MD, PhD, MAE, FMedSci, FRSB, FRCP, FRCPEd.

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  • Comment by Edzard on Quackery-infected midwifery on the NHS Monday 28 November 2022: 11:11 me too
  • Comment by Les Rose on Quackery-infected midwifery on the NHS Monday 28 November 2022: 11:11 Thanks Edzard. I’m curious about the mechanism of action.
  • Comment by Edzard on Quackery-infected midwifery on the NHS Monday 28 November 2022: 10:11 1) The Sunday Times article is wrong about water injections? Probably. 2) Did you publish your review? Only briefly mentioned it in our book (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Desktop-Guide-Complementary-Alternative-Medicine/dp/0723433836/ref=sr_1_1?crid=1PC3GA6NBMZ4M&keywords=ernst+edzard%2C+the+desktop+guide&qid=1669632277&s=digital-text&sprefix=ernst+edzard+the+desktop+guide%2Cdigital-text%2C69&sr=1-1) and in a more general review (https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/15295342/) The current SR is also encouraging: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/19459860/
  • Comment by Les Rose on Quackery-infected midwifery on the NHS Monday 28 November 2022: 10:11 So The Sunday Times article is wrong about water injections? Did you publish your review?
  • Comment by Richard Rasker on This must be the most sickening cancer scam I have seen for a while Monday 28 November 2022: 10:11 @Paul Anyone who understands how HCQ and IVM were sabotaged these last few years and the powerful forces behind it should be able to comprehend the point. Yes, the point is that you reject scientific consensus among millions of scientists and doctors, in favour of N=1 anecdotal evidence from someone who may not even exist – or, even worse, from people who make and sell bogus cancer drugs without any medical or pharmacological qualifications, let alone the necessary permits. And then cry conspiracy if those people are punished because they broke several laws. Please note that those laws are in place to protect desperate cancer patients from being scammed and killed with ineffective quackery, not to deprive them of effective cures. This is what the science says: – The fenbendazole study is interesting but extremely weak (only 4 or 5 mice in each group). Also, positive mouse trials do not automatically translate to humans. More research is needed. – GcMAF is not effective against cancer. – Hydroxychloroquine is not effective against Covid-19. Ivermectin is not effective against Covid-19. – There are no ‘powerful forces’ keeping effective cancer and Covid drugs from the market – pharmaceutical companies are far too greedy for that: they would be extremely stupid to suppress drugs that could make then literally trillions of dollars. Big Pharma will never pass up an opportunity to make a sale. Who do you think makes all those ‘natural’ supplements and vitamin pills? The only powerful forces at play here are stupidity and arrogance from quacks, science-deniers and of course conspiracy believers.
  • Comment by Edzard on Quackery-infected midwifery on the NHS Monday 28 November 2022: 10:11 I reviewed the evidence quite a while ago and found the evidence to be much more convincing than for SCAM.
  • Comment by Les Rose on Quackery-infected midwifery on the NHS Monday 28 November 2022: 09:11 The article also mentioned the injection of water for low back pain in labour. Have you looked at the quality of evidence for this practice? There seems to be quite a lot of studies.
  • Comment by Paul on This must be the most sickening cancer scam I have seen for a while Sunday 27 November 2022: 15:11 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2687140/ Tippens Protocol has been called a scam but I have seen testimonials. GCMaf David Noakes and Lyn Thyer were illegally renditioned and jailed in France. https://www.ukcolumn.org/article/gcmaf-and-persecution-david-noakes-lyn-thyer-immuno-biotech. Anyone who understands how HCQ and IVM were sabotaged these last few years and the powerful forces behind it should be able to comprehend the point.
  • Comment by Richard Rasker on Homeopathy kills vulnerable patients Sunday 27 November 2022: 15:11 @Dana Ullman Let’s put it like this: if pharmaceutical companies would produce with the same quality of evidence of efficacy that you keep coming up with, none of their products would ever be approved for use. In fact, I would very much like to see homeopathic products being held to the same standards as real medicines before being allowed onto the market. Because that would mean the end of more than 200 years of deception, delusion and quackery.
