The Media Red Wine Obsession

December 23, 2008 at 9:31 pm (Media, Nutritionism) (, , , , )

The media seems to be very keen indeed to tell us all about the wonderful properties of red wine. Here is their latest effort. A Doctor who owns a vineyard is apparently producing red wine high in antioxidants Read the rest of this entry »

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Briffa on Statins and CoenzymeQ10

September 29, 2008 at 8:33 pm (Alternative Medicine, Bad Science, Briffa, Nutritionism, Supplements) (, , , , , , , , , , , , )

Old news, I know – but it is one of Briffa’s hobby horses (not to mention Cybertiger, for those JABS aficionados reading this) and I happened upon an internet forum discussion that was linking to Briffa’s blog. His blog post contained this gem: Read the rest of this entry »

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Mmm… Mung Beans

August 13, 2008 at 8:12 pm (Good Science, Nutritionism) (, , , , , , )

Some time ago I wrote about a letter in J Biol Chem and referred, off-hand, to a paper on the Nutritive Properties of the Mung Bean. I am now returning to the Mung Bean [PDF]. Mung beans are not just for hippies and Gillian McKeith. Read the rest of this entry »

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May 16, 2008 at 8:06 pm (Bad Science, Nutritionism) (, , , , , , , )

The nutritionistas and health food stores (not to mention the press) would have you believe that there is such a thing as a ‘superfood’. There isn’t. Not pomegranate, not walnut, not even any kind of special berry harvested by Tibetan monks and recommended by Patrick Holford or Gillian McKeith. The Birmingham News ran a piece on Wednesday this week that included the claim that Read the rest of this entry »

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Does Woo Work?

February 29, 2008 at 10:08 pm (Alternative Medicine, Bad Science, Dawkins, Homeopathic Remedies, Homeopathy, Remedies, Supplements, Woo) (, , , , , , , , , )

I have previously asked “What’s Woo Worth?“. My earlier post looked at the profits to be made from herbal medicine, homeopathy and supplements. This post takes a quick look at the evidence for the same categories of woo. Read the rest of this entry »

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Snake Oil Science – Reviews

January 25, 2008 at 1:22 pm (Alternative Medicine, Books, Homeopathic Remedies, Remedies, Supplements) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Former director of the University of Maryland’s alternative medicine centre, R Barker Bausell (featured in the Baltimore Sun on 24th January) has a book out called Snake Oil Science. Read the rest of this entry »

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What’s Woo Worth?

November 30, 2007 at 8:59 pm (Alternative Medicine, Bad Science, Homeopathic Remedies, Homeopathy, Remedies, Supplements) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

A common excuse for the lack of proper research in CAM is that “only Big Pharma can afford to do research”. Alt-Med apologists like to assert that there’s no money in it (homeopathy, herbal remedies etc) and so they can’t afford to do the research. I think that’s rubbish. Here’s why: Read the rest of this entry »

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Associated Content ‘Pimp’ Astragalus

October 26, 2007 at 2:07 pm (Alternative Medicine, Bad Science, Remedies, Supplements) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Is Astragalus a Miracle Cure?


No. It isn’t. But these articles seem to say different: and


Note: See the link at the bottom of the post for more on ‘headlines in the form of questions’ from Dr T of ‘Thinking Is Dangerous’.

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