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Detoxing off Alternative Medicine

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Alternative medicine is born from pseudoscience. It is an alternative to what is proven to work. Anecdata, placebos, epidemiological studies, cherry-picked data and the internet form the foundation of alternative medicine. These modalities generate the framework onto which the logical fallacies and cognitive biases supporting alternative medicine are presented.

Evidence-based medicine, on the other hand, emerges from unbiased robust data pointing to verifiable and reproducible results. Well designed double-blind randomized controlled trials are the cornerstone of evidence-based medicine; look at the Cochrane group: ‘Cochrane Reviews are systematic reviews of primary research in human health care and health policy, and are internationally recognized as the highest standard in evidence-based health care resources. They investigate the effects of interventions for prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation’. Pseudoscience is enticing because it’s easy to understand and offers cures. Here is a short list of alternative medicine practices that haven’t been proven to work better than a placebo: Continue reading

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The Bugs That Make You

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Trillions of microorganisms inhabit the complex ecosystem we call our body.  Most of this bacteria work within our digestive systems.  Recently, scientists have been discovering bacteria ‘s beneficial and deleterious roles in our health.  However, most of the bacteria that reside inside and on our body are yet to be classified. The microbial cloud is thought to shape our behavior, disease rates, inflammation degrees, enzyme makeup, digestion, fat storage and obesity among other things.   Approximately 90% of our serotonin (a neurotransmitter that effects mood) is located in our gut.  And some bacteria is linked to its increases and thus potentiating serotonin’s anti-depression effects.   Other bacteria seems to promote healthy immune systems but excessive use of antibiotics, which kills good and bad bacteria, has been shown to increase rates of autoimmune diseases and obesity!

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