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:
With a special mention for Orac at 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!


Common/severe interactions:

St. John's Wort

RegenErect recall -- example of voluntary recall due to slight change in ingredients (making it a new drug)

FDA how a drug is developed & approved:

Sucrosa picture:,1606/

How viagra came to be, heart med

concerns w/conventional medicine:

"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

Taking a pill proves effective in chemotherapy.

Avandia Settlement


Origins of homeopathy

Warning letter against homeopathic "Profen HP"

Therapeutic equivalence


St John's Wort

Homeopath licensing


CHIRO origins

Nutritionist vs Dietitian

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


Taylor v Oklahoma 1955, Naturopath sued OK trying to get licensed, OK denied.



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