and solidified mindset. If nothing else, a person with a scientific mindset should be able to acknowledge, that there is something that cannot be proven, and which must therefore be left open. Well, I'll stop here, and remind myself that the last laugh is the best laugh. See you, somewhere out there in eternity.
  • Comment by Ron Jette on Freedom of speech in homeopathy: as diluted as the remedies? Tuesday 15 October 2019: 17:10 During the Harper (Conservatives) years here in Canada, there was a government-wide gag order on scientists. There was an uproar, but the PM stood fast. Thankfully, a new government rescinded that order. The bad news is that the Conservatives (with a very Trump-like leader who, like Trump, just makes things up and promotes divisive policies) could well make a comeback—an election is slated for October 21. What that means for scientists if the Tories get elected, I haven't a clue. What I can say, however, is that comparatively speaking, this new guy makes Harper look like a moderate.
  • Comment by Frank Odds on ‘Foods that will naturally cleanse your arteries’ Tuesday 15 October 2019: 16:10 @Carl Lowery How do these 16 articles on effects of Asparagus roots "end this nonsense" (presumably you mean the nonsense quoted in the OP)? Asparagus is only one of 20 foods mentioned as having an effect on atherosclerosis.
  • Comment by Edzard on Schuessler Salts: “Any expenditure on the purchase of these salts will be money wasted” Tuesday 15 October 2019: 15:10 what type of health professional?
  • Comment by Carl Lowery on ‘Foods that will naturally cleanse your arteries’ Tuesday 15 October 2019: 13:10 Doing your own research is a good thing. I suspect this article is as much about the establishment as the ones it claims to refute. A quick search on PubMed will end this nonsense. To wit: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=Asparagus+and+cholesterol
  • Comment by Malkit on Schuessler Salts: “Any expenditure on the purchase of these salts will be money wasted” Tuesday 15 October 2019: 11:10 As I said, be honest and stop this charade. I’m actually a health professional too. Oh and by the way, I did understand all the fancy big words you used, unlike the general public. LOL.
  • Comment by jm on So-called alternative medicine (SCAM) helps improve patients’ health behaviour. True or false? Tuesday 15 October 2019: 08:10 Frank, You’re a hoot. "That survey I linked to asked 3000 people…” I’m sure it did. When I say “I’ve heard…”, I mean that literally. Talking to people. One thing that Julian didn’t mention about US farming practices is the use of immigrant labor - people who, for many reasons, do work that no one else will touch. Because (as Julian points out) - American farming practices are appalling. There’s a lot of that in the region I live in, and a lot of people who buy organic from small farms because the appalling practices leave a bad taste in their mouths. But surveys are nice, too. Speaking of taste, I hope you’re kidding about tests on taste differences. If money changed hands on that one…I think you found your actual “con trick”. Good grief.
  • Comment by Lenny on Schuessler Salts: “Any expenditure on the purchase of these salts will be money wasted” Tuesday 15 October 2019: 07:10 And there, Malkit we see a textbook demonstration of hubris, ignorance, arrogance and Dunning-Krugerism. Unfortunately you have not the faintest iota of understanding of this, believing your couple of hours on Google to give you greater eminence than a consultant cancer physician (I would have said "oncologist" but you probably don't know what that means) with forty years of practice and published research under his belt. Proper research, Malkit. You might want to post some links to some of the scientific papers you have published as a result of your "research". We'll be happy to wait. If you had the faintest iota of self-awareness, you'd crawl back into your hole utterly humiliated. But you won't and, like so many, will continue on this blog to trumpet your inconsequential foolishness whilst those of us who do the real work will roll our eyes and carry on.
  • Comment by Malkit on Schuessler Salts: “Any expenditure on the purchase of these salts will be money wasted” Tuesday 15 October 2019: 02:10 Dear Dr, the meaning of research is “ to go about seeking” . You with your hard opinions have already concluded. That means you have given up on research. Impressive how you can go from dumb to dumber in one sentence when it is convenient. One moment you know all the answers, the next you can’t understand a simple statement. You are very funny. Your delusion of the medical profession having good results with treating cancer is sad. You need to get your head out of your ass and get some fresh air. Get back to reality, we’re losing the battle against disease. Why ? Because your profession deals with symptoms not root causes using drugs primarily Please stop patronizing the public we have woken up to the game and will not continue tolerating your lies for much longer. Do everyone a favour and stop PRACTICING medicine, leave it to people who have already mastered it. Have a nice retirement.
