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  • Comment by Edzard on Mistrust + Misinformation —> CONSPIRACY THEORY Friday 30 October 2020: 19:10 from now on, I will just not post those that I find offensive or not interesting
  • Comment by Björn Geir on Mistrust + Misinformation —> CONSPIRACY THEORY Friday 30 October 2020: 18:10 I counted eight “Roger”-comments in a row. Perhaps it is time to ask the administrator to put a limit on serial-commenting. Roger isn’t that entertaining /(actually quitte boring by now) and he is packing the comment list so we cannot see important responses. Either that or increasing the number of back-comments visible in the list.
  • Comment by Björn Geir on Low-Level Laser Therapy and Chiropractic Care for Back Pain in Quarter Horses Friday 30 October 2020: 18:10 1. Pain in horses is a very observer dependeent and subjective measure that should be a blinded, independent evaluation in any trial involviing paiin therapy in animals. 2. Low-level laser is by definition so weak that it cannot possibly penetrate the fur and thick skin of a horse. 3. Low-level laser light is only light. Even if it is collimated and monochromatic, it does not do anything more than sunlight that contains the same colour band, probably less effective.
  • Comment by MELVIN BROWN on “Homeopathy combat against coronavirus disease (Covid-19)” … No, sadly it’s not a hoax Friday 30 October 2020: 18:10 This paper came to my attention yesterday, as someone who is not expert in the field of homeopathic treatment but who has found its treatments beneficial. As a physicist, I was drawn to the mathematical modelling aspects of the paper, only to find that the mathematics was very confusingly and unconvincingly presented. Disheartened, I was about to re-read the paper… but instead did a web search for others who might have had the same experience…only to find the online heading: “Journal Will Retract Homeopathy-COVID-19 Paper – Medscape”. This comes as a relief! Melvin Brown
  • Comment by Michael Kenny on Low-Level Laser Therapy and Chiropractic Care for Back Pain in Quarter Horses Friday 30 October 2020: 16:10 @uncriticalquaker: The most interesting thing regarding the defense levied by quacks such as yourself (and anyone else willing to paste a DC or ND after their name) is that you have no choice but to vociferously defend yourselves and your pseudo religious profession since you cannot leverage that faux degree into another job…NO ONE hires a DC (UBER may, but you get no advantage having spent $150000 on your “education”). You either screw the gullible public out of cash (or defraud an insurance company) OR you separate yourself from Chiroquackery and work somewhere. You can’t move the DC degree into a university position, a drug company, a hospital, nursing facility, the military (unless you’re doing bogus research under a waste-of-taxpayers money ‘grant’). Yes indeed you need to protect the tiny bit of turf you carve out a living on…or you disappear. You should be very proud of your profession. Now go and thrust on some injured tissue and tell yourself you hold a substantial place in human health care.
  • Comment by Edzard on Homeopathy for canine oral papillomatosis: a ‘proof’ that homeopathy works? Friday 30 October 2020: 16:10 I don’t think that is correct.
  • Comment by Tanya Hutchinson on Homeopathy for canine oral papillomatosis: a ‘proof’ that homeopathy works? Friday 30 October 2020: 15:10 In order for trials to be conducted properly the trial participants must be aware that they are being administered something – a medicine or a placebo. Animals will not know they are being treated at all so a placebo effect can’t be proven.
  • Comment by Dr Julian Money-Kyrle on Oscillococcinum, the homeopathic solution to the coronavirus threat? Friday 30 October 2020: 15:10 Gail, Western medication almost destroyed my daughter’s immune system What do you mean by this? Low white cell count? Agammaglobulinaemia? Bone marrow dysfunction? Or do you simply mean that she had a lot of infections. Western medicine is unlikely to “almost destroy” anybody’s immune system unless they are given strongly immunosuppressive drugs (unlikely in a 4-year-old) or chemotherapy. when I switched to homeopathy did she regain her health and went from about 20 infections per year to a mere 2 or 3 at most 20 infections per year over four years is 80 infections. Is that really true? Or have you simply picked out one year when she had a lot more infections than usual? Were there really 20 separate episodes or was it a chronic infection that took some time to resolve? Either way, it is hardly surprising that subsequent years were better. I should also point out that viral infections are very common in young children, particularly when they start kindergarden, as they are exposed to a great many viruses that they have never previously encountered. As immunity builds up against each of them the number of infections falls to the adult level of 2 – 3 per year. Finally, ear infections are also very common in small children as the eustachian tube (connecting the middle ear to the nose) is oblique and narrow and easily blocked by mucosal swelling during a viral infection; the air in the middle ear is then absorbed and the ear fills with fluid, providing a ready environment for bacteria to grow and cause a secondary infection; this situation often persists for long enough to cause serious hearing problems and poor performance at school, though it is readily treated (e.g. by putting grommets in the eardrum). As the child gets older the facial bones grow and the eustachian tube becomes wider and less oblique, and therefore less easily blocked. Are you sure that what you are describing in your daughter was due to immune dysfunction? And are you sure that her recovery wasn’t simply due to normal growing up? If so, she must be pretty unusual. Anybody who really does have a problem with their immune system who then develops an infection requires urgent treatment to prevent rapid deterioration and the risk of death. To rely on homeopathy rather than proper treatment (which in this situation may well include intensive care) is reckless and may lead to a manslaughter charge.
