Is the Placebo a useful medical intervention?

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Alternative medicine is tagged “alternative” because it an intervention that has been demonstrated to not actually do anything medical beyond the placebo effect. Examples abound and include things such as Homeopathy, Reiki, etc… Let’s briefly review those. Examples of Alternative Medicine Homeopathy, dreamed up in 1792. It involves giving you a diluted substance to supposedly … Read more Is the Placebo a useful medical intervention?

New study links all soda to an early death

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There are specific well-defined and also well-known steps that you can take to promote a healthy lifestyle. A new study appears to suggest that an additional one is “don’t drink soda”. You might perhaps be tempted to think that this is about sugar and that diet soda will be just fine. Apparently not. That also … Read more New study links all soda to an early death

New Guidance: Don’t take daily Aspirin

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A prevailing and rather popular practise has been the consumption of a daily low dose of Aspirin to help prevent cardiovascular disease. Literally millions of people are currently doing this. The current medical consensus is that this does more harm than good. There is a new report via a team of Harvard researchers that conforms … Read more New Guidance: Don’t take daily Aspirin

Quackery Alert: WHO ICD-11 Endorses TCM

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Welcome to my acronym soup quackery alert. OK, let’s start with a few definitions so that all is clear. WHO – The World Health Organization ICD-11 – The International Classification of Diseases version 11 TCM – Traditional Chinese Medicine Soooo … to explain my cryptic title, the latest version of the official WHO International Classification of … Read more Quackery Alert: WHO ICD-11 Endorses TCM