Tagged: natural health remedies

"Knowledge is merely opinion." Storm – in cartoon and words - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Apr 09, 2011

Tim Minchin’s 9-minute beat poem Storm that takes on medical ‘woo’ in an expatriate London dinner-party setting is well-known to many already, but this new cartoon presentation of it, released a few days ago, makes for good weekend viewing. (Credits: Poem written and performed by Tim Minchin. Directed and animated by DC Turner. Produced by Tracy King. Read More

Reviews & IV vitamin C as treatment for severe pneumonia - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Nov 05, 2010

Recently I suggested one approach to check a claim was to look to the review literature. That article was a generalisation of what I originally wrote as a comment in reply to others’ claim that high-dose intravenous (IV) vitamin C was a sound treatment for severe pneumonia. Below is a revised and expanded version of the … Read More

Immunisation, then and now - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Nov 04, 2010

As should be obvious to regular sciblogs readers, this is Vaccine Awareness Week. Rather than focus on anti-vaccine views, I’d like to present a few links with commentary as some sort of starting point to encourage reading about vaccines, mainly focusing on the origins of the idea of vaccination and a very brief conceptual outline of the basis of … Read More

If presenting a claim on a popular issue … - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Nov 02, 2010

… consider testing if your idea is sound first using the review literature. Perhaps one of the easier ways for readers (journalists, advocates, spokespeople, etc.) less familiar with a field to test for themselves if their claim is widely-accepted in the research literature[1] is to check if independent, well-regarded sources … Read More

Chemical-free alternatives (as seen on TV3) - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Oct 09, 2010

Campbell Live has last night featured a presentation by Wendyl Nisson offering ’chemical free’ alternatives to various products, promoting her recent book. Of course, they are not ’chemical free’. As Alison wrote in a recent post, 'Natural', perhaps, but definitely not 'chemical-free'. This story repeats the ’chemical-free’ theme throughout: ’The … Read More

It won't be by taking sugar pills… - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Oct 02, 2010

Doing the rounds of science blogs is this song, The Sounds of Science, based on Paul Simon’s The Sounds of Silence. The original plays in the opening and closing passages of The Graduate. (According to wikipedia, the original title has ‘sounds’ as plural, with later editions offering the singular. Grammatical nazism of an earlier era winning over artistic license, … Read More

Vitalism ideology in chiropractic advertising - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Jul 25, 2010

A dissection of an advertisement in which a local chiropractor tries to make vitalism sound credible It’s been a very long time since I have taken the local chiropractor to task over one of his advertisements. I’m not able to give a full dose of Respectful Insolence in Orac’s inimitable style, but the chiropractor’s … Read More

Friday reading – Legionnaires' Disease, human ash sculptures, and more - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Jun 18, 2010

As a science blogger my web browser gets full of open tabs holding articles I’d like to read, but haven’t time to do more than skim. Weeding out the good but not good enough to leave you with the better of these, I give you with this reading list: Legionnaires’ Disease occurs in New Zealand occasionally. Read More