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Montreal Simon: Muhammad Ali and the Brutal Sport of Boxing

He was a giant, an unforgettable character on the stage of life.And he deserves all the tributes that are pouring in from all over the world.But while many call Muhammad Ali "The Greatest" for the kind of boxer he was.I choose to admire him … . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Muhammad Ali and the Brutal Sport of Boxing

Dead Wild Roses: Measles Explained – And Also, Get Vaccinated.

Let’s work together on this one folks. We should be done this by now. Filed under: Medicine Tagged: Measles, Medicine, Vaccinations . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Measles Explained – And Also, Get Vaccinated.

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Cancer Treatments and Cures – Natural and Conventional: An Overview

  Here’s a thorny, delicate, controversial subject – but then again, when have I ever been known to shy away from such things? Peoples’ lives and well-being are at stake. We cannot afford to be tepid, mousey or weak-minded. Accor… . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: Cancer Treatments and Cures – Natural and Conventional: An Overview

Montreal Simon: How to Help Stop Seniors From Dying of Loneliness

When I was a boy my grandmother read me a story about an old woman whose body was discovered in a rooming house, days or weeks after she died.And when they went through her possessions they found a diary, with only these same words written on every pag… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: How to Help Stop Seniors From Dying of Loneliness

Scripturient: Putting Homeopathy to the Test

Homeopathic products often make a lot of outrageous claims. Given that these products are just water, or sometimes water and sugar, anyone with a gnat’s worth of common sense doesn’t believe those claims. Nor are they backed by any evidence. It’s no wonder homeopathy is called the “air guitar of medicine:” It should not be . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Putting Homeopathy to the Test

Things Are Good: Beer as Medicine

Beer is delicious and it can be healthy to drink on its own. Apparently, back in the day, beer was used to deliver medicine. It turns out that this isn’t a crazy idea and can be a good way to deliver need medicinal ingredients to patients.

Another option was to add the herbs during the . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Beer as Medicine

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

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 . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: It’s Official: Homeopathy is Bunk

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

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

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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

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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 . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Traditional Woo – Endangering Children in Canada

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 . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: The Ebola Panic

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

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 . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Community Mailbox Scandal and the Doctor’s Revolt

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 . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Harper Regime’s War on the Wounded Children of Gaza

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

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

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 . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Day of Decision

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

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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 . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Is silver safe as a medicine?

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

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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

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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

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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 . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: What do we know about Bell’s Palsy?