  • Comment by Trevor Lorteau on Schuessler Salts: “Any expenditure on the purchase of these salts will be money wasted” Monday 14 October 2019: 20:10 I don't understand any of this debate. I gave a certain brand ( not here to promote) of all 12 salts to my Mother who had double knee surgery. One knee was great, the other always felt like it had a tight band around it. After about 3 days know more pain and stiffness. My friend, who even owns a Pharmacy, continually was retaining water in his ankles and feet so bad that it was causing pain, after the 12 salts and 48 hrs he was able to dis spell the excess water with gigantic urination every 2 hours until his ankles and feet were back to normal. It was incredible! He gave them to a co worker who had the same problem and they worked the same but when his co worker bought an inferior brand it did not work the same...whoops there goes the placebo. As for myself I had biting inflammation in both wrists and one knee. The pain in my wrists would zap my strength when trying to pick up heavy objects at work, now all that is gone. Next I will give them to my friend who has poor circulation and has cold fingers and toes, so we will see. In conclusion none of us could give a flying crap if its a placebo effect or not, something is continually working and for 22.00 bucks for a 1000 pills bring on the placebo because we all feel great and what the hell is wrong with that. I fully realize that once again this is all anecdotal but we are all honest caring people looking for a solution that can not be resolved by the almighty Medical Industrial complex.
  • Comment by Frank Odds on So-called alternative medicine (SCAM) helps improve patients’ health behaviour. True or false? Monday 14 October 2019: 19:10 Oh come on, jm! That survey I linked to asked 3000 people "What is the primary reason you would buy organic products?" We don't know how many answers came from the USA, but 33% of Americans answered "For Health related reasons". Only 3% answered "Concern for farm workers". "Perhaps with European farming practices you can’t taste the difference. But here you can. Not the top reason to eat organic…but a wonderful fringe benefit." Taste differences have been tested in so many poorly designed trials, the field almost resembles that of SCAM. You can so easily find accounts on line that support better taste of organic and worse taste, it's hardly worth debating. "Another possible US/EU difference: “appeal to folk with good intentions and therefore to make money from them”. The organic farmers in our area would tell you they’d make more money flipping burgers at McDonalds." I bet the organic farmers in New York and San Francisco wouldn't say that. Why don't the organic farmers in your area revert to conventional farming (or go flip burgers in MacDonald's)? According to the Organic Consumers Association, "58% of U.S. Consumers Prefer Organic Food, Survey Says." The full article is hidden behind a pay- or pest-wall, but this was the middle result from the numbers I raised by googling "do americans prefer organic food" (the lowest percentage was 45, the highest was 80. When I'm wrong I freely admit it. It takes an exceptionally perverse mind to argue in the face of a tsunami of contrary evidence.
  • Comment by Dr Julian Money-Kyrle on Schuessler Salts: “Any expenditure on the purchase of these salts will be money wasted” Monday 14 October 2019: 18:10 Malkit: That’s exactly the kind of Neanderthal thinking that makes cancer into such a mysterious disease. I'm sorry, I don't follow you at all. Instead of specific root cause treatment the medical profession has no clue and uses a shotgun approach and hopes it will hit something, before the patient dies. Again I don't follow what you are saying. There is very effective standard treatment for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma with a high rate of long-term cure even in stage IV disease. If the lesion is full of glyphosate, maybe there’s a correlation? If the glyphosate is removed and the cancer goes away, maybe there’s a correlation. Lymphomas are not full of glyphosate, so there is none to remove. In any case, the question is whether the cancer was caused by prior exposure to glyphosate. You can determine whether a specific agent is a risk factor for cancer by looking at whether there are excess cancers over the background rate when that risk factor is present, but it generally takes 30 - 40 years after the exposure for the cancer to appear (lymphomas can be a little quicker). Or maybe it’s too simple for you to understand. What do you mean by that? In the meantime, good people continue to die. That is a bit of a non-sequitur. In any case I don't think that this is likely to be affected very much by the Court's decision in the Monsanto / Glyphosate case.
  • Comment by RG on Schuessler Salts: “Any expenditure on the purchase of these salts will be money wasted” Monday 14 October 2019: 18:10 Dr. J Probably because of this; https://roundup.sokolovelaw.com/?src=google_webppc_462686412_%2Bglyphosate%20%2Bcancer_%7Bcontent%7D_b_g_%7Bquerystring%7D&numberToReplace&campaignId&ringPoolId&jpow=aa_462686412_bb_69126116543_cc_%2Bglyphosate%20%2Bcancer_dd_b_ee_g_ff_1t1_gg_c_hh__ii__jj_9028098_kk__ll__mm__nn_kwd-302218238635_oo_348184736087_pp_4394868559514597458_qq__rr_%7Badid%7D_ss_%7Borderitemid%7D .... and probably because Monsanto has refused to put any cancer warning on the label.... even today.
  • Comment by RG on So-called alternative medicine (SCAM) helps improve patients’ health behaviour. True or false? Monday 14 October 2019: 17:10 I would agree yes, this would be the main motivation for many succumbing to the theory. There is no argument that chemical fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides will increase yield. That said, there is also a downside to the soil, and effectively the food. Since also with modern farming they won't allow the soil to rest a year. Different people have different motivations. Some people have jumped on the eat less meat bandwagon. Not because of animal conditions, not because of food quality... but because of global warming. Pros vs cons... different strokes... pick your poison. Again, for me it's about less toxins and non-GMO... I can verify my motivation.