  • Comment by Lenny on Homeopathy kills vulnerable patients Sunday 27 November 2022: 13:11 And again Dana stamps and shouts because what he imagines to be evidence of homeopathy’s efficacy is shown to be anything but. His selective powers of reading and comprehension mean that the fact that the papers he cites have had absolutely zero effect on healthcare continues to escape him. I’m sure if the opposite was true, he would be trumpeting loudly. He remains an insignificance. The only place he receives any attention is on blogs and discussion forums, and then only as an object of ridicule. Anything he gets published is of interest only to the steadily narrowing circle-jerk formed by his fellow loons. He is a strange, seriously deluded and very, very foolish little man.
  • Comment by DC on Patients deserve greater clarity on who is a physician—and who isn’t Sunday 27 November 2022: 12:11 I doubt the help of a chiropractor, dentist, optometrist or physical therapist (aka doctor of something) will be appropriate or needed. https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2719313?mibextid=Zxz2cZ
  • Comment by Murmur on Patients deserve greater clarity on who is a physician—and who isn’t Sunday 27 November 2022: 12:11 IME, there can be other things at play too, such as assumptions made by patients and their families. I’m male, was a senior community MH nurse, i.e. an autonomous practitioner carrying my own caseload, who always, but always introduced myself as “nurse”. However, I lost count of the number of times I was referred to as “doctor”, as well as “psychologist” and, my favourite, “that gadgie” (that’s Teesside for you). This could not be out down to age, as I worked in CAMHS. And my own niece, the daughter of my sister the senior general nurse, at one time could not believe that Uncle Murmur was also a nurse… There remain some dodgily gendered assumptions out there.
  • Comment by Richard Rawlins on Patients deserve greater clarity on who is a physician—and who isn’t Sunday 27 November 2022: 10:11 Whence cometh the Australian system! And in UK, most surgeons remain humble enough to style themselves as ‘Mister.’ For some reason, in recent years, UK dentists have taken to styling themselves as ‘Doctor’ – which, of course they are not (unless otherwise qualified as PhD or having a second degree in medicine). Why ‘Dentist Smith’ (‘Dn Smith’) does not suffice is beyond me. I guess it’s called ‘Ego.’ But this practice misleads patients and the public.
  • Comment by Bert on Does fish oil consumption have positive effects on the survival of cancer patients? Sunday 27 November 2022: 10:11 I seem to remember reading that fish oil supplements may promote colon cancer spread (at least in mice) .
  • Comment by Björn Geir on Patients deserve greater clarity on who is a physician—and who isn’t Sunday 27 November 2022: 07:11 For some reason I failed to fix the embedded link in my comment. Here it is: https://www.dynamicchiropractic.com/mpacms/dc/article.php?id=37125
  • Comment by Björn Geir on Patients deserve greater clarity on who is a physician—and who isn’t Sunday 27 November 2022: 07:11 When a flight attendant asks over the loudspeaker if there is a ‘Doctor’ on board, how does the chiropractor respond? Perhaps like this brave fella’. ? To any (real) physician, this boastful account of alleged bravery is both frightening and hilarious. Activator and applied kinesiology…”listened to his heart with my ear”…sounds like a Leslie Nielsen movie. The chiropractor’s final declaration is particularly revealing: A chiropractor does not need an MRI — or a CAT-scan, an x-ray or an automatic processor. Even in an emergency, your hands, an Activator, a bed, a couch, a chair or a portable table are all you need to render care to 98% of the populace. Thinking back on my 44 years of practice and my varied experiences, I think maybe I should become a cruise-ship chiropractor in my retirement. Some of the most dangerous people around are those who do not know what they do not know.
  • Comment by William Hay MD on Osteopathy: an absence of good-quality evidence Sunday 27 November 2022: 06:11 I think that is an unfair attack on (US) osteopathy. I have worked with many osteopaths over my 40 years in medicine & Medical education and have found them just as competent as my MD colleagues
  • Comment by DC on Patients deserve greater clarity on who is a physician—and who isn’t Sunday 27 November 2022: 00:11 “ discontinue this needless rapid neck twisting.” I will agree there should not be any “rapid neck twisting.” The proper way is to take the joint to lockout and a small but quick thrust is put into the joint. In the neck this is around 150N and gaps the Z joint a few mm. I see videos of people doing these rapid neck adjustments and it upsets me. That’s how people get hurt.
