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The doctor has been taught to be interested not in health but in disease. What the public is taught is that health is the cure for disease.
By tigtog on November 19, 2010
Fred Vogelstein, parent of a child with epilepsy that’s been unable to be effectively controlled pharmaceutically, describes his family’s positive experience with a ketogenic diet as a treatment regime: a diet that involves a whole lot of fat in a restricted calorie regime that requires measuring food in fractions of grams. The whole story behind this increasingly accepted but horrendously complicated to manage treatment is a fascinating read.
By tigtog on November 15, 2010
The Therapeutic Goods Administration last week approved Gardasil for use on males up to the age of 26.
By tigtog on October 21, 2010
Research generally shows some important health benefits related to fetal uptake of maternal dietary DHA, but increased IQ no longer appears to be one of them. At least increasing one’s intake of fish oil has few if any downsides for either mother or fetus.
By Mindy on May 25, 2010
Anti-immunisation doctor banned in the UK. As he is now in the US this will do little to slow him down. Appearing on NBC’s Today Show, Wakefield described the decision as “a little bump on the road.” He claimed the US government has been settling cases of vaccine-induced autism since 1991. SMH 25/5/10 The US [...]
By blue milk on May 10, 2010
At some point during my own pregnancy I knew I would confront my pro-choice politics, not because I had had an abortion in the past but because I could have, and because I believe so strongly in my right to do so. Because I dedicated some years of my career to the pro-choice movement; because [...]
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By Lauredhel on March 20, 2010
Media articles on contraception surveys and how silly teh wimminz are pretty much always bother me. For a whole variety of reasons. Here’s one of them. There is so much elided, left out, glossed over, ignored, probably not even known by the author. So many opportunities lost to examine the actual issues. So many assumptions [...]
By Lauredhel on March 3, 2010
Castoo is a business that offers “tattoos” for plaster casts. You can get dragons, fairies, flames, sharks, old skool tattoos, flowers, or a variety of other designs. My favourite? Send ‘em your X-ray, and you’ll get back a cast decoration that looks like your fracture. (Though all I can do is look at that photo, [...]
By tigtog on February 24, 2010
We conclude that placebos should not be routinely prescribed on the National Health Service
By Lauredhel on January 1, 2010
Yeah, I get cranky at stories like this one: Tracy Hermanstorfer: Christmas Miracle Mom and Baby Die, Revive I’m thrilled for the family that they both survived this event. I hope they go on to a happy, loving, long life together. It’s hard to imagine how terrifying an experience this must have been. What’s cheesing [...]
By tigtog on December 15, 2009
Grab a cushion for your desk (the bit in front of your head) before reading this defence of homeopathy on HuffPo, Home of Woo. Thing is, this theory is perfectly testable – I foresee the need for 4 test groups of people with the same medical complaint – Group 1 will receive the homeopathically appropriate [...]
By tigtog on November 19, 2009
Fairfax has a piece on myths about obesity that is sensible and properly science-based, and which they are promoting in the banner area of the front page? Maybe there’s something to all this approaching-2012-apocalypso after all.