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Dead Wild Roses: The Anti-Vaccination Position – Chickens be comin’ home to roost all over this…

Vaccination is one of those medical topics in which people tend to lose their shit. As it happens, you can also risk losing your children if you decide to embrace the foolishness that is the anti-vax movement. Here is a story of a mother’s close encounter with easily preventable childhood diseases.

Learning the Hard Way: My Journey from #AntiVaxx to Science

“I’m writing this from quarantine, the irony of which isn’t lost on me. Emotionally I’m a bit raw. Mentally a bit taxed. Physically I’m fine. All seven of my unvaccinated children have whooping cough, and the kicker (Read more…)

Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: It’s Official: Homeopathy is Bunk

“Homeopathy not effective for treating any condition, Australian report finds,” reads a headline in The Guardian this week. Well, that’s hardly news. But it repeats saying anyway. It’s a story about the latest in a series of studies that again and again debunk homeopathy as a treatment and conclude it is useless. Australia’s National Health and […]

Dead Wild Roses: Belief in Anti-Vaccination Makes You Dangerous (and Stupid).

We have a newspaper of record of sorts here in Alberta. I’ll be quoting from the Edmonton Journal to cover the amazing amount of stupid it takes to somehow think that vaccines are linked to autism.

1. They are not. [Pubmed, Google Scholar.]

2. See #1.

“One in five Albertans believes some vaccines can cause autism, according to a new poll that suggests a big segment of the population is wary about a perceived medical side-effect that has been widely debunked by scientists.

The telephone poll of 2,838 respondents found that 21 per cent (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: Helpful Infographic – Painkillers.

A few bits of information on the assortment of pain medication available to us.

See the PDF here in all its bigness.

 

Filed under: Medicine Tagged: Helpful Infographics, Medicine, Painkilers

Dead Wild Roses: The Central Dogma of Alternative Medicine – Dr. David Gorski

Orac brings the pain to the masters(?) of woo.

 

Filed under: Media, Medicine, Science Tagged: Alternative Medicine, CAM, Magic, Reiki, Woo

Dead Wild Roses: Traditional Woo – Endangering Children in Canada

Just like using Vitamin C to treat cancer…

“It’s a case that has Canadians and the legal community buzzing.

Earlier this month Ontario Judge Gethin Edward ruled in favour of a First Nations girl and her family, who stopped chemotherapy to treat her acute lymphoblastic leukemia, choosing traditional medicine instead.

The judge rejected an application from McMaster Children’s Hospital that would have required the Children’s Aid Society to intervene in the case.”

Buzzing indeed. Let us be clear up front – evidenced based medicine works. Anything else is just a fine grade mixture of bullshit and the placebo effect that (Read more…)

Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: The Ebola Panic

Ebola has gripped the imagination of North American media and been spun into a terrifying spectre looming like a horseman of the apocalypse over us. So widespread has it become that Jenny McCarthy, one of the top wingnuts of quackery and pseudomedicine, and poster girl for the pro-measles-pro-mumps parents, felt compelled to pipe up with her […]

Dead Wild Roses: Morcellator Madness – Imagine A Mechnical Cancer Sprinkler in Your Abdominal Cavity

The FDA and Health Canada are deliberating on the safety of this procedure for women. I was listening to CBC yesterday and heard this piece, and shuddered at the implications. Here’s the blurb from the podcast.

“Health Canada warns surgery using a morcellator could spread undetected cancer, Amy Reed & her husband are fighting to stop the practice – Oct 15, 2014

Not long ago, only surgeons and patients would have heard of a morcellator. Gynecological surgeons say morcellation minimizes the risks of certain surgeries, but others see the procedure to be a cause of risk, especially for (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: The Community Mailbox Scandal and the Doctor’s Revolt

As you probably know, from now on in Harperland if you're old or disabled, or can't walk for miles or clamber over a snow drift to get to your ugly new community mailbox.If you want home delivery, you have to get a doctor's note.Not CONada Post says because they don't trust seniors. But only because they care about their health, and want to know their "special needs."After all didn't they once suggest it might be an "exercise opportunity?"

But sadly, or scandalously, it seems those wretched suits forgot to check with Canada's doctors, and they're not happy.Read more »

Montreal Simon: The Harper Regime’s War on the Wounded Children of Gaza

The other day I told you about a tiny candle of decency in the darkness that is Gaza.Ontario's plan to bring wounded children to be treated in the province's hospitals. The Ontario government is willing to provide medical care to 100 injured children from Gaza, it said Tuesday – several days after a Palestinian-Canadian doctor made a public plea to bring kids to Canada for treatment.And I said that was MY Canada.But sadly my Canada isn't Harperland, and the Cons are no better than beasts. Read more »

Dead Wild Roses: News Flash For the Calgary Doctor: Medicine is Evidence Based. (!)

What the hell is this? Am I living in the US or something?

This story broke on on CBC radio June 27th, and listening to what happened I filled this news tid-bit safely under the “smart people doing stupid things” category. The tale of this doctor’s mixed up medical ethos stuck in my brain though and managed to annoy me enough inspire a blog post on the topic.

“A Calgary doctor is being criticized by patients for refusing to prescribe birth control at a walk-in clinic. When Dr. Chantal Barry is on shift a sign at the WestGlen Medical Centre informs patients (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: News Flash For the Calgary Doctor: Medicine is Evidence Based. (!)

