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  • Comment by Frank Odds on Why do we see measles outbreaks left, right and centre? Ask your SCAM provider! Monday 09 December 2019: 09:12 @Angela I have one comment and one question for you to consider. Comment You ask "Are these vaccines completely safe?" Can you point to any human activity that is completely safe? The number of people killed in road traffic accidents (almost 1.25 million per year or >3,200 per day according to this source) is vastly in excess of the number of deaths attributable to vaccines. So if we extrapolate your concerns about vaccine safety to vehicles, we should definitely not be driving any vehicles at all: they unequivocally kill people in great numbers, including hundred of thousands of "precious children". Instead, as a society we've taken a risk/benefit attitude to transport and have decided the benefits outweigh the enormous risks. Why on earth you don't think this reasoning also applies to vaccines, where the risk is infinitesimal by comparison, I can't imagine. Question At what age do you consider a person cease to become a "precious child" and become a (presumably less precious) adult? I ask because, at the moment in the UK, we have people arguing that a 15-year-old is an innocent child, incapable of doing other than child-like things, while others consider people of this age should be given the right to vote like adults.
  • Comment by jm on SCENAR, effective for a very broad range of diseases or merely a means for quacks to exploit the public? Monday 09 December 2019: 09:12 "The BMA does it as well." ...as do medical colleges, MDs, clinics, surgery centers, Merriam-Webster, Edzard, the National Cancer Institute, sites like MedicineNet, WHO...looks like you've got your work cut out for you. Good luck, Les.
  • Comment by Angela on Why do we see measles outbreaks left, right and centre? Ask your SCAM provider! Monday 09 December 2019: 08:12 Lenny sadly you and Steve Tonkin are more concerned with being right, accusing someone of inaccuracies and fail to see the bigger picture. I don’t see that you have a strategy for safeguarding our children. You are maybe academics or scientists or some other professionals that give you the right (in your minds) to think you have all the answers, but something is not adding up. I have had many strands in a long and varied career: my time as a non scientist/academic working with those who were was a privilege. Many debates of life saving decisions I have witnessed. Civility was key, listening, critical thinking brought calm decisions. The world has come a long way since the 1960’s and reading this blog and the propensity of skeptics like you to be so black and white, and indeed rude in your quest to be arrogantly correct, fills me with fear for future generations. If you were discussing the important subject of whether vaccines were completely safe with people that I had worked with, you would not have got away with your strident attitude. I imagine that every aspect would have been brought to the table. ‘Why do parents question the safety? Why is there a compensation program in place? What about shedding? What about the fact that hygiene plays a part in outbreaks in third world countries.?Why has there been reduced take up? What are parents concerned about? Why can live and dead vaccines not be administered together (this I was told by someone under going treatment in hospital? )Why is It not good to vaccinate someone who is poorly? What are the ingredients of the vaccines that are causing concern,? Are these vaccines completely safe?. Safeguarding our children is priority. Why are parents unaware these childhood vaccines are not lifelong? Is there a lack of information by medical professionals? ‘And so on ...... but believe me after all that discussion, I know that no one would be called anti vaccination, they have blood on their hands and they are pro disease. I do know that the calibre of those scientists would lead them to question marks re the safety of children, when all aspects have been considered. How sad that you call people who want informational transparency.... well I won’t repeat your uncalled for commentary. It is you who should be ashamed. Frankly I think this post is a waste of my time directed at people like you who are arrogant, rude and certainly show no regard for children’s safety. Unfortunately on waking this morning, I felt I needed to comment thus. Have the rest of the debate - the forum is yours - my stance remains that safeguarding children is paramount. You have said nothing that tells me ‘think wider Angela’ - I would have to return to the 1960’s to know that if I heard that it was a valid point. The world has gone a little askew....hopefully if those that do no harm prevail, it will right itself.
  • Comment by Edzard on Chiropractic maintenance care: boosting chiropractic cash flow in perpetuity Monday 09 December 2019: 06:12 yes, but for chiros it is the most urgent because the evidence suggests that they seem to have the biggest problem.
