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Go to: Now charlatans will know to beware the geeks

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mistakes in the childhood of chiropractics?

The whole point is that the entire field is based on ideas that don't even make any sense based on what we know about medicine.

Sure medicine once worried about the balance of humors which made no sense but it got beyond that5 and stopped bleeding and purging people.

Chiroporactics is based on the idea that vertebral subluxations somehow interfere with some metaphysical energy and cause disease states. All spinal manipulation which is the basis of chiropractics is based on this. It is all nonsense.

Sure if people want to practice other alternative (read unproven) therapies and consider themselves holistic healers then buyer beware. But chiropractics itself as a discipline is nonsense, period.

It is not at all irrelevant to say that the ENTIRE FOUNDATION of this discipline is completely unfounded.

Mon, 19 Apr 2010 15:30:00 UTC | #461021

Go to: Now charlatans will know to beware the geeks

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Chiropractics for back problems or perhaps a piched nerve here or there is one thing. There may be some basis for using it there though the evidence is still not great and it can sometimes be dangerous.

For anything else it is Absolute Quackery. The basis behind the entire this is indeed the nonsensical ravings of nutty American faith healer. That is the truth.

Yes fine go and read wikipedia (that definitive source) if you like but the basic conceptual basis of all chiropractics is utter nonsense. Just because a lot of people make money off of something and they give out degrees and certifications to each other does not make them anything more than charlatans.

BTW here's relevant quote from wikipedia:

"A 2008 critical review found that with the possible exception of back pain, chiropractic SM has not been shown to be effective for any medical condition, and suggested that many guidelines recommend chiropractic care for low back pain because no therapy has been shown to make a real difference"

That is the bottom line.

BTW some of us may take offense to calling Star Wars a B-movie. :P

Mon, 19 Apr 2010 13:11:00 UTC | #460963

Go to: DNA Transfer Hope For Inherited Diseases

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Here's an idea...

How about adopting instead?

The idea here is that the procedure is done as part of IVF. This does not cure anyone. It only allows people to breed without having additional children with the conditions. It would only apply to women who know they are at risk in the first place.

Soo... why do they have to have a copy of themselves? Why not find a child who needs a home and adopt instead? That is my question.

and clatz no, the female offspring containing the new mitochondria from the donor would not be able to pass the disease to their children as every cells moiitochonrial and therefore mitochondrial DNA would be from the donor

Thu, 15 Apr 2010 14:18:00 UTC | #459813

Go to: Malaysian Custody Dispute Lost Between Courts

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So this has always been my problem with places like this that have 2 systems of "justice". Sharia law only applies to Muslims but leaving leaving Islam is punishable by death under Sharia. Once a child is labeled Muslim they are subject to Sharia and therefore would be subject to the death penalty for leaving the faith even if they never chose to be in it in the first place.

It's insanity.

Mon, 05 Apr 2010 12:31:00 UTC | #456047

Go to: Bringing Better Scientific Guidance to Congress (US)

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Actually this office wasn't just abolished for budget reasons. It was really abolished by Republicans during Newt Gingrich's "contract with America" for entirely political reasons. As GW Bush so aptly demonstrated for eight years, certain politicians prefer to ignore science when it conflicts with their agendas and doing so is much easier without those pesky advisors around to contradict you.

This is exactly why this "union" was formed and if you haven't been to their webpage (especially any Americans ot there) then I suggest you go. It is well worth the time and details the anti-scientific policies of the US government very nicely.

And please sign this petition

Tue, 30 Mar 2010 13:35:00 UTC | #454008

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