I’ve just spotted this news and thought I’d post it here as an afterword to yesterday’s post on dodgy food allergy/intolerance tests.
The British Dietetic Association recently published their annual list of the Top 5 Celebrity Diets to Avoid in the New Year. They have now heard that some are using the surrounding publicity in an attempt to sell food allergy/intolerance tests. Continue reading
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Wowcher are promoting dodgy diagnostic tests that have no scientific basis.
The ad relates to a bioresonance hair analysis test from BMT Food Tests.
Hair analysis is not a valid way of diagnosing coeliac disease or any kind of food allergy or intolerance. If you think you might have any of those conditions you should consult your GP who can refer you for tests.
The ad continues: Continue reading
Surely this can’t go on for much longer.
Clinical trials on Burzynski’s signature treatment, antineoplastons, were stopped following the death of a child and horrifying findings by the US FDA. But Burzynski is still in business selling chemotherapy in untested and unapproved combinations, describing critics as hooligans and suggesting that former patients are prostitutes and crooks trying to make money from him.
And despite the trials having been stopped and despite serious and well documented issues, there are still recent misleading articles in the British press, casting Burzynski in a positive light.
For further background on Burzynski and on recent developments, I strongly recommend you read the recent USA Today investigation by Liz Szabo. It is an impressive piece of work – thorough, fair, accurate and utterly shocking. Watch the accompanying videos, view the embedded source documents and then ask how on earth Burzynski is still going. Continue reading
Last Wednesday, the MRC Centre for Drug Safety Science at the University of Liverpool launched a public guide, Making Sense of Drug Safety Science, in collaboration with Sense About Science.
Side effects, or adverse drug reactions, are a big public health concern and can be a barrier to the development of new medicines, causing many promising new drugs to be dropped at the development stage or in clinical trials. As the guide explains, drug safety science is helping us learn more about side effects, what gives rise to them and the harm they can cause. Researchers are working on developing tests to predict who will experience side effects. This can allow a beneficial drug to continue and to be used by people who are not at risk.
I have often been asked to tackle this subject by outspoken defenders of alternative treatments. This post will hopefully explain how we can establish whether the benefits outweigh the harms, what some of the pitfalls are, and what we can do to improve. I would also urge those using unregulated treatments to consider what safeguards are in place to research the side effects of these, to inform the public about the harms they may cause and to protect us from them. Continue reading
I have an embarrassing confession.
I’m not a particle physics expert. And – please bear with me, this isn’t easy – I find quantum theory confusing. Shameful, I know. And I call myself a science blogger.
How dare I laugh at Quantum University (aka @iquim)? How dare I dismiss Lynne McTaggart’s The Field? Continue reading