  • Comment by Critical_Chiro on Chiropractic maintenance care: boosting chiropractic cash flow in perpetuity Monday 09 December 2019: 04:12 To clarify: "Standardized Adverse Event reporting system for ALL professions chiro, physio, osteo, GP etc"
  • Comment by Critical_Chiro on Chiropractic maintenance care: boosting chiropractic cash flow in perpetuity Monday 09 December 2019: 04:12 @Les Rose "Established specialisms, eg physiotherapy and surgery, at least have reasonably robust systems in place for recording safety." Does physiothaerapy have an adverse event reporting system? A recent physio paper: Comparing the range of musculoskeletal therapies applied by physical therapists with postgraduate qualifications in manual therapy in patients with non-specific neck pain with international guidelines and recommendations: An observational study. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S2468781219304667 "High velocity-thrust manipulation is applied frequently (33.8%)". Here in Australia there are 4 times more physio's than chiro's so the sheer volume of high velocity thrust manipulations applied by physio's to the cervical spine is larger than we thought. Recently here there was this newspaper article: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-08-05/concerns-over-the-rise-of-resistant-superbugs/11377930 "Mr Fox had developed a clot on his brain following a neck manipulation by a physiotherapist, officially known as a carotid artery dissection." That is the only reference to the physio in the whole article. One wonders how the article would have been written if "physio" was replaced with "chiro"? Do the physio's have any robust system for recording safety? None that I know of. There was an attempt here around 5 years ago to bring in a standardized adverse event reporting system in hospital emergence departments to accurately capture accurate data free from medical assumptions and dogma and refer it to the relevant registration board for investigation in Melbourne. Chiro's supported it but it went no further due to "snivelling" (quote at the time from a medical pain specialist in Melbourne who also supported it) from the doctors. Frustrating.
  • Comment by Critical_Chiro on Chiropractic maintenance care: boosting chiropractic cash flow in perpetuity Monday 09 December 2019: 03:12 @BG " I just wasted precious time finding and reading some of the abstracts from your list". You read just the abstracts? Then write: "Familiar words in the titles and author names that are known to have worked in the field is not enough to determine the relevance of a paper". "Next time, please make an effort to at least read what you refer to". "You have been around long enough on this blog to have learnt at least some of the principles of evaluating evidence, right?" "And now, the time I have spent on trying to teach some unimportant incognito basic manners in discussing matters scientific, is hopefully not wasted as well?" Based on reading the abstracts? Hmmmmm.
  • Comment by Critical_Chiro on Suffering from persistent low back pain? Forget about Chiropractic or other SCAMs Monday 09 December 2019: 02:12 Interesting question for the regulars here. "What is the effect size of exercise on chronic pain, function etc?" For those who don't venture past blogs here is the Cochrane Review: Physical activity and exercise for chronic pain in adults: an overview of Cochrane Reviews. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5461882/ Food for thought.
  • Comment by DC on Suffering from persistent low back pain? Forget about Chiropractic or other SCAMs Sunday 08 December 2019: 19:12 Can you point me to which studies they reviewed that looked at "Just walking"?
  • Comment by Les Rose on SCENAR, effective for a very broad range of diseases or merely a means for quacks to exploit the public? Sunday 08 December 2019: 17:12 Tu quoque again Kenneth, and not even true. https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/917696 It was only a matter of time before you trotted this one out. The hole appeared before you and you carried on walking. You will of course find a way of dismissing it. Let me guess: "Medscape is paid by Big Pharma." "All doctors are paid by Big Pharma". "Medical journals are run by reptiles from space". etc
  • Comment by Les Rose on SCENAR, effective for a very broad range of diseases or merely a means for quacks to exploit the public? Sunday 08 December 2019: 17:12 jm Indeed, I object strongly to real physicians pandering to charlatans by using their terminology. The BMA does it as well.
  • Comment by Lenny on SCENAR, effective for a very broad range of diseases or merely a means for quacks to exploit the public? Sunday 08 December 2019: 17:12 Kenneth I have never carried out any in-depth research on magic carpets, flat earthism, fairies or rain dancing but I know all to be utter nonsense. The deranged ramblings of David Icke can be similarly dimissed.
  • Comment by Frank Odds on SCENAR, effective for a very broad range of diseases or merely a means for quacks to exploit the public? Sunday 08 December 2019: 17:12 @kenneth I've said this before and I think you've earned an "I'll say it again". If you think you're good (or know better) you're almost certainly comparing yourself with the wrong people.
  • Comment by Lenny on Why do we see measles outbreaks left, right and centre? Ask your SCAM provider! Sunday 08 December 2019: 16:12 Indeed it is, Angela. Our strategy keeps children safe. Yours does not.
  • Comment by Vanessa Micoff on Suffering from persistent low back pain? Forget about Chiropractic or other SCAMs Sunday 08 December 2019: 16:12 I think the article is spot on. Exercising or just walking can help a lot to conditions from back pain to obesity if done regularly. Combine that with a healthy diet and most people would be living a disease-free life.