What the hell is this? Am I living in the US or something?

This story broke on on CBC radio June 27th, and listening to what happened I filled this news tid-bit safely under the “smart people doing stupid things” category. The tale of this doctor’s mixed up medical ethos stuck in my brain though and managed to annoy me enough inspire a blog post on the topic.

“A Calgary doctor is being criticized by patients for refusing to prescribe birth control at a walk-in clinic. When Dr. Chantal Barry is on shift a sign at the WestGlen Medical Centre informs patients (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Day of Decision

Well the day of decision is finally here. The day Stephen Harper must decide whether to approve the Northern Gateway Pipeline.And no doubt he is psyching himself up in his bunker, by among other things reminding himself that David Suzuki was on that list of Canadian heroes I wrote about yesterday.And he isn't.But of course it won't be an easy decision, because there are no easy political options. Read more »

Dead Wild Roses: The Business of Smoking

 

Another reason why we need more science and not less in the world. Where smoking has been accurately depicted as hazardous to your health and society the rate goes down. Other places, not so much.

[Source:Al Jazeera]

Filed under: Medicine, Science Tagged: Government Regulations, Medical Science, Public Health, Smoking

Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Is silver safe as a medicine?

The short answer to that headline question – based on everything I’ve read of late – is no. It’s not that silver has no medical uses – one form has been used in dressings and bandages as an antiseptic (not, as is sometimes claimed, an antibiotic). Silver nitrate is sometimes used to treat warts and corns. However, the […]

Dead Wild Roses: Welcome Back Polio…

Many thanks to anti-vaxers and of course the CIA for doing the stupid shite they are famous for and making the world a worse place in the process.

 

Filed under: Medicine, Science Tagged: Medicine, Polio, Science

Dead Wild Roses: World Immunization Week – April 24th – 30th

A helpful infographic from the WHO.

Filed under: Education, Medicine, Science Tagged: DWR PSA, Immunization Week, WHO

Dead Wild Roses: World Immunization Week – April 24th – 30th

A helpful infographic from the WHO. (having trouble reading the poster? “control + and control – ” may be able to help you out check the large version)

Filed under: Education, Medicine, Science Tagged: DWR PSA, Immunization Week, WHO

Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: What do we know about Bell’s Palsy?

Bell’s Palsy is one of those rare ailments, and one that annoys more than threatens, but can be difficult and socially awkward for sufferers. It’s also one that still baffles researchers as to its cause. And also for an effective treatment. According to facialpalsy.org, The name ‘Bell’s palsy’ comes from 19th-century Scottish anatomist and surgeon […]

Melissa Fong: Xenophobics out to get Chinese-language Acupuncturists AKA Idiots volunteering to be discriminatory, racist idiots

  Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medicine that Canadians have the PRIVILEGE of using as an alternative medicine. But some idiots who VOLUNTEER to see an acupuncturist wants to enforce […]

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Con War on Medicare

He has waited a long time to make his move. From the day he was first elected with the support of a group that was founded to kill medicare.He had to restrain himself for so many years. But it was always going to be the biggest, bloodiest, and most prized trophy in his skull rack.The one that told him the Canada he hated so much was dead at last.And now the Con War on Medicare has finally begun.Read more »

Dead Wild Roses: Let’s Chalk Up Another Child’s Death to Alternative Medicine

Ah yes, purveyors of Woo this is your fault. This isn’t Big Pharma, this isn’t biased studies, or any of the mendacity that you preach – the death of this child is squarely and completely on you. The CBC reports:

“Criminal charges are pending against a Calgary mother who police allege relied on holistic treatments instead of getting medical help for her seven-year-old son’s strep infection.”

Holistic treatments to treat a bacterial infection? Are you frakking kidding me – how much nonsense did the woo pedlars have to feed this parent to make her eschew (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: Edmonton Alternative Medicine – Quackery Descends in my Hometown

Why oh why do people still want to normalize the use of magic and illusion into the practice of medicine?

We’ve spent decades codifying and rooting out the bullshit practices and have steeled ourselves against ‘good common sense’ notions and looked where the evidence points us. There is no mystery to evidence based medicine it has been shown empirically to work. Contrast that with ‘alternative or integrative‘ or ‘whatever term the quacks are using now to sound legitimate and authoritative‘ which is not evidence based, not rigorously tested and not frakking effective. (Read more…)

Molly'sBlog: Measuring ghosts

MEASURING GHOSTS     A recent article in Science Translational Medicine asks the question “Can We Measure Autism ?” To my mind this begs the question, “is there really something called “autism” that we should be trying to measure ?”. The authors Isaac S. Kohane and Alai Eran inadvertently make the case in the negative. They first of all note the controversy that recent changes in the “psychiatric Bible”, the DSM, have provoked. To their credit they mention the “changes in funding” behind some of the debate, though they stop short of a robust criticism of the “mental illness complex” as (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: The Side Effects of Pregnancy – Repost from Liz Library

This is a signal boost/handy reference that enumerates the risks women face when pregnant. It is a useful tool in dispelling the motherhood myths that surround what pregnancy is like for women and awesome it is for them. The Liz Library is a great website, but slow loading, thus its duplication here for easier access.

And that’s just talking about the immediate physical repercussions.

Below is a partial list of the physical effects and risks of pregnancy. This list does not include the many non-physical effects and risks a woman faces in reproducing, such as the economic investment (Read more…)