  • Comment by David Nette on Patients deserve greater clarity on who is a physician—and who isn’t Saturday 26 November 2022: 17:11 Fact: If it were not for the excellent care by the highly trained Doctors and Nurses at the University of Alberta Hospital and extensive rehabilitation at the Glenrose during Sandy’s one year hospital stay, she would not have survived. We owe these true medical professionals more than we could ever express. Thank goodness for these men and women who dedicate their lives and give us second chances. Yes….even Doctors can make mistakes, but our own personal experience was my young wife saw her Chiropractor believing these repeated neck manipulations were necessary in order to help her “maintain” her perfect health. She had no aliment, no disease, no drug use, youth on her side, and lived an incredibly clean lifestyle. We look forward to the day when all Chiropractors discontinue this needless rapid neck twisting. To those who have ceased this dangerous practice we commend you. When the risk of any procedure outweighs any real lasting benefit, why take the chance of destroying someone’s life?
  • Comment by zebra on Patients deserve greater clarity on who is a physician—and who isn’t Saturday 26 November 2022: 14:11 What happened to David’s wife is a matter of public record. What happened to your ‘friends’ or ‘family’ are unverifiable statements of a troll. A troll that has a history of making delusional claims
  • Comment by DC on More evidence to suggest that spinal mobilizations for low back pain are ineffective Saturday 26 November 2022: 12:11 This study wasn’t on SMT. It was grade III mobilization.
  • Comment by DC on More evidence to suggest that spinal mobilizations for low back pain are ineffective Saturday 26 November 2022: 12:11 If they followed the protocols as explained in the clinical trial registry: https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT04367376 I would concur that both are most likely placebos. All they did was use a low force to push on subjects backs in the P to A direction. Subjects that could have been anywhere from acute to chronic.
  • Comment by Edzard on More evidence to suggest that spinal mobilizations for low back pain are ineffective Saturday 26 November 2022: 11:11 depends what you mean by ‘entity’; LBP is a symptom, that’s all.
  • Comment by Christine Sutherland on More evidence to suggest that spinal mobilizations for low back pain are ineffective Saturday 26 November 2022: 11:11 The most recent Cochrane review of SMT further downgraded an earlier poor review to conclude nil effects. It’s difficult to see at this point that anyone would still be trying to justify SMT especially given known serious risks. Thank you Edzard, so important to keep getting the message out there.
  • Comment by Osteopathie Praxis im Klinikum Karlsruhe on More evidence to suggest that spinal mobilizations for low back pain are ineffective Saturday 26 November 2022: 11:11 There is no “Low Back Pain” entity. This is a mere construct of laziness and incompetence on the part of those making this “diagnosis”. Due to the lack of a concept for the systemic analysis of the musculoskeletal system, people mess around at the site of the complaint, some with painkillers, others with manual spinal manipulation, which often does more harm than good.
  • Comment by DavidB on Homeopathy kills vulnerable patients Saturday 26 November 2022: 11:11 Mr Ullman, I should be glad if you would take the time to name a laboratory that can distinguish homeopathic water from other water. You said in this Blog that ‘only fools or liars’ doubted that this can be done. This is my FORTY-SIXTH time of asking. Don’t brand me a fool or liar without making good with evidence.
  • Comment by RG on Patients deserve greater clarity on who is a physician—and who isn’t Saturday 26 November 2022: 10:11 @David Nette I don’t know what happened with your wife’s neck, because you did not elaborate. That said, you or friends or family members have never suffered at the hand of an MD ? … count yourselves lucky then.
  • Comment by prl on Patients deserve greater clarity on who is a physician—and who isn’t Saturday 26 November 2022: 00:11 In Australia, most physicians don’t hold a doctorate at all, they have a joint Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS, or sometimes MBChB, depending where they graduated). They still use the title doctor, however. Here, generally only specialists hold doctorates. I thought that that was also the case in the UK.
  • Comment by Dana Ullman, MPH, CCH on Homeopathy kills vulnerable patients Saturday 26 November 2022: 00:11 Virtually EVERY meta-analysis on homeopathy, including many conducted by non-homeopaths, have ranked Jacobs’ trials as “high qualilty” with little or no risk of bias. Therefore, it is now clear that EVERYTHING THAT YOU SAY AND WRITE IS GARBAGE. GIGO=garbage in creates garbage out.
  • Comment by Dana Ullman, MPH, CCH on Homeopathy kills vulnerable patients Saturday 26 November 2022: 00:11 Richard, You WIN…for providing the WEAKEST rationale for critique of clinical trials! I bow to your great innatity! I am humbled by your lack of light and wisdom.
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