  • Comment by Jashak on Why do we see measles outbreaks left, right and centre? Ask your SCAM provider! Sunday 08 December 2019: 15:12 Dear RG, Quote:” However, this idea that anti-vaxers are uninformed if bull crap…. please change the narrative.“ You have a propensity to put words in my mouth that I did not say. What I have said is that the anti-vaxxer scene spreads MISinformation, i.e. they spread information that is not in agreement with the best scientific evidence. I did not say that all anti-vaxxers are uninformed about the topic as a whole. If they, however, claim that vaccination of children against measles is doing more harm than good (or, like the nutcase Edwin Tamasese, calling measles vaccinations a “killing spree”), then these people evidently came to a conclusion that is in direct opposition to the most reliable evidence and the derived statistical models regarding spreading of viral infections. I have two quick question regarding your epistemology: You say that you “know” that parents blindly follow their doctor´s advice regarding vaccination, because of your personal experience talking with many of them. 1. Can I ask you to estimate the sample size (i.e. with how many people did you speak about this topic)? 2. To what percentage would you say they are “blind followers”? My youngest brother is a paediatrician in a German hospital. Although personal experience is a lousy measure of reality (because of the low sample size and potential bias), I will -just for fun- ask him if he agrees with you that the parents blindly follow his advice about vaccinations. Since he has talked to me about his experiences with parents (in a different context) before, I am pretty sure that I know the answer already. 😉
  • Comment by Edzard on SCENAR, effective for a very broad range of diseases or merely a means for quacks to exploit the public? Sunday 08 December 2019: 15:12 have you heard about the concept of risk/benefit balance?
  • Comment by jm on SCENAR, effective for a very broad range of diseases or merely a means for quacks to exploit the public? Sunday 08 December 2019: 15:12 Les Rose, you should spread the word about the term 'allopathic'. Maybe the AMA will stop using it.
  • Comment by Kenneth J Hinnenkamp on SCENAR, effective for a very broad range of diseases or merely a means for quacks to exploit the public? Sunday 08 December 2019: 14:12 Here's an exercise in critical thinking. Fact: Medical errors are the third leading cause of death in America... https://www.cnbc.com/2018/02/22/medical-errors-third-leading-cause-of-death-in-america.html Fact: Prescription drugs kill more people than car accidents... https://www.crchealth.com/find-a-treatment-center/opiate-addiction-treatment-centers/additional-resources/prescription-drugs-outpace-car-accidents-leading-death/ I'm unable to find one incidence of death or injury caused by SCENAR. But some including myself have reported success relieving pain using SCENAR. So let me pose a question. Should a pain patient try a SCENAR knowing prescription opiates in many cases lead to addiction and possible death? How about trying SCENAR before surgery if as in my case it may relieve the inflammation and solve the problem, allowing me to avoid surgery with its associated risks? Now granted, on my left wrist would be covered by insurance as was the surgery on my right wrist. For many, what insurance will cover determines the course of action a patient is likely to follow. Its a no brainier decision for most. People pay for insurance and want the insurance benefit. How convenient for the medical monopoly. Critical thinking is fun. You guys should try it sometime...
  • Comment by Les Rose on SCENAR, effective for a very broad range of diseases or merely a means for quacks to exploit the public? Sunday 08 December 2019: 14:12 Kenneth, you also need to understand a bit more about the placebo effect. You think it's mediated only by the immune system. Where is the evidence for that? Have you heard of expectation effects? Do you know the difference between intrinsic effect and contextual effect? Regression to the mean? You really should not interpret reasonable questions as denigration. All we are asking for is evidence that a rational person can believe. You haven't provided any, and you expect us to agree with you on the basis of your personal experience, and incredible claims by strange people like David Icke. Meanwhile you distract us with one unrelated wild claim after another. At least try to keep on-topic.
  • Comment by Les Rose on SCENAR, effective for a very broad range of diseases or merely a means for quacks to exploit the public? Sunday 08 December 2019: 14:12 If you can fit it in between all your reading, look up Dunning-Kruger Effect. I'll save you some time: "In the field of psychology, the Dunning–Kruger effect is a cognitive bias in which people assess their cognitive ability as greater than it is." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dunning%E2%80%93Kruger_effect
  • Comment by Les Rose on SCENAR, effective for a very broad range of diseases or merely a means for quacks to exploit the public? Sunday 08 December 2019: 14:12 Look Kenneth, you can rewrite history if you like but those are the facts. Words are used by various people with various intended meanings, but they may not always be right.
  • Comment by Angela on Why do we see measles outbreaks left, right and centre? Ask your SCAM provider! Sunday 08 December 2019: 13:12 Steven Tonkin. No shame here. Yes I did see Lenny’s statement re vaccines not being 100% . But the rest of his comments kind of lead me to think he advocates parents immunising without any research into risk/benefit. Sorry if I don’t get the message. Denigrate all you like: and there are some pretty nasty comments that add no value to the subject, but it does nothing to change my stance: safeguarding our children is priority. Your’s and Lenny’s strategy for keeping our children safe, for informational transparency for decision making by parents is different to mine. So be it.
  • Comment by lana on So-called alternative medicine (SCAM) helps improve patients’ health behaviour. True or false? Sunday 08 December 2019: 13:12 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.