  • Comment by jm on “Heal”, the documentary: nonsense and cruelty on health and disease Monday 14 October 2019: 17:10 Peter, if there's no evidence either way...you'd have to go with "no way to tell". In your particular case I'd probably go with "I can't see them". Realistically, I'd probably ask you for more details - that'd be fascinating. Not as fascinating as Alan's afterlife proof (and how he got it)...but definitely amusing.
  • Comment by Bjorn Geir on Schuessler Salts: “Any expenditure on the purchase of these salts will be money wasted” Monday 14 October 2019: 17:10 Three sure signs that the commenters contribution can safely be ignored: 1. Bashing doctors. 2. Linking to a series of Youtube videos about False vitamin C myths. 3. Calling a deranged doctor "brilliant".
  • Comment by jm on So-called alternative medicine (SCAM) helps improve patients’ health behaviour. True or false? Monday 14 October 2019: 17:10 Frank, I do live somewhere different from you - read Julian’s comment about US farming practices. So I’d choose ‘health-related reasons’ on a survey as well - the health of the farm workers, and the water. Perhaps with European farming practices you can’t taste the difference. But here you can. Not the top reason to eat organic…but a wonderful fringe benefit. Another possible US/EU difference: "appeal to folk with good intentions and therefore to make money from them”. The organic farmers in our area would tell you they’d make more money flipping burgers at McDonalds.
  • Comment by Bjorn Geir on Acupuncture is effective for chronic back pain!!! If you disagree, tell the CMS Monday 14 October 2019: 17:10 But recently Acupuncture is gaining popularity in pain management. It is actually the other way around. Acupncture has not proven itself in health care and is mostly abandoned as useless. I suggest admin remove the spammy link under the commenters name promoting a business venture.
  • Comment by jm on So-called alternative medicine (SCAM) helps improve patients’ health behaviour. True or false? Monday 14 October 2019: 17:10 He'd probably be right. At some point, I've probably heard somebody somewhere say that. I wouldn't be able to give you an example, though. They'd be the extreme outlier - for the vast majority it's about water quality and the farm workers.
  • Comment by Malkit on Schuessler Salts: “Any expenditure on the purchase of these salts will be money wasted” Monday 14 October 2019: 13:10 That’s exactly the kind of Neanderthal thinking that makes cancer into such a mysterious disease. Instead of specific root cause treatment the medical profession has no clue and uses a shotgun approach and hopes it will hit something, before the patient dies. If the lesion is full of glyphosate, maybe there’s a correlation? If the glyphosate is removed and the cancer goes away, maybe there’s a correlation. Or maybe it’s too simple for you to understand. Aah yes, I forgot no double blind studies to back it up. In the meantime, good people continue to die.
  • Comment by Peter Higgins on “Heal”, the documentary: nonsense and cruelty on health and disease Monday 14 October 2019: 11:10 Something that has no evidence at all, beyond the implausible random imaginings of people compounded by an unreliable narrator does not require more than a simple "nope". If I told you there were 487 fairies following you and dancing in your shadow whenever you weren't looking, would your response be "no way to tell", or would it be a simple "nope"?
  • Comment by Dr Julian Money-Kyrle on Acupuncture is effective for chronic back pain!!! If you disagree, tell the CMS Monday 14 October 2019: 10:10 Acupuncture is gaining popularity in pain management Popularity has very little to do with truth. Ask the advertising industry. if pain can be cured with these techniqyes then one can surely avoid the side effects of pain-relieving medicines And if it can't? medicines-which are composition of chemicals As is everything else.
  • Comment by Dr Julian Money-Kyrle on Here’s What Oncologists Won’t Tell You About Essential Oils Monday 14 October 2019: 10:10 This Web site is a good example of how not to interpret biomedical papers. An in-vitro study suggesting a possible method of action can form the basis of further research, but cannot in any way support a recommendation for treatment. Safety and efficacy studies and randomised clinical trials are required, and only a fraction of a percentage of promising treatment candidates manage to get through those. The site has apparently been fact-checked and reviewed by a qualified medical practitioner, and my guess is that his input has been in advising on how best to use misleading wording to deceive readers untrained in biomedical science (or in critical thinking generally) without actually making claims that are illegal.
  • Comment by Dr Julian Money-Kyrle on Schuessler Salts: “Any expenditure on the purchase of these salts will be money wasted” Monday 14 October 2019: 09:10 I’m reminded of the recent hoopla regarding Monsanto Round-up (glyphosate). I am utterly perplexed that a Court of Law is able to determine that an individual case of non-Hodgin's lymphoma was caused by anything specific, much less that it was due to glyphosate, for which the data are rather indeterminate. Using the test "on the balance of probabilities" could only give such a result if it were applied by somebody with no understanding whatsoever of how probability works.
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