  • Comment by christopher h gunson on Homeopathy for canine oral papillomatosis: a ‘proof’ that homeopathy works? Friday 30 October 2020: 14:10 The paper says the controls were given distilled water. What is in most homeopathic preparations other than distilled water?
  • Comment by Lenny on Oscillococcinum, the homeopathic solution to the coronavirus threat? Friday 30 October 2020: 13:10 SHE WAS 4! Didn’t understand homeopathy, which is even used on pets. No, but the person administering the sugar pills thought they did. Ladies. Anecdotes are the lowest tier of evidence. Carry on in your little circle-jerk of self-delusion and I hope your kids don’t suffer.
  • Comment by has on Low-Level Laser Therapy and Chiropractic Care for Back Pain in Quarter Horses Friday 30 October 2020: 13:10 “As of “today” 170+ chiro PhD’s have now added their name to this statement.” 170 signatures in 6 months? Holy heck, and we laugh at the homeopaths for their lack of perspective. Hell, the so-called “Great Barrington Declaration” probably has 170 signatures just from “Dr M. Mouse” alone, and it’s only been stumping a month. But okay, sure, whatever; you let us know when your mighty petition succeeds in reforming chiropracty into a legitimate science-based medical practice†. You’ll forgive us though if we don’t hold our breath. — (†Which is not entirely impossible: see Osteopathy in the US, though why they don’t just formally convert it to an MD and avoid the confusion with Osteoquackery as it still exists everywhere else I don’t know.)
  • Comment by has on THE WORLD FOUNDATION OF (ANTI-) SCIENCE and Schuessler Salts Friday 30 October 2020: 13:10 “And neither have you, apparently, except in your fevered imagination.” Shows what you know. A homeopath once cost me my pudding.
  • Comment by Katsy on Oscillococcinum, the homeopathic solution to the coronavirus threat? Friday 30 October 2020: 12:10 Bravo Gail. Western medication almost destroyed my daughter’s immune system when she was just 4 and was suffering from chronic ear infection. Only when I switched to homeopathy did she regain her health and went from about 20 infections per year to a mere 2 or 3 at most and much less severe than before. The placebo and sugar pill stories are a joke. SHE WAS 4! Didn’t understand homeopathy, which is even used on pets. Big pharma feeling so threatened and rightly so. No you don’t have to destroy one organ to cure another. What a concept!
  • Comment by Les Rose on Homeopathy for canine oral papillomatosis: a ‘proof’ that homeopathy works? Friday 30 October 2020: 11:10 I’m no statistician, but I am not sure the tests used were appropriate for such a sample size – and they don’t say anything about power calculation. I’m curious that they confirmed COP with a PCR test, but didn’t assess that post-treatment. It would be pretty momentous if homeopathy killed a virus. Baseline demographics (or is that canographics?) were not assessed at all. The discussion totally ignores any study limitations.
  • Comment by christopher h gunson on Homeopathy for canine oral papillomatosis: a ‘proof’ that homeopathy works? Friday 30 October 2020: 11:10 Why is it that homeopathy only seems to work on maladies that have a tendency toward spontaneous resolution? Never attributing healing to the tincture of time and the bodies own innate healing capacity, always insisting it the intervention, remedy or potion that restored health is a real indicator of a SCAMMER.
  • Comment by Alan Henness on HOMEOPATHY: Updated analysis of randomised controlled trials Friday 30 October 2020: 11:10 Hi Lollipop! You’ve not been around for two weeks. Do you now have time to tell us all about the nasty allegations you made against me here?
  • Comment by Björn Geir on Mistrust + Misinformation —> CONSPIRACY THEORY Friday 30 October 2020: 10:10 Get educated! Please tell us where you got our edumacation from, I want to warn my grandchildren.
  • Comment by Björn Geir on HOMEOPATHY: Updated analysis of randomised controlled trials Friday 30 October 2020: 10:10 Of course homeopathy works, except when it doesn’t. Remember Tooth-fairy science
  • Comment by Acleron on Patent your very own homeopathic remedy Friday 30 October 2020: 10:10 Proving? If you think getting 6-8 acquaintances together, telling them what symptoms you require and only accepting those symptoms you thought should happen is hard work then never work in a science laboratory.
  • Comment by Les Rose on THE WORLD FOUNDATION OF (ANTI-) SCIENCE and Schuessler Salts Friday 30 October 2020: 10:10 Roger You could try to derail this discussion by introducing any number of problematic pharmaceuticals (and there are many), but that won’t divert me from discussing the topic of this post. The blog is about pseudoscience in health care, not about the faults that exist in conventional medicine. Your comment is classical tu quoque. You are not even illustrating the issue appropriately, by citing Nyquil. That is an effective treatment (maybe minimally) that has a bigger issue, that of addiction. That is not at all relevant to an argument about a demonstrably ineffective product such as Schüssler salts. Try to keep on-topic.
