The “Alternative” Controversy

Originally posted 19 June 2009 There’s been a lot of talk lately about the AP Impact series bashing “alternative medicine”. And it got us to thinking about how this term is kind of a straw man. onlyforward/Flickr Self-proclaimed skeptics like to say there is only medicine: that which works. Everything else, they argue, is non-medicine, […]

The “Alternative” Controversy

There’s been a lot of talk lately about the AP Impact series bashing “alternative medicine”. And it got us to thinking about how this term is kind of a straw man.   onlyforward/Flickr Self-proclaimed skeptics like to say there is only medicine: that which works. Everything else, they argue, is non-medicine, and they lump it […]

Where Appearances Can Trump Reality

Regular readers of our blog and newsletter are certainly familiar with the lengths Big Pharma goes to in pushing their product, as we’ve often commented on their tactics – manipulated studies, disease mongering, giving gifts and money to doctors and so on. This week, however, a new one came to light: creating a fake medical […]

Monday Funnies: Industrial Medicine

View the whole collection About the artist: Emma Holister is self-taught apart from a brief waft through Central St. Martins, London (92-93) where she attended a one year post-graduate course in painting. She is English, speaks several languages, has travelled fairly widely and prefers to live in most places other than England. She has generally […]

Now It’s Kids and Cholesterol while We Miss the Big Picture

So the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has revised its position on children and cholesterol. Now they say that children as young as two should be screened for cholesterol if they are at risk of developing cardiovascular disease (CVD). The AAP also lowered the age at which they indicate statins – from 10 to 8 […]

Stat!: So Much Spent on Health Care, and What Do We Get?

Percent of GDP spent on health care in the United Kingdom: 8.7 In the US: more than 16 Life expectancy at birth in the UK: 78.7 years In the US: 78 Image by thinkpanama via Flickr Percent of income a four-member American family making $50,000 a year will pay into the US health care system […]

Quick Links: Pharma Phollies Edition

Image by robotson via Flickr   Pushing Prescriptions: A Record Year for the Pharmaceutical Lobby in ’07 (Center for Public Integrity) Doctors Say Medication Is Overused in Dementia (NY Times) Drug-Resistant High Blood Pressure on the Rise (NY Times) Study: Medication Problems Cause 12% of ER Visits (Wall Street Journal Health Blog) One Drug, Many […]

Recommended Reading: Choosing to Care, Bipolar Vogue, How We Walk Wrong & Reconnecting with Yourself

Why Bother? (NY Times) Global warming is real and happening, with so many causes that it seems there’s nothing we can do as individuals to help our environment heal. Apathy is the easy choice – until you read Michael Pollan’s encouraging essay on why our choices matter – environmentally and just plain mentally – even […]

The FDA’s 180: Be Concerned about Mercury in Dental Amalgam Fillings

From the San Jose Mercury News: Two years ago, Dr. David Biles videotaped a string of patients in his Santa Cruz dental office talking about what happened after he removed their mercury amalgam fillings. All of them reported they felt healthier; they said symptoms such as pain, high blood pressure and bleeding gums went away. […]