Thursday, March 22, 2012

Skeptic Talk Links Roundup

Hey kids! Remember when I said I'd been preparing for a skeptic talk for a while?  Well, it HAPPENED!  I promised a big long boring list of links for people to check my work and learn more about alternative & conventional medicine. This is pretty much just a Links Roundup and an opportunity for more questions & discussion. I'll start off with a couple of my favorite links for this stuff, then follow up with a copy/paste of all the links I saved while researching.

First, my favorite places to get info:

www.sciencebasedmedicine.org
www.quackwatch.org
With a special mention for Orac at http://scienceblogs.com/insolence/ who has way more skeptic chops than me in the alt-med game.
And an extra-special thanks to Simon Singh and Edzard Ernst, authors of Trick or Treatment, who pretty much stole my talk several years before I ever dreamed it up.

Okay, here come the links!

Indications:
http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=20732

Common/severe interactions: http://www.drug-injury.com/druginjurycom/2006/04/common_but_seve.html

St. John's Wort http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/st-johns-000931.htm

RegenErect recall -- example of voluntary recall due to slight change in ingredients (making it a new drug)http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm293376.htm

FDA how a drug is developed & approved: http://www.fda.gov/drugs/developmentapprovalprocess/howdrugsaredevelopedandapproved/default.htm

Sucrosa picture: http://www.theonion.com/articles/fda-approves-sale-of-prescription-placebo,1606/

How viagra came to be, heart med
http://www.cosmosmagazine.com/features/print/1463/how-i-discovered-viagra

http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/angina/

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concerns w/conventional medicine:
http://depletedcranium.com/study-finds-half-of-doctors-give-placebos-to-patients/

"personalized medicine" creeping into ostensibly sbm

"The physician's belief in the treatment and the patient's faith in the physician exert a mutually reinforcing effect; the result is a powerful remedy that is almost guaranteed to produce an improvement and sometimes a cure." -- Petr Skrabanek and James McCormick, Follies and Fallacies in Medicine, p. 13.

Color and shape of pills influence effectiveness
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/11/101115110959.htm

Taking a pill proves effective in chemotherapy.
http://www.skepticblog.org/2011/10/17/reiki-doesnt-work-either/

Avandia Settlement
http://www.palmbeachpersonalinjuryblog.com/2011/11/report-glaxo-drug-settlement-largest-in-history.shtml

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Origins of homeopathy
http://www.mindbodyhealth.com/bmc_homeopathy.htm

Warning letter against homeopathic "Profen HP"
http://www.casewatch.org/fdawarning/prod/2009/ridge.shtml

Therapeutic equivalence
http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/informationondrugs/ucm079436.htm

Grapefruit
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2005-01/uorm-gja011705.php

St John's Wort
http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/st-johns-000931.htm

Homeopath licensing
http://www.amcofh.org/Programs/HMPT_Legal.html


GateControl
http://www.sciencedaily.com/articles/g/gate_control_theory_of_pain.htm

CHIRO origins
http://www.chiro.org/alt_med_abstracts/FULL/Chiropractic_Origins_Controversies.html

Nutritionist vs Dietitian
http://www.livestrong.com/article/419110-clinical-nutritionist-vs-registered-dietician/

Acu:
Trick Or Treatment, Singh & Ernst p.83, The Truth About Acupuncture

licensure
https://www.acufinder.com/Acupuncture+Laws/Oklahoma/37

Taylor v Oklahoma 1955, Naturopath sued OK trying to get licensed, OK denied.
http://www.camlawblog.com/articles/licensure-and-credentialing/naturopathy-licensure-in-all-us-states/

Naturopathy
http://www.quackwatch.org/01QuackeryRelatedTopics/Naturopathy/naturopathy.html

Supplements:
http://www.skepdic.com/vitacon.html

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