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Go to: Pharmacists refusing to fill prescriptions for potentially life-saving drugs

Luciani's Avatar Jump to comment 15 by Luciani

Comment by Megan in the original post (love it):

"Dear world,

If you want to save people’s lives, enter a medical profession.

If you want to save people’s souls, become a priest.

Pick ONE.

No love, Me"

Fri, 14 Jan 2011 16:38:05 UTC | #578364

Go to: Pharmacists refusing to fill prescriptions for potentially life-saving drugs

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Spot on, Ygern.

And neglecting treatment because of your own beliefs?

An affront to our profession and the hippocratic oath. You may refuse to actually perform an abortion, but neglecting treatment is another matter. Christ, I would treat Hitler if he was bleeding in front of me and then let the rest of the system take it from there.

Pro-lifers confuse me with their detest for human life. ("kill the killers?" What is wrong with you?)

Fri, 14 Jan 2011 16:29:51 UTC | #578358

Go to: The Rational Optimist

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I haven't read the book but must say that this article has me exceptionally skeptical - as the article also seems very well written and substantially more evidence based:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cif-green/2010/jun/18/matt-ridley-rational-optimist-errors

Sat, 19 Jun 2010 14:43:44 UTC | #481655

Go to: The Texas Board of Education is officially the biggest joke in the world

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The number 2 panel reminds me of what's happening now with the anti-vaccination movement after the Poul Thorsen scandal:

http://www.ageofautism.com/2010/03/danish-scientist-absconds-with-2-million-poul-thorsen-proved-vaccines-dont-cause-autism-.html

As far as I recall, in Danish newspapers they wrote in their conclusion that the papers written by him and the other authors are still scientifically valid (peer review does work that way).

Tue, 23 Mar 2010 19:41:00 UTC | #451560

Go to: The trouble with homeopathy

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Comment #463544 by spellingmastake

You started with an anecdote and so will I.

My grandmother has been smoking 30 cigarettes a day for 65 years and she is at the ripe age of 85. She has impeccable health apart from a bad neck and has no lung damage. Ergo: smoking does not cause lung disease.
The point being: anecdotes are useless. It is what has been proved through rigourous studies as there are statistical deviations for everything.

And before you enforce the case of your hyperthyroidism: it would be interesting to note down at what intervals the symptoms return and what you were doing i.e. eating, exercise, drinking etc. Thyroxin has a tendency to go up and down in level within normal values. Could be yours has a tendency of going up higher than normal and falling again? Not of course, that I know without being your physician, but there are many more plausible explanations to your healing than you drank a drop of 100% water. (and please go to your doctor if you feel these symptoms are coming more and more often. Thyrotoxicosis is deadly if gone unchecked)

I’ll be taking issue with your 3 theories on why it hasn’t been proved to work and enlighten you on how scientific research is conducted.
1. You know how you test if there is a single remedy that works? Through randomised double-blind placebo-controlled trials. The medical community has absolutely nothing against medicine that has been proved to work. And I think you argued yourself into a corner when mentioning the runny eyes vs onion. That is EXACTLY what homeopathy is about. ”Like cures like” The cure for arsenic poisoning would be arsenic (except there is no arsenic in the solution: just water). I see no difference between comparing light of Venus and saying that a regular bottle of water can cure horrible ailments.
2. I’m not sure you’ve understood the precepts of how scientific research works including the beauty of ruling out confounders such as bias through blinding and placebo-tests. The scientific tests are put under the same rigourous standards that we wish on the homeopathic . There have been implemented safe-guards so that it isn’t POSSIBLE for there to be bias! It’s the most neutral method of discovering of whether something works or not and which is why the world uses it. I have no idea where you got your idea of scientists continually testing until they get the result they want. Not very scientific. Actually I could continue with the same test as many times as I want and I would at one point get the results I wanted. But that would go against the very thing which makes a scientific article authentic: it has to be reproducible. That means if the guy next door did what you did, he would get the same results. What I did earlier by repeating my test is chance. I may roll a dice as many times as I want until I get a 6, but that still doesn’t change the fact that the chance is 1/6 and not I get a 6 every time.
3. I’m curious as to hear how on earth you think the medical profession works? Do you think we pick up 10 different sort of flowers, toss them into the I.V. drops of our cancer patients and tick off the ones that die and don’t die? I might have misunderstood your point, because I’m having a bit of trouble following what you mean there.

But placebo is the main argument then! Placebo is unreliable, unpredictable and absolutely fascinating, and I eagerly read up on new research on the subject. Also unethical. The doctor would have to lie to you as the patient to feed you a placebo, thereby robbing you of your informed consent which society has fought a long way to get patients those rights. I hear the argument too often: ”Doctors only want to cure the symptoms, they don’t get to the root of the problem.” Placebo is the most superficial curing of symptoms you could imagine. The irony is delectable.

And let's not get into the SSRI argument. I hate the media and their doomsaying as that was a case of 1 feather turning into 10 chickens (to use a Danish proverb). If you’re interested in more information on depression and anti-depressive treatment, I’ll be happy to help. Thank God, we have individuals such as Dr. Ben Goldacre to argue against the media.

Oh and remember. Homeopathy is not herbal medicine. It's water.

Wed, 24 Feb 2010 15:34:00 UTC | #443784

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