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Anti-aging claims:

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Posted 03 March 2017

The Fountain of Youth is Still Only a Legend

by Harriet Hall, M.D.

The Spanish explorer Ponce de León wasn’t really looking for the Fountain of Youth when he trekked through Florida. That’s only a legend that wasn’t attached to his name until after his death. The idea of anti-aging remedies dates back to at least 3500 BCE, and the hope is alive and well today. Who wouldn’t like to turn back the clock and regain their lost youth? Who wouldn’t want to ward off death?

Longevity clinics have proliferated in recent years. They offer everything from “age optimization services” to “aesthetic facial rejuvenation,” from “youth maintenance” to “hormone optimization,” from supplements to stem cells. The claims they make are not grounded in science; they are misleading and sometimes even illegal. Jerry Mixon, M.D., of the Longevity Medical Clinic in Washington State, was disciplined for improperly … Read the rest

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Evil Western Medicine

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Posted 22 March 2016

A radio podcast available at The Thinking Atheist, introduces this recorded interview with Dr. Harriet Hall (the “SkepDoc“) of Science Based Medicine: https://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org, and Dr. Stephen Barrett of QuackWatch.com with:

It’s a topic we’ve addressed in various forms, but this is an entire show dedicated to medicine.  Science-based medicine.  Alternative medicine.  The names and claims of many so-called “natural” cures.  And the charge that medical science should be distrusted in favor of unlicensed “healers” who operate outside the checks and balances of regulatory agencies, and who – in so many cases – are making a pretty penny.

The Thinking Atheist Radio Podcast #263 (may require registration)

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thethinkingatheist/2016/03/15/evil-western-medicine

 

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Free “Science Based Medicine” vs “CAM” course available

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Posted 04 December 2015

The James Randi Educational Foundation has produced a superb 10-part video lecture series in which Harriet Hall, M.D., contrasts science-based medicine with so-called “complementary and alternative” methods.

The lectures range from 32 to 45 minutes. A companion course guide is also available.

This course consists of 10 lectures:
1. Science-Based Medicine vs. Evidence-Based Medicine
2. What Is CAM?
3. Chiropractic
4. Acupuncture
5. Homeopathy
6. Naturopathy and Herbal Medicine
7. Energy Medicine
8. Miscellaneous “Alternatives”
9. Pitfalls in Research
10.Science-Based Medicine in the Media and Politics

From: Consumer Health Digest #15-47, November 29, 2015

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