Risks of CAM Part One: Nocebo

August 25, 2010 at 6:30 pm (Alternative Medicine, Chiropractic, Nutritionism, Patrick Holford, Placebo) (, , , , , , , )

Risk of adverse effects from (mis)information

As well as relying on the placebo effect when making claims of the efficacy of their therapies, those providing alternative treatments may also be aided by something akin to the nocebo effect. If you tell healthy people they are sick (or sick people that they are sicker than they thought), it may be possible to induce the perception of symptoms that you can later claim to have resolved. Read the rest of this entry »

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Patrick Holford On Cell Studies and Antioxidants

August 19, 2010 at 8:50 pm (Nutritionism, Patrick Holford)

Here, Patrick Holford responds to a study that found “antioxidants suppressed DNA damage at low concentrations, but potentiated such damage at higher concentrations”. Read the rest of this entry »

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Fluence and the Machine

August 16, 2010 at 5:08 pm (Miscellaneous) (, , )

At the recent talk by Andy Lewis at Birmingham Skeptics in the Pub, I saw a demonstration of an odd machine. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Fall of the Lifestyle Nutritionists?

August 15, 2010 at 2:20 pm (Nutritionism) (, )

Back in 2008, Ben Goldacre made a two part radio series called The Rise of the Lifestyle Nutritionists. It seems that the show may have been made at the peak of the modern lifestyle nutritionists’ popularity. Read the rest of this entry »

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The People’s Medical Journal

August 9, 2010 at 6:14 pm (Media) ()

I thought I’d take a quick look at some of the Daily Mail’s coverage of health stories, both recent and not-so-recent. Read the rest of this entry »

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