Optimization, safety, SCAMs, and more…

FSM Friends’ News and Articles

Can “optimizing your metabolism” through diet prevent or cure COVID-19? “This fetishization of nutrition and food above all permeates not just the anti-vaccine movement but all of alternative medicine… there is considerable victim blaming among the ‘nutrition cures everything’ crowd.”… [Read more...]

Silent spreaders, telehealth, p-hacks, and more…

FSM News and Articles

As schools return, tests must find ‘silent spreaders’: Some 5,000 to 10,000 of us are [testing] each day with very few tests being positive, which is good news. However, the population tested is self selecting and … does not represent “sentinel” … [Read more...]

Infodemics, Superhype, Privacy, and more…

FSM Friends’ News and Articles

Pseudoscience and COVID-19 — we’ve had enough already: “This explosion of misinformation — or, as the World Health Organization has called it, the “infodemic” — has triggered an army of fact-checkers and debunkers. Regulators have taken aggressive steps to hold … [Read more...]

Spreading coronavirus, scams, panics, and more…

FSM News and Articles

Public health experts back stronger lockdowns to combat coronavirus: FSM co-founder Professor John Dwyer, an immunologist and Emeritus Professor of Medicine UNSW, said Australia should now avoid any incremental measures that would be “too little too late. If we don’t, we … [Read more...]

Coronavirus, diets, language, and more…

General

Wash your damn handsA guide to hand washing in the setting of COVID-19.

Just how contagious is COVID-19? This chart puts it in perspective: With so much fear and misinformation about COVID-19 going about, it’s good to put things in perspective. Here … [Read more...]

Safety fails, mugwort, viruses, and more…

FSM News and Articles

Following a Channel 9 story on alt-health products that fail safety standards, Complementary Medicines Australia (CMA) has hit back. They called the story “false and malicious” and “evil-intentioned”. In social media, CMA has been crowing that FSM fell for “fake news”. … [Read more...]

Cancer, climate change, sweeteners, and more…

Friends’ News and Articles

Contrary to what we are frequently told, we are not “losing the war on cancer” (2020 edition): With improved cancer prevention, cancer detection, and improved cancer treatment, the mortality rate has been dropping steadily for decades. However with both the medical … [Read more...]

Zaps, climate change, gene-editing, and more…

FSM News and Articles

Can a few zaps a day keep the pain away? It seems like a great idea, but the evidence base for transcutaneous electric neuronal stimulation (TENS) for relief of chronic pain is severely lacking. Complaints made to the TGA that these … [Read more...]

Quacks, trends, bans, and more…

FSM Friends’ News and Articles

A horrifying survey of “pediatric naturopathic oncology” practice: It’s a rallying cry of quacks the world over, even though we already have far more than enough evidence to conclude that a large number of the treatments (e.g., reiki, restrictive diets, … [Read more...]