Hey there skeptifans. Here are the Fails and Wins you sent me this week.
3 reasons to reconsider vitamin pills
Thanks to Lorne for this Win. It seems that almost everyone takes some form of vitamin supplement. According to the common sense, vitamins are always good and more is better. But what is the evidence supporting vitamin supplements? And why do we downplay the risks associated with taking too much? This article quickly covers the issues, and hopefully makes you think twice about your daily multivitamin.
Acupuncture may help ease chronic pain in young people
Acupuncture has seemingly been studied to death….and yet it will not die. It has a zombie like ability to live again as credulous reporters and health professionals write about the benefits after reading a poorly controlled study. Acupuncture produces a strong placebo effect and that’s it, and when studied with proper controls this has been verified again and again. Why won’t it just die already?
Woman sues after arm amputated following holistic procedure
Mark sent in this sad story. A woman lost her arm after visiting an osteopath who told her not to seek medical treatment for the pain she was feeling. Osteopathy, like a lot of other alternative medicine fields, extols the belief that the body can heal itself. This concept seems to go hand in hand with a distrust in real medicine. This distrust leads to many of the cases we report about, and points to the ultimate harm of alternative medicine – failing to seek proper treatment.
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