Listen: Dr. Christopher Labos and I on the Rise of Integrative Medicine
Pseudoscience

Listen: Dr. Christopher Labos and I on the Rise of Integrative Medicine

This month, Within Reason tackles a scientific topic, so I can publicize it here! Woohoo! Would you like a side of magic with your chemo? Disproven folk remedies used to be the domain of snake oil salesmen; now, they are being integrated into university health centres. Jonathan speaks to Dr. Christopher Labos, a public science educator and … Continue reading

Science Criticism

Listen: A Patient Cracking the Case of Evidence-Based Medicine

Another great episode of the CBC radio show White Coat Black Art with @NightShiftMD. Beth Daley Ullem, former case cracker at McKinsey & Company, remembers how she shopped for the right hospital to take care of her unborn son. Absolutely fascinating. All patients should have access to the data that Beth had, but that’s unfortunately not the … Continue reading

Pseudoscience / Science Criticism

Listen: Dr. Brian Goldman’s Soft Take on Alternative Medicine

Dr. Brian Goldman (@nightshiftmd), host of a great CBC radio show called White Coat Black Art that dares to pull back the curtain on the hidden world of medical practice, seems to be the latest victim of integrative medicine (IM). This IM movement has been gaining traction with Western physicians and medical institutions: many North American hospitals … Continue reading

Pseudoscience

Read: The Med Student Who Wants to Bring Down Dr. Oz

A very interesting read. Some physicians have had enough of Dr. Oz’s pseudoscience and its effect on their patients. “‘Dr. Oz has something like 4-million viewers a day,’ Mazer told Vox. ‘The average physician doesn’t see a million patients in their lifetime. That’s why organized medicine should be taking action.’ “Last year, Mazer brought a policy … Continue reading

Pseudoscience

Read: Drs. Paul Offit and Sarah Erush on Their Hospital’s Decision to Stop Administering Most Dietary Supplements

I stumbled upon a great article from the New York Times co-penned by the indefatigable Dr. Paul Offit, a fierce defender of evidence-based medicine and vaccination in particular. This one is about supplements, the unregulated, sometimes dangerous domain of charlatans. In the piece he explains why the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia will no longer be … Continue reading

Dark, Occult Secret to Minimize Chances of Getting an Infection this Winter Revealed: Learn What Doctors Do Want You to Know
Science Education

Dark, Occult Secret to Minimize Chances of Getting an Infection this Winter Revealed: Learn What Doctors Do Want You to Know

Having worked in a hospital for seven years, I have been privy to medical arcanum: formulae and bits of wisdom long kept outside of traditional scientific journals. These whispered revelations occur in dark corners of cafeterias after hours, or in offices, the door closed, ears attuned to the sounds of potential lurkers. I must admit … Continue reading