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Dead Wild Roses: Woo Wednesday on DWR – The “Magic” of Ear Candling

Hey, lets stuff burning stuff into our orifices, think magical thoughts, and *poof* feel better. Let’s go along with Concordance as he takes a bit more time to explain exactly inane ear candling is and why, at the same time rational people still do it.


Filed under: Quackery Tagged: Concordance, ear candling, Magic, Stuff that doesn’t work, Woo

Dead Wild Roses: Happy New Year.

The last big bump has been before the long yawn that is January and February has just been crossed. Happy New Year everyone.



Filed under: Housekeeping Tagged: Happy New Year, Woo

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…)

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…)

Dead Wild Roses: Another Blog Milestone?

You betcha ladies and gentlemen. 500,000 hits to the blog as of a couple of days ago. Thanks to everyone who has taken the time to share with us here at DWR.

Filed under: Housekeeping Tagged: DWR Housekeeping, The 500k celebration, Woo