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Holford, Burne and homeopathy on the NHS

JDC has just put up an excellent post about Holford, Burne and Serotonin pills: noting that, while Jerome Burne is given space on Holford’s blog to argue for the need to “Save NHS money on ineffective drugs, not homeopathy”, Holford’s own recommendations for depression are neither cheap nor based on good evidence. I think that two further things are worth emphasising re this post on Holford’s blog:

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British Chiropractic Association (BCA) demonstrate what evidence-based medicine isn’t

The British Chiropractic Association (BCA) are currently suing Simon Singh for stating, among other things, that the

British Chiropractic Association claims that their members can help treat children with colic, sleeping and feeding problems, frequent ear infections, asthma and prolonged crying, even though there is not a jot of evidence

The BCA have now – somewhat belated – summarised [PDF] the evidence which they feel relates to the article and the use of chiropractic treatment for various childhood illnesses. Other bloggers are assessing various aspects of this evidence – we’ll consider what might constitute good evidence in this context.

It was interesting to see the BCA quote Sackett et al on “Evidence based medicine [EBM]: what it is and what it isn’t”. They summarise (p. 7) the paper’s conclusion as

Evidence based medicine is about integrating individual clinical expertise and the best external evidence

However, while they might orientate themselves towards EBM, this PDF from the BCA provides a nice example of what EBM isn’t Continue reading

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Patrick Holford on Science Friction and the Limitations of RCTs and Meta-analyses

Former Visiting Professor Patrick Holford is Head of Science and Education at Biocare. As such, he knows the value of quote-mining to enlist others as if in support of oneself and therefore bask in their reflected competence. The March 09 Newsletter to his subscribing faithful has a strong example of this. Continue reading

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Patrick Holford: “conventional medicine, doesn’t have a very good track record”

Patrick Holford on ITV Lunchtime 16 April 2008
Former Visiting Professor Patrick Holford is Head of Science and Education at Biocare so, presumably, they believe that he enhances their reputation and scientific credibility. Holford regularly presents himself as a fearless advocate for scientific accuracy and rigour and the bringer of unpleasant truths. Despite an abundance of evidence to the contrary, he is so convinced of his own competence that Holford regularly accuses others of inaccuracy and questions the integrity of leading researchers such as Professor Carolyn Summerbell (we should point out that Holford was in error, not Summerbell). Holford usually does all this under the guise of a plucky underdog and gadfly to medicine so it’s not surpising that he has recently claimed that “conventional medicine, doesn’t have a very good track record”. Continue reading

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Richard Asher: Straight and Crooked Thinking In Medicine

Dr Richard Asher made many excellent contributions to critical thinking as part of medical practice in the UK; one of the most entertaining of these was: Straight and Crooked Thinking In Medicine (pdf). Read it and savour it for the many useful and well-expressed observations. Continue reading

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