  • Comment by Edzard on SCENAR, effective for a very broad range of diseases or merely a means for quacks to exploit the public? Sunday 08 December 2019: 13:12 "I have evaluated my education and broken free of the mind control mechanism called public education." only to become a complete moron?
  • Comment by Edzard on SCENAR, effective for a very broad range of diseases or merely a means for quacks to exploit the public? Sunday 08 December 2019: 13:12 The word “allopathic” comes from the Greek “allos” — meaning “opposite” — and “pathos” — meaning “to suffer.” This word was coined by German physician Samuel Hahnemann in the 1800s. It roughly refers to treating a symptom with its opposite, as is often done in mainstream medicine.
  • Comment by Kenneth J Hinnenkamp on SCENAR, effective for a very broad range of diseases or merely a means for quacks to exploit the public? Sunday 08 December 2019: 13:12 Nonsence, the term allopathic is still used to denote the difference between M.D.s and D.O.s. Where do you come up with this BS?
  • Comment by Kenneth J Hinnenkamp on SCENAR, effective for a very broad range of diseases or merely a means for quacks to exploit the public? Sunday 08 December 2019: 12:12 OK fine. Don't use SCENAR yourself and go ahead and denigrate anyone who uses it and claims to benefit. The body has a mechanism to heal itself, it is called the immune system. In scientific trials often there are some in the placebo group that appear to get relief from the palcebo, but don't have to suffer through test drug's inevitable side effects. So, how much is invested in determining the effectiveness of placebo? Sounds silly right, but if patients in the placebo group benefit, what did their immune system produce to provide the benefits? What nutrition was needed to provide the immune system with what it needed to do the job? How did the patients' emotional states effect the study? My expose of the medical system is not an anti-science trope, but it reveals how science works effectively to deceive the uninformed. I am a believer in science. But I'm not a believer in how science is conducted today with funding that comes with strings attached. That's not conjecture, but reality. I'm not anti-science, but I'm anti corrupt-science which is what we have today due to how science gets funded. If no studies are funded to study SCENAR, does that mean the technology is not effective, or just that there is no money available to prove it. If it's the latter, it is very convenient to allege there are no studies. I doubt that the SCENAR technology would have existed this long if no benefits are experienced by their users. But of course that does not meet your narrow definition of proof. Thousands of happy patients and professionals using the technology is evidence of nothing. All anecdotal, placebo effect. Useless information. Here is an example for you, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30093705 a study indicating that fenbendazole may be effective in treating cancer. When do you think the double blind studies will come out with human trials? Is curing cancer worth perusing with a cheap K-9 dewormer? Let's just say I'm not holding my breath. So I have logically proven that expensive studies are not performed unless incentives are there to reap profits. If this is not obvious to everyone, it can be attributed to your indoctrination, err education. Another author to help you understand how this works is John Taylor Gatto. He was a 30 year school teacher, five time Teacher of the Year in NY, who has written several works criticizing how education is performed in the West and its goal of dumbing down the population. You are products of this education system as I am. However I have evaluated my education and broken free of the mind control mechanism called public education. Until you question and evaluate your own education you cannot consider yourself a critical thinker.
  • Comment by Steve Tonkin on Why do we see measles outbreaks left, right and centre? Ask your SCAM provider! Sunday 08 December 2019: 12:12 Angela, you wrote:Lenny – are you saying that parents should be denied research into risk:benefit of vaccinating their children.?No, he has not said that. Are you the all knowing person to tell them that there is no point because vaccines are completely safeNo, he hasn't said that either. In fact, he has already said (in a post to which you replied): "Vaccines are not 100% safe." It is utterly disingenuous of you to try to pretend that he has implied the opposite of what heclearly stated. How many times can I say I am Not antivax? As many as you like, but multiple repetition of an falsehood does not make it true. As long as you trot out antivax tropes, you will be identified as an antivaxxer (or, to give you lot your proper title, a pro-diseaser. In children. When you try to dress up your pro-diseaser stance as "safeguarding children", that just makes your sociopathy one stage worse: it marks you as a snide anti-vaxxer. You safeguard children by vaccinating them against vaccine-preventable serious illnesses. Refusing to do that is reprehensible. In a previous thread, I pointed you to this: http://www.docbastard.net/2019/03/busting-vaccine-myths.html If you did bother to read it, either you didn't understand it or you are disingenuously ignoring it. You certainly haven't given any coherent argument, using actual evidence, against any of the points that article makes. Whatever you lot pretend, you do have the preventable harm to children on your hands. Shame on you.
  • Comment by Alan Henness on SCENAR, effective for a very broad range of diseases or merely a means for quacks to exploit the public? Sunday 08 December 2019: 12:12 Kenneth J Hinnenkamp said:Not just a software developer. One with extraordinary search skills, and an extraordinary intellect. Wow. Still no citations, though.
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