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Chiropractic for mental health, Bogus*? Updated

Posted by soveda on May 22, 2009


*Deliberate deception not implied

In light of other bloggers looking at chiropractic treatment I thought I’d have a look from my perspective. According to the BCA chiropractic can be used to treat many conditions beyond back pain but does not appear to mention mental health symptoms specifically.

I thought I would find out if individual chiropracters did suggest they could treat depression and this is what I found:

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When MMR attacks (or LBC and Jeni Barnett, what were you thinking?)

Posted by soveda on February 6, 2009

Just a very quick post, Ben Goldacre has been threatened by LBC’s lawyers fro infringement of copyright.

The copyright in question is to do with an episode of Jeni Barnett’s show which was frighteningly ill informed and further scare mongering about MMR. As I’ve blogged previously, the data about MMR does not show an association with autism and never has.  The events have been blogged by other already, Holford watch, jdc, Anthony Cox (Black triangle) amongst others, click on the links on this page to read their posts. You will find more links in their posts.

All this when the data shows that measles cases are increasing and therefore the risk of serious sequelae including death are also increasing. Well done LBC for stifling debate, the internet is a scary thing when geeks get riled isn’t it.

Mind you it’s all good publicity isn’t it? Well isn’t it?

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It’s just a little prick

Posted by soveda on January 28, 2009


But does it do any good?

I’m referring to acupuncture which is being puffed, sorry reported on, by the BBC again today in this article.

Confusion you say, now what confusion would that be I wonder? Nothing to do with the media portrayal of previous studies surely. Read the rest of this entry »

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It’s all in the mind surely?

Posted by soveda on January 5, 2009


I was navel gazing and having a look at which of my rants was the most read, it seems that it was the one on electrosensitivity. So lets have a talk about medically unexplained symptoms shall we? Read the rest of this entry »

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Snoring kills, no really…

Posted by soveda on December 8, 2008


I was reading a car magazine last week and found an advert selling SnorBan With the strap-line “Snoring Driving fatigue can be fatal”.

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Are you lonesome tonight?

Posted by soveda on December 2, 2008


Well, if you live in Edinburgh you are likely to be according to this you are more likely to be. Read the rest of this entry »

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The biology of crime

Posted by soveda on October 7, 2008

Before I start I have to thank jdc, Ben Goldacre’s mini blog on the site and Cynical OT from the Bad Science forum for pointing this article out to me.

I’m starting to think I should add “bad media” to my byline…

The link in the mini blog is to the ITV news report on a study examining the cortisol response of the body to stress in adolescent males with Oppositional Defiant Disorder (F91.3). The report has been described as flaky, Read the rest of this entry »

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The obfuscating nature of electrosmog

Posted by soveda on October 6, 2008


I thought I had dreamed this but I found it on the “Today” website , at about 6:45 this morning I heard an interview about phone masts and electrosensitivity. Now this has been blogged at length by others, notably here,  but I was struck by the folowing exchange:

When asked if he would take part in a blinded study of electrosensitivity the gentleman who was expounding the view that phone masts etc were the cause of ill health said: Read the rest of this entry »

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Flatliners, the research project…

Posted by soveda on September 18, 2008

I really should stop listening to the Today programme, mind you if I did what would I have to blog about?

Why am I writing again, well today I heard the following story about a research project on “out of body experiences” Read the rest of this entry »

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A pill to help the world

Posted by soveda on September 16, 2008

Now I’m not sure quite what to make of this, I was listening to the radio on the way heard and caught the start of a story about a fish oil trial in prisons. I didn’t listen but thought I would when I got home,I forgot but I was reminded of it by Norbury on the Bad Science forum.

Just like Norbury I had a sinking feeling mainly because of the Durham fish oil non trial.

But this seems a bit different. Read the rest of this entry »

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