Happy long weekend, Skeptifans! I am recovering from a trip to the PAX gaming convention (video games are my hobby, and currently my livelihood), but I haven’t failed to find some fails and wins this week.
David from Burnaby found sent in this update about the controversial MS treatment that has been a regular topic in the Fails and Wins for the last few months. It looks like the federal government is taking the advice of experts to hold off funding for full scale clinical trials of this treatment. There simply isn’t enough evidence to fund trials of this treatment, but there is risk. It’s nice to see the government taking an evidence based approach on this decision. Lorne from Edmonton found a similar article, but ends on a fail with this quote:
“If it doesn’t work, that’s fine. But what if it does? As far as I’m concerned, Dr. Zamboni has proved it works enough of the time to take the chance.
It’s important to remember that clinical trials are not just costly, but risky as well. The procedure in question is major surgery, and to perform it without good evidence that it could be effective is irresponsible.
Sherman: What is homeopathic medicine and why is it so effective is some cases?
It wouldn’t be a Fails and Wins article without some woovertising. Scott found this egregious case in BC Local News. It’s written by a homeopath, of course, and contains this choice quote:
Whatever criteria you may use, there is no doubt that homeopathy is much more effective than conventional medicine, but the sad fact is that homeopathy has lagged behind in popularity, due largely to the fact that it is not funded by government health care.
Yeah…he said THERE IS NO DOUBT homeopathy is more effective that conventional medicine.
It’s shameful that any news source would print this kind of stuff uncontested. And what editor would allow a story to be printed by someone who doesn’t know the difference between a sentence and a paragraph? Just read the article and you’ll see what I’m talking about.
Well folks, that’s the Fails and Wins for this week. Are you prepared to experience all the fame that comes with having your name mentioned by me? Then send me a skeptical Fail or Win to links [at] skepticnorth [dot] com.