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Skeptical Quickies

I had important things to do today like physical therapy, and shopping, and going out to lunch.  I just got to sit down in front of the computer, and my kid has to get ready for a sleepover, so here are some links of interest.  Monday we’ll do alternative yeast therapies, I promise!

Self-help guru gets 6 years in sweat lodge deaths – a newage self-help guru basically roasted a bunch of people alive, in the name of enlightenment.

FDA revokes Avastin’s approval for breast cancer treatment – but you can still get it prescribed off-label.

Science fights fluoridation – do modern opponents have some real science on their side?

American Pain Foundation creates informational website for CAM – it does talk about some of the risks of CAM treatments, but not comprehensively (aortic dissection isn’t mentioned in regards to spinal manipulation, for instance), and seems quite dewy-eyed and trusting when it comes to efficacy.

Canadian Medical Association Journal: natural health products should be subject to the same regulations as pharmaceutical drugs – “it is a near-universal truth that any substance that exerts a beneficial effect on a biological system will also have the potential for adverse effects.”

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