  • Comment by Les Rose on A quantum-physics perspective on acupuncture and other SCAMs??? Friday 30 October 2020: 10:10 Roger No `bioresonance’ device, including the Scenar, has any EU or UK licensed indication for any health purpose, other than TENS for pain. The many other claims for such devices are false. What has this to do with the topic of this post?
  • Comment by Blue Wode on Low-Level Laser Therapy and Chiropractic Care for Back Pain in Quarter Horses Friday 30 October 2020: 09:10 Critical_Chiro wrote: “spending time and energy repeatedly cherry picking the science to fit their bias” I wonder where we’ve seen that before… http://www.dcscience.net/2009/06/18/british-chiropractic-association-produces-its-plethora-of-evidence/
  • Comment by RPGNo1 on HOMEOPATHY: Updated analysis of randomised controlled trials Friday 30 October 2020: 08:10 “High quality studies in homeopathy” are an oxymoron in the best case and an obvious deception in the worst case.
  • Comment by Patricia Niblock on Influenzinum: the homeopathic flu prevention that does not prevent flu Friday 30 October 2020: 08:10 Hullo Cathy Great to see that somebody else has had the same benefits from Influenzium as I have. I have been taking Influenzium since I was ill following the NHS flu jab. I had already found prescribed Homeopathic remedies had resolved my year old child’s chronic Colitis which was effective after the second dose within the first night. He slept all night and so did we! As a physio I had the sense to look into Homeopathy but was not permitted to study the subject unless I was a doctor. This was 1980… Rules have changed now due to I suspect the thousands of people who prefer treating individual symptoms rather than a one size fits all traditional in this country – remedy. Good to hear your experience Cathy Best wishes Trish
  • Comment by Lenny on HOMEOPATHY: Updated analysis of randomised controlled trials Friday 30 October 2020: 08:10 “all your clinical trials and reviews where he finds positive evidence in favour of homeopathy, even in high-quality trials” Let’s see ’em then, Pops. Rather than your usual bluffing and dodging and links to exercises in in vitro abuse of the scientific method which you imagine support your delusions, the high-quality properly-conducted clinical trials which have unarguably demonstrated the effectiveness of homeopathy. If your magic shaken water is so effective, there must be hundreds of them and yet you curiously go all quiet when we ask for them or do a bit of handwaving and claim you’ve already shown them to us. Remember, it’s not just us on the blog who reject homeopathy as nonsense. It’s all of mainstream western healthcare which recognises it for the nonsense it is. Show me the hospitals where the first person they call for is the consultant homeopath. You can’t. It’s had 200+ years to prove itself and has spent most of that time being laughed at, along with the credulous fools like yourself who continue to believe in it despite all that science and evidence shows us. Homeopathy is to medicine what rain-dancing is to meteorology.
  • Comment by Lenny on Mistrust + Misinformation —> CONSPIRACY THEORY Friday 30 October 2020: 08:10 Being accused of weak-mindedness by someone who believes in the magic power of shaken water? Oh irony, thine name is.. Chronic diseases are defined broadly as conditions that last 1 year or more and require ongoing medical attention So if it is curable, it does not require ongoing medical attention and is, therefore, by definition, not chronic. Are you ever right about anything, Roger? I’ll just go and do a proving, shall I?
  • Comment by Edzard on HOMEOPATHY: Updated analysis of randomised controlled trials Friday 30 October 2020: 06:10 thank you for confirming your ignorance.
  • Comment by Lollypop on HOMEOPATHY: Updated analysis of randomised controlled trials Friday 30 October 2020: 06:10 If Ernst says that the interpretation of clinical trials can only be for or against, then all your clinical trials and reviews where he finds positive evidence in favour of homeopathy, even in high-quality trials, and that refuses under the excuse silly that it does not seem “convincing” must be interpreted that the results were positive. Thanks again to Ernst for showing that even his own rules can be applied to him without any remorse. In the end I have a clear argument that can be used against him and any of his trolls, mostly anonymous, who come to defend any of his follies.
  • Comment by Roger on Mistrust + Misinformation —> CONSPIRACY THEORY Friday 30 October 2020: 03:10 You dont seem to know the definition of chronic. If a cure were developed, its still a chronic disease. Look it up. You dad and aunt are in the lucky few. They must come from strong stock to survive the toxic assault they received. How did they pass on such weak-mindedness to you?
  • Comment by Roger on Mistrust + Misinformation —> CONSPIRACY THEORY Friday 30 October 2020: 03:10 Pick and choose the right trials and you can prove anything as the opponents of homeopathy have proven. And you pick the one cancer that they have any decent results for. Good pick! Only dozens more to work on. 250+ years of bad results for allopathic chronic care and still pushing the same failed paradigm. Must get tiresome. Im sure you meet people all the time who wont take drugs for anything. I wonder why. All the fear and loathing they generate must smart a bit. Why yes, Lenny, thanks for bringing it up. Do a proving. What are you afraid of btw?
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