Jim McVeagh

Red, Red Wine - MacDoctor

Jan 12, 2012

A researcher into the benefits of resveratrol, the ingredient in red wine that is thought to have cardiovascular benefits, has been found to be falsifying his results. Dr. Dipak Das is alleged to have fabricated, falsified and manipulated data for several minor published studies of the substance. This is a little weird in itself because there […]

Related posts:
  1. Drinking Your Way to Cancer Here’s a piece of research that will make the Food...

Brain Zap - MacDoctor

Jan 07, 2012

I have been meaning to blog about this article in Stuff on Electroconvulsive Therapy. As with almost every media article I have every seen on the subject, this one is thoroughly biased against ECT. It is as if journalists cannot resist dredging up the checkered and lurid past of ECT and presenting current ECT practice […]

Related posts:
  1. Death of a Brain Cell I have never really understood the compulsion of people to...
  2. Death of a Brain Cell I have to say, I much preferred the WHO when...
  3. Frying Your Brain There is a gross scene in the movie Hannibal, where...

Check Your Target - MacDoctor

Jan 04, 2012

A survivor of a hunting “accident” asks the question “Why are people still being shot?“. The MacDoctor can help with this one. He was an ED doctor for 9 years in Southland, literally the “Happy Hunting Ground” of New Zealand. Of the dozens of shooting incidents he has seen, he has yet to see one […]

Related posts:
  1. Booze Scoop David Farrar appears to have scooped the newspapers with a...
  2. Alcopopped The government is revisiting the drinking age as part of...
  3. Just Don’t Look at My Liver Sometimes you just shake you head in wonder at the...

Hidden Costs - MacDoctor

Jan 02, 2012

Talking about the death toll from the February killer quake in Christchurch, Professor Mike Ardagh reckons that there will be a number of others who will have died from the quake who are not yet part of this toll. He is thinking mainly of those who succumbed to complications from their injuries or died as […]

Related posts:
  1. Bird’s Eye ABC News has a cool, yet horrifying series of images...
  2. Restraining Health Costs Brian Fallow provides an excellent look at the urgent need...
  3. On Levels of Evidence Yesterday, John Roughan’s column in the Herald was about the...

On Levels of Evidence - MacDoctor

Jan 01, 2012

Yesterday, John Roughan’s column in the Herald was about the people of Christchurch and their need to know “the worst they might face”. He draws his story from the reluctance of the GNS to make comments about the possibility of further strong earthquakes even though they knew there was good scientific evidence that there would […]

No related posts.

Vitamyths - MacDoctor

Dec 29, 2011

Vi♦ta♦myth [vahy-tuh-mith; Brit. also vit-uh-mith] A factoid about vitamins that is wildly inaccurate or untrue Vitamyths come from both ends of the vitamin spectrum. Those who promote the consumption of vast amounts of vitamins are usually happy to make outlandish claims about their efficacy. This is, in some ways, quite understandable, as it is in [...] Related posts:

  1. Vitamin Victims? Here is a good illustration why newspapers desperately need proper...
  2. Mental Suggestion If ever there was a good example of why health...
  3. Medicating the Masses Katherine Rich gives her considered opinion in the Herald today...

Sugar Sickness - MacDoctor

Dec 27, 2011

New Zealand is, apparently, the third fattest nation in the world according to OECD statistics. Yet fighting the obesity “epidemic” is not rocket science. Apart from the very few people who have some serious metabolic disorder, all that causes obesity is taking in more calories than you burn up. Yes, it is rather more complicated [...] Related posts:

  1. A Moron Tax I see the Australian food police, the Australian Food and Grocery...
  2. Fat Chance of Fat Tax Apparently there is a war on obesity. Trouble is, there...
  3. Get Checked An evaluation of the “Get Checked” by Auckland university has...

The Healthy Contraceptive? - MacDoctor

Dec 21, 2011

The MacDoctor sees that the Lancet is up to its old tricks again – publishing controversial comments and papers with poor scientific reasoning behind them. You would have thought that almost single-handedly producing the anti-vaccine movement with a poorly researched, bogus article would have taught them some caution, but apparently not. Not yet published in [...] Related posts:

  1. There’s got to be a Morning After. There are times when I actually agree with the much-maligned Family...
  2. The Accidental Pregnancy Wonderful illustration of false fear-inducing headlines in the Herald today...
  3. Treating Health Philosophically, I have a deep disquiet about the tendency of my...

To Die For - MacDoctor

Nov 30, 2011

In commenting on the case of Sean Davison - the man who has just been convicted of assisting the suicide of his terminally-ill mother – John Kleinsman (the director of the Nathaniel Centre, the New Zealand Catholic Bioethics Centre) makes the salient point that legalising euthanasia will leave the elderly vulnerable to pressure from family, health professionals [...] Related posts:

  1. Killing Me Softly… There is much commentary in the blogosphere about the rather...
  2. Euthanasia (Part 1) Euthanasia is a topic not unlike abortion, in that it...
  3. Starving to Death I might have known that the case of Margaret Page,...

Death of a Brain Cell - MacDoctor

Jun 04, 2011

I have to say, I much preferred the WHO when they were only a rock and roll band and not a teeming hive of health BureauPrats*. This week, a meeting of the terminally stupid (otherwise known as the International Agency for Research on Cancer – IARC) issued a statement that flies in the face of logic, [...] Related posts:

  1. Selling the Cell Phone Ban I see Steven Joyce has put the proposed ban on...
  2. Death of a Brain Cell I have never really understood the compulsion of people to...
  3. Spam Journalism #61 Spam Journalism: The spurious use of sensational headlines to add...