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Cheap and Easy

Published: December 23, 2010

Everyone has their own immune boosting rituals and homebrew remedies that are liberally applied and talked about during this time of the year. With that in mind I’ve decided to give my two cents on this topic. Orange juice and other antioxidant containing foods have been controversially thought to boost the immune system, although clinical evidence read more »

Some Bad News for Probiotics

Published: November 24, 2010

In October the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) ruled that products such as Yakult, a yogurt product marketed as an aid to digestive health and as an immune system booster cannot be shown to do either. The multi-billion dollar probiotics industry has challenged the ruling, but it remains to be seen whether they can produce any date to support some read more »

Charlatans and Chicanery (Part 2)

Published: November 4, 2010

Hot off the heels of the Dr. Andrew Wakefield verdict, another physician has been struck-off of the British Medical Register by the General Medical Council. Dr. Robert Trossel was found by the GMC to be in breach of good medical practice by exploiting vulnerable patients and causing mental, financial, and possibly physical harm. As it turns out, Dr. read more »

Dr. Simon Singh talks Alternative Medicines (pt. 2)

Published: October 22, 2010

Many Americans rely on “alternative medicine” treatments. There have always been doubts about the efficacy of such therapies. Studies have been undertaken in recent years to test them. In some cases the jury is in. A few years ago I interviewed the co-author of a book which summarized what can be said about such treatments. Dr. Simon Singh is a read more »

Dr. Simon Singh talks Alternative Medicines

Published: October 9, 2010

Many Americans rely on “alternative medicine” treatments. There have always been doubts about the efficacy of such therapies. Studies have been undertaken in recent years to test them. In some cases the jury is in. A few years ago I interviewed the co-author of a book which summarized what can be said about such treatments. Dr. Simon Singh is a read more »

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