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Is Olive Oil Good Medicine?

I enjoy the taste of olive oil and use it for cooking. It has been recommended as part of the Mediterranean diet for heart health and as a healthy monounsaturated replacement for other fats in the diet. But should we take it as medicine to promote longevity and reduce the risk of death from other diseases? A news item in

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Is it “Natural and Healthy” When Children Get Sick With

Almost “everything old is new again”

A frequent theme at Science Based Medicine is that when it comes to minimizing COVID and spreading misinformation about vaccines, “everything old is new again“. Every argument made in favor of leaving children vulnerable to COVID is a recycled anti-vaccine talking point. It’s all very familiar to those of us who’ve been immersed in

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Healthcare Costs of Air Pollution

In 2016 I wrote about the effect of air pollution on health, and the potential savings in terms of healthcare dollars and preventing premature death from reducing pollution. There have been a number of studies published since then, making an update appropriate. With more thorough analysis, the problem is much bigger than estimated six years ago.

It is challenging to

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CDC Issues Warning as the Virus Associated with a Rare

In August of 2020, I wrote about a CDC warning involving the potential for a spike in cases of a rare polio-like illness called acute flaccid myelitis (AFM), which has been linked to infection with enterovirus D68 (EV-D68). The enterovirus genus that EV-D68 calls home, in addition to extremely common non-polio enteroviruses like the rhinoviruses and coxsackieviruses, also contains the

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The Facemaker | Science-Based Medicine

War is hell, but often it leads to advances in medical technique that translate to peacetime. In The Facemaker, Lindsey Fitzharris tells the inspiring story of Harold Gillies, a visionary surgeon who battled to mend the disfigured soldiers of World War I whose horrific facial injuries had left them unable to eat and so mutilated that they were unrecognizable.

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Does Vitamin D Prevent Autoimmune Disease?


Up to 75% of American teens and adults are said to be deficient in vitamin D, but there is no agreement on what level constitutes deficiency. Claims for the health benefits of vitamin D supplements abound, from preventing dementia and cancer to reducing the risk of infections and heart disease.
A study of vitamin D and fish oil in The

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Jay Bhattacharya errs on excess mortality in New Zealand

[Editor’s note: With managing editor Dr. Gorski on a rare holiday this week, we have economist and lawyer Eric Kramer providing a guest post in his stead, with a complementary post to John Howard’s from Friday.]


Spiked recently published a critique of New Zealand’s zero COVID policy by Jay Bhattacharya, an author of the Great Barrington Declaration. Here is

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But Is It Real? | Science-Based Medicine

That is the question that must be at the core of any truly scientific endeavor – is the apparent or alleged phenomenon we are dealing with actually real? That may seem obvious, and with some scientific disciplines it is a given. This is not necessarily the case, however, with medical science. Medicine strives to be an applied science, so it

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Auriculotherapy May Improve Symptoms of Anxiety and Could Be

A systematic review and meta-analysis found that auriculotherapy (AA) may be an effective complementary therapeutic strategy for anxiety. These findings were published in the European Journal of Integrative Medicine.

The investigators at the University of Porto in Portugal searched publication databases through June 2021 for randomized controlled trials of AA for the treatment of anxiety. A total of 13

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