Category Archives: Dietary Supplmts.

Vitamin D is all the rage

This started a while ago–I started running into people taking big doses of Vit D–of course I was skeptical, that’s what I am.
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Josh Bloom on the goofy Dr. Oz

I don’t much care for wellness and counseling schticks–encourages too much schlockiness.

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The Merry Old Land Of Oz

The career path of Dr. Mehmet Oz is most puzzling. Boasting a fine education (Tower Hill prep; Harvard undergrad; Penn med school; and Wharton), Oz did his residency at New York’s Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, and is now an attending surgeon at the same hospital. He also holds various academic appointments at Columbia’s med school. His name appears on more than 150 research papers, and he has published over 20 books—most of which have “You” in the title.

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Food Fetishist Alert

I know how to get a certain group going–talk about eating healthy.

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Let’s talk some more Taubes

Some reacted negatively to my applause for Gary Taubes.

Let’s discuss.

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I’m Toxic, Hand me the Detox Stuff

This is a very lucid discussion of another junkscience scam–detoxing.

Detoxing is a health food supplement type scam that pretends to eliminate something bad–kinda like purging and cleansing enemas. Nonsense.

Alternative Medicine (cont.)

A fan sent a note of inquiry about a surge in alternative medicine talk and linked me to an item on WebMD about Alternative and Complementary methods of treating pain. Actually that is one place where the placebo effect of unscientific medicine can have good effects.

Let’s consider. Medicine for pain and psych stuff should always be liberally sprinkled with placebo laced methods. They work.

Benefits from placebo effect don’t mean you’re faking, it means you are cooperating and finding some chemical neurohumeral and psychological benefits.

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