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 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!
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
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.
Origins of homeopathy
Warning letter against homeopathic "Profen HP"
St John's Wort
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.