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Category: Medical

Debunking pseudoscience

responses to popular anti-vaxer rhetoric

I made a generic copy/paste that you can all use against antivaxers: 1. The likelihood of ANY “vaccine injury” has less than a 0.01% chance of happening. (Which includes mild reactions) 2. Those scary toxins in the vaccines go through chemical reactions that make them harmless to the body and easy to metabolize. Think about…
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Everything That’s Wrong With the Gene-Edited Babies

A Chinese researcher announced Monday that a woman has given birth to twins that he had genetically edited. As someone who works in biotech, I have a lot of strong feelings about this. I am all for genetically engineering and modifying plant, animal, and human life, as long as it is regulated, ethical, and safe.…
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How chronic pain sufferers / people with autoimmune diseases are targeted by woo.

A lot the time chronic pain sufferers/people w autoimmune diseases are desperate for a good treatment, or maybe even a cure even if their judgement tells them that is bad advice. People try to take advantage of these people all the time.I have polled a group of people that are chronically ill. Including myself. There’s…
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There Is No Conclusive Evidence That Cannabinoids Actually Cure Cancer

    On the subject of cannabis: Many healthcare providers can agree that cannabis can alleviate some symptoms associated with cancer, like pain and nausea, as well as the side effects associated with the various kinds of cancer treatments available. But there is no conclusive evidence that it targets any one of the thousands of…
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Eteplirsen and the rise of patient participation in FDA drug approvals.

A long road traveled Let me first preface this article with the admission that the FDA drug approval process is not, or anywhere near perfect.  Also, I do feel conflicted as DMD is a devastating disease with little to no treatment.  I do feel for the children, and their family, who are desperately searching for…
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New Study Shows Chiropractic Is Ineffective For Migraines (Duh)

The search for a credible placebo For far too long the research on chiropractic has had the same issue as research on acupuncture, a reliable placebo.  Without a credible placebo, studies become impossible to double-blind and very difficult to single-blind.  Often times the controls are pain medication or no treatment at all.  Many times the…
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Whooping In Washington

In Washington state, here in the United States, pertussis (whooping cough) caused nearly 200 campers to be sent home early after whooping cough prompted the YMCA of Greater Seattle to close the overnight camp on the Kitsap Peninsula. This is yet another dangerous example of the rejection of vaccine uptake. The rise of misinformation and…
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Are GMOs Necessary? Or Can Organic & Traditional Farming Feed the World Alone?

Does the world really need GMOs? This is a question often asked by anti-GMO activists. What’s unfortunate in the anti-GMO movement, however, is that it is often difficult to get a dialogue started on this topic purely due to the fact that there is so much misinformation surrounding genetic modification. Attempting to respond to their denialist questions and claims on GMOs oftentimes…
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Using Genetics to Disprove Biblical Stories

In genetics we can look at genetic diversity in everyone and everything and find common genetic traits which would indicate a significant reduction in a given population. This is done by finding and identifying genetic traits that only a small breeding population would have in common and would be subsequently carried down through subsequent generations.…
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When woo memes get DANGEROUS and DEADLY!

When woo memes get DANGEROUS and DEADLY! Woo memes like this need to be pointed out as being dangerous nonsense, gullible people can actually die from bad advice such as this. According to the World Health Organization: Cardiovascular disease is number 1 cause of death globally: more people die annually from CVDs than from any…
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